Blood drive at Masonic Hall
Tomorrow — Friday, Oct. 18 — a community blood drive for Washington and Union will be held at the Mt. Olivet Masonic Hall, 48 Liberty Road (Route 220 north) in Washington, from 1 to 6 p.m. The blood drive is carried out by a team from the American Red Cross and sponsored by the Washington Masons. At this time of year, the need begins to grow while donations seem to taper off, so it’s important to make that gift of life. Most healthy people can donate blood as long as they are at least 16 years old, free of colds or flu and without a history of any blood-carried illnesses. The Red Cross suggests donors have something to eat and drink plenty of water before donating blood. All donors have to show a legal form of ID at the donation site. Donating blood is a truly life-giving gesture, so be there if you can.
Sanderson to speak on veterans’ health care
Our state representative, Deb Sanderson, will speak on veterans’ health care Monday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Farrar-Ross VFW Post. Rep. Sanderson will cover existing and new guidelines for all veterans. She encourages all veterans and interested persons to attend and says she’d like to hear from veterans on the issues that concern them most. This meeting is open to all. There will be a question and answer period following Rep. Sanderson’s talk. The VFW post is located at 292 Razorville Road (Route 105) at the intersection of Vannah Road. For more info call Scott at 390-5602 or Howard at 845-3042.
Surest ways to save energy
October is National Energy Awareness Month and a perfect time to button up a bit if you can. Energy saving appliances are great conservers, but not all of us can go out and buy them. Simple ways to reduce energy use include using cold water for laundry and unplugging appliances when they’re not in use. There are literally hundreds of energy-saving tips, but according to Green America, a national organization that promotes consumer strength, plugging air leaks, reducing household heat at night, and using a fan to circulate warm air downward are three of the most effective strategies totaling up to 40 percent of overall use — a significant amount.
Grange plans variety show
Evening Star Grange is looking for local talent (or plain fun-lovers and show-offs) to participate in a Family Variety Show scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15. Anyone who can sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a funny story, twirl a baton, do magic, or perform some other entertaining activity is urged to participate. The Grange is planning for an evening of just plain amusement — no admission charge and no prizes — just a time to enjoy the talent that’s all around us and have a good time. There are eight acts already signed up and there’s room for several more. For information or to get your act on the program, please call Mildred Melgard 845-3102 or Priscilla Packard 845-2026. And, everyone, save the date, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., to be in the audience, too. I’d guess that this event should not be missed.
Good work at town level
The Washington Select Board publicly thanked Merton Moore for the excellent work done in dredging the fire pond on Bill Luce Road and completing the landscaping after the work was finished. Being lucky enough to have Merton do some work on our property, we can say with confidence that he is an artist with a backhoe. Another hats-off goes out to Bob Temple, who, as the town’s code enforcement officer, reminded Maine DOT about subsurface wastewater permit requirements at the Rockland Road facility construction site. A code officer’s work deals with zillions of rules and regulations and competing interests and we appreciate the conscientious imposition of policies that help maintain some semblance of consistency toward a clean environment.
With deep regret, the selectmen recently accepted Liane Chapman’s resignation as secretary to the planning and appeals boards due to illness. We join them in sending our gratitude and highest hopes to Liane.