Ladies’ Guild heralds spring
The smart women of Washington’s Ladies Guild don’t try to meet in winter so their first meeting of the year is something of a harbinger of spring. They will meet Wednesday, March 12, at noon. The women will have a soup luncheon (you bring your own sandwich, they provide the soup) and begin plans for their 2014 annual Yard Sale and Strawberry Festival. The Ladies Guild has a long history in town and was originally associated with a church, but now there is no such connection. The group sometimes meets at our Village Church, as it will this month, but also convenes at other locations including an occasional lunch “out.” The guild is a perfect example of doing good while having fun. The money they raise through their successful projects is donated to other groups such as Washington Scholarship Fund, the Seacoast Mission, and many more. The Guild welcomes all women. If you want to know more or need a ride to a meeting, contact Mildred at 845-3102.
Republicans, Democrats hold biennial meetings
This weekend Knox County Republicans are doing a county-wide “super-caucus” Saturday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m. at Rockland District Middle School with individual town teams meeting separately following the general meeting. Washington Democrats will hold their caucus Sunday, March 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. Registered members of both parties are urged to attend their party’s two-yearly gathering.
Prescott seed sale ends next week
Prescott School’s Parent Teacher Group is again working with Fedco to offer seeds for spring planting. Easy-to-grow varieties are featured. Order blanks are available online at (regular) fedcoseeds.com/forms/prescott.pdf or (organic) fedcoseeds.com/forms/prescottOG.pdf or at the school. Seed orders will be delivered to the school for pick-up, but the bulbs will be shipped directly to the customer at the proper time for planting. If you have any questions, please call the school at 845-2424 or Sherry Casas at 845-2207.
Returnables collection continues
Prescott Memorial School’s fundraiser for the Children’s Stage Adventures (CSA) presentation is still under way. Returnable bottles and cans can be dropped off in the little white trailed parked in front of the school. The CSA project is a great learning experience and a lot of fun for our students and your empties will really help. We can do this.
Adult basketball or cod liver oil
There’s free basketball for adults at Prescott Memorial School gym each Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone 18 or older is welcome to come play some hoops for fun, sociability and getting out and about in this seemingly endless winter. Getting some energizing one way or another is a great preparation for spring and summer activity and beats the heck out of the old-fashioned idea of “spring tonic.” A thousand years ago when I was a kid, at the end of winter my mom brought out the Father John’s Medicine, a concoction of cod liver oil and licorice, to restore our energy. Knowing what we know now about how the lack of sunshine on our bodies depletes our Vitamin D (and can be the cause of SAD [seasonal affective disorder]) – a “treatment” with Vitamin D rich cod liver oil was just the right ticket for curing the winter blahs. I still remember the taste, which, amazingly, I didn’t mind. Even more amazing to me is that Father John’s Medicine is still available as a cold remedy. These days the active ingredient is a chemical cough suppressant Dextromethorphan. Ah, but I digress. A great tonic for all of us is to get moving. Adult basketball is one way and fun besides. Registration isn’t necessary – just show up at Prescott gym on Thursdays at 7 p.m. For more information, call Adam Casey at 845-2089.
Applause and thanks for the Olympics
On a personal note, I’m really happy that the Winter Olympics concluded successfully and brought so much excitement and human interest into our living room. I’m happy that there weren’t any security issues in spite of the naysayers. I’m glad the people of Russia can be proud of their “show.” It isn’t about their president, but them, the people, who were friendly and welcoming and threw a fantastic party. My world is a little nicer after my “visit” to Russia hobnobbing with spectacular people from all over the world. Thank you! Good show.