Apple expert at Historical Society
John Bunker, apple historian and author of “Not Far from the Tree” will speak at the Washington Historical Society meeting Tuesday, April 15. His topic is the history of apple farming in Maine from colonial times to the present. Bunker, who has been tracking down unique apple varieties in Maine for 40 years, has more than 200 apple tree varieties on his off-the-grid farm in Palermo. He is a founder of Fedco Seeds and a member of MOFGA Board of Directors. Nobody can talk apples better than John Bunker. The presentation is free and open to the public, Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library. Refreshments will include apple brownies and apple squares.
VFW runs raffle for furnace
Washington’s VFW Post 9437, the Farrar-Ross Post, is running a raffle to raise money for a new furnace at their hall on Razorville Road. Last month a furnace puff-back not only signaled a problem with the furnace, it filled the handsome hall with oily sooty smoke that coated every inch of walls, furniture, and fixtures. Gradually the cleaning is getting done but a new furnace must be installed before the veterans are back in business. Scott Whittier (390-5602) has raffle tickets for more than 20 prizes, including a Troy-Bilt generator, firewood, oil change, and numerous gift certificates and other items. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. I have a hunch donations would be gratefully accepted, too. Send them to: VFW Post 9437, PO Box 303 Washington ME 04574. Give Scott a call if you want to buy raffle tickets and take a chance on this intrepid VFW post.
Farmers market reopens for season
The Washington Grange Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday, April 12. The market will meet weekly on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Our farmers market features locally-raised chicken, pork, eggs, vegetables in season, ethnic and traditional baked goods, cashmere goat and sheep’s wool products, handmade cutting boards and other wood products, and raw Jersey cow’s milk, butter, yogurt, and cheeses. Organically grown seedlings for early planting (onions, leeks, kale, etc.) will be available, too. The Grange offers homemade lunch option including soups, sandwiches, and other items (different each week) to eat-in or take home. The market is held at the Evening Star Grange, 31 Old Union Road. For more information, call 845-2140.
Legislative district geography changes
Maine law requires legislative district and County Commission maps to be updated every 10 years based on population changes. This often messes with my head, but with Sen. Chris Johnson’s help, we’ve got it. We "Washingtonites" are part of the same State Senate District, but the number has changed from 20 to 13, and Friendship is no longer part of it. State Senate District 13 includes Washington, Windsor, Alna, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Hibberts Gore, Jefferson, Loud’s Island, Monhegan Island Plantation, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Somerville, South Bristol, Southport, Waldoboro, Westport Island, Whitefield and Wiscasset.
Our Maine House of Representatives District is District 91 (a completely different House District). That includes Washington, Friendship, Waldoboro and part of Union.
The Knox County District for us here in Washington is District 2 (of three).
Vidalia onions available
Palermo’s Living Communities Foundation is offering large, sweet Vidalia onions fresh from the fields of Georgia for order before April 20. These large, juicy onions come in 25-pound bags for $26. This may sound like a lot of onions, but they keep extremely well if stored properly. (Connie says: In a cool area, arrange onions in a tray or box not touching each other. Some people keep onions in bags made of panty hose with a knot between each onion.) This is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Community Garden, Palermo Food Pantry, the monthly Last Friday Dinner-and-a-Movie Programs and the Augusta Rotary feed schoolchildren effort. To order onions, please call Connie Bellet at 993-2294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you leave a message, be sure to include your phone number so your order can be confirmed. You’ll get a call, too, to pick up your order at the Palermo Community Center when they arrive. Pay in advance orders are much appreciated. Make your check out to Living Communities Foundation and mail it to Connie at P.O. Box 151, Palermo, ME, 04354. There’s a discount on orders of four or more bags, so call Connie for more information.
Fond memories recalled at tribute
Nearly 60 people filled Gibbs Library’s Bryant Room with smiles, special memories, and even a few tears at the tribute to Liane Chapman held last Sunday afternoon. Liane Delphine Laplace Chapman moved to Washington with her husband, Henry, in 1997. She quickly became involved in the community and there are few aspects of local activities Liane didn’t aid or influence. She was taken from us by cancer last November. Several people shared memories of Liane that recalled her ever-presence at the library, warm and respectful regard for the library’s patrons, especially youngsters, attention to detail as elections officer, generosity of time and talent to the historical society and town committees, daily walks — no matter what the weather — on Old County Road, intimate knowledge of the library’s inner workings, and more. One speaker told of being harassed while working a table at the polls. Liane, who was slight of build and maybe 5-feet tall, as registrar, marched up to the heckler and told him to stop it or leave. He was astonished by this little dynamo and left without another word. This story, and others, brought rounds of applause from listeners who recognized Liane in their reminiscence. Liane’s husband, Henry, and daughter, Delphine, were presented with a hand carved “book” made from a pine wood board by Steve Dean. Robert “Bo” Marks and Paulette Oboyski, members of the library board of trustees, served as hosts for the event. Many thanks to everyone who participated.