Ice-Out winner announced
The 2014 Washington Pond Ice-Out was officially declared as April 15 and the Ice-Out Contest winner is Jud Butterman. Jud's name was drawn from a pool of five participants who guessed April 15. Jud Butterman, member and past-president of Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club, will receive the $50 prize from Washington Lakes Watershed Association, sponsor of the contest. The Ice-Out date is reported to the state and to Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program which keep records of this data [and also ice-in]. Last year, Ice-Out was April 8. Considering that our recent winter seemed so much colder, it’s notable that warm sun and strong winds finished off the ice only a week later than last year. The Lakes Association thanks the snowmobile club for their help with the contest and is very grateful to all the participants.
VFW Post finds more damage
Our VFW Hall sustained even more damage than originally estimated after the furnace “blow back” several weeks ago. This makes their fundraising raffle even more important. Raffle tickets are $5 for one, or $20 for five tickets. Contact Scott at 390-5602, Deloris at 323-4030, or Gene at 785-4158 for tickets or more information. The drawing will be Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall at the corner of Vannah Road and Razorville Road (Route 105 W). Tickets will be available there before the drawing. If you’d rather make a donation than buy raffle tix, send donations to: VFW Post 9437, P.O. Box 303, Washington.
Yard Sale by Ladies’ Guild
The annual Spring Yard Sale by the Washington Ladies’ Guild is this Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held, as usual, at Don and the late Lorraine Grinnell’s residence, 232 Rockland Road. This sale is always special with its outrageously delicious baked goods and high quality items for sale. It’s just a fair warning to get there earlier rather than later if you want a share of the baked goods. The Guild is a service group motivated by sociability and having fun by doing good. The Guild welcomes all Washington women. If you want to know more about the group, need a companion for attending your first meeting, need a ride or just want more information, contact Mildred at 845-3102.
Farmers’ market better every week
Washington Grange Farmers’ Market gets a little bigger and more diverse each week as the season moves along. We were fascinated by the number of seedlings Sharon Turner has ready to set out (it’s still freezing out there, for Pete’s sake) to get a head start. Neal Foley offered eggs in a variety of pastel shells – pale green, violet, ecru, pink – produced by hens whose eggs are naturally tinted. Now, I don’t get all this genetics stuff, but it’s amazing to see the eggs. And you can’t beat the flavor of truly fresh eggs. Neal also offers a compost enhancer called Bokashi that kick starts compost bins. That seems perfect for someone like me whose compost bin mainly turns kitchen scraps into useless glop. (I know, I know, I’m not doing something right.) Neal also makes cutting boards out of wood such as apple, elm, maple, ash and more. Sue Frank sells eggs, too, and pork she raises right on her own place here in town. Cara Lewis sells innumerable cheeses, yogurt, and butter made with whole raw milk from her Jersey cows. She, of course, sells milk, too. Jean Feldensen brings wonderful baked goods to her booth: breads, cookies, turnovers, scones, and other items (a little variety each week). In addition, each week the regulars are joined by a guest or two who offer their own special creations. It can be jewelry, art, photography, handmade items, a unique food item or something else. The Grange offers a lunch item – soup, sandwich, casserole, or what have you – every week, too. For us it’s a treat to visit with the vendors, check out their first-class products, and be part of supporting local, sustainable growers and makers. Check it out some Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Evening Star Grange Hall, 34 Old Union Road, across from Gibbs Library.
Alewife restoration loses a friend
A few weeks ago, Evelyn Reed of Friendship, died at the age of 82. Now Mrs. Reed would not be part of Washington News except for her relationship to the Alewife Restoration Program that is working to reopen sea-run fish access to Washington Pond. Evelyn and her husband, Phil, were married for 64 years, living and raising their family in Friendship. Phil Reed fished for lobster and Mrs. Reed was a devoted mother and fisherman’s wife. Early on they realized the importance of the local alewife fishery as a source of income for harvesters who supplied fishermen with bait. Phil and Evelyn observed that over the years the harvest was shrinking due in large part to blocked access to spawning areas. Phil was a charter trustee of the Medomak River Alewife Enhancement Project (AEP), established by a trust fund from Lloyd Davis, a Waldoboro farmer by whose property alewives by the thousands swam every spring. Over the years, the need for available spawning areas has become a primary concern of related federal, state and local agencies all up and down the U.S. East Coast. Soon, alewives and other sea-run fish will be attempting to make their way back to their spawning area. Locally, the AEP is focusing on locating and clearing barriers to alewife passage up Medomak Stream to Washington Pond. The Lloyd Davis Trust needs help from local residents to report sightings of alewives anywhere along the Washington section of Medomak River and anywhere along Medomak Brook. If you notice signs of the alewife migration, are willing to assist the project, or just want more information contact the AEP Coordinator at 542-0915 or email AlewifeInfo04574@gmail.com. We’d appreciate it!!