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By Charlotte Henderson | May 09, 2014
Washington VFW members Gene Kilpatrick and Deloris Libby look on as a patron purchases of raffle tickets for items including a generator. Their VFW hall suffered considerable damage from a furnace malfunction and the raffle will help defray costs of a new furnace. The drawing will be held this Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the VFW hall, 292 Razorville Road (Route 105) Washington. For more information, call Scott Whittier at 845-2218.

Auxiliary house cleaning help

If you are just itching to get your hands on a broom or a wash bucket and rag, the Fire Department Auxiliary has got just the event for you! This Saturday morning (May 10) these enthusiastic supporters of the fire department will be doing a major spring cleaning at the fire house. They work like crazy for a couple of hours — from 9 to 11 a.m. — and get everything ship-shape for the Giant Garage and Plant Sale. If you’d like to be a real hero, drop in and give these women a hand. While you’re “downtown” you can check out the new photo exhibit at the library and the farmers market! See you at the fire house?

Ladies’ Guild does good

The Washington Ladies’ Guild does well by doing good and so it was with their Spring Yard Sale last weekend. Popular items like furniture, games, and puzzles sold fast and earned the group a very helpful sum. The few items that didn’t sell were donated to Gibbs Library’s Giant Yard Sale which is a win-win for everyone. To the many people who helped in several different ways, Guild members send out huge thanks to each and every one.

Strawberry Festival prep to begin

The Strawberry Festival planning will begin in earnest on Wednesday, May 14 when the Ladies’ Guild meets for their annual Tea Party. The tea party is the kick off for getting down to business for the Strawberry Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, July 5. This year’s unusual weather presents a harder-than-usual prediction of strawberry availability. Guild chairman, Mildred Melgard, says that “little worry” is just part of the festival groundwork. All Washington women are invited to the Tea Party at 1 p.m., at the Village Church. Hats are encouraged but not necessary. Tea and cakes will be served. For a ride to the tea party or other information call Mildred at 845-3102.

Bottle loss offset by goodwill

For several weeks, a small trailer in front of Prescott Memorial School was the collection place for returnable bottles and cans to raise money for Children’s Stage Adventure. Children’s Stage Adventure is a week-long project during which students present a play from start to finish. They do the sets, learn the roles, songs and dances, operate equipment and put on the play. Professionals come from New Hampshire to teach the kids how — and it costs money. Last week about half the contents of the nearly full trailer disappeared. Efforts to find out who took them are, so far, unsuccessful. Today, it’s a pleasure to report that cash donations have helped cover the loss. The returnables that weren’t taken from the trailer have been redeemed and the project is still on track. Still, it’s a damn shame and it’s sad this happened.

Local alewife sightings needed

The Lloyd Davis Trust is asking for assistance from local residents in reporting sightings of alewives anywhere along the Washington section of Medomak River and along Medomak Brook. These fish swim in large schools from the sea back to the spawning areas from which they came. This year it’s expected that alewives previously stocked in Washington Pond will be making their way back. Learning how far they can get before meeting a barrier in the stream is a crucial element of LDT’s Alewife Enhancement Project which seeks to restore open access to Washington Pond for sea-run fish. The project relies on volunteers to carry out observations of alewife progress up Medomak Stream as well as performing periodic counts. If you notice signs of the alewife run, please contact the AEP Coordinator at 542-0915 or email AlewifeInfo04574@gmail.com. It’s important.

Super Saturday, May 17 – Save the date

Saturday, May 17, is one of the biggest activity days of the year in our little town. It starts with a breakfast at the Grange Hall, from 7 to 10 a.m. Doors open to the public at the Giant Garage and Plant Sale at 9 a.m. at the fire station and library. The farmers market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 1 to 2 p.m. is “Bag Sale” time at the Giant Garage Sale. After a break for everyone to catch their breath, the Masons will hold their first steak supper of the season from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

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