67th annual Strawberry Festival
Strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, and strawberry pizza – oh, my! This Saturday, July 5, our Annual Strawberry Festival is dishing up these treats along with a variety of sandwiches (including crabmeat), and a choice of beverages. There is face painting, a craft table, Treasure Table with special “finds,” and a raffle for two large goody baskets. Mildred Melgard, president of the Washington Ladies’ Guild, sponsor of the festival notes that there will be “a ton of home baked goods” for sale, too. Entertainment will be the Medomak Steel Drum Band, from 1 to 2 p.m. and the ever-popular Playin’ Possum Band with David and Gigi Hynd, from 2 to 5 p.m. This is a good time for everyone – Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Washington Fire Station. For more information, call Mildred at 845-3102.
General Assistance Ordinance revision
On Wednesday, July 9, there will be a public hearing to ask questions and make comments about a proposed change in our town’s General Assistance Ordinance. Selectmen will explain the proposal which revises income limits for GA applications. The public hearing is at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library.
Speaker to clarify pesticide uses
The annual meeting of Washington Lakes Watershed Association will be held Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at Evening Star Grange Hall. Guest speaker, Gary Fish, of the Maine Board of Pesticides Control will be on hand to talk about the many types of pesticides on the market, which ones are safe, and the best ways to use them. His theme is “YardScaping for a Healthy Maine.” Gary Fish is a pesticide safety educator who promotes effective use of sound judgment in choosing and applying pesticides no matter the location. He describes his slogan “think first, spray last” as a reminder that there are certain ways to use these toxic compounds that will get the results you want without doing harm to your family, pets, and our lake and shore. The meeting will include a short business meeting with election of board members, and a request for member approval of bylaw changes. Refreshments will be served. The public is very welcome to attend.
Janto Exhibit and Opening Reception
“Time Passing” a three-part exhibit of monoprints and drawings, sculptures and photos, and a bas-relief painting called ”Time Passing on Nelson Ridge,” by Washington’s Phyllis Janto will open Thursday, July 10 at Gibbs Library. An artist’s reception will be presented the next evening, Friday, July 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room. The public is invited to attend the reception and visit the exhibit anytime. “Time Passing” runs until Sept. 2.
Taxes rise for roads
For most of us, 2014 property tax bills will be a little higher than last year with the rate at $13.50 per $1,000 valuation, up from $13.20 last year. Selectmen report that most of this increase is due to paving and other road improvements the town voted for at annual meeting. One major project is paving Mountain Road and parts of Young’s Hill Road which, along with Bill Luce Road resurfacing (which has already been done) is part of a 10-year plan to repave, replace culverts, and make other improvements to town roads. Property owners will be receiving tax bills later this month.
Educator fills school board seat
Sean Donaghy, recently resigned from the SAD/RSU 40 School Board to split his time between caretaker of Medomak Camp and developing his village business. The Select Board has appointed Robert Jones to the seat. Donaghy says he enjoyed his time on the board which is both rewarding and very time-consuming. He expressed admiration for everyone who serves their towns in this way. Robert Jones is a retired educator who will complete the term which ends in March of 2016.