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By Charlotte Henderson | May 12, 2017
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson Intrepid paddlers took a chance on the weather Sunday, May 7, to tour the upper Medomak River and discover spring birds and flowers. Paddlers enjoyed swift water and the sun breaking through for this first paddle of the season with guide Rob Stenger of Washington Lakes Association.

Guild sale rescheduled

Due to circumstances beyond their control (that is to say, the weather), the Ladies’ Guild had to postpone their annual Yard Sale to this Saturday, May 13. It will be at Bartlett's Auto Sales on Route 17 in Washington from 8 a.m. until done. Lots of homemade baked goods, furniture, attic treasures and more. Free coffee. Buck a Bag after noon.

Talk on Washington cemeteries

This Saturday, May 13, Washington native Cheryl Mank Swift will be the featured speaker at the spring meeting of the Maine Old Cemetery Association. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m., with registration ($3), followed by announcements, refreshments and time to view exhibits and displays. The talk, “The Cemeteries of Washington, Maine,” follows these opening activities. The meeting is at the Old Town House of the Union Historical Society, 128 Town House Road, Union, GPS: 44°12’47”N 69°16’30”W. To check out other activities of the all-day MOCA meeting, go to moca-me.org and click on events.

Local collector exhibits at Gibbs

All through May and June, a selection of lithographs from the 1700s and 1800s will be on display at Gibbs Library. The lithographs, depicting events of the Revolutionary and Civil wars, are from the personal collection of Washington resident Lennie Weiner. The exhibit features two historical figures, George Washington and Gen. Israel Putnam, both of whom had a significant influence on the history of our town.

Washington was originally called Putnam, honoring this Revolutionary War hero. The name was changed to Washington in 1825. The exhibit includes a print of Putnam, a group of prints about Washington, including the surrender of Cornwallis, four beautiful Currier & Ives color prints representing the four seasons, and  more. The exhibit runs through July 3 and can be seen during all regular library hours.

Free tix to Little League games

OK, here’s the thing. Local Little League games are already free and you don’t need tickets. I just wanted to get your attention. There are 50 Washington youngsters enrolled in Little League this spring. These kids are participating in four activities: softball, T-ball, and upper and lower Minor (Minor is the division of Little League for ages 5 to 12).

One of the things that helps support the Little League kids is returnable bottles and cans. And, not by chance, there’s a bin beside the Snack Shack at the Prescott School baseball field where you can leave your returnables every chance you get. Also, when you attend a game, talk to some of the volunteer crew and see if you can do something to help this program.

Public supper at Masons’

Mt. Olivet Lodge is offering a roast turkey supper Saturday, May 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu is roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls and dessert, coffee, tea and punch. Adults $10, children $5, and a free hotdog and chips for kids who reject turkey and gravy (my favorite!). The Masonic Hall is located a quarter-mile north of Washington Village on Route 220.

Other upcoming events – save the dates

June 24, Gibbs Library giant garage sale! 9 a.m. to noon

July 13, Strand Theater benefit for Gibbs Library, 7 p.m. Brian Allen: Blueberries, Broadway & Brian one-man Show. $20.

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