Sweetest part of summer
Who can believe it’s September? Whew! School is in and summer will be out in just a couple of weeks. The rest of the season seems dearest and sweetest to me as the days funnel us into autumn. Join me in storing up some summer in our hearts to carry us through the busy-ness and cool weather ahead.
Grange public supper
This Saturday, Sept. 8, Evening Star Grange will host a public supper at the Grange Hall on Old Union Road from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Menu includes baked beans, turkey, casseroles, salads and the usual yummy desserts. Cost for adults is $8. You can get a dollar off your supper cost if you bring a donation (a non-perishable food item) for the food bank. The Grange has been supporting the town’s food bank in this way for a long time now — one of the many low-key, high-value “little” things the Grange does for our community.
Frank Jones Jr. leaves road post
We extend thanks to Frank Jones Jr. for his 11-plus years of service to the town as road commissioner. He resigned from the position a couple of weeks ago. Frank played a big role in the establishment and organization of the town’s Road Maintenance Department and has overseen many improvements and upgrades of the roads throughout the area. Frank will be focusing on his business, Earthly Fertilizer, which manufactures organic compost from sawdust and fish and food waste. For information about his product, call him at 845-2955. We wish him continuing success with his sustainable “green” business — Earthly Fertilizer — and thanks, again, Frank.
Road commissioner appointed
Jonathon Daniel has been appointed by the Select Board as road commissioner effective Sept. 1. Jonathon joined the Road Maintenance Department as an equipment operator when the department was first established in 2008. He will be working closely with Selectman Duane Vigue to get up to speed with his new responsibilities.
Animal control officer
The Board of Selectmen appointed Andy Dinsmore as animal control officer. Andy is picking up where Clayton Lanphier left off when he resigned a few weeks ago. Clayton will continue to serve as a deputy ACO. The animal control officer is responsible for implementing the Washington Dog Control Ordinance, which deals with all domestic animals not just dogs. The ACO upholds Maine animal welfare laws and is the go-to person for domestic animals that are lost, posing a threat to others, or appear ill, injured or abandoned. Remember, animals are restricted to their owner’s property unless leashed or otherwise restrained. Andy can be contacted on a pager at 851-0027. Concerns about wild (non-domestic) animals should be reported to a game warden through the IF&W (Inland Fisheries and Wildlife) Dispatch Center in Augusta at 1-800-452-4664.
Planning board public hearing
An application by Dave's World (David St. Clair) of Liberty for potential mining activities prompts the Washington Planning Board to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Bryant Room of the Gibbs Library. This is an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments on a proposal for gravel mining on the north side of Razorville Road in the vicinity of Muddy Pond. Public input and concerns are taken into consideration by the planning board along with the provisions of the mining ordinance and land use ordinance and applicable state laws, rules and regulations before ruling on the application.
Good work, Select Board!
Recently, the selectmen paid off the 3.89 percent town garage mortgage and took on one with an interest rate of 2.59 percent. This change will save the town of approximately $1,700 a year without extending the length of the mortgage term. Pats on the back to the folks in the town office for following the money in this responsible way.