Dove release at 8,000-drums fall ceremony
This Sunday, Sept. 23, the Autumn Equinox drum ceremony will take place at Gibbs Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other similar groups all over the world gather at the equinoxes and solstices to drum for peace and healing. Marc Archambault will release the ceremonial white doves at the end of the drumming ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend this unique event to participate or observe. If you have a drum, rattle or similar instrument bring it along – if not, clapping your hands is just as well. For more information, contact Connie Bellet at 993-2294.
Library story hour open to all
Kate Nichols provides a free children’s story hour at Gibbs Library on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. The young listeners are welcome to help select the stories that are read from the wonderful books in the library’s large children’s section. Kate reads aloud and often the children chime in. All children are welcome to this free event. The adults who bring the kids often enjoy listening, too, or they can peruse the books and magazines or the for-sale collection. Everyone enjoys story hour – who doesn’t like being read to? It’s a nice break for children and their grown-ups.
Fire department supper coming up
Washington Fire Department and the Fire Department Auxiliary are hosting a public dinner 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. Menu includes turkey, roast beef, baked beans, casseroles, pies, beverages and much more. As usual, the dinners are $8 for adults and $4 for children. If you are able to contribute a casserole, salad, or dessert, the cooks are always grateful for your help. Just give it to one of the auxiliary women when you arrive at the dinner or call Debbie at 845-2576 to make a plan.
In case you haven’t heard, Sage, the blind spaniel for whom a massive animal search has been going on all summer, is now presumed dead. Tracker dogs who searched the area of her last sighting gave a “decomp” signal, indicating that her scent is no longer of a living animal. Her family wants to thank everyone who helped out with the search and all those who were concerned for them and Sage.
Tracking dogs new in this area
Until just a couple of years ago, if we lost a pet and needed to find a team of lost animal tracking dogs we would have had to go well beyond New England to Maryland, or even farther. Today, there are in-state teams like the one that worked to find Sage. The dog teams are made up of highly-trained dogs with mega-strengths in finding things by scent. They’re trained to give specific signals for what they’re finding out and those signals guide the searchers. You can find resources and stories about these teams online by searching ‘lost pet tracking.’ These dogs (and their trainers) are fantastic to learn about. We hope none of us needs them, though, ever.
Snowmobile club begins new season
Whoa! No snow yet, thank goodness, but that doesn’t mean Washington’s snowmobile club, Hill & Gully Riders, isn’t out there getting trails ready for the season. Hill & Gully Riders held its first meeting of the season last Tuesday. This season they will be re-routing a trail in addition to making sure trails are ready for snow season which is a priority for snowmobile clubs. Rick Kopishke is the club’s trailmaster and it’s his job to check out the trails and make sure they are up to required standards of clearing, grooming, signage, and safety. He is also liaison with the Bureau of Parks and Lands of the Maine Department of Conservation. The work of keeping the trails in good shape goes on all year round and is shared by members of the snowmobile club. Officers for this year include Jud Butterman, president; Matt Kopishke, vice president; Tom Johnston, treasurer and safety officer; and Anthony Lee, secretary. Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday in the conference room at Washington Fire Department next to the town office. All snowmobilers are welcome to attend meetings and encouraged to become members. Membership is $20 annually, part of which goes to the Maine Snowmobile Association. Want to know more? Please feel free to attend a meeting or phone Jud at 217-9049.