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By Charlotte Henderson | Jan 17, 2013

Gibbs Library art show outstanding

Last Saturday visitors to the opening of Gibbs Library’s new art exhibit were treated to yet another outstanding display. Pulled directly from the walls of Maddy Kelly’s home to the walls of the library, a score or so of paintings by Kelly’s father, Henry C. Toll, delighted and amazed all. A Princeton graduate, Henry Toll was an architect by training and as such worked for (among others) the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico. He relished the opportunity to attend various Indian ceremonies and developed a sincere respect for and admiration of the Native Americans of northern New Mexico. He captured in memory detailed images of Hopi and Zuni ceremonial dances and, in consideration of their culture, did not take photographs or make sketches. Rather, he painted the scenes from his recollections. His daughter, librarian Madelon Kelly, remembers that Toll often felt his creativity restricted by the requirements of government architecture and was happy to release it into this series of paintings. Toll didn’t believe he should profit from the Native American culture and, because of that, he never sold his works. Since his death in 2005, the meticulous renderings reside with members of Toll’s family — except, lucky us, those which Maddy Kelly is so graciously sharing with us at the library.

Snowmobile club schedules SnowFest

The annual SnowFest and Fishing Derby sponsored by Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club is set for Saturday, Feb. 9. The SnowFest is an all-day outdoor activity starting around daybreak at the Washington Pond Public Access area on Razorville Road. Many ice-fishing enthusiasts are right there ready to go at dawn, while others join in all during the day. The Cook Shack is open all day with hot coffee and cocoa, sandwiches, snacks and sweets. Nearby is an enclosed fire for warming hands and seats of pants — a welcome opportunity on a frigid day — and striking up conversations. There are cash prizes for the largest fish in each of several categories, plus a door prize, and raffles. The SnowFest is the club’s only fundraiser each year and the profit helps support trail grooming, purchase supplies for signage and trail maintenance, and keep the club’s machinery in good condition. Hill & Gully Riders meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Washington Fire Department Conference Room. All snowmobilers are welcome.

Lakes association, snowmobile club want ice-out dates

Washington’s Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club and Washington Lakes Watershed Association are seeking this year to record ice-out in Washington Pond and Crystal Lake. Everyone is welcome to submit a guess as to the exact date and time of ice-out in either or both of these water bodies. These two local organizations are assisting in a statewide effort by the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program and the Maine Division of Parks and Lands to record ice-out dates on all Maine lakes. There will be a table at the SnowFest for entering your guess and other sites will be announced next week.

Food bank relocates to church

The Washington Food Bank has moved and will now be conducting business from the Village Church on Liberty Road (Route 220 just north of the village). The food bank is available once a month on the second Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. for anyone who needs confidential assistance with groceries or who wants to donate non-perishable items. Pastor Tim Lewis is the contact person and can be reached at 845-2447.

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