Water aerobics to start next week

Water aerobics is healthy and fun and a good way to keep in shape through the winter. Classes begin next Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Damariscotta Lake Farms in Jefferson. Mary Ann Brown will teach classes in the heated indoor pool three days a week: Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 8 to 9 a.m.; and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost for the pool and instruction is $8 per class with a rate reduction for weekly or monthly sign-ups. Participants should bring their own swimsuit, towel, swim cap and swim shoes (if preferred), and two 12-ounce water bottles that will be used as exercise weights. You can sign up for classes, ask questions, or check out the pool ahead of time by calling Darlene at 649-1671. Preregistration is required.

Bicentennial logo sought

The committee planning Washington’s bicentennial celebration is seeking ideas for a town slogan and bicentennial logo that will be featured on correspondence, posters, banners and other materials for the bicentennial year, 2011. Both the slogan and the logo should, in some way, be representative of our town’s history and accomplishments. The logo should include the words “Washington” and “Bicentennial” and the dates “1811 – 2011” somewhere in the design, and should be suitable for both color and black-and-white applications. All Washington residents are eligible to submit ideas in hand-drawn or digital form. All entries should be sent to: Bicentennial, Washington Town Office, P.O. Box 408, Washington, ME 04574 or dropped off at 40 Old Union Road. Be sure to attach your own name, address and phone number to all entries. Electronic submissions may be sent to washington.selectmen@gmail.com. The deadline for entries is Feb. 28, 2010 – no exceptions. The Bicentennial Committee will select the logo and the slogan, and unveil them at town meeting 2010.

Free intro to yoga and tai chi at grange

On Jan. 9, Louis Pontillo will begin a series of classes with a free introduction to yoga, tai chi and the philosophy of these practices. Taoist yoga is a meditative physical art that involves still postures, gentle movement and active relaxation techniques. Tai chi ch’uan movements will also be learned and practiced. Drawn to an Eastern health viewpoint at an early age, Louis has been a yoga practitioner since his youth. He holds a master of science (oriental medicine) degree and has conducted a private practice since 2001. He is a faculty member at New York College of Health Professions in Syosset, N.Y. Louis and his wife have been visiting in Union, Maine, for 10 years or so and recently decided to make the move to this area. Louis plans to offer classes at the Evening Star Grange on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning on Jan. 9. The Jan. 9 class is free and open to all levels and ages 11 years or older. The following classes will be $10 per session. Drop in and check it out!

Regular meetings in town

The Board of Selectmen meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Gibbs Library Board of Trustees meets the first Monday of the month, except on holidays, at 7 p.m.

The Bicentennial Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. following the Board of Selectmen meeting.

The Washington Historical Society meets the third Tuesday of each month.

The Handcrafters meet each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2010 Census process

The U.S. Census process begins with workers identifying and verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and gather information about age, gender, race, income levels and other relevant data. Legitimate Census workers will carry a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. At this early phase of the count, you really only need to tell them how many people live at your address. The Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, but you don’t have to answer anything at all about your personal financial situation. The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Anyone asking for that information is not with the Census Bureau. In addition, the Census Bureau has decided not to work with ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). No ACORN worker should approach you saying he or she is with the Census Bureau. Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone (how do you know it’s a Census worker?), mail (again, how do you know it’s a Census worker?) or in person at home. However , the Census Bureau will not contact you by e-mail, so be on the lookout for e-mail scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in any e-mails that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau. We’ll be bringing readers more information on the Census over the next few months so we can all be informed and ready for this important gathering of data.

Happy New Year

We’re trying to take the good stuff into the new year and leave the not-so-good stuff back in 2009. Whatever your resolutions, good luck with them! May the year 2010 be a good one for you and yours.

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