Spaghetti supper to benefit Noyes

On Saturday, Feb. 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., a spaghetti supper will be held at Evening Star Grange Hall in Washington with the proceeds going toward the expenses of Sheldon Noyes’ funeral. Sheldon Cedric Noyes died Dec. 30, just four days after his 42nd birthday. Sheldon was a true local who lived and worked in this area all his too short life. Most recently, Sheldon managed Washington’s returnable container redemption center. His employer, Ron Wellman, remembers him as a friendly and efficient man who took pleasure in keeping things neat and organized. Upon Sheldon’s death, his son, Marine Pvt. Steven Noyes, was called home from military service in Parris Island, S.C. Steven and Sheldon’s family and friends gathered Jan. 8 to remember Sheldon’s life. Many of us knew Sheldon through his work at the redemption center. We offer our deepest sympathy. He will be missed.

The public supper will go a long way toward taking care of this unexpected expense that’s fallen on Steven. Let’s make this a large and generous turnout. The supper will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and desserts. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and under. The dinner is co-sponsored by the Evening Star Grange and the Mount Olivet Lodge of Masons. See you there: Saturday at the Grange Hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Snowmobile club to hold Snowfest and Fishing Derby

The Washington Hill and Gully Riders Snowmobile Club has scheduled its annual Snowfest and Fishing Derby for Saturday, Feb. 13 at Washington Pond. The derby will be headquartered at the Washington Pond Boat Landing and things will be ready to go at the crack of dawn. This will be a fun event with a real payoff for some lucky people. All tickets will be entered into a $200 door prize drawing and there will be a $75 award for the largest fish of the day. A $20 prize will go to the angler who lands the largest fish in each of six categories: brook trout, brown trout, bass, pickerel, yellow perch and white perch. Fish can be registered throughout the day and weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. sharp. At 3 p.m. the door prize will be drawn and winners of the fish prizes will be determined. Catches will be judged using the legal guidelines outlined by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for Washington Pond. The Hill and Gully Riders cook shack will be booming early with hot and cold beverages. Cooked food and baked goods will also be on sale all day. There will be snowmobile trail maps available and a registration table for anyone interested in joining the club. Club members will answer any questions visitors might have about the club or the trails. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six and are available throughout town or from any club member and will be on sale at the derby. The proceeds from the derby will cover costs and raise funds for our annual college scholarship to a Washington resident. If the weather is good, Washington Pond will be packed with people fishing, visiting each other’s ice shacks, eating, and swapping fish stories. Visit the event Feb. 13. (Dare we mention a rain date? Well, it’s the 20th but hush …)

Billions of reasons to answer the Census

What’s the big deal? Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to local and state governments based on information from the U.S. Census. So if we want these federal (national government) agencies to serve us most effectively, we need to provide them with correct data upon which to allocate funds for health care services, school lunch programs, certain community services, senior citizen centers, highway construction, hospitals, neighborhood improvements, and more. The data also help determine the number of seats our state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Library forgives late fees

Gibbs Library is continuing its amnesty through Feb. 14. Patrons with overdue books can bring the books in any time without paying the usual overdue book fee. They can be returned at the library or dropped in the book collection bin in front of the building. Gibbs’ overdue fees are modest but if you have several overdue books or a book that’s been due a long time, this is the perfect time to take the books back.

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