Gibbs Library celebrates volunteers

On Friday, Feb. 12, Gibbs Library directors will host an evening of food, friendship and fun for Gibbs volunteers. This is a potluck meal and will be held at the VFW Hall on Razorville Road from 6 to 9 p.m. As is a tradition with Gibbs meals, guests are asked to also bring their own place setting – plate, knife, fork, spoon and place mat (cloth, paper or paper towel is OK). If you are a Gibbs volunteer in any way, be sure to come and enjoy the fellowship.

Fishing derby

This Saturday, Feb. 13, the Hill and Gully Riders Snowmobile Club will hold its annual Snowfest and Fishing Derby. The action will take place at the Washington Pond Boat Landing starting at dawn and will last all day. This will be a fun event with prizes for the largest fish in six categories (brook trout, brown trout, bass, pickerel, yellow perch and white perch) plus a prize for the largest fish overall and a $200 door prize. Fish can be registered throughout the day. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. sharp and winners will be determined at that hour. Catches will be judged using the legal guidelines outlined by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for Washington Pond.

Hot and cold beverages will be available from the Hill and Gully Riders cook shack and cooked food and baked items will be on sale all day. Club members will answer any questions visitors might have about the club or the trails and trail maps will be on hand. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six and are available throughout town and from any club member, and will be on site at the derby. If you enjoy ice fishing, seeing ice shack constructions and snowmobile models, eating, and swapping fish stories, Washington Pond will be the place to be on Saturday.

Snowfest supper with strawberry shortcake

Just in time to complement the fishing derby, there will be a great supper at the Masonic Hall Saturday evening. The razzle-dazzle cooks of Mt. Olivet Lodge will serve fish chowder, beef stew, and chili along with biscuits, pickles and other condiments. For a real winter treat there will be strawberry shortcake for dessert. This is the perfect time of year for bowls of hot and delicious foods and you just can’t beat those biscuits. Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge is just north of Washington Village on Route 220 North. Supper will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. and the cost will be $6 for adults and $3 for children. See you there!

Benefit warms hearts on chilly night

Although it was c-c-c-cold outside and the wind blew like crazy, the Evening Star Grange Hall was warm and bustling at last weekend’s Noyes Benefit supper. A packed hall enjoyed a spaghetti supper served up by the ambitious Evening Star kitchen crew of grange members with assistance from some Masons and individuals who just pitched in. Adding to the fun (and funds) was a raffle of several items donated by individuals and businesses in our community, members of the Grange Farmers Market, and some anonymous donors. Several pies were auctioned as well, all to raise money to help defray the costs of the funeral for Sheldon Noyes who died Dec. 30. Family, friends and well-wishers – many of whom didn’t even know Sheldon – helped make the supper a great success.

Words of thanks to benefit donors

Many thanks go out to donors to the Noyes benefit, including Kathleen Ocean Massage Therapy, Paneras Bread, Borealis Bread, Come Spring Café, Peaslee’s Quick Stop, Luce’s Village Hardware, Linscott’s, Union Agway, Dow Furniture, Mt. Olivet Masons, and Maine Eastern Railroad. Our gratitude also to members of the Evening Star Grange Farmers Market, including Black Locust Farm, Port Clyde Seafood, Cynthia White, Harvest Handspun Yarn, Maine Water Buffalo Company, Mayan Hearts and Brazier Wire Birdfeeders. We are also grateful to those who chose to donate anonymously. Thanks, of course, to the folks who came out for the supper. Everyone’s thoughtfulness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Fundraising continues

The Evening Star Grange is conducting a raffle for a handsome recliner chair donated by Dow Furniture. Tickets will be on sale all this coming weekend until Feb. 15. The goal is to raise as much money as possible from this special item to add to the fund for Steven Noyes. Raffle tickets are $5 apiece and are available at Ron and Jeff Luce’s Village Market and at Gibbs Library. The recliner is attractive and oh-so-comfy (personally tested out by yours truly) and benefits a worthy cause. If you can’t get to the market or library to purchase raffle tickets, please call Charlotte at 542-0915 or Cheryl at 845-2635 and we’ll get them to you.

Wednesday free tax help continues

Free help for middle and low income taxpayers (with special attention to senior citizens) is available every Wednesday until April 14 at the Washington Fire Station. AARP/IRS trained tax counselors will be available by appointment to assist with 2009 federal and state income tax returns 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ. This service is provided by AARP Tax-Aid, which reminds people to bring all the information and forms detailing income, expenses and deductions for 2009. Also bring last year’s (2008) federal and state tax returns, personal identification and Social Security card for all the dependents you claim on your return. These items must be shown to the tax counselor, even if that person knows who you are. Electronic filing will be available. Call Liz Grinnell at 845-2377 to schedule an appointment with the tax counselor.

Help locate these town reports

The town archives are missing town reports from these three years: 1920, 1952 and 1984. If you have a copy of any of these reports, please contact the town office at 845-2897. If you can donate the booklet to Washington’s records or if you can lend it to be copied it would be appreciated.