Land use ordinances to be discussed

Washington’s Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing next week to discuss proposed changes in the town’s land use regulations. The purpose of the meeting is to give our voting citizens a chance to understand the updates before voting on them at our municipal elections next month. The updates clarify some definitions and bring Washington’s land use rules into compliance with state and federal laws. Here’s how we understand it: If we operate under the “old” town ordinances that are (by law) superseded by state or federal regulations we are subject to the greater authority. Bad news if a question comes up. Our town officials have worked hard to forge the language in the proposed document. Check it out. All the town’s ordinances, including the land use ordinance updates and much more, are available online at Copies in written format are available at the town office. The public hearing will be next Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. This is the time to answer concerns and get ready to vote on these needed adjustments. See you there.

Breakfast helps missions to Dominican Republic

The Women’s Missions Group of the Village Church sponsors annual short-term mission trips to the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, Dominican Republic. This year Pastor Tim Kelley and church member Liz Grinnell are spending two weeks in service there. The Missions Group will present a public breakfast on Saturday, March 6 from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Village Church at 33 Liberty Road. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, muffins, coffee, juice and milk. The price is $5. It’s a fundraiser to support the Dominican Republic mission, which needs funds more than ever this year. Be there if you can for this yummy way to start the day.

Flea market for Prescott garden project

The Prescott Parent Teacher Group’s plans for creating gardens at the school are starting to bloom. Washington resident Frank Campbell and Viking Lumber have pledged enough lumber to build six 3-by-5-foot beds at the school. Thank you! There’s still a need for landscape fabric, a rain barrel, buckets, garden tools and compost along with willing people to help out. The PTG will hold a farmers market and flea market in the Prescott School Gym on Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are available for a $10 rental fee, which goes to the project. (It could be a great chance to get a head start on spring cleaning.) For more information about renting a table or other ways to help, contact Sue Frank at 845-2709.

Fundraiser a community success

Jen Audet of Jefferson is the winner of the recliner donated by Dow Furniture toward the Noyes benefit efforts. The raffle was part of a larger fundraising effort by the Evening Star Grange and members of our community and beyond. Congratulations, Jen. Gratitude goes out to the Evening Star Grange for the splendid handling of this project. Most of all, many, many heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the success of the benefit.

Fishing derby hooked some beauties

Anthony Lee, secretary of the Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club, reported these final results of the fishing derby held a couple of Saturdays ago: largest fish overall, pickerel, 3 pounds, 12 ounces, Evan Millay. Largest fish by species, brown trout, 2 pounds, 13 ounces, Joel Lufkin Jr.; pickerel, 1 pound, 14 ounces, Kevin Taylor; yellow perch, 13.5 ounces, Arnie Allen; small mouth bass, 11.8 ounces, Kattie W.; white perch, 1 pound, 04 ounces, Jamie Spaulding; brook trout, 15.5 ounces, Joe Bowman.

Puppet show at Gibbs Library

At 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, there will be showings of the folktale “The Snowmaiden,” with puppeteer Joanie Dean of Primrose Puppets. This is the story of an old man and his wife who lived in the faraway land of Russia. They had many, many animals, but longed for a child. One day in winter, when the snow had fallen and was lying thick on the ground, something magical happened that changed their lives. The show is free.

A special sort of homecoming

Casey Johnson, popular hair stylist, has come back home to Washington. Casey is the niece of Paulette and Vic Oboyski. She attended Capillo Institute in Augusta and has worked as a hairstylist in both Maine and New York City since graduation. She studied hair color at the noted Louis Licari salon in New York City and has been styling and coloring hair for men, women and children for more than five years. She is currently with Reflections Hair Salon in Rockland. Welcome back, Casey.

One hundred ninety-nine years ago on Feb. 27

The town of Washington (then named Putnam) was born 199 years ago. And now folks all over Washington are beginning plans for a bicentennial celebration next year. One important item is selection of a logo or symbol of the event that can be used on souvenirs, keepsakes, stationery, mugs and many more items created for the occasion. If you haven’t submitted your idea for a logo, the deadline for submissions is Feb. 28, so don’t lose out. The logo should include the words “Washington Bicentennial” and the dates 1811 – 2011 somewhere in the design and it needs to be suitable for both color and black-and-white applications. Be sure to attach your own name, address and phone number to each and every entry you submit. You may submit any number of hand-drawn or digital logos. Take or send them to the Washington Town Office: hand deliver to 40 Old Union Road; send postal mail to P.O. Box 408, Washington, ME; or send electronic mail to