Indoor yard sale and farmers market

The Prescott School Parent Teacher Group will hold a Farmers Market and Flea Market in the Prescott School Gym this Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will help raise much needed funds for the new gardens to be created at the school this spring. The PTG has invited many of the regular farmers market vendors to bring their wares. The PTG is also renting out tables for individuals who want to sell flea market items. The fee to rent your space is $10 per table and, if you want one, call Sue at 845-2709 today to make your reservation. This is a chance to bring our unwanted but useful items to sell and pick up some of yours. Or just come by to help the cause. Prescott gardens are on the grow.

Garden talk by Turner

At Gibbs Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 13, Sharon Turner, master gardener and organizer of the Washington Grange Farmers Market, will talk about seed selection, recommended vegetable and flower varieties, soil testing and improvement, and sustainable and organic practices. Sharon will make time for your questions, too. This is a great way to prepare for spring and the new garden season. The talk is free but please preregister by calling the library at 845-2663 or send an e-mail to gibbslibrary@hotmail.com.

Braestrup talk and book signing

Kate Braestrup, the best-selling author of “Here If You Need Me,” will visit Gibbs Library on March 13 as part of her book tour for her new book “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity.” Braestrup enrolled in Bangor Theological Seminary later in life after being widowed and is now an ordained Unitarian-Universalist minister. She wrote her first book, a bestseller, sharing her experience and insight as chaplain with the Maine Warden Service. Braestrup has taken the knowledge she gained as a counselor and adviser to couples and individuals and combined it with her own to create her new book, which looks at marriage, faith and family in her special way. Braestrup is the mother of six grown children and in her spare time knits hats and neck warmers for Operation Gratitude, which assembles care packages for our soldiers and Marines presently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Braestrup will be at Gibbs Library on Saturday, March 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The talk and book signing are free.

Chewonki program comes to Prescott

Len Lewis is announcing that all Prescott students will participate in Water and Wildlife, The Mystery of the Riparian Zone, a Chewonki program coming on Monday, March 15 to the school. Lewis teaches fourth grade at Prescott and is the school’s liaison with the Washington Lakes Association, which underwrites an outdoor education program annually. This year’s program focuses on the riparian areas at the water’s edge and the animals that depend on this important habitat. The Chewonki Foundation of Wiscasset provides natural world educational experiences to adults and children and began its traveling lessons in natural history 20 years ago. The staff will bring in both mounted and live animals to demonstrate the unique adaptations required to live around water. Students will have hands-on, grade-appropriate experiences with these animals and related activities. Check on the school’s Web site at msad40.org/schools/prescott or call 845-2424 for the presentation schedule and be with us on March 15 if you can.

Dog is safe thanks to shots

Washington’s Animal Control Officer Clayton Lanphier was called out last week to deal with a rabid raccoon that had bitten a family dog. Clayton emphasized that the dog was not infected because it was up-to-date with its shots. This is a timely reminder that those rabies shots are protection for our animals and ourselves. One of the reasons dog licenses are required is to ensure that the animals are current with rabies vaccinations. Lanphier’s recent example turned out well. In another instance, however, a dog was put down after biting a child because it had not had rabies shots for years. Sadly, it turned out after testing that the dog was not rabid and could have been spared. The bottom line here is to make sure pets are up to date on all vaccinations. Also, be sure to get that dog license renewed before fines are imposed. Just go to the town office for this.

Now, here’s a little more skinny on rabies. The disease is fatal once it is established. In the United States only a handful of cases develop each year but worldwide 55,000 humans die annually from rabies. The rabies virus is in the saliva of the affected animal. After it is transmitted there is a symptom-free incubation period when medical care is absolutely necessary. Animals need their booster shots and humans need to see their doctor or clinic right away. Once symptoms appear the disease is almost always fatal. If an incident occurs, don’t wait. If someone is bitten by an animal it’s very important to immediately wash the bite area thoroughly with soap and water and cover loosely. Then set about finding out whether the biting animal is rabies infected. Call your game warden (1-800-452-4664) or Clayton Lanphier, our animal control officer, at 851-0027 for help with this. Call your vet or family doctor for medical advice. If you have an event or experience to share, send a message to washingtonreport@gmail.com or call 542-0915.