Final draft of Land Use Ordinance ready

As a result of citizen input at the public hearing on March 3, the Board of Selectmen, with assistance from several others in a work session immediately following the public hearing, made the numerous changes to the proposed Town of Washington Land Use Ordinance (Revised). The selectmen then voted unanimously to approve it for publication as a final draft. The final draft, as well as the district map, may be found under News at A written copy of the final draft with an 11-by-17 color copy of the district map is also available at the town office. The final draft of the current land use ordinance showing changes, additions and deletions is available for citizen review at the town office. A public hearing will be held Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room of the Gibbs Library to receive comments and questions regarding the final draft. Voting for the proposed Town of Washington Land Use Ordinance (Revised) will be by referendum question on Friday, March 26 during municipal elections. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. that Friday with town meeting the next day.

Garden talk by Turner

Saturday morning Sharon Turner, master gardener and organizer of the Washington Grange Farmers Market, will talk about seed selection, varieties that do well in our climate, improving garden soil, and sustainable and organic practices. There will be plenty of time for your questions, too. Get ready for spring and the new garden season with Sharon at Gibbs Library from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, March 13. The talk is free but please preregister by calling the library at 845-2663 or send an e-mail to

Braestrup book signing

Kate Braestrup, the best-selling author of “Here If You Need Me,” will visit Gibbs Library Saturday, March 13 as part of her book tour for her new book “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity.” Braestrup became a minister after being widowed. Her first book — a bestseller — told of her experience as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service. Her new book 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 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 at Prescott

A Chewonki Foundation program is coming to Prescott School Monday, March 15 and all are invited to sit in on one or more of these outdoor education programs. The fourth-grade teacher, Len Lewis, arranged for the visit that is underwritten by the Washington Lakes Association. Water and Wildlife, The Mystery of the Riparian Zone gives students a hands-on, grade-appropriate experience with these animals and related activities. There will be four sessions: 9 to10 a.m., 10:15 to11:15 a.m., 12:40 to 1:40 p.m. and 1:50 to 2:50 p.m.. If you want to sit in on one or more of the sessions, please feel free to just show up. The Prescott School phone is 845-2424, if you want to call ahead, and the Web site is

Prescott Garden Project moving along

The Prescott School Parent Teacher Group competed with the most beautiful day of the year for its indoor flea market and farmers market. Still, the effort was worthwhile and earned much needed support for the garden project at the school. If you want to know more about the project or want to help, call Sue Frank at 845-2709.

Thanks from Village Church

The Village Church sends out thanks to those who attended the breakfast last Saturday to raise funds for mission work in the Dominican Republic. Village Church Pastor Tim Lewis and Liz Grinnell recently returned from the Dominican Republic and will talk about their experiences and show photos soon and we’ll be sure to tell you when and where that will take place.

Drum Circle signals spring and hope

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 21 — the spring equinox — Jody King will lead a Drum Circle for Peace at Gibbs Library. The Drums for Peace is held worldwide on the first day of each season. First-time participants are especially welcomed by the drum circle because they are the growth that’s needed. Some extra drums are available or you can simply clap along with the beat. Come check it out and just watch if you want. It’s a unique experience.

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