Washington Historical Society acquires building

At last Saturday’s town meeting the town voted to sell the old town garage/storage building on Razorville Road to the Washington Historical Society for $1. An amendment was added to Article 20 that would cause the property to revert to the town if under any conditions the WHS ceases to maintain ownership. The article passed with little opposition. The society hopes to retrofit the building into a safe storage area for the wealth of historical documents and artifacts that are currently scattered in attics, basements and closets around town. In thanking voters, WHS President Wendy Carr said, “The Historical Society is grateful for your confidence. I want everyone to realize that you didn’t give this to the Historical Society, but to yourselves. Whether you’ve been here seven generations or not yet one, if you call Washington home, its past is your past.” The WHS meets in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library on the third Tuesday of each month.

Slow yoga classes begin April 5

Linda Shepard’s spring session yoga classes begin Monday, April 5 and will continue until May 24. This class is open to men and women, beginners and experienced alike. The eight-week session costs $96 or $14 per class on a drop-in basis. Mats are provided. Participants should wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes. Class time is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Please let Linda know if you plan to attend. Call 785-4319 or e-mail shepsimp@midcoast.com.

TLC for our computers

Instructor Cheryl McKeary will cover basic preventive maintenance for your PC computer at Gibbs Library on Monday, April 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cheryl has her own business, McKeary Designs, specializing in assisting businesses and individuals with professional graphics, Web site design, public relations materials and other services. Cheryl will explain how to protect computers from viruses, spam and hackers, use special programs to troubleshoot, and speed up a poky system. This is not a hands-on class but you will be able to take the information home and put it to use. She’s setting aside some time for questions, too. The suggested donation is $5. Preregister by Friday, April 9 by calling the library at 845-2663 or e-mail gibbslibrary@hotmail.com.

Snowmobile club to pull up stakes

The Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club will soon begin collecting trail signs and marker stakes. Although there’s been no snow on the ground for a while the ground is still frozen in places and the stakes and signage can’t be pulled out without breaking. Anthony Lee, Hill & Gully Riders secretary, wants to pass along thanks from the whole club to landowners for allowing the club to use their lands. The riders take this privilege very seriously and work to maintain a treat-as-your-own policy.

Washington student goes to state Geographic Bee

Cale Gee became the Maine School Administrative District 40 Geographic Bee representative to the state contest by correctly naming copper as the primary export of Namibia. Cale is a fifth-grader in Mr. Freyenhagen’s class at Prescott Memorial School. In addition to excelling in geography, he is a good all-round student and loves all sports. Cale was named most valuable player in the recent basketball playoffs for the Medomak Valley Panthers fifth grade travel team and decorates his room with more than 30 medals and trophies in baseball, basketball and soccer that he’s been awarded since he started school. Cale said he’s not nervous and is looking forward to going to the Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Friday, April 9 to try for the state title. We enthusiastically join Cale’s proud parents, Doug and Joy Gee, his sister Curry Jo, and grandmother, Gwyneth Gee, who are rooting for him. Good luck, Cale!

Tai chi instructor adds new service

Louis M. Pontillo leads tai chi on Saturday mornings at the Evening Star Grange. He brought his extensive training in New York to Maine and has recently completed Maine licensing to add acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas to his practice. Louis said these healing arts work well for many conditions and his treatments are tailored to the needs of each individual patient. Louis proudly does “house calls” to bring his skills to clients. He will gladly answer your questions by e-mail at thislilbridge@gmail.com, home phone at 785-4011 or cell at 631-839-6906, or in person. Louis’ ongoing classes in tai chi are held Saturdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and are open to everyone over 11 years of age. The cost is $10 per class.

Stage Adventure Week at Prescott

Prescott School students will have a busy week starting Monday, April 5. They’ll be participating in Children’s Stage Adventure Week, an experience in theater arts. On the first day of a typical week, actor-educators from Children’s Stage Adventure audition and cast students and begin rehearsals. In addition, students participate in enrichment workshops on theater arts topics. By the end of a week of intense rehearsal, students have learned all the songs, lines, and dances and are ready to present their show to the public. This year’s production at Prescott is “Androcles and the Lion,” the story of a boy who helps an injured lion that later saves the boy. The public performance will be at Prescott School Friday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are adults $4, students $2, and family $10. This show is not to be missed. These students do a great job and you will surely be entertained.