Washington dig team needs help

As Gibbs Library prepares for its annual garage sale, volunteers are needed to assist with the plant sale portion of the fundraiser. Many hands can assist with growing seedlings and collecting plants from existing gardens. The first work date is Saturday, April 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are handy at unearthing and dividing plants, are willing to start a flat of seedlings, or want to help with this project, please contact Peg Hobbs at 845-2900 or e-mail pegandleo@fairpoint.net.

Prescott presents play

Prescott School students are working hard this week to be ready for their production of “Androcles and the Lion” Friday night. They are involved with Children’s Stage Adventure Week, a special experience in theater arts. On the first day of a typical week, actor-educators from Children’s Stage Adventure audition and cast students, begin rehearsals, and engage students in enrichment workshops on theater arts topics. By the end of a week, students have learned all the songs, lines and dances and are ready to present their show to the public. The performance will be at Prescott School Friday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are adults $4, students $2, and family $10. Last year’s production, the first Stage Adventure for Prescott students, received rave reviews. Be there if you can.

Speaking of Prescott School

Let’s squelch a concern. Earlier this year we heard a rumor that Prescott School might be targeted for closing. That is not true. Here’s a short take on this. Sometimes during budget processes, when school boards and budget committees are struggling to cut costs, someone may float the idea of closing a school. This happened with Prescott School in the cross hairs and raised a flurry of community concern. When the actual cost of educating our town’s children at some other site was compared to keeping the school open, it was found to be much more practical, efficient and cost-effective to keep things as they are. Beth Connor, former school board member, explained at town meeting that closing Prescott School was not a serious challenge but it did cause people to take a hard look at the idea and do some serious number crunching. That turned out to be a good thing because it puts the topic to rest for some time to come. One way to support and encourage our fantastic school is to get to know it better. Check the school information and newsletter found at msad40.org/schools/prescott.

Fun fashionista struts her stuff

Rose of Sharon posed recently in her Easter outfit complete with flowery hat and high-heeled shoes. Rose, who resides in the yard of Barbara Carney, has been showing off her fashion choices since winter when she dressed warmly in seasonable garb with a fur collar. When the rains came, totally drenching her clothes, she decided to dress for St. Patrick’s Day, sporting a green ensemble highlighted with shamrocks. As a tribute to spring and Easter, Rose rose to the occasion with the pastel outfit shown in the photo. Rose of Sharon is actually a Rose of Sharon shrub growing in Barbara Carney’s yard. She covers it in winter for protection. Aiming to make it more than a formless blob of burlap, Barbara dressed it up to become a clever eye candy for those passing in the neighborhood across from the post office. Very clever, Barb. We appreciate it!

PC maintenance instruction

On Monday, April 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Gibbs Library, Cheryl McKeary will cover basic preventive maintenance for your PC computer. Cheryl will explain how to protect computers from viruses, spam and hackers, use special programs to troubleshoot, and speed up a slow system. The suggested donation is $5. Preregistration is required by Friday, April 9. Call the library at 845-2663 or e-mail gibbslibrary@hotmail.com.

A note from me: Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.