Many hands – come on down

With a smile the Fire Department Auxiliary’s Debbie Johnston quotes the old saying about how lots of help makes the job go better – many hands make light work. A cleaning party is scheduled for Saturday, May 15. This is a special nudge for all the folks who get to use the town’s fire station for meetings and events — which means pretty much everyone — to come on down on and help out. The cleaning party always takes place before the library’s annual garage and plant sale, which is coming up the following weekend. Cleaning supplies are provided by the auxiliary. So, ladies and gentlemen, grab your gloves and spend 9 a.m. to noon at the fire station on the 15th. No doubt you’ll get a cup of coffee and a good time to boot.

Masons offer scholarship

Mt. Olivet Lodge 2010 scholarship applications are available at the Gibbs Library in Washington and from the Guidance Office at Medomak Valley High School. The requirements are: the student must be a resident of the town of Washington, a graduating senior (high school or home schooled) and accepted by an accredited college or university. The rest of the information needed is on the application. All applications must be submitted or postmarked by June 30, 2010. This is a fine opportunity to try for some extra help with those expenses.

Lakes Association seeks board nominees

The Washington Lakes Association is reaching out to the community for board of directors nominees. Anyone interested in the WLA is invited to attend either or both of two board meetings prior to the WLA’s annual meeting in August when elections take place. These upcoming meetings will be held on Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library and provide a great way to get acquainted. The WLA was founded in 1991 by a group of local residents, property owners, and interested people to promote appreciation and good management of the Little Medomak Brook watershed. This includes Washington Pond, Crystal Lake, and other streams and ponds in the area. The organization was recently incorporated. Over the years, the WLA has sponsored educational programs and workshops and lake water quality assessments, offered boat rides, and been involved with Prescott School and various other projects. Our board meets four to five times a year to take care of business and keep in touch with each other and the community. Please come and check it out. For more information, contact Charlotte at 845-2661.

Teachers appreciated

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and a good time to take a moment to let the teachers in your life know how important they are.

Farmers market gearing up for season

Washington Grange Farmers Market is beginning the 2010 weekly markets on Saturday, May 15. There will be free samples and special offers to welcome everyone back for the season, which will run from May 15 to mid-December every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Evening Star Grange on Old Union Road in Washington Village.

Praise for warming center concept

Eileen Wilkerson from the Knox County Emergency Management Agency attended a recent Board of Selectmen meeting to brief members on her project of activating warming centers in town in cases of long-term power outages. Paulette Oboyski, Ann Dean and Denise Hylton also attended the session. Ms. Wilkerson was impressed with what was already in place in Washington and said we were well ahead of other towns. Next steps include formalizing the warming center concept based on experience and information gathered at a training attended by Town Clerk Ann Dean. Great job, everyone.