Welcome sights Farmers’ Market

We dropped in at the Washington Grange Farmers’ Market last Saturday. It’s early yet but it is a treat to see some of the familiar products again and welcome several of the vendors back. Important items right now are the baby plants that need to get into the ground early – as in now. Sharon Turner has organic kale, onion, leek, lettuce, scallion, parsley and shallot seedlings ready to plant outdoors. Cara Lewis is bringing us rich milk with that gorgeous layer of yellow cream on the top as well as the various cheeses she makes from it. Yvonne Taylor shows us her beautiful cashmere items and yarn in perfectly gorgeous colors, matching any sunset in picture by Shelagh Delphyne and Nancy Overton whose work is also on display. Jean Feldeisen’s baked goods rounded out the morning’s choices – and a hard one it is since everything looks so yummy. It’s still very early so we can enjoy watching the array of produce will grow as the season progresses. The market is held at the Washington Grange Hall on Old Union Road between the Downtown Gallery and Gibbs Library every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sweet Season Fireworks Fundraiser

This Saturday, May 7, Sweet Season Farm Café is doing a “benefit” for the Washington Bicentennial Fireworks Fund. Ed, Virginia and Dennis Reardon are donating all the proceeds of the day, up to $500, from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to help light up our sky with fireworks at our August bicentennial celebration. Thanks very much to the Reardons for this exceptional gesture. This is a terrific chance (and a great idea from Ed) to purchase a delicious meal at Sweet Season Café and help enhance the fireworks display. We hope to see you there!

Fire Department Auxiliary to clean house

The Washington Fire Department Auxiliary is hoping to have a good turnout for the cleaning party at the fire station on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Here’s the best part: All of us can help out even if we’re not honest-to-goodness real live auxiliary members. So let’s get on down to the fire station and help polish up the fire station for the coming events.

Ladies’ Guild Flea Market

The Washington Ladies’ Guild will hold a Bake Sale and Flea Market this Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. until things are gone. Among the specialties are Evelyn Sidelinger’s famous braided Finnish Bread. The Ladies’ Guild helps support several Washington nonprofits. The sale will be at 232 Rockland Road.

Conservation and Parks Committee to reorganize

The Washington Conservation and Parks committee will meet at the town hall on May 11 at 7 p.m. The purpose is to discuss reorganizing around a goal of establishing a perennial garden in the Village Park near the Washington Cascades section of Medomak Brook. The committee’s concept is to begin with making the park area a welcoming and beautiful sight for our residents and for bicentennial visitors. The committee hopes to continue with other community based beautification and conservation activities. Anyone interested in adding hands-on help with this project or becoming active with the C&P Committee please come to the meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. or contact Ann or Denise at the town office 845-2897.

Gibbs Library’s Giant Sale

Well, no, they’re not selling giants but they are doing their annual Garage, Perennial Plant & Book Sale on May 14. This event is Gibb’s biggest fundraising project of the year. If you can give some perennials from your garden or lift plants from donors’ gardens and pot them, please call Peg Hobbs at 845-2900. Donations of clean used books and whole, working garage sale items are needed, too. If you can help price the items that’s a big assist, as well. You don’t have to be a library member or even a patron to help out with this huge project. A few hours of your time is all that’s needed. If you can volunteer in any way or want to ask a question about the garage sale please call Carol Sloane at 845-2597 or Kathy Ocean at 845-2256. For help with your large garage sale donations, call Carol or Kathy, too, to arrange for a pick up. And of course, don’t forget to attend.

Alewife counters needed

Each spring when the fish run, the Lloyd Davis Trust Alewife Enhancement Project conducts a count of the alewives coming upstream at the Mill Street Bridge in Waldoboro. Carried out by volunteer counters, the tally helps show the condition of the Medomak River alewife population and guides restoration efforts to open the river for spawning. A fish counter takes a two-hour-or-so shift to sit by the counting station and click the counter as fish pass. The run is a fantastic sight so if you can give a couple of hours to this important work, please contact Stewart DesMeules, the Alewife Enhancement Project Coordinator, at 832-5570 or volmvlt@midcoast.com this week.