Big day – plus breakfast in village

Everybody knows there’s a big yard sale, plant sale and book sale going on at Gibbs Library and the fire station this Saturday, May 14. What you might not know but should is that Evening Star Grange is holding a public breakfast that morning with the usual breakfast items – eggs, bacon, and so forth, plus a variety of breakfast casseroles and pastries. The breakfast is from 7 to 10 a.m. and the cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Nice easy way to build up your strength for the library’s fundraiser. See you there!

Steak supper at Masonic Hall

Mt. Olivet Lodge will be hosting its second public Steak Supper of the season on Saturday, May 14 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The meal is steak grilled as you like it, baked potato, vegetables, salad, dessert, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $13. Proceeds from this supper will benefit the Mt. Olivet Lodge “Bikes for Books” program and “2011 Scholarship” funds.

About applying for the scholarship

Any student who lives in Washington and is graduating from high school this year is encouraged to apply for the 2011 Mt. Olivet Lodge scholarship. Application forms are available at Gibbs Library. Mt. Olivet Lodge is located on Route 220, one-quarter mile north of Washington Village.

Stamp out hunger

This Saturday our post office, along with thousands of others across the country, is collecting non-perishable foods for the 2011 National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Bob Madden reminds us that the items picked up stay right here in Washington and are distributed through the local food pantry. The nation’s 230,000 active letter carriers will pick up items like canned fruits, vegetables and meats, packaged cereals, rice and pasta, raisins, spaghetti sauce and other foods with a long shelf life. Leave these items in a bag or box by your mailbox for our carriers Miranda Curtner or Sandra Hinckley to pick up this Saturday, May 14.

Hibbert’s Gore topic at historical society

Bob Thompkins is the guest speaker at the Washington Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, May 17. His topic is Hibbert’s Gore, a place the U.S. Census Bureau has called Maine’s only “nonfunctioning legal entity.” This and other facts (or fiction) about this unique location are Thompkins’ specialty and his talk is sure to inform and interest us. WHS meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library on the third Tuesday of each month. All are welcome to their free programs and should you decide to join, membership is just $5 a year.

National Police Week – May 15 to 21

Next week is National Police Week. First proclaimed 1962 in by President John F. Kennedy, Police Officers Memorial Day (May 15) and the week in which that date falls, honors tens of thousands of law enforcement officers, their survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Events in Washington, D.C. include seminars on police officers’ concerns, the Candlelight Vigil and much more. Our thanks to the people who choose police work at its many levels for their dedication to their jobs and communities.

Sweet Season adds to fireworks fund

Last Saturday’s fundraiser for the town’s bicentennial fireworks fund raised a welcome donation from Ed Reardon and Sweet Season Café. More details next week.

Parade marchers needed

Medomak Valley Land Trust is seeking young people and adults to participate in the land trust’s part of the Washington Bicentennial Parade in August. Their parade unit depicts a river with fish and needs eight to 12 kids to keep the taffeta “river” flowing. Being a summer event with school out of session, MVLT is hoping to line up now some Washington area youngsters (with a parent) to take part. If you are interested in knowing more about being in the parade, please call Stewart at 832-5570. We can attest that this is a fun thing to do, so if you can be in town Aug. 6, call Stewart and get the details.

Cash for the Community at Ladies’ Guild Sale

The Washington Ladies’ Guild had a successful fundraising yard sale at Don and Lorraine Grinnell’s place on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who donated items and helped out The Ladies’ Guild meets for sociability and service by raising money to help out local non profits. The group gathers monthly at the Village Church but is a community group not church-sponsored. All women of the town are invited to participate.

Bicentennial tapestries on sale

The Bicentennial Committee is taking orders for more tapestry throws. The first order is sold out and another will be placed as soon as 16 more are confirmed orders. The tapestry/ throws depict 10 of Washington’s well-known sites surrounding a graphic of the Washington Cascades on Medomak Brook at the Village Park. The colors are beautiful and this is a handsome and long-lasting memento of the town and its 200th birthday. The cost of a tapestry is $35 and can be ordered through the town office at 845-2897 or Ann or Denise will be happy to help you.

And also Washington People and Places

The book “Washington People and Places,” compiled by Cheryl McKeary and Paulette Oboyski, cites favorites stories or memoirs from 100 or so Washington residents along with photos, a map and population chart. This bicentennial book is for sale at the town office and the library for $12 and the proceeds will go to the Washington Historical Society and the Gibbs Library. Trust me, the cover photo alone is worth the price!

Heads-up for history – June 21

There will be a Civil War Encampment and Reenactment in the village on Saturday, May 21, Armed Forces Day. The Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge No. 203 and the Farrar-Ross VFW Post are co-sponsoring a Company B, 20th Maine Infantry Regiment Civil War encampment and reenactment. The event is part of Washington’s Bicentennial and is in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the War Between the States. The encampment is a living piece of history with drills, marching, and more. This event begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues through the day. At 2 p.m., the 20th Maine invites everyone to go to the town monument to offer a rededication to Civil War heroes. Veterans of all services are invited to attend and to wear their uniform or uniform cap if they wish. The encampment is at the field by the fire pond on Bill Luce Road near the town hall and fire station. Jot this on your calendar.