Civil War Encampment this Saturday

Armed Forces Day – this Saturday, May 21 – is being noted in Washington with a demonstration of the way Civil War soldiers of the 20th Maine Company B actually lived during the wartime. There will also be a battle reenactment, marching drills, and rifle practice. The encampment is carried out by Civil War buffs who have become skilled in authentic maneuvers. It all begins at 9:30 a.m. at the fire pond behind the Washington Fire Station. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. a hamburger lunch will be available free for military veterans and $3 for all others. At 2 p.m., Company B and spectators will parade to Washington’s Veteran’s Monument for a re-dedication ceremony. The day’s activities are sponsored by Mt. Olivet Lodge and Farrar-Ross VFW Post as part of Washington’s Bicentennial in honor of all Armed Forces – past and present – and in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Our announcement of the Civil War Encampment last week stated two different dates for which I deeply apologize. The correct date is this Saturday, May 21.

Giant Saturday in the village

Success waved her wand over the Evening Star Grange breakfast, through the Farmers’ Market and the Library’s giant yard, book and plant sale, to the Mt. Olivet Lodge’s steak supper last Saturday giving all the groups a big smile and a profit. Many thanks to all the people who worked so hard and to all the folks who attended.

Washington Flags available ‘til May 27

Until Memorial Day, you can order Washington flags at the town office. There are two sizes: 4 by 6-inch table flags and 3 by 5-foot full-size flags. Both sizes are inscribed “Town of Washington-Formerly Putnam 1811-2011.” The base cost for the table flags is $12 and full-size $100. However, the more flags that are ordered the lower the pricing will be so we should get our orders in to Dave Martucci at washmeflag@vexman.net or contact the town office at 845-2897.

Mr. Martucci – Vexman

David Martucci created our town’s flag design back in 1979. Dave is the go-to guy for everything about flags. Besides researching and designing Washington’s flag, he has created scores of other flags, authored numerous articles about them and presented scholarly papers at prestigious national vexillology gatherings. With a passion begun in his teens, Dave has become an expert on flags and has served as president of the North American Vexillological Association. among many other posts. Dave is a professional flag assessor and appraiser. He has built innumerable websites for businesses of all kinds including many that are flag-related.

The first time I ran across Dave’s email address I wondered why on Earth anyone would want to be a “vexman” – since I thought of vexing as a rather negative thing. In spite of two years of Latin all those years ago, it took me awhile to discover “vex” is from the Latin word vexillum, meaning flag. Besides being a flag geek, this multi-faceted guy has served on most of our town’s boards and committees and has a day job with the town of Thomaston. For more information about purchasing a Washington Bicentennial flag, or anything vex-ish, please email Dave Martucci at washmeflag@vexman.net.

Food donations

Donations were down for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive this year, probably because the reminder postcards were not sent out prior to the collection day. Still, there was a goodly amount of food and we thank our postal mail carriers Miranda Curtner or Sandra Hinckley for the pick-up. As mentioned before, food donations stay right here in town. The post office has a box for non-perishable donations to be dropped-off at any time, so if you missed Stamp Out Hunger Day, you can still contribute.

Café adds to fireworks fund

Sweet Season Café contributed one whole day’s proceeds last week to the town’s Bicentennial fireworks fund. The Reardon’s came up with this novel approach to supporting the fireworks effort which could work well for them and give us all a chance to participate. Although the response was a little disappointing, we and the Bicentennial Committee appreciate the spirit of this gesture. Ed, Virginia and Dennis have often found ways to get behind community-based projects and we appreciate it.

Flags to wave along parade route

An application to install brackets for U.S. flags to be placed on utility poles between Prescott Memorial School and the Masonic Hall has been approved by Fairpoint Communications and Central Maine Power Company. This will allow the flags to be flown along the Bicentennial Parade route and decorate the village for the summer’s holidays. The goal is to get them up before Memorial Day.

In our thoughts…

Our sincerest condolences and concern go out to Pat Medeika and her family at this difficult time.