Hunt for fun and prizes

This Saturday, June 18, the Washington Historical Society is presenting a Scavenger Hunt that will lead searchers all around town to places and things relating to the town’s history. A car is necessary to get to locations that inform us about the early settlers and citizens, industry, and places of interest while picking up items or stamping your booklets to complete the hunt. Prizes will be given to the lucky winners. So make a team and come for a morning of history and fun! The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon starting in the Village Park for registration and a booklet of clues. Please come join the fun on Saturday!

Anniversary of another kind

Our friend, Don Robbins, is participating this weekend in his 20th consecutive ride of the 180-mile bicycle Trek Across Maine, an annual event that raises money for the Lung Association. This year, bicyclists start out from Sunday River, ride to UMaine Farmington, then to Colby College and finish at Steamboat Landing in Belfast. One of the rest stops is the 10-4 Redemption Center in Liberty near the intersection of Routes 3 and 220 where we hope to see many of the nearly 2,000 riders as they are nearing the end of the adventure. We’ll be waving Don onward to the finish! If you or someone you know here in town are Trek participants, please let me know. Other anniversaries include 20 years for the Washington Lakes Association, Medomak Valley Land Trust, and Fire Department Auxiliary Annual Auction. (Any others?)

Steak supper

Mt. Olivet Lodge will be hosting their monthly public Steak Supper on Saturday, June 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. These guys do an exceptional job of getting that steak grilled just the way you like it and serve it with baked potato, vegetables, salad, dessert, coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $13 and the proceeds benefit the Mt. Olivet Lodge “2011 Scholarship” fund. The lodge is located on Route 220, 1/4 mile north of the village.

The Last-Friday community movie

The Living Communities Foundation sponsors a monthly movie on the last Friday of each month. This month it’s The (R)evolution, which looks at different ways grassroots groups around the world are building stronger, more resourceful communities. There’s a potluck supper at 6 p.m. followed by the movie, which is free. You can come just for the movie if you prefer, but the potluck is fun and delicious. This month it’s Friday, June 24 at the Palermo Community Center, 22 Veteran’s Way (just off Turner Ridge Road), in Palermo. For more information, call Connie or Phil at 993-2294.

A huge success

The Washington Fire Department Auxiliary extends thanks to one and all for the great turn out at our 20th annual dinner and auction on Saturday, June 11. Gratitude goes out to all the businesses for their generous donations, and the Washington residents that cooked desserts and casseroles! A very big thank you to fire department members who set up, served, and cleaned up for well over 200 people! WOW. A special thank you to our auctioneers Linda and Paul Payson (previously of Brooder House) without whom the event couldn’t happen. A good time was had by all. The auxiliary’s annual Thanksgiving in July dinner, which is turkey with all the fixings, will take place on July 23. Jackie Rhoades, speaking for them, says the auxiliary hopes to see us all there, too!

Fire department supported by snowmobile club

The activities of the Washington Fire Department Auxiliary are dedicated to helping the fire department in whatever ways they can – particularly assisting with purchases of special equipment that improves the safety and abilities of the department. During the past year, they also got a boost from Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club which donated half the cost of the FD’s rescue sled and had it delivered from Jackman. The fire department also received a donation from the estate of Frances Schroyer. Our firefighters are on call 24/7 and serve with skill and integrity. We thank them and those who actively support them and help with fundraising.