Bicentennial cancellation stamp

A special Bicentennial Cancellation Stamp has been issued by the U.S. Postal Service in honor of our town’s 200th birthday. Designed by Doug Ebert and guided through the maze of paperwork by Bob Madden, our town’s splendiferous postmaster, the cancellation stamp will be available on our bicentennial celebration day, Aug. 6, and for 30 days following. This is one of many ways Washington’s Bicentennial is being recognized. Happy birthday, Washington!

Washington Food Bank summer schedule

Pastor Tim Lewis wants all clients of the Food Bank to know the distribution dates for the next three months. They are Wednesdays, July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14. Note that the August date is the third, not second Wednesday of the month.

Strawberry Festival plans under way

Washington Ladies’ Guild treasurer, Barbara Carney, hosted a tea party recently to kick-off their 2011 Strawberry Festival. Besides enjoying wonderful pinkie-pointing cups of tea and cakes, the women got lots of planning done. This year the Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Fire Station, a new venue for them. The change of location is a major and probably permanent change to make set-up a great deal easier, improve accessibility and avoid concerns about the weather. The Ladies’ Guild is a group of women who get together for sociability, fun, and service to the town through raising money and assisting local non-profits. They meet monthly in different local locations. All women of the community are invited to join the group. For information please call Mildred Melgard at 845-3102.

Youth to take goat trip

Our own Megan Lewis is president of the Boer Goat Breeders of Maine Youth Group – young people dedicated to helping improve Boer goat production in Maine through raising, breeding and showing their animals. In July, they and their Boer goats will be traveling to Louisville, Ky. to the national show. There Megan and friends will get to know young goat breeders from all over the country, meet large scale breeders, observe other livestock and watch some of the best Boers compete for championships. Megan and her group are working hard to raise money for this trip. If you’d like to help out, please contact Megan at 845-2574.

Monthly movie this Friday, June 24

Here’s an event to help offset some of the depressing news we hear so much of. The Living Communities Foundation – just over the line in Palermo – is presenting a really inspiring and affirming documentary. The movie is Re-Evolution, about the “cultural creatives” who are motivating communities all over the world to localize their economies, conserve energy, share fun, art, and wisdom, and to live in a more sustainable mode. This is for all the people seeking solutions, forming Transition Towns, and raising Community Gardens. There’s a potluck supper at 6 p.m. with the movie following. There is no charge, but donations are most gratefully accepted! Living Communities Foundation is located on Turner Ridge Road in Palermo. For more info, please call Connie at 993-2294.

History Buffs, take note

Coming up on Aug. 27, there will be a Daughters of the American Revolution “grave marking” ceremony at the Davis-Daggett Cemetery for Peter Lehr, an ancestor of Cheryl Swift.

We’ll be having more information on this event in future columns but make a note to yourself if this is your kind of thing.

Alma Jones – national VFW award

Nonagenarian, Alma Jones, was surprised at the recent state VFW Convention, to receive a national award for her 30 years of distinguished service as a VFW Auxiliary representative at Togus VA Hospital. Alma says that she enjoyed every connection she made with the veterans. “It was our job to be helpful to the men – get acquainted when they first came [to the VA Hospital], read to them, write letters for them, listen to them and try to entertain them. We got to know some of them really well.” She started doing the volunteer work shortly after serving as the state auxiliary president. Alma’s husband and Roland Luce entered military service together back in the day and remained friends for many years. She and Roland can tell you pretty much anything you want to know about VFW. Call them if you want to know more. [They’re in the book.] We join the half-million national VFW Auxiliary members in congratulating Alma!!