SnowFest scheduled for Saturday

The irony of having a snow event postponed because of too much snow is not lost here. That’s what happened for the SnowFest and Fishing Derby planned for a couple of weeks ago. So, this Saturday, Feb. 23, Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club will carry out their plan on Washington Pond. Starting at daybreak, and running all day until 3 p.m., the fishing derby will be looking for the largest fish in several categories with prizes for each plus a prize for largest overall fish. There are raffles for some great prizes, too. The Snack Shack will be open all day with hot coffee, cocoa, burgers, hotdogs and other snacks and beverages. The warming bonfire (my personal favorite) is a great place to gather and exchange fish tales. This is a fun family event and the snowmobile club’s annual scholarship fundraiser. Dress warm and come enjoy with us at the public boat access lot on Razorville Road, Route 105.

SnowFest Chowder Supper — on again!

Mt. Olivet Lodge Masons started their SnowFest suppers to complement the fishing derby and provide a nice hot supper on a cold winter evening. So, when the SnowFest got snowed out, so did the supper. But, this Saturday, the 23rd, it’s going to happen. On the menu are fish chowder, corn chowder, beef stew, chili, biscuits, dessert, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. It’ll run from 4 to 6 p.m. at the lodge on Liberty Road (Route 220) just north of the village. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. This is one of the friendliest “night spots” in town. Be there if you can.

Washington Pond Ice-Out Contest

A $50 prize from Washington Lakes Watershed Association will go to the best (closest) guess for ice-out day on Washington Pond. Often, ice-out on a lake is a big event only for people who want to get a boat in, who are watching for the arrival of water birds, or some other special interest. Ice-out is taken to mean the day when a paddler can go from one end of the lake to the other in open water. Now, two (at least) statewide organizations are actively seeking to expand their collection of ice-out data: Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program and the Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands (part of the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Department). As a way to help gather the information and promote interest in ice-out (and ice-in, too), the lakes association is conducting a contest. (If there’s more than one correct guess a winner will be drawn from among them.) Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club and Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge are assisting by offering its February SnowFest and Chowder Supper venues for sign-ups in the contest. Many thanks to the Snowmobile Club and the Masons for helping make this work. For more information, call 845-2661.

Success for cancer victim fundraiser

A good group of hearty (and generous) people braved to weather to come out Saturday night for the public supper at Evening Star Grange to benefit Elmer Leigh Sr. Mr. Leigh is in an Augusta hospital in advanced stages of brain cancer. Nancy Esancy, one of the organizers of the event, judged the event a success and wants to thank everyone on behalf of Mr. Leigh and his family and friends. If anyone would like to donate but couldn’t make it to the supper (which was $8 per person), you can send a contribution payable to Mr. Leigh’s son, Elmer Leigh Jr., 85 Mountain Road, Washington ME 04574, and put “Elmer Sr. benefit” in the memo space.