Author to speak Tuesday at historical society

Kate Braestrup, best-selling author of "Here If You Need Me, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity," and most recently, "Beginner’s Grace," is guest speaker at the next Washington Historical Society meeting, Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Gibbs Library Bryant Room. Braestrup is a chaplain with the Maine State Warden Service who has shared her experiences of loss, survival, and discovering spirituality through her books, interviews on national and local television, and speaking engagements at conferences large and small all over the country. There will be a brief business meeting followed by Chaplain Braestrup’s talk and plenty of time for mingling and conversation. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. The event is free. Donations to the Maine Warden Service Benevolent Association will be gratefully accepted.

Medomak Middle School competes in Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a nationwide competition at which students compete in 23 categories at elementary, middle school and high school grade levels. A Medomak Middle School team will compete at the University of Maine at Orono this Saturday, March 16. One of the events in this year’s competition is water quality issues. Working with science teacher Madelon Kelly and forester Barrie Brusila, students have prepared for this event by studying the water cycle and observing how macro-organisms (such as caddis fly and dragonfly larvae) are affected by pollutants. They have also been learning about nutrient and biogeochemical cycles and how they affect the health of fresh water ecosystems. Their studies have also included learning about the effects of non-native species such as Eurasian Water Milfoil and Zebra Mussels. Later this spring, these students will make a presentation at Prescott Memorial School. Medomak Middle School Science Olympiad team is very grateful to the Washington Lakes Watershed Association for its financial support allowing them to purchase materials to prepare for their events. These students have worked hard to take their skill and knowledge to this year’s Science Olympiad in Orono. We wish them every success with their project!

Drummers invited to Spring Equinox ceremony

Since the Spring Equinox falls on the middle of the week, the Ceremony of 8000 Sacred Drums is being held at Gibbs Library on Sunday, March 17. It’s also St. Patrick's Day! Please feel free to wear green, the color of new growth and healing, for these are the focus of the Drum. Drumming will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This whole event began during the Harmonic Convergence on Aug. 17, 1987 to gather people for peace and reconciliation. Drumming circle events take place all over the world on the solstices and equinoxes and other special dates.

Everyone is welcome to join in this unique experience. FMI call Connie at 993-2294.

Bat expert to speak at Gibbs

Annie Kassler, a speaker with Conservation International and the Bat World Sanctuary will present a program about bats, the unique and mysterious little flying mammals of the night. Kassler has developed connections with bat scientists and enthusiasts throughout Maine and the United States and will share her knowledge Saturday, March 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gibbs Library. To keep up to date with activities at Gibbs Library, you can sign up for the email newsletter at gibbslibrary@hotmail.com and typing “sign-up for e-newsletter” in the subject line. The library respects privacy and does not sell or share their email list with others.

Pizza, prizes, music = success

Prescott School’s PTG filled the school gym for a lip-smacking array of pizzas at their annual fundraiser Pizza Supper. There were at least six different kinds of pizza, plus salads and homemade desserts. Raffles for handsome and useful theme baskets went on through the event and the Medomak Steel Drum Band kept the beat going strong. It was a great time for everyone. Congratulations to the industrious Parent Teacher Group for a terrific event.