Medomak Middle School takes first place in Science Olympiad

Medomak Middle School’s Science Olympiad team took first place at last weekend’s state competition at University of Maine in Orono. The MMS team — Jerin and Laurel Brooks, Antyna Gould, Amber Hagin, Rose Hickey, Hui Kennedy, Claire Lupien, Noah Munn, Chris Peabody, Caleb and Jacob Savage, and Katrina and Abby Williams — are moving on to the Nationals. Joseph Powell is also a team member but was in Fairfield taking 10th place in the statewide Math Counts competition. Science teacher, Madelon “Maddy” Kelly, the dedicated coach of both teams, is assisted by Ed Tech Jason Northrup, forester Barrie Brusila, Mindy and Scott Gould, Tom Lupien, and Elizabeth Hickey. Maddy Kelly says she is on cloud nine filled with pride and happiness for her hard-working students. She says, “I notice that students with involved parents placed first in their events. That’s not the only reason but it helps and I thank everyone.”

There are 23 categories in which points can be garnered and MMS students ambitiously participated in all of them. An example of their extra effort is the task of creating a musical instrument — not only did our students create an instrument and play the one required piece on it, they composed and played a second piece. In the water quality event students built their own salinity meters. Other assignments included mousetrap cars, boomilevers, write-it-do-it, and more.

Winning the state competition advances the team to the Science Olympiad National Tournament to be held on May 17 and 18 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Parent Mindy Gould declared that “These amazing students are going to Dayton. Period. We are starting fundraising now.” A post office box has been set up to receive mail for this special dedicated fund. So, if you want to donate to travel costs for these students, you may send a check to: MMS Science Olympiad P.O. Box 162, Washington, ME 04574-0162

Congratulations and best of luck to our middle schoolers as they advance to the Nationals in Dayton, Ohio in just a couple of months.

Town meeting warrant posted

Copies of the Town Warrant are posted all around town to get us ready for Washington Town Meeting which will be held Saturday, March 30. Warrants are posted at Goodnow’s Corner Store, West Washington Auto Parts, Linscott’s, Grinnell’s Sales and Service, Bartlett’s Garage, the Post Office and, of course, the Town Office.

Voting will take place Friday, March 29, in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Town meeting starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Prescott Memorial School gym. Town meeting is the essence of local government. Even if you don’t say a word, it’s worth one’s time to be there for democracy in action — which, by the way, is nothing to sneeze at these days.

Child entering school this fall?

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15, 2013, are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the upcoming school year 2013-2014. If you want to start the enrollment process or find out more about how it works, please contact Mary at the Prescott school office, 845-2424.

Where is “away” anyhow?

Even with the cost of the green bags going up at Tri County Solid Waste Management Organization, we’re so grateful someone will take our trash “away,” that it’s still more than worth $1.50 a bag. Remember, that the green bags are for trash. The more cans, plastics and paper we recycle the less you have to put in the buck-fifty bags. Jim Guerra, the facility manager at TCSWMO, points out that there is a lot more recycling to be done because only about 40 percent of what can be recycled is recycled. It’s important to note that there really is no “away.” Whatever you pitch out goes somewhere and has to be dealt with. If it can be repurposed, reused, recycled, restored or upcycled it starts with our taking the trouble. Bag cost goes to $1.50 on April 1.

Ladies’ Guild begins new season

The Washington Ladies' Guild held its first meeting of 2013 at the Village Church on March 13 with a soup and sandwich luncheon hosted by Nancy Barker and Mildred Melgard. A brief business meeting included discussion of the Strawberry Festival and the May Yard Sale, the group’s two fundraisers. Ladies Guild officers are: President, Mildred Melgard; Vice President, Johnnie Searle; Secretary, Mary Heckman; Asst. Secretary, Barbara Sager; Treasurer, Barbara Carney and Asst Treasurer, Debbie Zeigler. The phone Calling Person is Nancy Barker and Sunshine Person is Kirsti Fish. Good conversation and fellowship is a feature of all their meetings. The Ladies' Guild was first organized in 1916 to “be good citizens of our community.” The Guild raises money which it distributes to other local non-profits and causes. The Ladies Guild is an independent social group not affiliated with any other organization. Their annual yard sale at the Grinnell residence on Rockland Road will be held on Saturday, May 4. Their next meeting will be April 10 when they will do an eat-out lunch. All women are welcome to join the group or attend as guests. For more information, call Mildred at 845-3102.

Lacrosse season coming up soon

Washington Area Youth Lacrosse is open to all area girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 and lacrosse season is coming right up. Equipment (except cleats) will be supplied by Washington Area Youth Lacrosse. Beginners are welcome! Practices will begin in April on Mondays and Fridays behind the Union School. Games will be held elsewhere on Saturdays. If you’re not sure what Lacrosse is, you can check out the movie Crooked Arrows which is now available on Netflix. For further information call Sue Frank at 845-2709.

Recreation committee wants you, and you, and you!

The Washington Recreation Committee is recruiting members to plan and carry out activities for the upcoming seasons. Please contact Helen Caddie-Larcenia 845-2707 for more information. We’ll have more to come on this.