Ice-Out on Washington Pond

By the time this is read, the ice-out will have happened on Washington Pond. Guesses for the ice-out date were accepted at the Snowmobile Club’s SnowFest in February and range from March 16 to April 28. This past week has called for morning and evening observations. The north end of the lake (near Ripley or Firs roads) has been open since April 5, but the south end (around the public access area) is taking its time. Something similar to watched pots, perhaps. We think it “should” happen within two or three days and will announce next week. Thanks loads to everyone who entered the contest sponsored by the Washington Lakes Watershed Association.

Champion Olympiad team rising to the task

Since the Medomak Middle School Science Olympiad team took the top spot in the state, efforts to raise money for their trip to the national tournament are in full swing. With just eight short weeks between winning the state competition and the Nationals, the 14 students, parents, coaches Jason Northrup, Mindy Gould, Tom Lupien and science teacher Maddy Kelly, and many other supporters are working to raise the estimated bare-bones cost of $500-per-person. This amazing group has sent an appeal letter and is organizing yard and food sales, a special school dance, radio interviews, and a bottle drive, along with new events still being added. Returnable bottles can be taken to Andie’s Variety Take Out & Redemption on Route 1 in Warren, Town Line Video Redemption, and Waldoboro Redemption, both in Waldoboro. Be sure to label your bag of bottles Science Olympiad and tell the clerk they are for Science Olympics. The MMS Olympiad team Katrina and Abby Williams, Caleb and Jacob Savage, Chris Peabody, Noah Munn, Claire Lupien, Hui Kennedy, Rose Hickey, Amber Hagin, Antyna Gould, and Jerin and Laurel Brooks are also seeking sponsors for the miles of the trip to Dayton. To buy a few miles, or to contribute to this effort in any way, contact Mindy Gould at or 845-2151 or send a donation to MMS Science Olympiad, P.O. Box 162, Washington, ME 04574-0162.

Grange aids science team — and much more

Among the first to respond to the good news about our school district’s first-place success at the Maine Science Olympiad competition is our own Evening Star Grange. They have donated all the proceeds from their refreshment stand at last week’s town meeting ($300) to the fund for MMS Science Olympiad’s trip to Dayton, Ohio, for the National S.O. Tournament. The men and women of the grange have a generations-long tradition of quiet but consistent good-deed-doing. Evening Star Grange members make up fruit trays for shut-ins, collect change for military family relief, redeem returnables for animal shelters, and consistently support the Washington Food Bank. These are a few — and, as with the science team, they get on board with nearly every community project. Many thanks to the members of Washington’s Grange for being such good neighbors.

Free Family Game Night planned

The Evening Star Grange is hosting a Game Night Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at their hall on Old Union Road in Washington. All kinds of games will be available — board games, card games, and more. Snacks and beverages will be available, too. Bring your family and friends for a free evening of fun. For more info call Mildred Melgard at 845-3102.

Grange Two, or Too

This year’s Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success with more than 60 youngsters attending for the search and numerous other activities plus refreshments. Many thanks to Pat Medeika for the brainstorm a few years back and for chairing this project each year, to all the Grange members, the visiting-from-away families of Pat and of Mildred Melgard, and everyone who participated and helped out. A special word for Dan Moscato who braved the muck, mire and snow to hide hundreds of eggs.

Farmers Market Opening Day

Despite the persistent cold, Washington Grange Farmers Market will kick off the 2013 weekly market season this Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is held rain or shine, inside or outside (depending on conditions) at Evening Star Grange on Old Union Road. While such an early opening means that some vendors such as vegetable growers will not yet have products for sale, market members will have much to offer including opening day specials like fresh baked goods from Offshore Bakery and Winterberry Farm, fresh milk, yogurt and cheeses from the Jersey cows at Snowy Hill Farm. Cashmere goat products including meat and sausage, sheep’s wool yarn, roving and knit goods will be presented. Ever popular barnyard fresh eggs, pickles and other preserves will be offered, too. Cold hardy organically grown seedlings such as leeks, onions, parsley and kale are ready for the taking. A newcomer to the market is Frank Jones Jr.’s bagged organic compost from his local business Earthly Fertilizer Company. Volunteer Grange members offer homemade soups to eat-in or take-out. They also display their RADA cutlery which is on sale or can be ordered. (The RADA bread knife made welcomed gifts for most of my family last holiday season.) Washington Historical Society will be on hand with their fundraising line of Washington logo items. Guest crafts people this Saturday will include Shirley McAfee with a wide assortment of handmade baskets and Ginny Hodgkins with her colorful float rope doormats and baskets. The market will be open each Saturday from now until mid-December. Check out our local farmers’ products and crafters’ wares and — watch for special events through the season. Call Sharon at 845-2140 for more information on being a vendor. For instructions on being a patron, just come on down!

Historical society to hear Lenfest story

Washington Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library.  Guest Richard Lenfest with share some of the Lenfest  family history.  Refreshments and a brief business meeting will follow the speaker’s comments.