Ladies' Guild Yard and Bake Sale

This Saturday, May 4, Washington Ladies’ Guild will have their annual yard sale at the Grinnell residence, 232 Rockland Road (Route 17). The sale begins at 8 a.m. These women always seem to come up with novel items and enjoy putting on their sale. There will be baked goods too. Please, out of courtesy, don’t come early. All the proceeds are coupled with the profits from the Strawberry Festival and distributed among the nonprofit organizations in our town! Your support is always appreciated, thank you! If it rains, the rain date is the 11th.

Middle School Olympiad team flying, really

The Medomak Middle School Science Olympiad team, Maine’s first place winner, is flying – flying — toward achieving their fundraising goal with outstanding support from the SAD 40 townspeople, parents and families and interested individuals from all over. The students are working hard to take their “dream team” to Dayton, Ohio, for the National Science Olympiad Tournament May 17 and 18. The students are also flying on Southwest Airlines to get to Dayton and back. Surprisingly, after considering all the aspects of the trip, air fare proved to be the most economical of the various transportation options – plane, train, bus, automobile. For many of our middle school students, this will be their first airplane trip. Lots of excitement packed into a few special days for these kids. The Science Olympiad features competitions in biology, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, physics, and technology. The students and coaches are working overtime to perfect their activities. As it’s said, the best luck comes to those who are the best prepared!

Gibbs Library youth book discussion

Gibbs Library will offer this season’s second youth book discussion group on Saturday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. All readers from fourth-grade and up are welcome. The Newbery Award winning "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate is the book for this meeting. Readers can get them through Gibbs Library. Library friends, Kate and Nick Nichols, provide a nutritious, homemade meal based upon the themes of the book. A special treat this time is Me-Balls — you have to be there to find out what they are!!!

Art by Cynthia White opens at Gibbs

Word and Image, featuring prints by Cynthia White is Gibbs Library’s art exhibit for May and June. This show will run from May 2 to July 9 and is a presentation of prints and the poems that inspired them or poems that were inspired by her prints. Cynthia White’s printmaking has evolved through simple block prints to linocut, wood engraving, etching, collagraph and many combinations of these and other techniques. As a lifelong poetry reader, White has formed a strong interest in the conjunction of poetry and visual images. In this exhibit, her prints are displayed with poems by Mary Oliver, John Clare and others.

White has a BA in fine arts from Radcliffe College and attended Carnegie-Mellon College of Fine Arts. She has studied drawing at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and with William Flynn at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. White studied etching for five years with Selma Bromberg at the Graphic Arts Workshop of Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Massachusetts. There will be an opening reception at Gibbs Library from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free event, view the exhibit, and meet the artist. The works will be on display during regular library hours until early July.

Signs of renewal and loss

Sweet Season Café and the Farm Store opened for the season last week. Lots of familiar faces stopped in to enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch and welcome Ed, Virginia and Dennis. Re-openings remind us that we made it through another winter and the “sweet season” is coming.

The Masons’ monthly suppers are in full swing, too, having packed the hall last Saturday.

Open weekly until late fall, the Grange Farmers’ Market adds items each week for their Saturday morning vending.

Summer camp owners are doing their reconnaissance in preparation for the summer and things are starting to move.

We’re missing the Village Market, the Book Store and the Downtown Gallery – drastic losses for our village. If you have an idea or two for revitalizing our village or town in general, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a willingness to brainstorm about it, pop an email to me. I’ll definitely reply within a couple of weeks.

Website blacklist check

We never heard of this until last week when we happened upon URLVoid.com. We certainly aren’t expert enough to endorse it and are not. Still it’s interesting. Their website says it’s a free service developed by NoVirusThanks Company Srl that allows users to scan a website address with many website reputation engines and domain blacklists to possibly find dangerous websites that might distribute malware and spyware or other nasty stuff. This site popped up (literally) while looking for information about an unusual but enticing junk mail reference. We plan to use it a few more times to see how useful it is.