Fun, food, fishing at SnowFest

The 30th Annual SnowFest on Washington Pond will start at daybreak this Saturday, Feb. 17, at the public access boat launch area on Razorville Road. The fishing derby sponsor, Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club, will have its snack shack up and running for hot drinks, burgers, snacks and other treats throughout the day. There are raffles and a door prize and cash awards for the largest fish of several species, as well as the largest overall. For all day or part of the day, this is a good time to get outdoors and enjoy the fun and camaraderie. Signin to register and weigh your catch is at 3 p.m. sharp. Drawings and prizes close out the day. Even if, like me, you don’t fish or snowmobile, it’s fun to stop by, check out the scene, and mingle. Nice.

Bookish people invited

Tonight, Feb. 15, the Gibbs Library Book Group will meet to discuss "Manhattan Beach," by Jennifer Egan. It is a crime novel set in the Depression era and continuing into the World War II years in Manhattan Beach, N.Y., a town on Brooklyn's southern tip. Some reviewers say that this is a “real New York book,” meaning that people who know New York City will recognize its culture.

An interesting revelation from author during an interview on NPR was that in actuality, [spoiler alert !] there were no female divers on the squad at the Navy Yard at the time of her story. Egan said struggled to make that part of her story believable, although it wasn’t factual. [Another spoiler alert – she succeeds.]

The March meeting will be Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at Gibbs. The book is "Parable of the Sower," by Octavia E. Butler.

Razorville old homes topic at WHS

Washington Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library to continue documenting old homes and other structures on Razorville and Vannah roads. Everyone is welcome to attend WHS meetings, and at this meeting residents who know the Razorville area are particularly invited to help.

Using the map software at Gibbs Library, WHS is noting houses and properties to create a map for a historical reference. The group completed a similar map project last year for the West Washington Road neighborhood. The Historical Society is also interested in copying photos, deeds and other items that pertain to the Razorville area, so bring what you have. WHS can photocopy them at this meeting, so you can take them right back home. (Copying does not damage them.) The meeting starts at 7 p.m. These projects are a fun way to learn about some of the town’s history and hear anecdotes about families and businesses of our past.

Tax assistance for elders

A note from the Town Office announces free assistance with income tax preparation for Knox County senior citizens. For more information, call one of these places: In Rockland, the Congregational Church at 180 Limerock St., 594-8656, and Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., 594-0310. In Camden, the public library, 55 Main St., 236-3440.

Seed and bulb fundraiser

Prescott Memorial School is offering seeds and bulbs for sale to raise money for special projects. Forms for seeds from Fedco are available at the school and online for regular or organic seeds. Bulbs from Flower Power must be ordered on forms available at the school. Mrs. Ledger at the school 845-2424 or Missy Vigue at 845-6073 can answer any questions.

The sale began last week, and will continue for another three weeks. Orders and payment must be received at the school by March 9. Checks should be payable to Prescott PTG. We ordered seeds and bulbs last year and they performed well. This is an easy and practical way to help the students of our community.

Blueberry Fields brunch

Blueberry Fields Brunch is ala carte – each selection priced separately – and will be offered each Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. until April 22.