Monument refurbished

The stone and bronze Soldiers Monument in our village center commemorates our Civil War soldiers and was erected in 1911, the 100th anniversary of the town’s incorporation. Funding for the current upkeep of the historic structure was approved at last month’s town meeting. The Soldiers Monument is a local landmark and will be the centerpiece of Washington Historical Society’s annual Memorial Day observance Monday, May 27.

News flash

Sweet Season Café will open for the season Friday, May 3.

Clutter relief

Diane Smith is a professional home organizer who’s coming to Gibbs Library just in time to help us with spring cleaning. Smith will present a free workshop at Gibbs Bryant Room this Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. Her class will offer workable techniques for de-cluttering, letting go of unwanted and unneeded items, and organizing belongings so they can be enjoyed. Diane focuses on helping people reduce stress and enjoy their homes by bringing order and simplicity to their things. Come ready to have some fun, get some ideas and even ask for help. For more information, call Glenice at 845-2347.

Cinco de Mayo supper

The Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, will be celebrated with a public supper sponsored by the Washington Ladies’ Guild this Saturday, May 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Evening Star Grange Hal, 130 Old Union Roadl. According to U.S. News & World Report, the holiday is more popularly celebrated in the U.S. than Mexico, primarily for the fun and food. Perhaps more importantly, since the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) 1862, no country in the Americas has been invaded by any other European military force.

Historian Justo Sierra wrote in “Political Evolution of the Mexican People” that, had Mexico not defeated the French in Puebla, France would have gone to the aid of the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War, and the United States' destiny would have been different. An astonishing thought! In Mexico itself, the most important holiday is their Independence Day, Sept. 16. We’re getting a rare chance to enjoy Mexican food and the price is right: $8 for adults and $6 for children and senior citizens. There is also a family price at $25 for two adults and two (or more) children, a great chance for parents and kids. Deliciosa!

Alewife stocking planned

Restoring alewife access from the ocean to Washington Pond has been part of the Alewife Project for many years. These sea-run fish provide food for nearly every wild species and were plentiful in the area until dams blocked water flow. In 1957, Maine fishery biologists declared the alewife run extinct, but Waldoboro fishermen were able to harvest some fish and in 1983 then town manager of Waldoboro, Lee Smith, approved a long-term strategy for fully reestablishing a run – The Alewife Project.

Washington Pond is the ultimate stage of the Medomak River restoration. A public meeting at the Grange Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, will have two officials who’ve been involved with the project for years, Nate Gray of Maine’s Department of Marine Resources and Landis Hudson, executive director of Maine Rivers. Please come. There’s more to come in this column, also. Stay tuned.

Retreat advances natural health

The second annual Washington Spring Retreat, sponsored by the Recreation Committee, brought several holistic practices together for a capacity enrollment at last Saturday’s event. Disciplines including yoga, meditation, massage, reiki, reflexology, and sound healing were offered, along with instruction for using readily available plants (or “weeds”) like dandelion, yarrow, plantain and others to add nutrition to our meals. All in all, the day was filled with good ideas for reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Many thanks to the Washington Recreation Committee for organizing this event and the patrons who make it a success.

Coming up

May 11 – Indoor Yard Sale at Evening Star Grange Hall – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m Attic Treasures, crafts and lots of yummy baked goods.

Blueberry Fields Schedule

Blueberry Fields' final dinner of this season will be Saturday, May 11. Prime rib or seafood lasagna. Reservations required before May 7. Call 446-2407.

Last brunches until fall are May 5 and Mother’s Day, May 12. Reservations suggested.