Doing the numbers

Plastics are the worst when trying to be a good recycler. There are so many different kinds of plastic and each one is different enough to require specific treatments in order to recycle or “dispose” of it.

At home, we scrutinize the plastics our supplies come in. There are seven and those little numbers inside the triangle are not always easy to find. We find all the Number 2s which are the only ones recycle-reuse-repurpose-able at our transfer station. All the other plastics go in the general “trash” (green bags) for the waste-to-energy system at EcoMaine.

Only about 14% of plastics are actually recycled (!!) so all the rest is tossed somewhere out into the world. In one way or another these everlasting materials always end up in the ocean or in landfills. Some of course are still laying in ditches, along roads and even on Mt. Everest, in the Sahara Desert and Maine’s North Woods.

But, help is on the way with the Maine Legislature’s recent passage of a bill – Enhanced Product Responsibility. This bill, okayed in the just completed session, will require manufacturers to help pay costs for recycling certain packaging.

I appreciate our state legislators, Rep. Jeff Evangelos and Sen. Chloe Maxmin and the others who voted for the measure. It seems like a long step in the right direction.

School board rep appointed

Washington resident Julia Abernethy was recently appointed to the MSAD/RSU 40 School Board. This is a big job with a big commitment to the town and the students in our area. Many thanks, Julia, for taking on this important service to our community.

Julia joins Guy Bourrie in representing Washington on the District 40 school board.

HazMat collection

Last week was the annual hazardous material collection at TriCounty. My CRV was loaded to the hilt when I got in line about halfway through the proceedings. There was a steady stream of vehicles coming through at an even pace leaving oodles of cans, plastic containers, boxes, buckets, sacks of an amazing array of no longer used or useable products.

I have no idea how mine compares to others’, but the charge for my items was $72. I never spent a more satisfying fee. I chalk it up to buying back some space in my garage and basement.

Annual retreat celebrates 25 years

For 25 summers, music conductors have gathered for a retreat at Medomak Family Camp to study aspects of orchestra conducting. Globally acclaimed Kenneth Kiesler is the founder and director of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, an intense three week summer program for conductors at all stages of their careers.

The conductors will gather from June 30 through July 18 to develop as leaders, sharpen their skills, and learn new ones as they study and rehearse together under the guidance of Kiesler and a professional faculty.

We welcome the musicians and congratulate the Conductors Retreat on its Silver Anniversary.

Paddle craft races

On Saturday, July 10, the Washington Recreation Committee and Washington Lakes Association are holding their annual Paddle Craft Races on Washington Pond. Paddlers will gather at the Public Access area on Razorville Road starting at 8 a.m. for sign-ups. Races will start at 9 a.m.

The races are open to any person-powered watercrafts and there will be categories based on age and ability. These races are strictly for fun and there no fees and no prizes. You get your bragging rights, of course. Be sure to bring your pfd and water bottle along with your favorite paddlecraft.

FMI, call Peg at 790-0723.

Strawberry Festival coming soon

The Ladies Guild is presenting their annual Strawberry Festival Saturday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Fire Station. All the favorites we’re used to will be prepared to please everyone’s taste buds. Rumor has it that there are a ton of strawberries. Better be there to check it out.

The Ladies Guild is a social and service group in town that raises money to help other non-profits with their projects. A great idea and they have a lot of fun working together.

A memo from Blueberry Fields

Independence Day celebration, July 4, 5 to 9:45 p.m. Spectacular Fireworks display, food trucks, s’mores at the fire pit, music in the gazebo. Fireworks promptly at 9:15.