Photo awards given

Judges for the Washington Lakes Association’s recent photo contest named “Junebug and the River” by Matthew Shannon Best in Show. This charming image shows a dog romping in the snow on the banks of Medomak River.

In the adult category, first prize went to Sandy Hall Bourrie for “Crystal Pond Watch;” second prize, to Helen Maas for “Fall into Winter,” and third prize to Sue Edwards for “Pink Reflections.” First prize in the Family Category went to the Moody Family for “Purple Pickerel Rushes.”

The photos will be posted on the association’s website.

The photo contest exhibit and judging were part of the 2021 Annual Meeting of Washington Lakes Watershed Association held Aug. 12 at the Corner Gallery in Washington Village.

Guest speakers were Holly Stone, who related the hundred year story of Medomak Camp through her lens as a camper there, a camp counselor, now co-owner. Jeff Grinnell, the association’s president, told a history of Washington’s mills, dams and the geology around them, creating a picture of the town in its heyday.

Refreshments were served, courtesy of Washington General.

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Photo contest judges

Barbara Vanderbilt lives in nearby Whitefield and has been involved in the mid-coast art scene for many years. Her principal medium is pastels, while she also works with clay, making relief tiles and custom relief sculptures.

Her activities in Washington included as a partner at The Downtown Gallery, in 2007 she exhibited a solo show of 16 paintings at the Gibbs Library, and recently, she participated in several shows here at the Corner Gallery.

Kathleen Gross has lived in Washington, with her husband Neil, since 2016. Her art experience includes various mediums, with clay sculpture being her art happy place. She worked as an art teacher in a Montessori school for several years. In recent years, she volunteered as a 4-H judge of photography, crafts and public speaking.

She has ongoing involvement in the Washington art scene, serving on the Gibbs Library Art Committee.

Robert “Bo” Marks is an attorney and art aficionado who lived in Washington since 1980. Having been married to the well-known artist, Paula Green for over 30 years before her passing in 2010, Bo has been a strong and constant supporter and art collector, also serving earlier as an adviser to the Downtown Gallery. Consistent with his longstanding commitment to Washington, he is glad to assist in the judging of the photo contest for the Lakes Association.

Many thanks to the judges for their gift of time and talent.

Conversation with Chloe

Chloe Maxmin, our District 13 state senator, will be at The Jefferson Scoop, 271 Waldoboro Road in Jefferson, this Saturday, Aug. 28, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Join to share concerns, get legislative updates, ask questions and find out about some great ideas that became law in the recent legislative session. Grab an ice cream cone or cuppa coffee and enjoy the conversation on the lawn. Everyone is welcome. If you can’t make it but still want to connect, call Chloe’s cell phone at 200-6224 or follow her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Book Bus is coming!

Bess the Book Bus is making a return visit to Gibbs Library Thursday, Sept. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. This famous, fancy and fantastic bus is loaded with books for all ages of children.

Every area child is invited to stop by Gibbs Library next Thursday and pick out a free book to keep.

9 – 11: National Day of…

What will we make of it? Coming up next month is the 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Capitol area.

Across our country and around the world, many hundreds of memorial events are planned in Remembrance and Tribute for the 20th Anniversary of 9–11 Day, Sept. 11, 2001. Everything changed that morning. Every thing – the unfathomable loss of life and destruction, political fallout and military action, and global repositioning with its still-reverberating shock waves – was born at 9:02 a.m. that day. Events of every kind are taking place this Sept. 11. A place to learn of many of them is

Here in our little town, there are three traditional events already scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11. Washington Historical Society is celebrating its Heritage Day at Razorville Museum. Eastern Star Grange is having a public turkey supper, and Gibbs Library is doing a fundraiser at Sweetgrass Winery.

Next week, I’ll deliver more details on each of these.