Triple header of events Saturday

Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Washington Historical Society is opening its Razorville Museum and the Old Town House for the public to explore and enjoy.

Featured guest speaker will be Kevin Johnson of Penobscot Marine Museum who will show and talk about photos of the Washington area by Kosti Ruohomaa. If you don’t know this Maine artist-photographer, acquaint with his special gift for capturing the Maine he knew. Be sure to enter the famous pie contest, too. Your pie should be at the Old Town House by 9 a.m.

Same Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. the Evening Star Grange will present a turkey supper with all the fixin’s for a mere $10. This is always a “happy meal” – yummy, generous servings and friendly company.

Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, a gala fundraising event at Sweetgrass Winery will be presented to benefit Gibbs Library. There will be delicious snacks, cocktails, music, a silent auction, and more. A highlight of the fun will be introducing the special Sweetgrass “literary cocktail” created for us by Constance and Keith Bodine at Sweetgrass Winery. It’s an exclusive to enjoy at this particular event.

Lots to do Saturday, Sept. 11, which is the 20th anniversary of the world changing terrorist attacks on our native soil. Pick your pleasure from our happy events – or do them all here in our little town.

Hookers’ artistry on view

Gibbs Library just opened a charming exhibit in their art series with a collection of hooked rugs.

This art and handwork was created by members of the Appleton Rug Hookers and will be on display through both September and October. Each rug, explains Kathleen Gross, library volunteer, “is a colorful reflection of rural life, blending traditional and updated subjects and techniques.”

Included in this show are three Blue Ribbon winners from this year’s Union Fair. The Appleton Rug Hookers was organized in 2004 with three members and has grown to 12. Who knows how many rugs were created in the group’s lifetime? It’s not known for sure but it is known these handsome rugs are actually used on floors in homes of makers and those lucky enough to get one as a gift.

Thanks to Ruth Cassaday, Kathy Daniel, Betty Holzer, Rachelle Horn, Sandra Overlock and Helene Rondeau, the artists.

Monday Walkers’ new start time

The Monday Walkers had a wonderful summer and participants were able to make every Monday during the season.

Their 8 a.m. start time helped beat the heat most Mondays although the heat and humidity challenged them a few mornings. Now, they are making ready for autumn with a slight start-time time change to 9 a.m.

The initial Monday Walkers for fall 2021 in Monday, Sept. 13. Walkers gather to start from the back parking lot of Gibbs Library/Town Office. Their route is out Bill Luce Road to McDowell Road and back. The distance is about 3.5 miles. There are some hills. Everyone is encouraged to go along at their own pace and distance. Participants are asked to sign a waiver – which is standard procedure.

The Walkers will make sure everyone who starts out, comes back. Sad to say, we remain in Covid Country but CDC guidelines will be followed. This is a great way to get outdoors with others for safety and fun and it’s not competitive.

Just show up with your walking duds Monday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.

Mystery snail response

A handful of Washington Lakes Association members jumped effectively onto the invasion of Chinese mystery snails in Washington Pond last week.

It began when Roxanne Eggen spotted some of these destructive snails and contacted the association. A handful of association board members quickly organized what I’d call a “task force,” grabbing their phones and computers to finding out just what these creatures were all about and what to do about them.

Peg Hobbs, Leo Karcezewski, Kathleen and Neil Gross, Scott and Sue Edwards and Roxanne Eggen waded, stooped, swam and snorkeled to collect snails into buckets by hand. What to do with buckets full of large, live snails posed a real challenge. The task force cram-studied best practices for destroying these invaders and learned about composting them. They called Frank Jones, whose business is making Earthly Fertilizer right here in town, who agreed to compost them if there were enough. Peg went door to door along the south shore of the lake organizing a snail bucket pick up for composting the following week.

The rapid response from this small group is fantastic and no doubt the foundation for an on-going snail watch in Washington. As the weather and waters cool the snails will dig into the mud and be harder to collect. The collecting will have to start again come spring.

Most readers aren’t actively engaged in this kind of project, but please take away these facts: These creatures can ruin the water quality of a lake and can migrate throughout the whole water system. There is ample information online about the damage these creatures can do.

The association is working to add information on its website WashingtonLakesAssociation.org or Facebook page facebook.com/washingtonmaine.lakesassociation.

If you notice any of these walnut-size snails, do not transport them to any other location. Email wlwassn@gmail.com with the location where you see them and find out what to do. That’s a really important service, so the association can follow up.

Please, just do it.