Library Gala a hit

Gibbs Library and Sweetgrass Winery teamed up for a winning combination for last week’s Biblio-Fete at the winery. It was a delightful evening with beautiful weather, gorgeous sunset views, and delicious nibbles and noshes like (prosciutto wrapped stuffed dates), beautifully presented.

Of course, there were wines and cocktails including a Lime Rickey concocted by Keith and Constance especially for this occasion and inspired by “The Great Gatsby.” Perfect party backdrop music was provided by the jazz ensemble Phil Clement and Lincoln Blake. A silent auction with artwork, books and more added to the fun.

Library President Sarah Masters welcomed everyone. Outgoing Gibbs Librarian, Julie Madden, was showered with accolades for her years of service to Gibbs Library and presented with a gift.

Everyone at Gibbs Library is most grateful to Sweetgrass Winery owners and hosts Constance and Keith Bodine for such a pleasant and worthwhile fundraiser for our library. We add many thanks to all the planners and bakers and kitchen magic makers. Especially, we are grateful to all the people who came out to support Gibbs Library and take part in another outstanding event.

We’re hoping this was the first of what will be an Annual Event!

Eighth Annual Variety Show

Evening Star Grange is presenting its Eighth Annual Variety Show this Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

The show is in the upstairs Auditorium, which is fully equipped with a chair lift, complete with an attendant for help.

This is a free evening of entertainment with lots of good music, fun and comedy. Tirdy Mary will be there, too, with her special brand of humor. Mildred confided that some naughty Grangers might sneak into the spotlight, also. Rusty Hinges will be our feature band. There will be light refreshments after the show downstairs.

The show is free, but if you are able, make a donation to the Grange for this and all their good works. Don’t forget the Grange auditorium has a chairlift.

Try not miss this one!

“Curbside to Go” turkey supper   

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge is offering a public “Curbside to Go” roast turkey supper this Saturday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Menu includes roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes w/gravy, vegetable, roll and dessert. The cost is $10 a meal. To minimize contact, payment by check is preferred with check payable to Mount Olivet Lodge. There will be no service in the dining room at this event. Mt. Olivet Lodge is 1/4 mile north of Washington Village on Route 220.

How the Public Utilities Commission works

I sure don’t “get” what the Maine Public Utilities Commission does or why, or who they even are. So, I plan to smarten myself up a bit by tuning in to Maine Conservations Voters’ webinar Friday, Sept. 24, at noon.

This is a one-hour webinar – one of their Lunch & Learn series – that’s free and always timely. The Sept. 24 session is: Understanding Maine’s Public Utilities Commission.

For myself, I want to know more about these commissioners because they have such a big say-so in decisions about our state’s energy future – issues like transitioning to renewable energy or modernizing the grid. If you want to check it out, go to maineconservation.org and select the Online Events tab and sign up.

Let’s be the savvy-est little town in Maine regarding how these people operate.

Pumpkin Vine Family Farm

The Roopchand Family at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm Sunday market has been providing beautiful surroundings and wholesome, delicious foods at their family farm throughout the summer.

As fall enfolds us, apple vendors joined the others with amazing and diverse fruits lovingly curated by John Bunker and Cammy Watts of Super Chilly Farm. They grow varieties our grandparents enjoyed with unique flavors and uses. They are not beauty contest winners, but their flavors will enlighten you to their worth.

There are other tree fruits, veggies, baked goods, cheeses, meats and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday on Hewett Road, just over the line in Somerville. Fair weather goat hikes are available, too.

Chinese mystery snails ongoing update

Regrettably, Chinese mystery snails established a foothold in Washington Pond. These creatures are a serious threat, because they multiply very aggressively and are extremely difficult to destroy.

Best practices confirm that collecting and killing them is the only way to get rid of them. As this point, they seem to be confined to Washington Pond and volunteers collected a lot of them. It is very important not to transport even one of them to any other location.

Leave them where you find them or collect them and kill them. That’s it. No other options.

Ask for more information at wlwassn@gmail.com or call 845-2661.