Prescott awarded Betterment Grant

Last week, Dan Bartlett, the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine and Bill Mitchell, the Master of Washington’s Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge, surprised Nancy Stover, the principal of Prescott Memorial School, with a $3,000 check. Mt. Olivet raised $1,000 which was matched by $2,000 from the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Betterment Grant, which assists local lodges in charitable efforts by matching their funds 2-to-1.

The award was presented at a Prescott Memorial School teacher and staff recognition dinner hosted by the Lodge to honor and thank school personnel who have worked way above and beyond their “job descriptions” during the pandemic. The award lets the school personnel know how much they are appreciated in the community. The funds will be used to provide winter clothing for students and for other not-in-the-budget supplies at the school.

Stover extended her thanks to the Masons for the honor and these most appreciated funds.

Stuff happens

I’m sorry to report that the date change for the Sukeforth Ball Field work day at Prescott School happened after the news deadline last week.

Due to rain expected Oct. 3, the original date for it, the work session is now set for Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. The chores are the same and let’s hope it works out this time – Oct. 9.  I should mention the rain date for Oct. 9 will be Sunday, Oct. 17. Painting in the rain is hopeless so Mother Nature gets to direct this activity, groan. Eyes on the skies, people.

For more information, call Peg at 790-0723.

Read a good book?

Last week was Banned Books Week, during which the American Library Association celebrates and promotes the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 by library activist Judith Krug and is traditionally held the last week of September. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor libraries and schools by forbidding certain books from use. Numerous organizations lend their voices to the effort in the name of human rights.

The association keeps a record of banned books back to 1990, but the practice of forbidding the reading of certain books goes back centuries. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1852) was the first book in the U.S. to experience a ban on a national scale. Perhaps the earliest banned book in the U.S. was “New English Canaan” (1637) written by English emigree and businessman, Thomas Morton, who left the Puritans’ strict colony, founded a new community and wrote a scathing book about Puritan customs. So, the Puritans banned it.

Broadband update

The state’s Connect Maine Authority invited our town to be part of a $30 million application to the NTIA (U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration) for funding our high speed internet goal and the select board agreed. Washington BroadBand Committee will be working on the application for that. If we are awarded the NTIA grant, Washington voters would vote on accepting the system. The town would partner with Axiom, an Internet Service Provider to develop a municipally owned project with NTIA covering 80% of the cost and the state would cover 20%. This is an amazing deal for the town – which means us!

So let’s keep our fingers crossed. Meanwhile WBBC and Axion will be checking a Plan B, just in case.

Two public hearings

Coming up Tuesday, Oct. 12, are two public hearings before the Planning Board. If you want to sit in on the hearings, check out the details on washington.maine.gov.