Art Show at Gibbs

Works by Maine-based watercolorist, Rachael Richmond, of Jefferson, will adorn the walls at Gibbs Library from now through Dec. 31. There are sea creatures, other animals and a landscape — something for all ages. Everyone is welcome to view the show during regular library hours. Rachael Richmond’s work is primarily representations of animals — lots of fish, shellfish, birds, and farm animals, with an occasional landscape or boat. Rachael does commissions as well — again, mostly of animals. She wants her art to generate the viewers’ memories of things or places they have seen.

Rachael attended the University of Southern Maine where she studied art education. Ironically, while there, painting was her least favorite art form. She takes inspiration from places where she spends time, including, her hometown of Caribou in Aroostook County, her farm in Jefferson, and her parents’ home in Little Deer Isle on the coast of Maine. Rachael is the art teacher at Jefferson Village School. More of her artwork can be viewed at Watercolor Fish – www.Facebook.com/rachaelrichmondart/.

Broadband grants update

The Washington BroadBand Committee (WBBC) reports the Community Planning Grant application has been received by the ConnectMaine Authority, and will be reviewed in the next month. Awards should be announced (tentatively) at their meeting on Dec. 8, 2021. If WBBC is awarded this grant, we will be able to cover $10,000 of the $12,500 planning fee we voted to spend on partnering with Axiom Technologies.

The awards for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) grants are scheduled to be announced this week. If we receive funding through this grant, the Federal government will cover 80 percent, and the State will cover the 20 percent town match, and we will be able to provide Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) to everyone in Washington for a municipally owned system. Please keep your fingers crossed our applications are approved. Questions or concerns? Email the BroadBand Committee at connectwa.me@gmail.com.

Historical Society progress

At last month’s Washington Historical Society (WHS) meeting a donation of items for Razorville Hall, — the group’s museum — from Grevis Grinnell was acknowledged with many thanks. Don Grinnell reported that WHS is still waiting for the clapboards to be put on the museum. The ramp for the Town House will be ordered in the spring.

A team of MVHS students took on the project of researching Washington WWII veterans. They plan to combine their findings with information they gather from materials at the WHS office. The board decided not to meet for November and December, through the rest of fall, and during winter, however, Wendy Carr, Liz Grinnell, and Hazel Kopishke will be at the office during the usual Tuesday morning work time to sort and re-organize a large collection of news clippings. The goal is to reorganize by topics, so the information will be more easily accessible. Any members are invited to come and help with this project. WHS’s Archivist, Liz Grinnell, says reading through the clippings offers a wide variety of information, facts, figures, and a lot of human interest, making it a fun “job”.

The next board meeting will be Jan. 18, 2022 — the third Tuesday of the month — at the Bryant Room. Work on documentation of homesteads on our town’s roads will continue from where we left off (Bill Luce and Sprague Roads).

Raffle winner

The Washington Historical Society’s braided rug raffle winner is Jane Bourassa of Liberty. Congratulations, Jane. Thank you to all the raffle buyers. WHS is grateful for your support.

A banner for Prescott?

Prescott Memorial School is wishing for funds to purchase a banner recognizing its Best Elementary School in SAD 40 citation from U.S. News & World Report. The cost for such a banner is not included in any budget or slush fund. Some donations toward the cost would be a fantastic gesture from us members of the community. A donation of $145 is starting the idea off by covering exactly 0.2 percent of the banner’s total cost. If you can do the math, you’ll know the banner price and be reminded of how important good schooling is. Prescott Memorial’s Best School achievement is an honor for our community and an unparalleled gift to the kids who are educated there. Let’s help the school do a little crowing about it with a banner. If anyone would like to send a contribution toward the cost, send your check made out to Prescott Memorial School, 100 Waldoboro Road, Washington, ME 04574. Write “Banner” in the memo line.

If there are more donations than is needed for the banner, the school will place the extra donations in the Student Activity Fund.

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