Summer parade committee forming

A group of volunteers is organizing into a committee to plan a 2022 parade for this coming summer. Forming a core to get things started are: Wendy Carr, Roxanne Eggen, Melinda Ferrazza, Peg Hobbs, Mildred Melgard, Matt Shannon, Travis Perez, and Michelle Dostie. These people are getting an application completed, compiling rules for participation, securing permits, and generally making sure it’s all legal and authorized. The theme of the parade is “Washington through the Decades: Past and Present.” Help is needed with many aspects to get this project rounded out, such as: Publicity, signs and posters, community contacting, and sponsors. There will be a need for on-site organizers the day of the parade — July 9 — as well. If you have ideas to share, the committee would like to hear them.

And, of course, if you are willing to help in some way, contact the committee to be on the 2022 parade volunteer list. The parade committee will meet only when necessary and hopes not to make meetings a burden. For more information, and to sign up to help, contact Wendy Carr at wcarr625@fairpoint.net, Roxanne Eggen at reggen@fairpoint.net, or Peg Hobbs at pegandleo@hotmail.com or (207)790-0723. The group’s next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library.

Broadband and cold molasses

In my youth, before technology, sort of, a definition of very slow was “cold molasses flowing uphill.” And, when my internet sputters or faints, the idea of perfectly steady, reliable, friendly, and lightening-speed internet flashes through my head reading “broadband, broadband.” Of course, I should quell such delusions of perfection, because even broadband won’t be flawless. Still, the thought does lead me to wonder where our little town stands on the road to actually getting broadband here. The Washington BroadBand Committee (WBBC) spent a year investigating for the best plans and costs for us, and then jumped through the various hoops to make applications last fall for using grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Their Broadband Infrastructure Program intends to help fill rural broadband “deserts” with competitive modern internet service. It turns out the application request amounts totaled about ten times the amount available to award. Consequently, the applications are heavily scrutinized and are taking time. And, we’re still hoping. Announcements are expected “any time” and I, for one, watch every day for the message that tells us “yes” or “no.” WBBC promises to let us know as soon as possible. Meanwhile, thanks again to the committee and to the voters of Washington for unanimously choosing to go for it.

School Board, Select Board openings.

There’s just about a week left for special people to decide to file papers to run for Washington Select Board. There is a three-year term to be filled. In order to run for Select Board, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, and a registered voter in the town. Candidates must file “Nomination Papers” which identifies them, and affirms they will serve in the office they’re seeking. It also requires signatures of 25 qualified voters — or more, up to 100 — who recognize the person’s candidacy.. The completed document must be returned to the town office by next Monday, Jan. 24. There is a full three year term on the MSAD School Board open, as well. These are jobs that are very important and worthy of your interest. Give it some thought.

Reminder: Dog licenses due the end of the month — January 31. Be sure your pet(s) have their shots so you can get their license(s) on time.

Does cold weather kill Browntails?

The “cold snap” could have an effect on the overwintering Browntail caterpillars. I’ve requested answers to this question from a couple of expert resources and haven’t gotten their responses as of now, but I will fill you in next week. It would be a nice little gift in compensation for all the goose bumps, don’t you think?