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Free town notifications, including town office closures, reminders of voting hours and town meetings, road closures, official Central Maine Power outage reports — with better estimation of restoration efforts and times — opening of the town warming center, rabies reports, other town health officer information, or changes to the food pantry schedule are available now from our municipal officers.

The town office entered into an agreement with a company to provide you — for free — emergency alert notifications. By opting into this system, you may receive these official notifications via text, voice message, or email —or all three. There is no cost to you, and you can opt out any time you want — a good feature is only town officials will be able to send messages, so you will not be inundated with messages that are not useful.

To sign up for emergency alerts, go to the Town of Washington website at http://washington.maine.gov and complete the information on the widget that appears on the screen, or call the town office at 845-2897 during normal business hours.

Digital literacy classes

Free classes at Gibbs Library offers free “digital literacy” classes from the NDEC (National Digital Equity Center). The first free class is Thursday, March 24, from 6-7 p.m. and is titled Understanding Cloud Library. My limited digital literacy tells me “digital” mostly means about computer technology. “Cloud” is someplace in the sky where nearly all stuff you put on a computer lives until we call it to our house. So, I’ll just give you the description from the library: “Cloud Library is an online platform used by Maine libraries to borrow eBooks and audiobooks. This free service allows you to choose from over 10,000 titles to view or listen to on your device. Learn how to download, navigate, and customize your Cloud Library. Classes are limited to 10 students and will be held in the Bryant Room. And there will be a maximum of 10 students per class. Registration is required at Understanding Cloud Library – NDEC Digital Literacy Classes (digitalequitycenter.org). If you need help, call the library 207-845-2663, come in and ask for Misty, or send an email to info@gibbslibrary.org.”

Primary candidates event

The LCDC Meet the Candidates event at Somerville School last week hosted Democratic candidates for Senate District 13, David Levesque of Newcastle and Cameron Reny of Bristol, as well candidates for other districts. These people are running in the June primary election. These candidates for the Legislature are submitting petitions and accepting $5 donations (or more) for the Clean Elections Fund, which was part of the event, but mostly was conversations between candidates and voters. I found them congenial and happy to share their views and listen to mine. District 13 is complicated geographically and includes many towns, including Washington. Clint Collamore, who is running for State House of Representatives, wasn’t able to attend, but will be part of future candidate events in the area. For me, driving to Somerville School and back to meet these candidates was a really good use of 15 miles on the road.

One giant leap

While celebrating the multi-million dollar grant for broadband, the Select Board and Washington BroadBand Committee are moving forward with Axiom on the planning process. There’s a lot to do to prepare for building “fiber to every home” that provides high speed internet access to everyone in Washington. Consequently, the exciting news the system is no cost to us is tempered by a wait. One significant step that will formalize the agreement between Axiom and the town will be at Town Meeting, Saturday, March 26, when we’ll vote on the issue.

Help extend Historical Society map

At their recent meeting, Historical Society welcomed four members from Liberty who came to learn more about WHS’ map project. They took it all in as WHS members worked on placing vintage homestead locations along the Sprague/Leigher road vicinity. Work on the project will continue at the next meeting, starting in the village and venturing south on Waldoboro Road as far as they can go. WHS is fortunate to have some notes compiled by the late Evelyn Sidelinger from the 1970s to help on this section of road. Plan to join in if you enjoy going back in time. We especially encourage people who have familiarity with this part of town where there are many older homes and sites of lost homes on this road. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Room.