Ice Out 2022

Ice-Out on Washington Pond happened Saturday, April 2, 2022, reported by lakes association president, Jeff Grinnell at 9:35 a.m. with Sean Donaghy the winner.

Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter fun time will include an Easter Egg Hunt along with games and light snacks Saturday, April 16, starting at 1 p.m. Evening Star Grange will begin with the adult egg toss along with games and snacks for the kids at the Grange Hall. Weather permitting, the Easter Egg Hunt will take place after the games across the road in the Edible Landscape Park. This event is a Grange tradition and very much enjoyed by children and adults alike. For more information, call Mildred at 845-3102.

Community Auction Plans

Washington’s Community Auction organizers met last week to consider holding the Community Auction this summer. Twelve individuals representing many of the town’s non-profits (Gibbs Library, Village Church, Ladies Guild, Fire Dept. Auxiliary, Prescott PTO, Historical Society, Evening Star Grange, Washington Scholarship Committee) were all very aware COVID could rear up again and all plans could change. They decided to make the plan with hope, checked the calendar for a date, and settled on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

They also will plan on the original full live auction format allowing a set number of live auction items along with a side table of silent auction items for each participating group. Items to be auctioned are kept track of so when the action is over, expenses will then be drawn from the gross receipts and the net distributed to the groups that entered the items. The late Sandra Grinnell was remembered fondly as the master list keeper and the Auction Committee is hoping for a volunteer to help with that important job, as well as crew to manage things on the day of the auction with everyone pitching in. There is another meeting Monday, May 9, to confirm details.

All groups that want to take part in the auction must be signed up by May 9 and have a member present at that meeting to accept a job for the actual auction. That’s Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room for the planning meeting and Saturday, July 23, is the auction.

WLWA photo contest underway

The Washington Lakes Watershed Association (WLWA) second annual photo contest is open. Everyone is eligible to enter in adult, teen (13-18 years), and youngster (12-and-under) categories and all pictures should be taken between July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2022. In brief, submit photos in color or black and white, sized 8” x 10” and printed on photo paper with I.D. on each. Your entry won’t be returned to you.

All the rules for entering are on WLWA’s website washingtonlakesassociation.org, so check them out. In August, the entries will be judged by professionals and exhibited at the Corner Gallery in Washington Village. More reminders will be coming out until the deadline for submission which is July 30.

Looking forward to broadband

It remains almost too good to be true our little town has actually got the funds to acquire broadband for all who want it. Sara Bullard, chair of the BroadBand Committee that did such a good job for us, took pains, I thought, to feed the information on to us out in the community. A couple of things were recalled to mind when I was telling some distant relatives of our good fortune. One, is, indeed, the broadband is for those who want to subscribe to the service. What we know from Axiom is the payment will be less than what most of us pay now and the speed will be significantly better. But no one will be required to switch.

The other question has been addressed already by the BroadBand Committee: Will subscribers to Axiom be able to keep their Fairpoint email address? The answer is probably not because company policies usually discontinue the email address when they close the account. My own experience is because of organizing my devices more than due to the slow line speed, I decided to get an Outlook account several months ago. I’m in the gradual process of switching things from Fairpoint.net to Outlook.com, which is one of several free email providers. I can save all the old files if I want. I’m thankful there’s ample time to get everything on my end ready for the new faster computer service.

Nice work if you can get it

Although the numbers vary from year to year, the U.S. Supreme Court is asked to hear 7,000 to 8,000 cases annually. They hear about 80, using the “rule of four,” an unwritten internal one rule that a petition will be reviewed only if at least four justices agree to do so.