About coming events

A loud thank you to Mildred Melgard for compiling a Washington Community Events list again this year. It shows all the public events sponsored by Washington groups for the rest of 2022. Mildred has done this list for several years and it’s a handy thing to have, for sure. It’s also a great reminder of all the good events that are here for us in our little town. This year, the Town Office has added these non-municipal public happenings to the calendar on the town web page so they are available for nearly everyone. If you can’t get one online, phone me and I’ll send you one by mail.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

Evening Star Grange will present its Annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 16. The fun will begin with snacks and games, including an adult egg toss at 1 p.m. at the Grange Hall. If the weather is good, the Easter Egg Hunt will take place across the road in the Edible Landscape Park after the games. This event is a Grange tradition and very much enjoyed by children and adults alike. For more information, call Mildred at 845-3102.

Masons suppers start for 2022

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge will have its first supper of the season Saturday, April 16, from 5-6:30 p.m. at their hall on Liberty Road. This will be a turkey supper with all the usual go-withs, beverage and dessert. The cost is $12.

Digital equity class upcoming

Besides the traditional or annual happenings during the year, we Washingtonites and our neighbors are fortunate to be offered a variety of other events that educate or enlighten. Coming up on Monday, April 25, Gibbs Library offers a class on identifying and avoiding frauds and scams.

Gibbs is partnering with the National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) whose goal is to close the ”digital divide” between regions with and without adequate internet service. Because high speed, aka broadband, isn’t available for our use, in Maine and many other parts of the United States we miss opportunities in work, education, business success and professional advancement. Now that broadband is on its way to our community, we can all improve our skills and become familiar with the digital advances broadband makes available.

This class on avoiding fraud is one of several we can get through the coming year. The one-hour class is free and starts at 6:30 p.m., April 25, at Gibbs Library. Even though it’s free, registration is required. Contact Gibbs Library at (207) 845-2663 or info@gibbslibrary.com.

Affordable digital items

Misty Darton, the manager at Gibbs Library, may be able to help residents obtain a Windows laptop or an Android tablet, or maybe a desktop. Get specific about what you need, give Misty a call and tell her about it. She is now a trained Affordable Device Referral Partner for National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) device program. There is an application form on the Gibbs website, but the library asks you contact Misty at info@gibbslibrary.com or 845-2663 before submitting anything online.

Community Auction date set

Members from several of Washington’s non-profits and service organizations met a couple of weeks ago to decide whether to do the full auction, a limited one, or not do it at all. With COVID and all its fallout in mind, the group cautiously decided to go for the original full auction format. The date will be Saturday, July 23, 2022.

This event includes a live auction, with the auctioneer selecting items at random from groups. In addition, there will be a silent auction table for each group. All expenses are tallied and, when the auction is done, expenses are taken out of the auction receipts and each organization gets money from its own donations. This is the sixth year of the Community Auction, however, in 2020, COVID knocked it out, and in 2021 there was a modified event with each group setting up its own activity at its own site (to avoid crowds). All are hoping for a quiet COVID summer but are ready to adjust if necessary. Updates will be coming as we go along.

On Easter

At Easter, my mom liked to point out Jesus was special because of the Resurrection (Easter). Which, she reasoned, made Easter the reason for celebrating. She thought the focus on Christmas had it backwards. Something to think about. Anyway, happy Easter, Christians, from my mom in heaven and me. May God, whatever we believe that to be, help this bloody and battered world.