Linscotts honored at Grange

Evening Star Grange honored Berkley and Nancy Linscott Sunday afternoon, April 24, at the Grange Hall. Grange master Mildred Milgard presented the Linscotts with the 2022 Community Citizen Award and read a letter describing their numerous acts of kindness and generosity to the town.

Nancy and Berkley worked at their own occupation but came to realize the community really needed a feed store. Together, they decided to open one. Today, Linscott’s Inc. helps feed nearly every critter in town and has a vast selection of farm and garden tools, small equipment, plants, fertilizer, canning jars . . . you name it. Nancy and Berkley are in the store every day and always ready with information and advice to help us out. They were warmly applauded by a full house of attendees.

Also honored at the event was Jeff Gracie who was acknowledged for his 40 year membership in the Grange. Fifty year Golden Sheaf recognitions were presented to Tom Johnston, Debbie Johnston, Judy Brann, and Glenice Skelton, each of whom shared warm memories of their Grange experiences. A delicious time of refreshments and fellowship followed the award presentations.

New feature at the General

At my recent stop at Washington General I noticed a cooler “out of place” and it urns out to be a new addition offering uncooked take-out pies and pastries ready to bake yourself at home. I’m not sure if it’s permanent, but it’d be great if it is. I love someone else’s cooking.

Student art show

Don’t forget this evening (April 28) is the reception at Gibbs Library for Prescott Memorial School student artists whose work is on display there. There’s something from every student and the assortment of subjects, styles, and media is quite remarkable and engaging. The students and their art teacher, Anthony Lufkin, will welcome you from 6-7 p.m. in the Bryant Room. Refreshments will be served.

Excellence is a habit

Speaking of Prescott Memorial School, last fall Prescott Memorial School was named the best elementary school in the area by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Along with the recognition, the school was eligible to purchase a banner. They pulled the funds together and, since it arrived, it’s been displayed in front of the school. I hope everyone notices it. Many thanks to Prescott students, teachers, and all the staff whose efforts combine to make a school an award winner.

Water Quality Monitoring class

Washington Lakes Watershed Association is sponsoring a free training class for becoming a volunteer lake water quality monitor. Regularly measuring the elementary chemistry in Washington Pond and Crystal Lake has been a part of WLWA’s activities for over twenty years. At first, the association had it done professionally once a year. After some time, a volunteer from the membership took the training course at Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM — formerly Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program) and he, Roger Cady, has been taking water samples all through the summer ever since.

The water quality monitor training will provide both procedure descriptions and on the water demonstrations to show how it’s done. The reason training is required is to assure the methods used are correct and consistent and result in reliable scientific data. The training session is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at 9 a.m. in town. For more information or to register — which is required — contact Roger Cady at 207-845-2280.

Seasons to go buggy

The Old Farmer’s Almanac and numerous other publications can’t seem to stop warning us about the coming bug season. Warm weather and more outdoor time seems to mean itchy browntail caterpillar hairs, blood sucking and disease carrying ticks (over a dozen different species) mosquitoes, May flies, and who knows what all. Be forewarned the Maine Forest Service and several outdoor oriented organizations, plus the CDC, all are making a point of encouraging repellent use and wearing protective clothing when out among the monsters. No bright ideas to add except we have had good luck with TecnuTM for itching.

Browntails tiny but here.

By the way, I regularly look around my yard for browntail caterpillar “packets.” Sunday they were still in and on the cocoon-like structures, only about a quarter-to-half-inch long and a lot of them in each. If you find any of these little bundles, snip the twig off and drop the whole thing into soapy water. Place the drowned caterpillars in the trash, don’t bury them. Buried hairs can cause itching if turned up in the soil or leaf piles.

Heads up

Save a bit of your Memorial Day — Monday, May 30 — for a Memorial Day observance starting at the fire station at 9 a.m. and going to the Memorial. Probably 30-40 minutes. Hope to see all of us there.