Art show a heart warmer

A reception for the Prescott Memorial School Student Art show last week at Gibbs Library was pure fun. The artwork itself was delightful and the occasion more special because for the last two years, the “annual” student art show was canceled because of COVID.

Each student’s ability to point out their own work in a jiffy from among the scores of individual pieces was quite precious. Parents, library staff, and school personnel enjoyed the get together and thanked art teacher Anthony Lufkin who mounted and framed all the pictures into reusable frames making them “ready for the next art show.”

Mr. Lufkin presented each student with a certificate of appreciation as parents looked on. Refreshments were served in the Bryant Room following. School principal Nancy Stover pointed out this is the first art show for our kindergarteners and first graders and said, “We are so glad to reinstate it.” We are glad too.

Essential Auction Committee meeting

The Washington Community Auction organizing committee will meet Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room.

Washington organizations which want to participate need to have a member attend this meeting. Here’s the reason: Scrupulous attention is given to creating a goof-proof plan for minding the items and the money and tracking bids. To accomplish goof-proof-ness, everybody has to understand how it’s supposed to go. Which is why every participating group has to have a person on board who knows for sure how everything’s supposed to work and make it work that way. So, getting somebody there is big.

New features at Pumpkin Vine Farm

The Roopchand family at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm will open to the public this Sunday, May 8. Visitors can enjoy the good food provided by local vendors and have fun outdoors with a guided hike with Anil and Kieran or an on your own walk on freshly marked trails.

The handicap accessible farmers market has expanded and moved to a location overlooking the back fields, and there is room for picnics. As always, there are incentives to SNAP shoppers for bonus fruits and veggies. The Cheese Shop has added a collection of farm memorabilia and includes a Kids Corner and Cantina. And Pumpkin Vine Farm is reviving the monthly hands-on educational events, beginning with Kid (baby goat) Hugging May 15.

The Farm is located at 217 Hewett Road, just over the line in Somerville. For more information, go to pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com or contact Kelly at info@pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com or call 207-549-3096.

Fish phenom invitation

Washington’s Medomak Brook Connection is definitely not the only alewife access restoration project in Maine. The efforts to remove water flow obstructions so that alewives, a sea-run fish, can migrate from the ocean to spawn are going on up and down our coast and much of the Eastern seaboard.

A nearby project on Sebasticook River was recently completed at China Lake Outlet Stream in Vassalboro. Tomorrow and Saturday, May 6-7, Maine Rivers hosts a special time to visit the site where native alewives are making their way into China Lake on their own for the first time since at least 1783.

The visits are on Friday, May 6, at 3 p.m. or Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m. The meeting place is the Box Mill site at Olde Mill Place, 934 Main Street, Vassalboro, behind the Vassalboro Historical Society.

From there, we’ll visit several different sites, walking a bit but also driving. Carpooling is encouraged. The whole tour will take about an hour and a half. The driving time to Vassalboro is about 30 minutes. Come if you can — this is a natural wonder, really.

Tips from fraud class

The recent Fraud ID class at Gibbs Library was a good review of deceptive messages from sources that intend to trick you out of money, information, or both.

Many of the tips are familiar but they all merit reminders. One of the Important points for me was these calls and messages strike us as urgent and we feel pressure to answer quickly. But, don’t do it. Remember, the caller is the one in a hurry, not us. You don’t even have to listen and it’s definitely okay — even preferred — to just hang up. It’s not “rude,” — remember who the intruder is here.

Another is to be sure we use the security we have built in — it’s there for you. Always watch for the lock symbol displayed on the site and examine the sender’s address and message for anything “odd.”

An interesting and helpful part of the class also was exchanging experiences with the other learners. This digital literacy class was presented by the National Digital Equity Center, whose focus is creating citizens with the digital literacy to take full advantage of broadband technologies our town will have next year.

The next class is at the Bryant Room, Monday, May 16, 2022, at 6-7 p.m. titled: Online Gaming — Finding & Playing Good Games for 55-plus. Visit the NDEC website to register, or call the library at 207-845-2663, come in and ask for Misty, or send an email to info@gibbslibrary.org.