Alewives stocked in the “big” lake
Fifteen hundred alewives were transported into Washington Pond last week as part of the alewife access restoration project, Medomak Brook Connection. Maine Department of Marine Resources conservation worker, Mark Pasterczyk, trucked the fish here from the Brunswick hatchery in a specially designed tank vehicle. He attached a custom-made chute, opened the valve, and a stream of water carried them all into the lake. The fish linger at the access area for a short time to get their bearings, then begin to swim out into the deep water. These alewives will spawn, and the “fry” (baby fish) will reside in the lake until they return to the ocean to prepare for another migration. When Medomak Brook is free flowing, sea-run fish will migrate from the ocean to Washington Pond on their own. This natural cycle is one of Nature’s many amazing occurrences. MaineRivers.org has great information about alewife access projects in Maine.

Browntail moths, groan
Every week I think I’m done with talking about browntail caterpillars. But now I must talk about browntail moths. They are beautiful small white moths with “furry” bottoms which, like the wicked stepmother’s apple, are very pretty to look at but generate bazillions of eggs which will become caterpillars. The moths should be destroyed. That’s the thing to do with any browntail in any stage, including the moths, kill them. Nearly all information sources illustrate browntails in the caterpillar stage, but around now moths will start to appear. The moths’ wings are bright white. They are attracted to light which makes them easier to capture in a bag or jar and destroy so they will never get a chance to make anyone itch.

Prepare ahead of time
Sue Sainio Edwards offers this reminder that Medomak Valley High School Class of 1972 is holding its 50th Class Reunion this coming fall on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at the Union Masons Lodge from 5 to 10 p.m. Get it on your schedule while there’s plenty of time to get excited about seeing everyone again. And, of course, we’ll mention it between now and Sept. 24.

Community Auction set for July 23
Washington Community Auction Committee met last week to confirm the participating groups and organize sponsor solicitations from among area businesses. From now until the committee’s next meeting on June 27, each organization will be collecting items and organizing for this annual fundraiser. Please be sure every organization that’s taking part in the auction has someone there to represent it — that’s Monday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. in the Bryant Room.

If you haven’t hugged a “kid”. . .
Last Sunday I went to Pumpkin Vine Family Farm to shop for great fresh food with no intention to visit the baby goats. That’s for the (human) kids, I told myself. But, of course, I had to take a peek in the barn — there were 57 kids born last month to say hello to. Something about those frisky, frolicky, soft-as-silk little creatures just needs to be felt. So, I took a short turn sitting with three or four and letting them play around me. They were very huggable but never idle more than a few moments. They seem joyous in their ability to jump and climb, play with their cousins and nibble on visitors. Oh, so cute and fun. Very pleasant, too, is the new roomier layout and walking paths all around. Get updates and events at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm – Home | Facebook

Historical Society help wanted
Washington Historical Society members and friends around the community are encouraged to join in the preparations for Memorial Day and future events by showing up at the Razorville Buildings on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. to clean and organize. The old saying that “many hands make light work” certainly applies for this kind of need. Please help out if you can. All you need to do is show up. Tell them I sent you.

Historical Society begins season
Washington Historical Society will start their public events of the 2002 season by serving coffee and muffins at the Fire Station on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. They will welcome children to join in a Parade of Wheels riding decorated bikes from the Fire Station to the town Monument at 9:45 a.m. There will be a brief Memorial Day observance at the monument at 10 a.m. with participants from local organizations. Everyone is welcome.

Charlotte Henderson reports on the happenings in Washington for May 19.

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