Annual Fire Dept. Supper and Auction
This Saturday, June 4, Washington Fire Department Auxiliary will present their annual supper and Live Auction. Supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Then the auction will begin. This is a good old fashioned public supper with great food and delicious desserts. The always varied items to be sold at auction will be on display during the meal to get us revved up for bidding. Tom Johnston, our auctioneer, keeps things moving at warp speed making for lots of fun. Nobody knows much ahead of time what the Covid situation will be the next day, but please use commonsense and thoughtfulness with masks and distancing and please feel okay with wearing a mask if you choose. This auction is an important fundraiser for our Fire Department. The money raised is used for equipment and supplies that are not covered by the Fire Department’s regular few-frills budget. The cost for supper is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please come, enjoy, have fun, and support our firefighters.

Farrar-Ross Post VFW was honored with a Diamond Jubilee (75 Years) Award by Maine Commander Herman Littlefield at a ceremony and breakfast May 22. Post members pictured are, from left, Chris Armstrong, Post 9437 Commander, Mike Wile, Scott Whittier, Alton Sinclair, Junior Peaslee, and Peter Taylor. Congratulations on many years of service to veterans and our community.

Award benefits Fire Department
Maine Municipal Association has awarded a $3,000 grant from their Safety Enhancement Program which will be used to equip our Fire Department with immersion suits for cold water rescues. The suits greatly enhance the ability of a rescuer to get a victim to safety. Washington Fire Department is trained in the use of the equipment and is a proud and grateful for the grant.

Firefighters complete training
Washington Fire Department recently had two of its volunteer firefighters complete a basic fire school class held in Waldo County. They were part of a large group learning how to fight house fires. They are now cleared for interior firefighting. Congratulations! I have to mention that this particular training session took place two Saturdays ago when the temperature was in the 90s. Amazing dedication and perseverance!!

Public Supper on June 11
Evening Star Grange is dishing up a pulled pork supper for Saturday evening, June 11, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This is a good, hearty, tasty meal to eat in or take out if you prefer. Your meal including dessert is $12.

Special vote combined with Primary
On a local ballot the same day as the Maine Primary Elections, Tuesday, June 14, are important questions for Washington voters. One is a vote whether to approve the town assuming a $300,000 line of credit to bridge the gap between now and the time Broadband project grant money is available to pay pole licensing fees.
The other local ballot question is whether to enact changes to the town/Maine land use ordinances. This is a vote postponed from the March Town Meeting and includes increases in the square foot size of structures that need a Code Enforcement Officer permit in certain districts. The question also asks for approval of an “event center” definition and ordinance. As always, these votes determine the way the business and governance in our little town is conducted. Local government doesn’t make the headlines but has an effect on so much we don’t often even think about. Please vote for the local issues while to make your political candidate choices on June 14.

Upcoming workshop at Gibbs
The Gibbs Library will present a Wire Tree Art Workshop on Saturday, June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Note that this workshop requires early registration — read on. Attend in-person at the library, or from home via zoom. Ryan Kelley of Wire by Ryan will be teaching the class remotely. There is a $15 materials fee per person. Please sign up by June 15. Contact info@gibbslibrary.org to register or for more information.

Hazardous Waste collection
Saturday, June 18, is Hazardous Waste Collection Day at TriCounty Transfer Station (aka Tri County Solid Waste Management Organization). Hours are 8:30 to 11 a.m. The cost is $12 per “unit” which is 5 gallons liquid or 20 pounds hazmat. Hazardous materials are items that should NEVER go into the regular trash: pesticides, gasoline, antifreeze, anything with mercury in it, paint, household cleaners and others. Check the TriCounty website for a list at tcswmo.com. This is a great time to search the corners of the basement, garage, and barn to dispose of that toxic stuff safely.

Charlotte Henderson reports on the happenings in Washington for June 2 to June 9.

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