Challenge race and Fun Run

Washington Recreation is having its Washington Challenge — 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, Aug. 7. Registration is 7-8 a.m. and the races start at 8 a.m. The Fun Run starts at the monument in the village, then proceeds to Prescott Memorial School and comes back. Runners do not cross the road but go and come back on the south (same side as the school) side of the road.

The 5K starts at the back parking lot of the Town Office, proceeds out Bill Luce Road to a turnaround, and back to the parking lot — the turnaround is just before McDowell Road. Participants are asked to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement/photo release. A volunteer on bicycle will patrol the route to assure safety and report when last runner is returned.

Volunteers are needed for check-ins and monitoring turn around points. If you can help, contact Peg at pegandleo@hotmail.com or text 207-790-0723. Everyone is welcome to participate or just come cheer for the runners — which I’ve found is a very fun thing to do.

Community Auction

The official wrap-up meeting for the annual Community Auction will be tonight, but it’s safe to say after a 2-year hiatus due to good old COVID, the 2022 Auction was a success. Lots of interesting items, an attentive audience, an increasingly nimble auctioneer, and a cracker-jack team of organizers made for a lively time and incredible deals for bidders. Many, many thanks to everyone and to the generous donors of desirable items to bid on.

Historical Society chooses officers

Washington Historical Society (WHS) held their annual meeting last week with members Frank Campbell, Wendy Carr, Sam Collins, Rhoda Gamage, Frank Gamage, Don Grinnell, Liz Grinnell, Charlotte Henderson, Hazel Kopishke, Nancy Linscott, Kate Trembley, Bonny Tubbs, and Rick Whelan in attendance. Reports were made on the on-going improvements at the Town House and recommendations for tasks to be completed before winter.

Frank Campbell was recognized for the generous time and talent he has donated to the society, especially working on the buildings. Plans were outlined for Washington Heritage Day Sept. 10. Society officers were re-elected including Carr, president; Kate Grinnell Trembley, vice president; Kopishke, secretary; and Linda Luce, treasurer.

Grinnell, the group’s archivist, presented a “Washington Moment” and spoke about four Washington Civil War veterans who had been incarcerated prisoners of war at the infamous Andersonville Prison (officially called Camp Sumter) in Georgia. Liz explained she was inspired to search for this story after reading old newspaper clippings donated to WHS by the Jefferson Historical Society. Members are encouraged to find other little known Washington facts and share them at future “Washington Moments” at regular meetings.

Outcome of Town Meeting

Last Wednesday, at a special town meeting, voters approved the town appropriating $300,000 to begin construction of broadband internet infrastructure. This appropriation will allow work to begin and avoid an idle period waiting for grants and other funding sources to come through.

The town has already been granted funds specifically dedicated to bringing our electronic communications service up to a competitive standard. As I understand it, when these grant funds are actually released to the town, they will be used to extinguish the appropriation. Meanwhile, our broadband will start to take shape.

Paddlecraft race results

Last Sunday’s Paddlecraft race — sponsored by Washington Recreation Committee — made up in enthusiasm what it lacked in number of participants. The course began at the Public Launch (Access) area on Razorville Road and goes east around a marker and back to the landing. A pontoon boat was on the scene for safety and used by time-keepers and for photo ops. All paddlers wear PFDs.

The times were: 1, Kristen Baker,13:40; 2, Jason Baker, 13:13; 3, Joseph Moody, 13:30; 4, Roxanne Moody, 16:05; 6, Sarah Calland, 16:57; 5, Lucas Baker, 16:32. Baker was the only stand-up paddleboard in the race. Many thanks to all the participants and their cheering sections for their energy and sportsmanship.

Looking ahead

Same date, two distinct events make Saturday, Aug. 13, unique at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm. They will present a live folk music performance from the trio Stargazing (violin, mandolin, and guitar) on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 7-8:30 p.m. The same evening, there will be a Lunar Star Party from 8:30-10:30 p.m. This is an amazing opportunity to get some close-up glimpses of the moon as well as the night sky.

These two programs are separate, and registration is required for each. Each of these events are by donation. Presenters want to make the programs accessible to all so there is no set admission. If you appreciate their talent and generosity, do all you can to support them.

NOTE: The reservation tab is not set up yet, but I will publish it here next week. You can also contact https://pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com/.