Medomak Brook project

Brian Alves and Ted Mohlie [left and center] of Medomak Brook Connection met last week with Joe McLean, P.E. [right], a professional engineer with Acadia Civil Works.

From left, Brian Alves, Ted Mohlie and Joe McLean. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Henderson

McLean is working with MBC and the nonprofit river advocacy organization Maine Rivers to assess areas around the Outlet Dam and village stream crossing, as well as road crossings on Sprague and Calderwood Roads. The Washington Select Board gave its project approval with the understanding there would be little or no cost to the town. McLean’s engineering studies are for the purpose of informing grant applications and preliminary baseline data for restoration of alewife and other anadromous (sea-run) fish access to Washington Pond.

Washington Pond and other bodies along Medomak River are historic spawning areas for these fish. Our town’s Medomak Brook completes a continuous waterway from the ocean in Muscongus Bay to Medomak River, Medomak Brook, and Washington Pond, the volume of which is greater than all other bodies of water in the Medomak Watershed combined. An early program enhancing alewife passage for the lower river — the Lloyd Davis Trust (LDT) — was conceived in the 1980s and made progress. In 2020, Medomak Brook Connection was formed in alliance with Maine Rivers. The restoration project is definitely a work in progress! Stay tuned for updates.

Sloane reception tonight

Tonight, Gibbs Library is welcoming artist Carol Sloane at a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Some of Carol’s early work is currently on exhibit there. A long-time Washington resident, Carol now resides in Rockland. We are happy to have her visit us. Everyone is welcome to meet and greet the artist and enjoy refreshments.

Challenge Race and Fun Run

This Sunday, Aug. 7, Washington Recreation Committee is holding its annual Washington Challenge — 5K and Fun Run. The Fun Run starts at the monument in the village and all registrations are 7-8 a.m. Runners go from the monument to Prescott Memorial School and return. Runners do not cross the start 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. Volunteers are needed at the Prescott School turn around, Bill Luce Road turn around, and check-in points. For added safety, a rider on a bicycle is needed to patrol the route and report when last runner is in. If you can help, contact Peg at pegandleo@hotmail.com or text 207-790-0723. Everyone is welcome to participate or just come cheer the runners on.

Auction — good as new

Washington Community Auction didn’t miss a beat even though it was disrupted two full seasons because of COVID precautions. In 2020, it was cancelled altogether and in 2021 individual groups held tag sales at their own sites to avoid close encounters. When the group met to plan this year’s event, there were concerns about how it would go. But all that worry led to extremely good planning and it paid off.

The auction raised amounts equal to pre-COVID, totaling over $9,000. Many thanks to Susan D’Amore, Beth Connor and Heidi Kopishke for doing the spreadsheet work and handling the money. This involves tracking every item and the money earned. So many helpful hands made this happen, work smoothly, and be a success. Thank you, thank you, every one.

Starry-eyes at Pumpkin Vine

Saturday, Aug. 13. Same date — two distinct events. Pumpkin Vine Family Farm will present a live folk music performance from the popular trio Stargazing (violin, mandolin, and guitar) on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 7-8:30 pm. 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 (or both). 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. There is a seating limit. Contact Pumpkin Vine Family Farm Facebook page or at pumpkinvinefamilyfarm.com/contact-us/ to reserve a place.

Lakes Association — Photo Contest

The Annual Meeting of Washington Lakes Watershed Association is Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Corner Gallery in Washington Village. Everyone is welcome. From 5-6 p.m., vote for favorite photos. At 6 p.m., “Our Loons and Our Lakes” by Susan Gallo, executive director of Maine Lakes, Maine’s premier lake advocates, and at 7:15 p.m. the Annual Business Meeting and voting for Board of Directors takes place. Report on invasion of “trapdoor snails” (Bellamya chinensis) and discussion about possible management strategies. Light refreshments will be served.