Artist as presenter

Printmaker and installation artist, Kris Sader, showed her talents as a presenter as well as an artist at Gibbs Library’s reception for her last week. She spoke about her prints and paintings on display at Gibbs (until Nov. 2). She also described works she produced during residencies at Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Cape Cod, and the Sonoran Desert. Kris finds her inspiration in the environments she visits and took her audience to her Cape Cod project. There she had used the colors of natural elements in that environment to create shapes she printed onto long strips of handmade paper (Washi).  She then built supports for the printed forms, transforming them into flag like systems that captured the movements of the winds and grasses. She called the piece Wind Recorders. Reception host, Delphine Sherin, called it a “fascinating presentation” clearly informed by Sader’s background in biology and environmental science and blended with a deep love and respect for the natural world. Sader says, “Even the lifeless bird images are honorific of nature and lives lost.” Our community is very grateful for Kris’s generous presentation. Her exhibit remains up until Nov. 2.

No hitchhikers, please

At this time of year, when people are pulling their boats out of the water for the off-season, Washington Lakes Association is following the lead of Lake Stewards of Maine to create awareness of invasive aquatic species. These non-native plants are transported from infected waters to other lakes and ponds by even the tiniest bits of live plant that attach to watercrafts, motors, paddles — whatever — and can start an infestation wherever they get deposited. And, once even one of these species gets a toehold, it’s almost impossible to get rid of it. So, please, check all around your motor, ropes, paddles, and just everywhere, so some little speck of a non-native plant doesn’t get transported into our lakes. Washington Pond and Crystal Lake have been monitored regularly for many years by trained volunteers who check water chemistry and clarity. Our little town’s lakes have good water quality, and all of us can help keep them that way. So, please, take a few moments to make sure there are no hitchhikers. Channel 6 had a segment recently with really great photos. Check it out if you like at: .  Also, if you are interested in monitoring or other ways to support healthy lakes, get ideas at the Lake Stewards of Maine website:

Vote — secure, responsible

It’s just over a couple of weeks until Election Day. Voting is important and not voting is not the way to show our displeasure with, well, anything. In Washington, in Maine, and, indeed, across the nation, our voting systems are highly secure, accurate, and in spite of innumerable challenges, reflect the people’s choices. It has been demonstrated over and over. So, as has been said over and over “You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.” If you want to find out how well our elections are managed, come on down to the Bryant Room on Nov. 8 and vote. By the way, a video of Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ describing voting procedures and security is available at It’s impressive.

Ambulance Advisory Committee

Jesse Casas, an alternate on the Ambulance Advisory Committee, and Jesse Thompson, Union Ambulance Director, met with the Select Board recently to share developments since the unexpected ambulance service rate increase to towns. Jesse Casas pointed out how much there is to learn about how Union Ambulance and Emergency Management Services operate. For instance, one reason Washington is the first to see the ambulance service budget is because we have the earliest town meeting of the cooperating towns of Washington, Union and Appleton. Union Ambulance Director Jesse Thompson reported that there is a grant-funded study under way currently that will determine the level of service desired in the towns and what residents are willing to pay for them. The entire information gathering effort is to reach consensus on future operations. Jesse Casas pointed out that as of now, Union carries overhead costs such as utilities and Human Resources. In order to receive reimbursement from Medicare, the service must show proof of all costs — staffing, fuel, medications, electricity, heat for the building, etc. Everything from bookkeeping and training to staffing and community feedback is being looked at as part of the study. Jesse Thompson said

there will probably be a public hearing to gather information from each town and from this data the Advisory Committee will create options for the towns to agree on. Jesse asked if any residents have come to Select Board members to talk about the higher budget this year and was informed that no one has. Selectman Mitch Garnett reminded everyone there are town funds set aside to train any Washington resident for EMS service. For more information leave a message at the Town Office 207-845-2897.

Public Supper

The Ladies’ Guild will present a pot pie supper this Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Grange Hall from 4:30-6 p.m. The cost is $10. It doesn’t get any more delicious than this.