Planning Board meets new business

Scrap Dogs Compost met with the Washington Planning Board last week to inform them about the company’s expansion into Washington. ScrapDogs Community Compost, LLC, has been in operation since 2018 collecting food waste, yard waste and uncoated paper in the Midcoast area. Working with Washington’s own Bo Lait Farm and others, Scrap Dogs converts these products into nutrient-rich material for replenishing the soil. Success with this enterprise has led Scrap Dogs to need more space for the actual conversion from “waste” to compost, and to find a perfect location here in our little town. Tessa Rosenberry and Davis Saltonstall, owners of the business, settled on an almost ready-made site off Jefferson Road and are developing it as we speak. Welcome Davis and Tessa! For more information about Scrap Dogs, check out their website

Backdoor for cyber criminals

If you have unused email addresses, they can be an open target for cyber criminals. A lot can happen when no one is looking at a site. Adrien Gendre of Vade Secure, an email security firm, says, “Breaking into an email account is pretty easy for criminals — all they need are passwords.” If a security breach happens, passwords can just go up for grabs (Ye, gods). Our watchfulness is what notices those little clues that something’s amiss, so deleting unwatched, unused email accounts is eliminating a weak spot. On accounts you do use, make sure each service has a unique password and use two-factor authentication. Once you learn how it’s easy. And it’s worth it.

Valentine’s Day dinner

Blueberry Fields B&B is offering a public Valentine’s Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 5-7 p.m. Reservations are required. The menu includes your choice of entrée — prime rib or fresh fish with all the elegant presentation and delicious flavor we have come to expect. Dessert choice is cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or chocolate torte topped with shaved white chocolate and drizzled with chocolate sauce. (A little bird whispered that it would be good to get your reservation made as soon as possible.) Call Deb and Cyd at (207) 446-2407

More from “Legends and Legacies”

Connie Bellet, whose artwork is on exhibit now at Gibbs Library, shared with me the story of how the Great Thunder Chicken Drum group we enjoyed at the reception last week got its name. The group came together here at Gibbs Library in Washington back in 2008 through the efforts of Jody King, an artist and drum maker. Her visits inspired several members from the area to form a drum (usually what the groups are called and also the name of the session itself). It so happens that to the natives of the Plains in the American West consider the Greater Prairie Chicken sacred because during their mating season, which is spring, they stomp-dance, beat their wings and “sing” which awakens the Thunders to bring lightening and rain to start germination and bring life back after winter. So, when the drum was seeking a name they chose Great Thunder Chicken because of its healing and renewing intentions. Without knowing the whole history, many people are amused by the name which is fine because laughter is a healing force, too.

The Great Thunder Chicken Drum will visit Gibbs Library again on Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m. to perform a drum ceremony.