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By Charlotte Henderson | Aug 09, 2019

Paddlers explore, enjoy perfect day

A small but enthusiastic group of paddlers spent three hours on Washington Pond last Saturday exploring landmarks, visiting the islands, watching for the eagles (didn’t see any), and playing occasional peek-a-boo with ducks, geese and loons. Washington Lakes Watershed Association member Dale Griffin led the leisurely trip. One stop was at the Outlet Dam, where Medomak Brook begins its journey to the Medomak River. This was of particular interest to WLWA members, who will be considering fishways, or fish ladders, as part of an Alewife Connection Project which will free water flow along Medomak Brook for migrating alewives.

Washington Pond, which, along with Crystal Lake and their surrounding areas, is the focus of Washington Lakes Association’s education and conservation efforts, is a very clear body of water with a Secchi Disk (water clarity) reading last week of 5.70 meters. Thank you to Roger Cady, WLWA’s water quality monitor, for regular reports on water clarity and basic chemistry. WLWA outings and events can be found at

Hear details of public electricity proposal

State Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, will speak tonight, Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library. Berry is the sponsor of a legislative bill that proposes to establish a public power company to replace Central Maine Power Company. The proposal puts forth a plan to establish an electricity co-op type business to be run by the state. It would take the place of CMP, a stock-holder owned private profit-making company. Berry will explain his reasons for bringing this bill to our legislature and describe how it would work. This is a very timely issue with great potential effects on electricity customers. Be there if you can.

Tri-County names board for 2019-20

The Board of Directors of Tri-County Solid Waste Management Organization held its quarterly meeting July 25. Officers of the board this year (2019-2020) are John Shepard (Union), president;

Norman Casas (Washington); James Bailey (Union), secretary; Peter Beckett (Appleton), treasurer; Charlotte Henderson (Washington); Charlie Garrigan (Appleton); Henry Hall (Liberty); Gordon Thebeau (Somerville); John Fenner (Appleton); and alternates Lyle Cramer (Union); Dana Philippi (Liberty); Elaine Porter (Somerville). At this time, an alternate slot is open on Washington’s TCSWMO team. For more information, contact the Town Office at 845-2897.

Masons’ lobster supper

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge members are presenting their annual lobster supper Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The meal includes a boiled lobster, macaroni salad, coleslaw, biscuits, chips, dessert, coffee, tea and punch. The cost for adults is $15. As usual, there is a free hot dog in a bun and chips for kids. Mt. Olivet Lodge is located a quarter-mile north of Washington Village on Liberty Road (Route 220).

Gibbs book group

"Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II," by Liza Mundy, is the book to be discussed at the Gibbs book group Thursday, Aug. 15. The discussion starts at 7 p.m. and all readers are welcome. (If you haven’t read the book, you can just listen. That happened to me last month, and I discovered I really wanted to read the book!). "Code Girls" author Liza Mundy, is a journalist and award-winning author who put her skills as a reporter to work ferreting out the true story of the women who broke codes for the United States during World War II.

In the absence of men to do the work, young American women were hired by the U.S. Army and Navy to decipher intentionally scrambled messages created by enemy forces during World War II. Breaking codes was highly secure work done by people sworn to absolute secrecy, which is part of the reason their whole story hasn’t been told before. "Code Girls" reveals how these women became experts and helped win the war for the Allies. Copies of the book are available from Gibbs Library at 845-2663.

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