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Washington news Feb. 06

By Charlotte Henderson | Feb 05, 2020

Gibbs Library wins grant

Washington’s amazing Gibbs Library has received a $2500 grant from the Maine Public Library Fund, enabling them to host three Maine-connected children’s authors and illustrators this year.

Hazel Kopishke, chair of the library’s Children’s Programming Committee says, “We’ll work with Prescott Memorial School to create programs that are educational and fun. Teaming up with our school is always special for us.”

The Maine Public Library Fund is administered by the State Librarian and all money deposited in it is used to make grants at Maine’s free public libraries.

Gibbs board vice-president, Kathleen Ocean said “Gibbs is delighted to receive these funds and so grateful to the Maine Public Library Fund.“

She explained that the money comes into the State Library through a check-off item on our state tax forms.

If you want to add to the fund, mark the square on Schedule CP (Charitable Contributions) of the Maine Income Tax form at line 31 on the 1040.

I’ll come back to this information from time to time during tax season.

Primaries are back

Yup, now Maine has a Presidential Primary again (we had a primary prior to 2000). So, the date for that is Tuesday, March 3.

Washington polls are at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library all day. To vote in the Presidential Primary you must be registered in your party – Republican or Democratic. Green Independent candidates are not participating in the Presidential Primary of 2020.

Then, June 9, the Maine primary elections will take place to select one party candidate in the General Election for federal offices except for president and state legislators. That was already done March 3, remember?

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, comes the General Election for president and state and federal representatives.

Dems set Caucus date

Maine’s Democrats will caucus Sunday, March 9. Snow date will be March 15.

A caucus is the meeting which local members of a political party name their town committee, county committee members and their party’s delegates to the state convention.

It’s an important get together, for sure.

Each attendee will also name their preference for the party’s presidential candidate. Those selected to attend the State Democratic Convention get to vote on who the delegates are to the National Democratic Convention on behalf of their stated preferred candidate.

The Presidential Primary comes at the re-instated Primary Election on March 3.

For more information and to complete advance check in for the caucus, go to

For more on the Presidential Primary, read on.

Knox Republicans caucus

2020 Maine Republican Party Knox County Caucus (all Knox County towns meet together) will gather Feb. 29 at the Rockland Middle School, 30 Broadway.

Doors open at 9 a.m. The joint meeting starts at 10 a.m. with municipal caucuses to follow.

FMI: Victoria Bucklin,

Fishing Derby

Washington Fishing Derby is set for Saturday, Feb. 15, and fishing folks are checking the ice to make sure it’ll will be solid.

Hill and Gully Riders Snowmobile Club has sponsored the Snowfest and Fishing Derby for 32 years and the event is still going strong.

Fish from all bodies of water in Washington are eligible to be entered in the contest. Weigh-in is promptly at 3 p.m. at the Washington Pond Boat Launch on Route 105, Razorville Road.

As always, snacks, burgers, sweets and more will be available at the Snack Shack.

I must add that never, anywhere, ever does a burger taste better than out in the weather at the Fishing Derby. Raffle tickets for numerous great prizes will be on sale there and in various locations around town, too.

See you there!

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