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Washington news Feb. 13

By Charlotte Henderson | Feb 11, 2020

Historical Society mapping

Washington Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Gibbs Library to continue the work of mapping homesites. Using the technical aids available at the library, the group locates family homes and other significant information on a town map.

WHS has completed several town neighborhoods including outer Razorville Road, West Washington Road, and Young’s Hill Road.

Tuesday’s meeting will focus on Bill Luce Road, Sprague Road, Deer Path Road, and inner Razorville Road.

The mapping meetings are interesting and a lot of fun as rich anecdotes and character descriptions come out of the conversations. Everyone is welcome at Historical Society meetings and a special invitation is going out to people who know these areas. WHS meets on the third Tuesday each month. Start time is 7 p.m. and duration is around two hours.

Town list of businesses

The Town of Washington website is now displaying a free Washington Business Directory. It appears just below the Office Hours block on the home page. An application to have your business added is on the site also.

If you’d like to ask for this service, go to the home page washington.maine.gov, scroll down the news column on the left side of the page, and look for “Washington Business Directory Form.” Click there and Ta-Da! There’s the form for you to fill out!

Fax 845-2131, mail, email or drop it off at the Town Office at 40 Old Union Road.

Gibbs Book Group

The next book group discussion will be Thursday, Feb. 20, and is focused on "Overstory" by Richard Powers.

This book has to do with trees, as did "Barkskins" last month’s selection.  "Overstory" is a very different sort of read, though, because the author’s characters are the trees themselves.

A number of regulars missed the "Overstory" discussion because of the slippery weather and uncertainty whether the group was happening. They decided to follow MSAD 40 school closings as a guide: no school, no meeting that evening. There are several books are being considered for future reading so be sure to come to help choose.

Gibbs children’s programs

Gibbs Library is planning – with delight and enthusiasm – children’s author and illustrator visits to the library or to Prescott Memorial School.

These events are made possible by the $2500 grant from the Maine Public Library Fund. The programs will be held at Prescott Memorial School as well as the Gibbs Library, home-schoolers are welcome to attend the programs.

The events will be educational and, most of all, fun for the students, says retired teacher Hazel Kopishke, the library’s chair of Children’s Programs. Watch for more information here and on the library’s website gibbslibrary.org.

Library Fund check-off

It’s not a secret, but the Maine Public Library Fund, from which Gibbs Library’s grant came, is a tad tricky to find.

It’s an income tax check off program, and the way to contribute to it is through Maine 1040 Schedule CP (Charitable Contributions).

At line 31 of Form 1040ME, you’re asked for the amount from Schedule CP. Schedule CP is where you actually check the square for the Library Fund.

Many of us don’t even use Schedule CP, but it’s hosted on the maine.gov website.

Scroll down and click on Schedule CP voluntary contributions and park pass purchases. Gibbs and all other free public libraries in Maine will be glad you looked. Me, too.

Candidates’ set pace

Candidates Chloe Maxmin for the State Senate and Jeffrey Evangelos for the State House of Representatives held a “meet and greet” at Gibbs Library last weekend to begin their campaigns.

Jeff Evangelos is the incumbent representative for House District 91 (which includes Washington) running for another term.

Chloe Maxmin of Nobleboro is currently a Maine House member, and is running for the Maine Senate District 13 seat presently held by Dana Dow.

Evangelos and Maxmin were in fine form, upbeat and positive. They will be focusing on issues that matter working on what unites, rather than divides, citizens. Maxmin is on the Democratic ticket and Evangelos is an Independent.

I haven’t received any information from our Republican candidates.

Valentine cheese to please

Pumpkin Vine Family Farm broke out it’s special cheese last weekend, as promised.

It’s a delicious creation “Cabra al Vino,” Kelly calls Drunken Goat. There were also lots of delicious pastres, winter produce, eggs, pork, plants and more. These, along with the beautiful drive there through crystal trees and grasses from the long lasting ice, the cozy wood stove warmth, and friendly hellos made for a great visit.

The next market at Pumpkin Vine will be March 15 or March 22 depending on the road. Stay tuned. They will monitor the mud and let us all know.

Don’t forget SnowFest is this Saturday!

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