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Washington news May 21

By Charlotte Henderson | May 21, 2020

Blueberry Fields reopens

Starting Sunday, May 24, Blueberry Fields B&B will be open for breakfast five mornings a week. The hours will be 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Blueberry Fields will be closed Friday and Saturday. This schedule is for the month of June, and perhaps into July. There will be updates. Blueberry Fields is following all guidelines including limited seating inside and additional seating on the porch, weather permitting. They won’t take temperatures, but please understand that you can’t be allowed in the building if you have a fever, cough or any other symptoms of the virus. Masks are only required when you cannot maintain a six-foot or more distance from strangers. Masks are not required once seated. Servers will be wearing a mask, of course. The self-serve coffee station will be closed. The server or host will take down a name and phone number for each party or table as a contact person so that, in the unlikely event that we learn someone here at the same time as you has contracted the virus, we can inform you. If there is a line at the door, please text Deb at 207-446-2407, and wait to be seated. This is all uncharted territory so, please understand. We look forward to seeing you.

Ten minutes max

2020 Census forms are being delivered and — depending on how many people live in your house — the basic form takes just 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The data from these forms is used to formulate a bunch of federal programs, so it’s important to send them back. Just do it, okay?

Speaking of government

Washington Town Office is now open by appointment with masks and such. Call 845-2897 to set a time.

Carry on, Tri-County!

Tri-County Solid Waste Management Organization — Tri-County, for short, since the acronym is not pronounceable — has been doing a terrific job of handling the recyclables and trash during this time of distancing. They have been open throughout and adapted quickly and well. Thank goodness! My own household is just two people and amazingly, I have a big green bag full nearly every week. It’s a relief that I can just take it “away” to the transfer station. Thanks, Guys! The annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the transfer station is just a month away — Saturday, June 20, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. This is when we can safely dispose of dangerous toxic liquids, paint, oil or gas, and other items. There’s a list on their website tcswmo.com/ of what goes (and doesn’t go) into the HazMat collection. The cost is $10 per “unit” which is five gallons liquid or 20 pounds Hazmat.

Meals on Wheels possibility

It turns out that some Meals on Wheels requirements have been relaxed because of the coronavirus pandemic, which means some of us may be able to get that service. Check out the town website or call the town office 845-2897 to find out more or contact Katie Tarbox, program coordinator, at 207-701-9641.

It isn’t all about corona

I was reminded the other day that even while coronavirus is taking up most of the headlines and much of our concern, all the life circumstances, blessings and problems alike, are still happening just like they always did. Coronavirus is an add-on. Case in point, Washington Health Officer Brian Alves is reminding residents that deer tick season is upon us. Unfortunately, there are no available vaccines for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme and others. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates repellent products in the United States and the CDC recommends that consumers use only those repellent products registered by the EPA. (Registration indicates that the EPA has determined that the product is both efficacious and safe for human use, when applied according to the instructions on the  label.) There are slews of them: hundreds actually, made by 60 or more companies. I lost count. Really, I tried. Here’s a site to get you started epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you. Good luck.

And in case you’re possessed

When I was a kid, my mother would sometimes ask, “What ever possessed you to do that?” Most of the time I didn’t really know. Recently, I was possessed to actually read the label on my WetOnes wipes that promise to kill 99.99% of germs. I knew why. I wanted to know about that remaining .01%. Oh, no! The active ingredient is benzalkonium chloride which does not kill coronavirus. It’s the active ingredient in many sanitizer products so I checked the major search engines with this phrase: most effective hand sanitizer to kill coronavirus. Ta, daa, I finally found a list of products, but, oh, guess what, some of those were based on benzalkonium chloride, which we already learned doesn’t kill COVID-19. So, back to the drawing boards. Finally I learned that alcohol-based solutions are next best – after hand washing, that is. My search has yet to actually name a product but I’m not giving up. Or maybe, I’ll just stay with soap and water and a nice sudsy scrub for 20 seconds. Be safe. I might add, some silliness doesn’t hurt, either.

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