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By Charlotte Henderson | Jun 06, 2014

Some like it hot ...

This past weekend, we picked up our little tomato plants from local grower, Sharon Turner, popped them into our raised bed, and sighed in contentment. Then the 6 p.m. news warned of frost. FROST?! Oh, no. The first awake act the next morning was to check those little fellas and, whew, they were OK. The weather, always a topic in Maine conversations, has taken way more than its share of attention this year. And, this summer, according to the almanacs, will probably be hotter than normal, and somewhat dry. So, we’re avoiding thirsty plants (except tomatoes, of course) and gearing up to complain about the heat. Yayyyyy!

Mainers still like home

Even though many of us complain about the weather — and other things, too — surveys by Vox.com and Gallup.com show that Mainers are among the least inclined to move away from our state. Along with Montanans and Hawaiians, only 23 percent of Mainers indicated that they would move out of state if they could. Other happy-at-home people are in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas. Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland showed the highest numbers hoping to move to another place.

Grange dinner this Saturday

Evening Star Grange is holding one of their fabulous suppers this Saturday (June 7) featuring turkey, baked beans, casseroles, salads, and their unmatched homemade desserts. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. You can take $1 off if you bring an item (or items) for the food pantry. Supper runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall, 31 Old Union Road.

Plant something good Sunday afternoon

An edible landscape. Years ago, I bought a book by Rosalind Creasy, who, at the time (c 1982) bewailed the prevalence of ornamental (not edible) plants and trees for landscaping. In 2010, Creasy revised her book and noted that things — they were a-changin’. I got that book, too, never dreaming that right here in our little town the idea would be made into a community reality! Washington is creating an edible landscape area! David Spahr, working with Washington Conservation Committee, has procured an impressive selection of native trees and plants which will yield food when they mature. The growing site is on Bill Luce Road at the fire pond site across from town hall. Tree types include peaches, plums, American chestnut and hickory. Also in the mix are highbush blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Some of the other plants are rosa rugosa, chives, rhubarb,viburnum, and Jerusalem artichokes. These and a variety of additional edibles will be planted this Sunday afternoon (June 8) starting at 1 p.m. and help is very much needed to get the job done. If you are willing to spend an hour, or two, or the afternoon helping get this future harvest into the ground, come on down to the fire pond field Sunday after lunch. Bring a spade if you can, your favorite gardening hand tool, gloves if you need them, and a water bottle. We’ll have water and ice. The Conservation Committee really hopes for your assistance and support of this project.

Plan ahead for FD Auxiliary Supper and Auction

Saturday, June 14, the Washington Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual Public Supper and Auction at the Firehouse from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Roast beef, roast turkey, baked beans, salads, casseroles and yummy desserts will be served. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. The Auction will begin at 6 p.m. and will include many new and used items and local gift certificates. Please support your local fire fighters and the auxiliary members who assist them behind the scenes.

Tolerant treatment of touchy topic

Death Café has an ominous ring to it. Still, I went, and met up with over 20 others who attended the event in one of our neighboring towns. The group included a wide range of ages, both men and women. Everyone at one point or another smiled, got teary, laughed out loud, reflected, shared experiences, asked questions, and in general, had a comfortable, friendly, stress-free evening. The goal of Death Café is to discuss death with no agenda or objective. Death Café is not a support group and definitely not a counseling session. There were no lists, sign-up sheets, or name tags. Many of us were strangers to each other as we gathered to eat cake, drink tea, and talk about death — whatever came to mind. In the end, it was a pleasant, life-affirming 90-minutes of considering death — our own and that of loved ones. And it was not even remotely ominous. There will be more about Death Café in a few weeks.

Marking a milestone

Exactly five years ago, this incarnation of Washington News was submitted to The Courier-Gazette for the first time. It doesn’t seem like yesterday. Thanks for telling us about your events and activities and most of all thanks for reading.

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