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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 15, 2017
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson Paddlers enjoy a perfect day Sunday, Sept. 10, at Crystal Lake with Rob Stenger guiding the tour, pointing out aquatic plants and animals and keeping an eye out for invasives. The paddle trip was sponsored by Washington Lakes Watershed Association and Medomak Valley Land Trust.

Perennials and more at Gibbs

The Annual Fall Perennials and Houseplants Sale for Gibbs Library is set for Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. For a couple of weeks, volunteers have been dividing and digging garden perennials like daffodils, astilbe, hostas, Shasta daisies, pink, white and blue phlox, lady's mantle, perennial geraniums, peonies, daylilies, rudbeckia and pink asters, plus many more choices still to be gathered. House plants include sanseveria (snake plant) rosary vine, jade, begonias, philodendron and aloe (great for soothing skin boo-boos), among others. The sale is right at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road. This is a great fundraiser for the library’s many projects and a fine resource for patrons, since the quality of these divisions and cuttings is outstanding. We know they are healthy and hearty because they come from local people’s gardens. Just come on by and get some living, growing things to help you dream through until spring.

Turkey supper at Masonic Hall

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge is offering a public turkey supper this Sept. 16 with turkey and all the fixin’s. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children and they are serving from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. As always, there’s a free hotdog and chips for kids.

Water news and blue blazes

Two events last week brought attention to some of the outstanding natural resources of our beautiful rural area. Washington Lakes Watershed Association and Medomak Valley Land Trust collaborated on a canoe/kayak paddle on Crystal Lake. Everyone enjoyed seeing the numerous plants, birds, and other creatures that abound in this little lake at the western edge of the town and county. One day after a rain postponement, the weather was just right. As we’re seeing, weather has its own mind, but this delay was a good call. Thanks to everyone who hung in.

Also, the grand opening of a newly created walking trail just over the town line into Waldoboro was celebrated last week at the 371-acre Riverbrook Preserve. Acquired and placed in conservation by Medomak Valley Land Trust two years ago, the property is a mix of fields, forest, water frontage and working farmland. FMI: MVLT 832-5570 or info@medomakvalley.org.

Washington Heritage Day

Washington Historical Society sends out a huge thank-you to all the people who turned out for the celebration and activities at Washington Heritage Day, like the pie contest, farmer’s market, tractor exhibit, artisan and craftsmen demonstrations, antique appraisals, tours and everything! Special thanks to Farrar-Ross VFW Post for the barbecue and to the Torsey Trio for “mood music” that fit the occasion perfectly.

Coming up -- Bess

Bess the Book Bus and Bike Drawing Party will be at Gibbs Library, Sunday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Save the date. This is a great event for the kids and grownups, too. Come watch and share in the fun, even if they’re not your kids.

Washington Heritage Day visitors last weekend got to sample pies entered in the Best Tasting Pie Contest. The $50 prize was won by Susie Taylor for her chocolate cream pie. Pictured, from left, Washington Historical Society charter members Ron and Linda Luce sell slices of the pies. (Photo by: Charlotte Henderson)
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