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By Charlotte Henderson | Apr 06, 2018
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson The message was clear – get out of my yard! We’ve heard of “watch geese,” but never encountered one up close and personal before. This particular goose, Pinky, so named because his beak and feet are pink, not orange, like most other geese, watches out for our neighbors, Lance and Yvonne Taylor, who say his hiss is worse than his bite. Maybe he just wanted to get his picture in the paper.

Planning Board considers new business

On Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. the Washington Planning Board will meet in the Bryant Room at Gibbs Library to go over the Finding of Facts re Rockport Granite Inc.’s application. Following up on the public hearing Feb. 13, this session is the next step in the process of town approval to site the company's stone processing operation here.

Love it or ...

About this time of year when we’re all plumb sick of winter, we may wonder why anyone ever settled in this climate. It usually seems that the heavenly summer days make up for the dreaded winter, but just now it’s hard to think of them. We ran across one of the many surveys that deal with why people live where they do and found Maine to be right in the middle for overall well-being. The study, the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index reported at https://247wallst.com, asked residents of all the states about their views on where they live.

Seventy-three percent of Maine respondents said they liked what they did every day, while 49 percent reported having good health. 82 percent said they felt secure and safe, which reflects Maine’s statistically low violent crime rate (lowest of all states). These numbers put Maine at number 24 of the 50 states with regard to happiness with one’s place. Maine had the 21st-from-the-lowest poverty rate. Seventy-one percent were proud of their community -- the sixth-largest share of any state. Interestingly, at the same time, Mainers also reported the weakest sense of purpose of nearly any state. Just 63 percent of adults believed they learn or do something interesting every day, the 10th-smallest share of any state. But, still 70 percent thought they lived in the perfect place for them. We’re with them – only 100 percent!

Gibbs kids’ game night

Friday, April 13, is lucky for youngsters 10 to 18 years of age to come on out for game night in the Bryant Room at Gibbs Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Adult chaperones will be on hand and parents are welcome to join in as well. Younger siblings with a parent may attend a separate gaming area. There will be a wide selection of board games for both groups, and guests may bring a favorite game if they wish. There will be Washington General pizza to share, too.

Spring Retreat Day last call

Yoga, Reiki, massage, and other body care practices are part of Washington Recreation Committee’s Spring Retreat Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is at capacity, but names can be taken in case there are cancellations – call Peg at 845-2900. This is one of the many projects of the Rec Committee, which has activities year-round. Many thanks to that ambitious team.

Weekly meditation group

Group meditation meets in the Bryant Room Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.. Bring whichever meditative practice you use with the intent of sitting physically and mentally quiet. Sitting in a group can amplify feelings of peace, sense of self, community and connectedness to life. On a practical level, it also reinforces an individual’s commitment to daily meditation. All are welcome.

Opportunities in town governance

There are several appointed town positions available. Those who are interested should send a brief letter to the Town Office stating their name, contact information, and the position they're interested in. Candidates should also mention any extra experience or abilities they bring to the table. All these positions are appointed by the Select Board and should be filled as soon as possible. Letters should be addressed to townclerk@fairpoint.net with “Positions” in the subject line, or mail to P.O. Box 408, Washington,ME 04574  or just drop it off.

Appeals Board - two alternates, one five-year term; Comprehensive Plan Committee – six, one-year terms; Driveway Entrance Coordinator – one, one-year term; Mineral Extraction Review Committee – one alternate, one-year term, two members, three-year terms; Planning Board – two alternates, one-year terms; Tri-County Solid Waste Management Board – one alternate, one-year term; 911 Officer – one, two-year term; CEO/LPI – one, one-year term; Constable – one, one-year term; Health Officer – one, one-year term.

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