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By Charlotte Henderson | Jun 08, 2018

Vote Tuesday

Next Tuesday, June 12, we get to vote in the primary election for Maine governor. We get to choose whom we want to run from a bunch of candidates in each political party. We only get to vote for candidates in the party in which we are registered, though. but, we get to vote for our best choice, second-favorite choice, and so forth through them all. For Republicans, we get to choose first through fifth (including a write-in). For Democrats, we get to choose first through eighth for governor and first through fifth for District 2 U.S. House. That’s if you name every slot. Now, this is a first in the whole United States and something of a big deal. Some people like the idea of “ranked-choice voting,” and some don’t (go figure). So let’s all go vote and try out the system. Then we’ll see how it works for us and whether the outcome is more satisfactory than before.

Library volunteers to be honored

On Sunday, June 10, Gibbs Library trustees will thank their volunteers at a party with refreshments and door prizes. All Gibbs volunteers are invited to the Bryant Room between 3 and 5 p.m. If you’re a Gibbs volunteer, be there. I’m wearing a dress.

Fire Department supper

The annual Fire Department Supper and Auction is this Saturday evening, June 9. The supper, which includes roast beef, turkey, ham and vegetarian dishes, begins at 4:30 p.m., with the auction starting at 6 p.m. There are lots of fun, useful and interesting items, along with a slew of gift certificates. The supper is $10 for grownups and $5 for children. Come on down to join in the fun and sociability.

Alewife access restoration

State and regional officials attended the May 16 Select Board meeting to ask for the town’s sanction to begin restoration of alewife access to Washington Pond. State Rep. Abden Simmons, R-Waldoboro, Alewife Harvesters of Maine Executive Director Jeffrey Pierce, and Department of Marine Resources biologist Mike Brown made the proposal before Selectmen Wes Daniel, Tom Johnston and Berkley Linscott and several residents.

They explained that Washington Pond contains as much fresh water as all the other lakes and ponds in the Medomak River Valley combined, and that restoring the potential for harvesting alewives spawned there would greatly benefit fishermen of the area and provide an economic boost. The men praised efforts over the last several years by Lloyd Davis Trust members Sam Chapman, Ted Mohlie, the late Phil Reed and others for the successful restoration of alewife passage along the lower Medomak River.

They noted that Medomak Brook, the waterway that connects the Medomak River to Washington Pond, has several barriers, both physical and procedural. Brown stated that the project would take a number of years because of the need to collect data about the size of the annual alewife run and to remove or bypass dams. Pierce said the efforts would be well worth it, since these sea-run fish are a food fish that feeds everything – other fish, such as salmon and trout, as well as birds, and small mammals. In addition, they are known to deposit ocean nutrients into the lake water and to carry out phosphorus.

Simmons, himself a commercial fisherman, is encouraged by the prospect of an expanded alewife fishery and the benefits to local and state economies. The Select Board had questions about how the town might pay for the project and learned that funding is secured through the DMR and neither Washington – nor Waldoboro, a probable partner in the project – is liable. Next steps will be to hold more information and planning sessions and build support in the community. Stay tuned.

Coming up

Mt. Olivet Lodge steak supper, Saturday, June 16, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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