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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 07, 2018

WHS museum painting bee

Open house at Razorville Hall, Washington Historical Society’s museum, is this Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Razorville Hall is the refurbished original Town Office located at 364 Razorville Road (Route 105 West). The structure was built in 1837 and, since it was rescued from serving as a road sand storage shed in 2014, has benefited from several repairs and improvements. This Saturday, the hall will be open to visitors and there will be grilled hot dogs available for lunch. Members and visitors will have a chance to help paint the newly installed clapboard siding. All painting supplies will be provided.. The fun starts at 10 a.m. WHS hopes to get the job done (with plenty of help) in the one day. Come join us if you can.

Soccer signups – last call

There will be two groups for this year’s Washington Co-ed Soccer: Pre-k through grade two and grades three through six. Students can sign up Friday, Sept. 7, or Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Prescott Memorial School Gym between 6 and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for Washington residents, with a $30 family limit and $25 for nonresidents, with a $35 family limit. The first practice session is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. at Fire Pond Field across from the Town Office and Fire Station. FMI: call or text Alison Leavitt: 505-5650. Email: aabrahamson@live.com.

Freshwater success story

Our neighboring Waldoboro Historical Society held a celebration of the Medomak River last week. A highlight of the event was a basket of delicious, sweet, no-grit steamed clams with drawn butter: an enticement, indeed, thanks to Delano Seafood. The reason, though, was to hear about the close-to-my-heart Medomak River from Glen Melvin, Waldoboro clammer and elver harvester, who was the guest speaker. Dressed in his familiar clammer boots, jeans, loose T-shirt and a bandana “tied the way it’s supposed to be,” Glen told the story of his work to achieve a more successful clam harvest from Waldoboro flats by reducing pollution that kept them closed for extended periods during the season. Glen’s efforts are paying off and earned him the 2017 Maine Department of Marine Resources Award of Excellence.

The story of the Medomak Project has been well covered by this paper. Hearing it highlighted the fragile, easily upset balances of water bodies and deeply impressed me with the enormous value of the task force’s efforts. You can Google for the stories, and I hope you will. The Medomak River forms the eastern border of our little town. Medomak Brook meanders through town to connect Washington Pond to the river. We are fortunate that the water is good quality. Many thanks to Glen and his associates for their work, which is improving water quality not only for their fishery, but for the whole river, and raising clean water awareness besides!. Never let anyone tell you one person can’t make a difference.

Public supper Sept. 15

Mt. Oliver Masonic Lodge is offering a public roast turkey supper Saturday, Sept. 15 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls, dessert and beverages. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. There are free hot dogs and chips for kids. Mt. Olivet Lodge is just up the hill from the village center on Route 220 north.

Coming up

Trash Talk – a lively tour through the complex world of recycling. Dave Stanley, manager of Tri-County Solid Waste, will be the speaker. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Vose Library, Union.

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