Washington news

By Charlotte Henderson | Mar 08, 2019
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson “Ninety never looked so good” reads Henry Sainio’s birthday cap as the nonagenarian examines the cane carved by Henry’s nephew Gary Sainio, left, which commemorates Henry’s military service. Across the table,from left, are Robert Upham, Bette Pelletier and Mary Bailey. The room is crowded with friends and relatives to honor Henry, enjoy goodies and share memories.

Library volunteers

Gibbs Memorial Library is a mainstay of our community. We have meetings there, learn there, are entertained there, research there and get books there. Gibbs gives us and our children all the services of a “big city” library in a compact and cozy package. Now, our library is in need of volunteers to help manage the many benefits it provides. The library has standing committees for planning public programs, setting up the art exhibits, overseeing the library grounds and furnishings, fundraising, technology and personnel. Volunteers are what makes Gibbs Library work. Please consider spending a few hours a month on this fabulous little organization. To see the list go to: signupgenius.com/go/70a0449aaad2aa7f49-committee or contact the library for more information – 845-2663, or just stop in.

Never say 'dump'

Tri-County Solid Waste Management Organization – whose acronym is unpronounceable, so we go with “Tri-County” – has a new website: tcswmo.com. Tri-County is our transfer station, from which everything we drop off is moved on to a facility that can reprocess it. Landfills are (almost) history, and we no longer just dump stuff. There is no “away” anymore. Thanks go out to Peter Beckett, an Appleton Tri-County board member, for his work to get the website up. Check it out and if you have any ideas for additions to Tri-County’s website, give me a call or shoot me an email and I’ll pass it along.

Losing plastic bags

Gradually, plastic “one-use” bags are disappearing from the grocery stores. Many environmentally friendly towns like Rockland and Damariscotta have outlawed them. I use and reuse them for several purposes and will miss them, frankly. The consequence, though, is that we are being nudged into using our own tote bags. Kraft paper bags (some for free, some for a nickel apiece) are the default at Hannaford. Kraft paper is recyclable in the cardboard bin at Tri-County. Plastic bags can (usually) be returned to the place you got them for recycling.

Retreat day scheduled

Washington Recreation Committee is planning a repeat of last year’s very successful health-focused retreat day. The date is April 27. I know that seems a long time away, but it filled up quickly last year, so it’s not too early to tuck it in the noggin. There will be presenters to demonstrate yoga and meditation, touch healers to do Reiki and massage, and more, plus lunch catered by Washington General. Space is limited. The cost is $20 for the day (from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and preregistration is required. FMI: Peg Hobbs 845-2900.

Book group

Gibbs Book Group had a lively discussion of “The Library Book” at its last meeting. The devastating fire and the myriad fallouts from it brought out quite an array of thoughts and ideas – and a lasting interest in the Los Angeles Central Library fire. Readers are now into “These Truths” by historian Jill Lepore. This nearly 900-page volume traces American history looking through a lens of how well our country has lived up to Thomas Jefferson’s “truths” – political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people. The next meeting is March 21.

Citizen Police Academy

The third Knox County Citizen Police Academy will begin Thursday, March 14, at the Sheriff’s Office in Rockland. The free course is 30 hours of instruction and interaction with Knox County Sheriff’s Department resources and personnel. The goal of the course is to increase residents’ understanding of the local law enforcement system. The course is one three-hour session per week for 10 weeks. I took the course last year and found it extremely informative and interesting. And it was a great pleasure getting to know the other participants. For more information, visit online at knoxso.com/community. Act soon – classes start next week.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.