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By Charlotte Henderson | Apr 19, 2019

Masons' public supper

One sign of spring is that the public suppers are coming along. Vic Oboyski is right on schedule to tell us Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge is having a public roast pork supper this Saturday, April 20. The hours are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, biscuits, dessert, coffee, tea and punch. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. A free hot dog and chips are available by request for children. Mt. Olivet Lodge is a quarter-mile north of Washington Village on Route 220 (Liberty Road). These guys put on a fine meal (especially when there’s gravy), along with attentive table service and super-friendly manners. Let’s welcome them back for a new season.

Book group

The Gibbs book group will be discussing “These Truths” at its monthly meeting tonight, Thursday April 18. This lengthy, detailed history of the U.S. attempts to estimate the success our nation has had measuring up to the promises of the Constitution – the “self-evident” notion that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are available to all. Author Jill Lepore filled her book with sketches of Americans of all stripes - well-known and unknown, heroes and rogues, leaders and provokers – to fill the reader’s cup with a mind-boggling amount of often new-to-us information. Tonight’s discussion is bound to be a good one. If you haven’t read the book, you are welcome to sit in and listen. It may tempt you to read it for yourself. Conversation starts at 7 p.m. at Gibbs. Refreshments, too.

Stuff: sorting or sacking

Coming up on Saturday, May 4, Diane Smith will come to Gibbs Library to offer a free class on organizing and decluttering. The session is from 10 a.m. to noon. With the Giant Garage Sale coming up, this is a good time to choose our unwanted and unneeded items and donate them to the sale or some other good cause. We’ll feel so much neater and the library will make some money. Everybody wins. Clutter is definitely an issue for me, so I’m making a plan to be there!!

Ice-out on Washington Pond

Suddenly, it seemed, the dull grey lake surface became a twinkling tapestry made by the bright sunlight reflecting off tiny waves on the open water. Now, it isn’t exactly instantaneous, but ice-out really happens quite quickly, and unless I just stare at the lake surface, I miss it. This year ice-out was Thursday, April 11. That’s around usual. The big winds may have helped it come a little earlier than usual, but "usual" is a range, not a date so, well, it’s complicated.

A Washington Lakes Watershed Association volunteer watches for and sends ice-out information each year to two agencies that have tracked the dates for many years: Lake Stewards of Maine (formerly Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program) and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, a division of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. These groups are a repository for ice-out (and ice-in) data. Increasingly, both professional and citizen scientists want to know what’s going on with water. The time lakes are ice-covered, therefore somewhat airless, is an important factor to study. If anyone wants to help keep track of lake phenomena or has older records of any lake behaviors they are willing to share, send a message to wlwassn@gmail.com.

Washington Pond holds more water than all the other water bodies in the Medomak River watershed put together. Washington Pond and Crystal Lake are both entirely within the town of Washington. These facts make them interesting to observe.

Sno-Mo club ends season

Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club held its last meeting of the 2018-19 winter last week. They will be off until they hold their Annual Cookout Sept. 15. Club President Matt Kopishke is calling for time sheets from members who worked on trail maintenance and other requirements. Riders, contact Matt ASAP.

An environmental aside

Today I received a 17-inch square, 7-inch deep box with 20 feet (20 feet by actual measurement!) of 24-inch wide craft paper crumpled around two bound-together skillets. I presume the abundance of paper was to keep the items from rattling around, but they were tightly bound, so couldn’t have moved a skosh. A smaller box would have prevented any thumping. I think this is what “they” mean by over-packaging. That trip to EcoMaine a couple months ago induced paranoia about waste, I’m afraid.

A political aside

There are 565 days from April 18, 2019, to Nov. 3, 2020. Plenty of time to consider presidential candidates.

A religious aside

Easter greetings. My mom used to point out that if it weren’t for Jesus’ resurrection, he’d have been an ordinary person and his birthday would be just another day. That was one of the reasons she felt that Christmas got too much attention and Easter not enough. So, happy Easter (or happy un-Easter, if that’s not your belief) from my mom in heaven and me.

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