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By Charlotte Henderson | Aug 02, 2019

Simply a paddle tour with friends

Here’s a way to celebrate two holidays at once! Simplify with a gentle paddle on Washington Pond. Take along some good company. Both can be enjoyed this Saturday, Aug. 3, when Dale Griffin will guide a paddle craft tour around Washington’s “big lake.” The first week of August is Simplify Your Life Week, and Aug. 3 is the first day of Friendship Week. Wrap them together for an informal, relaxing and fun outing. Griffin is an experienced canoeist and member of Washington Lakes Watershed Association who has roamed Washington Pond since he was a youngster.

All paddlers should bring their own craft, water, a snack if you want, and wear your life jacket. Kids must be with a grownup. The trip will begin at 9 a.m. at the public access launch park on Razorville Road (Route 105), move leisurely around the lake – including Outlet Cove and Eagle Point – and return. The event is sponsored by Washington Lakes Watershed Association, which is in its 28th year of water quality advocacy and conservation education for our little town’s great ponds and their surrounding lands.

Fun Run and 5K

The annual running race sponsored by Washington Recreation Committee is this Sunday, Aug. 4. Race begins and ends at Prescott Memorial School, 100 Waldoboro Road. Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. The Fun Run starts at 8 a.m., with the 5K (3.1 miles) to follow. There are 5K medals for all age categories. Fun Run medals go to first, second and third place male and female. There are T-shirts for participants (while they last). Come run for the fun of it, or just watch and cheer on the runners (that’s what I do – just watch). There are door prizes and refreshments, too.

Community Auctions

A packed hall at the fire station brought out auction enthusiasts for the Fifth Annual Community Auction. The event benefits a dozen local nonprofit organizations, which each present their special choices for this fundraiser. Auctioneer Tom Johnston kept the bidding lively through nearly 90 items. Each organization provides its own biddables and keeps the proceeds of those pieces. Washington Historical Society originated the event in 2015.

The Silent Auction items covered two long tables, and attracted attention through the evening. Highest bidders were named at the end of the evening to complete the event. Many thanks to everyone who turned out to enjoy the auction, bid and make this a successful fifth anniversary for the Community Auction. This event is another example of the cooperation and mutual support our little town’s people demonstrate on a regular basis. Thanks a million, everyone!

Lakes Association studies alewife project

The annual meeting of Washington Lakes Association was held last week at Gibbs Library. An abbreviated agenda was presented, with two highlighted topics. Water quality protection and restoration of alewife access to Washington Pond. Hildy Ellis of Knox County Soil & Water District gave a talk on the importance of shoreline plant, shrub and tree buffers on waterfront property to keep groundwater runoff from degrading lake waters. She suggested using native plant species for these water’s edge zones and listed good choices. Listeners provided extra interest with their questions on specific problems.

George Stone, a member of the association’s board of directors, presented a report on the merits and drawbacks of restoring alewife access to lakes. The Lakes Association is learning about the project to restore unrestricted water flow along Medomak Brook. The brook connects Washington Pond to the Medomak River, but does not flow freely. When cleared of debris and other blockages, the sea-run fish would able to spawn in the pond.

Similar projects are underway in at least a dozen Maine communities with the approval and support of Maine Department of Marine Resources, Maine Rivers, the Lloyd Davis Trust, town of Waldoboro, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and many others. Another meeting will be held soon to get more information about the alewife migration cycle. It will be announced and the public is most welcome. There will also be occasional posts on WLWA’s Facebook page: facebook.com/washingtonmaine.lakesassociation/

WLWA extends special thanks to retiring board member and treasurer Leonard Weiner and to board member Terry Bromfield.

Power alternatives talk

The Gibbs Library presents State Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Berry will discuss his proposal to establish a consumer-owned electric utility to replace Central Maine Power and Emera Maine.

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