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By Charlotte Henderson | Oct 11, 2019

Volunteers honored

Gibbs Library honored its volunteers last weekend with messages of thanks, door prizes, and a delicious buffet. Kathy Ocean, President of Gibbs’ Board, along with Kate Nichols, Library Manager, and Beth Connor, Board member, gave brief statements of gratitude and praise for the people who are the “backbone of all the library services.” Amid the conversations the question came up about how many volunteers there were, total. Well, there’re are the desk attendants, of course. And, the people who put up the Art Show and who bring refreshments for events. Oh, and all the people who work on the Giant Garage Sale. Don’t forget the book bus visit. How about re-shelving books? And so it went, revealing a miscellany of large and small yet entirely essential contributions of time and talent that make Gibbs Library operate like clockwork. Thank you all.

Oops, oversight

I’m sorry I didn’t mention last week Neil and Kathleen Gross and Peg Hobbs who, along with Denise Hylton take care of the gardens around the town office/fire station complex. Kathleen and Neil work on the library garden and Peg does the fire station. As I said last week, their work around these most public places make for an attractive and welcoming public face for our community. Denise reminded me that the plants themselves do a lot toward the “group effort.” Yay, people and plants!

Book group

“Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver will be discussed at the next Gibbs Book Group, Thursday, Oct. 17. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the discussion. Meetings start at 7 p.m. and are usually over by 8:30 p.m. We meet in Gibbs Library surrounded by all kinds of wonderful books. The book for Nov. 21 will be “The Women’s Hour” by Elaine Weiss.

Variety show

Evening Star Grange will host it’s delightful Variety show on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. There will be lots of singing, instrumentals and comedy plus refreshments after the show. The whole thing is free, too. Of course, donations are always appreciated if you can. This show includes something for everyone and you will absolutely get a smile on your face.

Masons’ public supper

Mt. Olivet Lodge will present a Roast Pork Supper on Saturday, Oct. 19. The menu includes Roast Pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, biscuits, dessert, coffee, tea and punch. As usual, there’s free hot dogs and chips for kids. Supper is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is adults $10 and children $5 The Masonic Hall is just a quarter-mile north of Washington Village on Rt. 220 (Liberty Road).

Fundraising dinner

The 7th Annual Wine & Cheese Reception at Blueberry Fields will be Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. The recipient of donations is MaineHealth Care at Home – Linet Fund, which helps provide home care to those who do not have insurance or other resources to pay for it. The Fund was created by the family of Susan Hirschberg Linet and supports patients and their families challenged with serious illness. Deb and Cyd Zeigler present a fabulous offering of cheeses, pastries, other hors d’oeuvres, cider, and wine – plus music. Deb and Cyd do this special evening every year in memory of all the loved ones we have lost. Guests are invited to bring a picture or favorite story to share if they wish. This is an intimate evening of fun and companionship with a serious purpose. A minimum donation of $10 per person is requested. Checks should be payable to MaineHealth Care at Home – Linet Fund”. To learn more about the Linet Fund visit facebook.com/shlfund. Blueberry Fields Bed & Breakfast is at 673 Razorville Rd (Rte. 105). Please join in for this pleasant (and yummy) way to help struggling caregivers get the support they need while caring for their loved ones. To R.S.V.P or ask questions call Deb at 446-2407 or email: blueberryfieldsbandb@gmail.com.

Alewife researcher to speak

At the next Washington Lakes Watershed Association meeting Barry Mower, PhD., will encore the talk he gave this spring at the Maine Sustainability & Water Conference at Orono’s George Mitchell Center: Effect of anadromous alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) on water quality of some Maine lakes. This speaker meeting is Monday, October 28, at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library. The presentation is part of the informational series around restoring access for sea-run alewives to Washington Pond – the Medomak Brook Connection. Dr. Mower is a senior aquatic biologist with Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

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