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By Charlotte Henderson | Oct 28, 2019
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson Artist John Lovejoy chats with library volunteer Glenice Skelton at the artist reception at the Gibbs Library.

Scant ballot, sumptuous soups

Evening Star Grange’s annual Souper Supper will be held Tuesday,  Nov. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. As a reward for coming out to vote on just two referenda, you can choose from at least ten different soups (some vegetarian), chowders, chili, biscuits, the famous Grange-made desserts and beverages round out the menu. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take $1 off if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Washington Food Pantry.

Dog and Cat clinic

Saturday, Nov. 9, there will be dog and cat health vaccination clinic for dogs and cats at Washington Town Office from 10 a.m. to noon. (You must be in line by noon to guarantee service.) Vaccinations offered are: Rabies, $10; Distemper $15; and Microchip insertion $25. The clinic is by Midcoast Humane Society. Flea products will also be available for purchase. Getting your dogs and cats protected is best for them and good for the community, too.

Tri-County meeting

Tri-County Transfer Station (aka Tri-County Solid Waste Management Organization) Board of Directors meeting was held at Washington Town Office last week with all towns represented. Transfer station manager David Stanley and administrative assistant Gail Phillip presented comprehensive financials that detail all income and expenses, making it easier for members to get a picture of how the business is doing. Tri-County is doing well in an increasingly complicated rubbish disposal environment, where more emphasis is put on reducing, repurposing, and recycling combined with fewer options. Stanley announced that Chris Armstrong’s firm has been given the contract for plowing this coming season. Stanley reported that Tri-County was visited by a team from Maine Municipal Association who explained ways MMA can assist with certain projects helpful to the business. There was considerable discussion about purchasing a new refuse transfer trailer leading to approval of ordering now knowing there is a several month wait for delivery. John Shepard and Peter Beckett were assigned to work out payment details. The board sends best wishes to Don Bowman for recovery from a heart attack and surgery that’s keeping him out of work. The Tri-County board meets quarterly. The five member towns of the organization take turns hosting the meetings and providing refreshments. At this time, Washington has two required members, but does not have an alternate to fill if needed. If interested, get a “job description” from the town office. This volunteer job is interesting, the people are great, and waste management is a very timely topic worldwide as well as in our little town.

Second yoga session

A second five-week course of yoga has been scheduled with Sarah Trapani. Trapani’s classes are meditative and accessible to beginners as well as experienced yoga students. Classes will be Wednesday evenings, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Kindergarten Room as Prescott Memorial School. The cost for the five-week series is $60. The dates for the new series are Nov. 13 and 20, and Dec. 4, 11, and 18. Mats are provided. If you like, you can bring a cozy blanket for the meditation at the end of the class. This sounds like a great antidote for the pleasant but still stressful holiday season. Registration forms is on the Town of Washington website: washington.maine.gov/.  FMI: recreationwashingtonmaine@gmail.com.

Lovejoy greetings

John Lovejoy's meet-and-greet started in a cute little car with “House Painter” written on the side. John’s exhibit included three beautiful seascapes, a triptych and some fun-loving frames of styled characters I don’t have the art vocabulary to describe. The artist’s reception, as often is the case, attracted a small but very enthusiastic group and Lovejoy was the life of his own party, especially with his triptych. He grinned knowingly, as gradually, it dawned on observers, one-by-one, that he had purposely hung the center piece upside down. It was a great joke from this gifted artist who was as interested as us guests. His show at Gibbs is over, but try to see his work if you can. It’s a smile from start to finish.

Note: Fundraiser for Don and Ruth Bowman. Pot luck dinner and auction coming Nov. 23 at Union Masonic Lodge. More details coming.

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