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By Charlotte Henderson | Nov 05, 2019

Maine events begin

Although the official Maine Bicentennial occurs from March to October next year, related events are happening already. There will be many, many events. One of the early starters is Nobleboro Historical Society which tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 8, is presenting an illustrated talk by Carolyn Hardman, which explains why Maine started out as part of Massachusetts in the first place, why it took so long to gain Maine's independence, why some were opposed to Maine statehood, and other interesting facts. Hardman formerly taught Maine history and government and knows the stories behind dates on a timeline. This presentation is oriented toward Lincoln County, our neighbor, and includes many facts related to our area which was part of Lincoln County at one time. The program is free and open to the public. FMI, contact Mary Sheldon 563-5376 or sheldon@tidewater.net. The Maine Bicentennial Commission has a web page maine200.org that will keep track of Maine’s 200th Birthday Celebrations and local ones will be here in Washington News.

Low-cost pet clinic and microchips

This Saturday, Nov. 9, Midcoast Humane Society is offering low-cost vaccinations for rabies and distemper for cats and dogs. Microchip service which provides identification and a health record will also be available. The microchip insertion is just $25 and a reliable way to help keep your pets’ information available and to assure they get back home if they become lost. The clinic is at Washington Town Office from 10 a.m. to noon. (To guarantee your turn, you must be in line by noon sharp.) Dogs must be on a leash and cats in carriers. The cost per animal for rabies is $10 and for distemper is $15. Flea and tick repellent products will be on sale. Midcoast Humane provides this clinic to service animals who don’t receive regular veterinary care. Many thanks to them for this less-expensive opportunity for basic pet health care.

No insurance for this one

If you have a house fire, insurance will help with repairs. But if you paid for work on your house and the builder never finished the job, your insurance does not help with that. This is the predicament in which the collapse of Castle Builders left many homeowners. They spent their money, but the work isn’t done, and many are left with structures that aren’t ready for winter.

I’m not fully acquainted with particulars of this situation, but I do know that Robin and Rob Milliken of SRB Builders are trying to help the stranded homeowners by asking for donations of labor and/or materials. The Millikens have a Facebook page facebook.com/srbrealestateinvestments/ with a Go-Fund-Me link and an email address, srbhelping@gmail.com, where you can get more information about how to help if you choose.

Benefit supper and silent auction

DeAnn Vigue phoned to announce a spaghetti supper fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Mt. Olivet Masonic Hall at 5 p.m. here in Washington. The supper is part of an areawide effort to assist people affected by the Castle Builders sudden closing. With some homes left vulnerable to winter weather or other essentials, Milliken Associates and some friends are trying to raise money for supplies to complete jobs left unfinished. They are also tapping into the generosity of the community for materials and labor so that houses can be made weather tight. The supper welcomes donations of food. There will also be a silent auction and everyone is invited to bring something to auction off. This is short notice but I hope it helps get the word out.

Masons Italian Buffet

The last Masonic Lodge supper for 2019 is Saturday, Nov. 16. This, their Italian buffet, is a really good one. It’ll include chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi, baked ziti, lasagna, spaghetti and meat balls, and garlic bread. There will also be Italian desserts and cookies with coffee, tea or punch. Mt. Olivet Lodge offers free hotdogs and chips for kids. The Italian buffet is 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Mt. Olivet Lodge is at 48 Liberty Road – aka Route 220 – a quarter-mile north of Washington Village.

Coming up - Benefit

Benefit dinner and auction for Don and Ruth Bowman will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Union Masonic Lodge, 149 Sennebec Road in Union. There is a potluck style dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. with the auction following immediately after. Donation: Adults $8, children under 10 years $5. Don Bowman suffered a serious heart attack and has received double bypass surgery. He will be out of work for several weeks. Friends, neighbors, and the public are invited to support Don and Ruth Bowman.

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