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By Charlotte Henderson | Nov 27, 2019

Alewife project report

This Monday evening, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library Bryant Room is the final meeting in Washington Lakes Watershed Association’s introduction to “Medomak Brook Connection,” an alewife access restoration project underway along Medomak Brook. Dr. Barry Mower, a biologist at Maine Department of Environmental Protection will present an assessment of lake quality after the re-introduction of alewives into several Maine lakes. WLWA has been cautious about endorsing the semi-controversial project. Members and residents have viewed reports and heard from experts like Nathaniel “Nate” Gray of Maine Department of Marine Resources, Sam Chapman, alewife access advocate and board member at Downeast Institute, Landis Hudson of Maine Rivers and others. The project is the result of years of planning and work done along the Medomak River below Medomak Pond by the Lloyd Davis Anadromous Fish Trust board members, local and state agencies, and volunteers. The project has been given a nickname of “Medomak Brook Connection.” This public meeting is free. Anyone interested in learning about the project is encouraged to attend.

Gibbs Book Group

Last week’s discussion of Elaine Weiss’s “The Woman’s Hour” centered around the amount of resistance there was – from many different directions – to granting United States women the right to vote. Several readers mentioned that the pace of the writing itself was very slow and compounded the feeling of frustration for the suffragettes. Motto: If you have the right to vote, do it.

Next month’s selection “Barkskins” is a 736-page novel by Annie Proulx, which traces the destruction of forests by generations of lumbermen. Due to the length of the book, the next meeting will focus on the first five chapters. Next meeting is Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. at the Gibbs Library. Books are available at Gibbs in book form and Kindle.

Breakfast with Santa

The Masons of Mt. Olivet Lodge will present Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the hall on Liberty Road. This is their last event of the year and Ol’ Saint Nick will be ready to pose for pictures with kids and share greetings. Breakfast includes eggs in any style or a large waffle with home fries, bacon, sausage, biscuits, and coffee, tea or punch. The cost is $8 for adults and children are $4. Kids will get a free Photo with Santa. Mt Olivet. Lodge is just a quarter-mile up the hill from the village on Route 220 north.

Ceremony of 8000 Sacred Drums

Drummers, this year the annual Solstice Ceremony of 8000 Sacred Drums will be held at the Augusta Spiritualist Church. It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, so plan to be there at least by 10:45 a.m. for the Smudge. Feel free to bring friends, songs, poetry, or sacred instruments. All are welcome to join and help us generate healing forces.

Following the Ceremony, there will be a traditional feast with everybody bringing a winter dish to share. No other donations are necessary. Label the ingredients in your dish for the benefit of those with food restrictions. A big thank you to Augusta Spiritualist Church for welcoming the Great Thunder Chicken Drum, whose purpose heal people, relationships, Mother Earth, and All Our Relations. Questions or directions? Call Connie at 993-2294.

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