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By Charlotte Henderson | Jan 07, 2020

So far, so good

At a week into the new year, it’s great to have lots of memories of the holiday season and it’s good to get back to a more predictable schedule. Jere and I laugh at each other’s confusion over what day it is because during the holidays, more than one day a week seems like Sunday. Even the traffic on our road thins. But, it’s back to normal as, I’m happy to say, the days grow longer.

Squirrels surprise return

No squirrels have been seen in our yard and particularly not under our bird feeders for many months. Yesterday three grey squirrels appeared out of nowhere, it seemed, and romped around as if they’d never been gone. A lot of people have noted their absence and there are several differing explanations for it. Again, today, they have shown up. A bit of a nuisance but fun to watch.

Select Board, School Board positions open

There are important town government office positions to be filled. Everybody is busy, but public service is so important we need capable people to do the work. There is a stipend paid for these positions. The Town of Washington’s select board consists of three members elected on a rotating basis (so that there’s only one “newbie” at a time). Washington also has two seats on the MSAD 40 School Board where the number is based on the town’s proportion of the district’s population. Each of these offices are for a term of three years. Nomination papers are available now at the Town Office. To run for elected offices, candidates must submit the papers with at least 25 and not more than 100 signatures of Registered Voters of Washington. Completed nomination papers must be returned to the Town Office before 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Art Exhibit at Gibbs

Patti Forster, a photographer, became interested in photographing birds as she learned about bird species in Maine. Coming to Washington from California several years ago, there was a lot to learn, and taking pictures helped. She found she was able to capture special poses and expressions on the birds by learning to watch and wait. Patti tells a joke that when a friend asked her if she’d gotten a picture of a bobolink yet, she thought her friend was trying to trick her. But she soon learned that bobolinks are a real bird. And, yes, she’s photographed them, and many others. Her beautiful images of Maine birds are on display at Gibbs Library starting today, Thursday, Jan. 9 through Tuesday, March 3. Drop in and enjoy Patti’s first public exhibit during regular library hours.

Group Meditation

The Gibbs Meditation Group continues to meet in the Bryant Room Thursday mornings. Bring whichever meditative practice you use with the intent of sitting physically and mentally quiet. Sitting in a group can amplify feelings of peace, sense of self, community and connectedness to life. On a practical level, it also reinforces an individual’s commitment to daily meditation. All are welcome.

Tell legislators your opinions

The people we send to Augusta to make policies and laws for us should have our thoughts on what we want to have happen. So, we can tell them. Nicely, of course. Written letters are most effective, I’m told, because it shows that the sender took some time to say it in writing – in contrast to clicking a button on a screen. Email messages help, as do phone calls. If you can talk to the actual legislator that’s a plus. A lot is going on in the legislature this session. Washington is represented by State Senator Dana Dow at, and Representative Jeff Evangelos at

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