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By Charlotte Henderson | Jan 12, 2020

Book Group tonight

The Gibbs Library Book Group will meet tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss the volume “Barkskins” by Annie Proulx. The 736 pages cover three centuries of a family, their timber empire, and the consequences of their ambitions.

“Barkskins” was a New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. You won’t mind the length once you start reading. Tonight, readers will finish compiling a list of books for the coming year beginning with our first selection (to be discussed in February) “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. The book group welcomes everyone, regulars or drop-ins.

Pumpkin Vine Farm winter market

The first wintertime farmers market at Pumpkin Vine Farm, just-over-the-line in Somerville, is this Sunday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winter fare including baked goods, cheeses and other goat dairy items will be on hand. The cozy, welcoming space is a great place to spend some time and get some good wholesome food and vibes. The Pumpkin Vine Farm family sends thanks all who contributed to the Asher Deep School in India through the Yule Goat Celebration last month. Asher Deep School roughly translates to “Lamp of Hope School” an NGO in Varanasi.

Historical Society to map homesteads

Washington Historical Society will meet Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library Bryant Room. This meeting focuses on further work mapping Washington homesteads onto town roads. Razorville Road, Bill Luce Road, Old Union Road, and Sprague Road will be covered as time permits.

These gatherings are a special time, as they evoke stories and anecdotes about the people and events of the places. If you have knowledge of any of these locations, come to the meeting and help plot the maps.

Lakes Association to hear alewife plan

Washington Lakes Watershed Association Board of Directors will meet Monday evening, Jan. 20, in the Corner Gallery at 6:30 p.m.

Members and directors will welcome guests from the Lloyd Davis Trust to work on upcoming steps toward restoring free water flow along Medomak Brook from the Medomak River to Washington Pond.

The project nicknamed the “Medomak Brook Connection” is the culmination of decades of efforts to restore access to Medomak River-connected ponds that historically were spawning areas for sea-run fish. Over time fallen trees, debris, and man-made dams blocked passage.

In 1981, a Waldoboro farmer, Lloyd Davis, created a trust fund to begin restoring passage up the river and, later, to the tributary streams. The long time efforts are now focused on allowing alewives to spawn in Washington Pond, which is the largest body of water in the entire Medomak River watershed. The lakes association conducting extensive reviewing and assessing the plan before formally endorsing it.

Alewives provide fodder for nearly all other creatures in and around their waters. The Corner Gallery is right in the center of the village at the monument. For more information about the meeting, call Charlotte at 845-2661.

Don’t forget, brunch is back!

Blueberry Fields B&B is doing Brunch every Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. No reservations required.

Good neighbors needed

Recent vandalism has caused extensive damage to town property. The town is having to use taxpayer money to fix needless destruction and our crew is taken away from their regular duties.

I’m not sure how to convey how wasteful this is and disappointing that it’s happening. If someone has a beef with the town, make it known to the town office or one of the selectmen. Be an adult. Don’t just go bust-up stuff.

If you know anything about this senseless behavior, please tell someone. You can call anonymously. The town office, phoned at 845-2897, can take your information without you giving your name. We need to stop this repetitive damage. Just writing this alone is hard. Please do what you can to help make bad -- not to mention illegal -- behavior stop.

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