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By Charlotte Henderson | Jun 29, 2020

Profuse algae observed

Recently, a resident noticed this “stuff” in the shallows of one of Washington’s “great ponds” (Washington Pond and Crystal Lake), resembling bundles of very thin thread or, some say, green cotton candy, it seemed widespread and caused concern about a possible invasive plant.

She contacted the Washington Lakes Association, wlwassn@gmail.com, which forwarded her photos to the local volunteer water quality monitor for our town’s lakes. He, in turn, contacted Lake Stewards of Maine to get a positive ID.

Scott Williams, the Lake Steward’s director, identified the growth as metaphyton, an algae which is appearing earlier in the season and more prolifically this season than usual. Typically, Williams says, this kind of algae bloom dissipates in time and leaves very little residue.

Little is known about this growth, but the lakes association will submit a sample to the Lake Stewards. Lake Stewards of Maine is the longest-standing state-wide citizen lake monitoring program in the U.S., is the primary source of lake data in Maine, and is a nationally recognized trainer of citizen scientists. Washington Lakes Association is proud to be associated with Lake Stewards of Maine.

FMI lakestewardsofmaine.org and facebook.com/washingtonmaine.lakesassociation. More on this phenom next week.

Fourth of July prayers

Washington Village Church is holding a prayer vigil at the church on Liberty Road on the evening of July 4 at 7 p.m. If the weather is cooperative, the gathering will be outside. If not, it will be in the sanctuary.

In either case, social distancing will be expected and masks appreciated.

On our nation’s birthday, it seems there are many circumstances which need intervention in our world! Pastor Brad Bean warmly invites the whole community to join in – not just church goers – and welcomes everyone.

Fireworks at the Fields

A Fourth of July celebration at Blueberry Fields will go on as planned. The fire pit will be going, and they plan to have s'mores for whoever would like them (as long as supplies last).

There will be two food trucks on site from 5 to 9 p.m. One will be offering steaks, hamburgers, sausage, hot dogs, fries and such.  The other truck will offer frozen treats, like Slushies! The fireworks will start promptly at 9:15 p.m.

Distancing will be in effect and the Zeiglers ask that everyone have masks with them and put them on when they aren’t maintaining the six-foot separation. Cyd and Deb look forward to making this a memorable, healthy community event.

Contact Blueberry Fields at 446-2407 with questions.

Breakfasts at Blueberry Fields

On Sundays through Thursdays, Blueberry Fields will be offering breakfasts from 8 to  11 a.m. Cyd and Deb plan to continue with these meals through the rest of the year.

Whether you want a simple coffee and Deb’s fabulous breakfast rolls or eggs Benedict and the works, your breakfast will be delicious and the service friendly and personal.

And, it’s the Sweet Season

Sweet Season Café opened for their 14th year last weekend. We welcome them back for business! Just up the hill from the village on Liberty Road, Sweet Season offers good food, modest prices, Virginia’s TLC, and local foods as they are available. A little later they’ll be offering their berries, too.

This summer, they are starting out with weekend hours only: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Want more info? Check out their detailed web page sweetseasonfarm.com.

Food Bank update

Washington Food Bank’s next distribution is Wednesday, July 8, and the bank is adjusting back to their usual once a month schedule. For special needs or other circumstances and off-hours appointments, contact Deb at 409-9247 or Liz at 242-6494.

This is it! Really! Make a note!

Yes, I have a silly streak. But, honestly, all the times I’ve talked about town meeting I wasn’t trying to be silly or worse, cause you to miss the meeting. It’s just that the exact location has been sort of a moving target.

Herewith, I present the honest, down and dirty, true time for Washington Town Meeting: Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m. at the Washington Fire Station, 42 Old Union Road. There’s room to distance and masks are appreciated.

Take a look at the warrant (items to vote on) in the Town Report (on the shelf at Town Office) and come ready to participate. Voting is more important than ever this year – this most unusual year.

About voting

All Maine municipal voting is taking place Tuesday, July 14. This includes our selectman, the school budget, two referenda, and Republican and Democratic Primaries. The polling booths will be open in the Bryant Room.

Now, if you don’t want to vote by going to the Bryant Room and casting real ballots, pick up absentee ballots at town office. You can fill them out right then and there or fill them in at home and mail them in. They do have to be received by Voting Day, July 14.

Just be sure to vote, one way or another.

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