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By Charlotte Henderson | Jul 22, 2020

Town Meeting 2020

A stalwart assembly of voters made up this year’s town meeting. Held at the fire station with masks and distancing, the gathering was so casually done that the “new normal” seemed downright, well, normal.

There were 40 articles on the warrant and moderator Mike Mayo kept things moving along. Many of the items towns vote on are mechanically routine, but still necessary for municipalities to do business legally.

With ample time for questions, there were surprisingly few (to me, anyway) articles that included discussions – for instance, a lengthy ordinance on licensing for adult use marijuana passed without so much as a whimper. An amendment on a carry-over account dollar figure reduction (under Article 34) was addressed by several voters and ultimately rejected, leaving the article intact and passed. Voters responded to a section of Article 40 – authorizing a loan to repair the town garage – with a lengthy discussion about the reasons for such extensive work.

There were many comments and questions from many voters, all relevant, informative and respectful. In the end, those who wanted a say got it and the article passed.

The outcomes of the whole warrant will be on the town website washington.me.gov. Be proud of your townspeople who showed up to help direct the business of running your town. I am and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Town Office takes a hit

Mary Anderson and her crew were without their most important “tool” for several days due to a lightning strike. Here’s Mary’s account of it.

“During that wicked storm Wednesday, July 8, I suddenly heard a sizzle, sizzle, POP! Everything went black and I screamed like a little girl. Wes and Berkley were in the building and Tom, just on his way in, got the generator started. Stephanie was waiting on a customer at the counter and Joan was doing voting registries on another computer.

"With much patience Stephanie finished waiting on the customer. It was near closing time and we had the Selectmen’s meeting, so we didn’t realize the extent of the damage until the next day [Thursday] when we found we couldn’t do business as usual. The computers were 'dead.' I called Lynn [Carroll], our IT person, who came in with a new networking switch. But it turned out after more investigating, that we needed a new modem.

Next, I called the phone company whose rep told me our modem was fine. So, we tried again but nothing was working properly. By Friday morning, at 10 a.m., we basically quit our regular jobs and worked on absentee ballots. Further calls to the phone company not only yielded no information on a new modem but we were told they didn’t know where their technicians were. We found out these people are in South Carolina so aren’t exactly aware of our situation.

"Finally, on Monday with us still unable to work, I called the Public Utilities Commission and the agency got in touch with someone who could help.

"Late Monday, a tech from the phone company showed up to make the repair which took about ten minutes. After a few further tweaks by Lynn, we were finally back on track." Many thanks to Mary for her narrative of this event.

Short notice for peaches

Once again, the Living Communities Foundation in Palermo is bringing in sweet peaches from northern New Jersey. It’s short notice for the first order which has to be called in by tomorrow, Friday, July 24. There will be another one or maybe two orders later.

The price has not gone up from last year and is $37 for a 37 to 40 lb. box or $23 for a half box.  To order, email Connie Bellet at pwhitehawk@fairpoint.net or call 993-2294 and leave your name and daytime phone so they can call you when the peaches arrive at LCF. Checks may be made out to *LCF* and sent to P.O. Box 151, Palermo, ME 04354.

You will be expected to pick up your order at the Palermo Community Center on Veterans Way and Turner Ridge Rd., across from the ball field. You'll see the electric sign. Their masked and gloved volunteers will place your boxes in your vehicle. To maintain social distance, stay in your car.

Proceeds from this sale will go toward maintaining the Community Center, repairing the roof and paying ongoing bills. As with so many, the COVID pandemic has put a big dent in their normal fundraising. Extended community support is greatly appreciated. Questions? Call Connie at 993-2294.

Grange take-out turkey dinner

The Evening Star Grange will have a take-out turkey dinner with all the fixin’s, including dessert, this Saturday, July 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Easy as pie. Just drive up, pay $10 per dinner and go! Someone will be directing traffic into the parking lot. Good to have you back in business!

FMI, call 845-3102.

Info on health care for the public

Maine AllCare is a non-profit, non-partisan, all volunteer organization committed to educating Maine citizens and policy makers about ways to make health care available and affordable to everybody.

AllCare’s goal is financially stable, publicly funded and fairly distributed healthcare all Maine residents. Maine AllCare is partnering with the Maine Poor People’s Campaign to produce a live virtual town hall Wednesday, July 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will be streamed live on the Maine Poor Peoples Campaign Facebook page facebook.com/maineppc and also on the Maine AllCare Facebook page facebook.com/MaineAllCare.

The event will focus on the need for single-payer universal health care as evidenced by the failure of employer-sponsored and private health insurance during the global pandemic and national economic downturn. Check it out if you possibly can.

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