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By Charlotte Henderson | Nov 15, 2012

Manhunts and mishaps – a game warden speaks Nov. 15

For assisting in Maine’s largest manhunt, John Ford Sr. was named an honorary state trooper. His peers voted him a “legendary warden” for his efforts to stop night hunting. And tonight — Thursday, Nov. 15 — author, columnist and retired Game Warden John Ford Sr. will tell us about those events and much more at special meeting of the Washington Historical Society. Ford’s talk is at 7 p.m. at the Evening Star Grange Hall on Old Union Road in Washington Village.

Ford spent his entire Warden Service career in nearby Waldo County and has many exciting, heartwarming, and adventurous stories to tell, all with his special humor and humility.

A part of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Warden Service works to protect the wilderness and wild animal habitats, enforce safety laws for all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, investigate hunting accidents, launch search and rescue operations, patrol lakes and woods, and associated duties. John Ford has done it all.

Following his years with the Warden Service, John was elected for two terms as sheriff of Waldo County. Ford says his award-winning newspaper column Memories from a Game Warden’s Diary “serves as a record of sorts” of his era in the warden service. John is also a talented wildlife artist. His book, "Suddenly the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good," recounts his adventures and will be available for purchase and signing. There is no admission fee, but donations will be gratefully accepted. You are warmly invited to come meet and hear John Ford.

Masons sponsor supper

Our local foodie-guys, the Mt. Olivet Lodge Masons will be hosting a Roast Pork Supper on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, biscuits, dessert and beverage can be yours for $8 for adults and $4 for children. These men never fail to put on a good hearty meal delivered by friendly, accommodating servers. The local Masons raise money for numerous public service projects.

Handcrafters weekly meetings open to all

Washington’s Handcrafters group meets each Thursday morning at Gibbs Library from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone who is interested in these kinds of manual activities is welcome at the meetings — to drop in and check it out or to attend regularly. Beginners can find encouragement and assistance as experienced creators will generously share their skills. And all the while they work at their individual projects and enjoy friendly conversation (and goodies, too, sometimes). This is a good chance to enjoy an activity indoors through the winter months and it’s free and open to all.

All over but the shouting…

Well, maybe not the shouting, but the seemingly endless announcements, debates, emails, campaigners at the door, and postal mailings are over — at least, for awhile. Locally we had a very good voter turnout which kept the vote counters on duty until after midnight on Nov. 6. Town Hall was abuzz all day. At supper time, voters combined with patrons of the Grange’s Souper Supper to make the biggest traffic jam we’ve ever seen in town! And so it’s done. It’s time to hang up the disgruntlements and let our elected officials know what we want to have happen in our state and country. For local election results check out the town website. If you don’t have Internet, give me a call and I’ll print and mail them to you.

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