Rec Center takes seniors on the road

17 years ago

Washburn seniors
Several Washburn Senior Citizens took a trip to New Sweden to tour their famous museum. Their tour guide was Gary Dickinson. He filled the group in on lots of local history of the Swedish colony. He also told of the museum burning in 1974 and how many hands of volunteers took out all the valuable antiques denoting the heritage of the Swedes from the burning building. The new museum was built and some of the old wood was used in the construction, including some saved doors and windows.

The group saw items on all three floors of the museum, ranging from a variety of musical instruments ranging from an organ, a coronet and fiddles, as well as a working Victrola that played cylinder records. There were also Swedish dolls and costumes, grinding stones, a flag display, butter trays, lanterns, a bell collection and many pairs of handmade skis, some woolen clothes, blankets, shoes and tools. There was also a wide array of photographs and family scrapbooks.
Due to the rainy weather, the group was given a description of a building on the grounds that was set up exactly as it might have been in the early days of the settlement, a building used for storage of several larger items and a memorial with the names of those hardy settlers who were the first to populate New Sweden.
After the museum tour, the ladies traveled to Caribou and enjoyed a very nice lunch at Napoli’s restaurant. Many thanks went out to the owner, Kurt, who gave the ladies great service, gave them the lunchtime prices, even coming out of the kitchen to greet them.
The women all enjoyed their day trip and are looking forward to another adventure next month.
Those celebrating birthdays this week include: Matt Palmer, Emily Robertson, A. John Drost, Helen Conroy, Renee Conley, Taylor Howe, Travis Chandler, Sterling Bragg, Tim Howard, Stephen Nason, Jason Powell, Andrew Vaughn, Lena Bucklin, Wayne LaBarrie, Bob Maynard, Elwood Doody, Shelly Tarbox, Debra Martin, Frank Doughman, Rene Bragg, Katie Olcott, Norman Tuttle, Suzanne York, Martha McIntosh, Brandon Berube, Valerie Bragg, Thomas Drost and Maxine Wardwell.
Anniversary wishes go out to Matthew and Amy White and Dan and Jody Morin.
Washburn Beaver’s ATV notes
The Washburn Beaver’s ATV Club will be holding their last meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 5, at the clubhouse on Gould Street. There will be a cookout complete with burgers, hotdogs, chips and sodas, and all club members are welcome to come and close out the season in style.
The ladies’ names will be added to the permanent Trustee Honor roll list at the library, and other names on the plaque include Mary Humphrey, Shirley Sperrey, Myrtle “Skip” Jardine and Myrtle Humphrey Smith.
The Washburn Town Council will be holding their regular meeting on Monday, September 10, at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. Agendas will be available no later than Friday, September 7, at the Town Office, and all interested residents are invited to attend.
TOPS meet each Monday starting with weigh-in at 4:15 p.m. and the program goes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Washburn Trailrunners clubhouse. For further information, contact Birdena Cochran at 455-8353.
There will be Bingo each Tuesday at 7 p.m. hosted by the Washburn Trailrunners Snowmobile Club at the clubhouse on Station Road.
The town of Wade has postponed a special town meeting that was scheduled for Monday, September 10, to vote on a number of proposed ordinances for the town. No new date has been scheduled at this time. This public meeting was to present Wade citizens with the opportunity to have input into the composition of at least one of these ordinances prior to the September 10 voting. Active members of this Grant Committee include: Chairman Steve Demaio, Victoria Grover, Debbie LeClair, Bill Sargeant and Jim LeClair. For further information on this issue, residents may contact Steve Demaio at 455-8158. Organizers apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
There will be a meeting of the Perham Planning Board the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.
The next scheduled meeting of the Perham Selectmen will be held on Monday, September 17, at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. The pubic is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Please keep in mind the special Hamburger Helper grant, which residents can assist in the town’s efforts to receive. By visiting the site on the Web,, going to the ‘find a project’ link, entering in ‘Maine’ and then ‘Washburn,’ residents and others can earn their community points for positive comments concerning the Mill Pond Park Project and help towards receiving a park grant of $15,000.
The upcoming schedule for Recreation Department soccer is as follows: Each Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the elementary school fields with grades K-2 playing from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., followed by grades 3 and 4 playing from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
There will also be men’s basketball at the high school gym each Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. For further information on any Rec Center programs, contact Director Marcie Barbarula at 455-4959
There will be a meeting of the Washburn Town Council held at the Civic Center at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 10. All interested residents are urged to attend.
Explanation from TOPS
The women from the Washburn division of TOPS were unable to perform their exercise dance during the August Festival due to the loss of their music. They are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused but hope to be able to perform this fun activity at some future date.