Consolidation remains hot topic

16 years ago

Town Council notes
The members of Washburn’s Town Council held their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.
Guest speaker Mike McIntosh attended the meeting and gave the councilmen a packet of information concerning school consolidation. The packet contained informational sheets showing changes in valuations, both local and state, as well as mil rates.

McIntosh also provided a condensed summary of public law concerning consolidation and noted that the total law could be gotten from the Department of Education Web site at
Handout sheets showed a general timeline for reorganization, some frequently asked questions also from the Department of Education Web site that most pertained to SAD 45 and a letter from Commissioner of Education Susan A. Gendron as to clarifications on reorganization implementation.
The Council was informed that it is approximately 70 days until the new budget comes into affect and that all municipal departments are on track with their individual budgets.
The Council voted on and agreed to sign off on a letter of intent regarding a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant. They also voted to enter into an inter-local agreement regarding Northern Aroostook Wells and Septic Program. The Council was also given a solid waste disposal information update.
It was also brought up as to the need of filling several Washburn Town Board vacancies. Interested volunteers are needed and residents are urged to contact Town Manager Andrea Powers at the Town Office, phone her at 455-8485 or see any Council member for further information. The vacant seats include two positions for alternates on the Zoning Board of Appeals, one seat and two vacancies for alternates on the Planning Board and two vacancies for seats on the Library Board of Trustees.
The Council voted and signed off to approve a resolution to repeal the School Consolidation Law and to include a cover letter.
Also included in the agenda were the following issues: the approval of a Boy Scout insurance policy, the acceptance of two abatement applications, and to enter into a Community Energy Challenge plan with the EPA which will reimburse the town of Washburn for the implementation of some energy-saving items, with all issues being voted on and approved.
The Council discussed looking into street lighting as a safety issue included as part of a grant for the storm water infrastructure concerning Porter, Berce and Wilder streets, as well as Route 164 from the high school to White’s Exxon.
During the executive session, the Council discussed economic development issues and legal matters.
The next scheduled Town Council meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. All interested citizens are invited to attend.

Birthday wishes go out to: Heidi Currier, Glenna Ewing, Dan Corey, Billie Jo Corey, Paul Sellars, Kelsey Churchill, Troy Bragg, Karen Doughman, Darrell Wardwell, Nicole McLaughland, Beth Pickins, Heather Bragg, Rylie Turner, McCall Turner, Doug Everett Sr., John Burchett Sr., Tina Whipkey, Benjamin Bragg, Malcolm Easler, Scott Powell and Tammy Bragg.
Anniversary wishes go out to: Andrew and Kolbie Churchill, Wayne and Linda Connolly and Gerald and Glenys Dahlgren.

‘Ladies’ compete
A good crowd attended the Ms. Washburn Pageant held at the high school to see seven of Washburn’s sons compete for the coveted title of Ms. Washburn 2008.
The evening’s introduction and welcome was given by Mistress Olga Svetslana (Mr. Ben Williams) and Mistress Bootyfull Bionce (Mr. Ben Goodwin). The audience followed along with the event, thanks to the program design efforts of Jessica Reed. A special thank-you goes out to Tracy Reed for all her help and advice she offered, making the evening special.
Contestants included: Betty Lou Thelma Liz (Stephen Nason) escorted by Jimmy Joe Bob (Jessica Drost), Brittney McTrailer (Brian Campbell) escorted by Kan Fed (Erica McDougall), Granny Sexybunns (Jared Reed) escorted by Grampie Grabbutts (Kristin Goupille), Ima Shava (Travis Conley) escorted by Ray Zer (Kelsee McLaughlin), Jenny Frum De Blok (Jensen Reed) escorted by Marc Anthony (Kelsey King), Lola Buni (David Roy) escorted by Roy Davies (Alex Bird) and Wanda Quit (Tyler Farley) escorted by Ed’s Not Happenin (Amber Reed).
The group joined together for the opening number, singing “I Feel Pretty” and “It’s Raining Men.” The evening continued with the various talent performances by contestants Brittney McTrailer, Lola Buni, Wanda Quit, Granny Sexybunns, Ima Shava, Jenny from De Blok and Betty Lou Thelma Liz.
The audience enjoyed watching the evening gown competition and tried to stifle their laughter during the interview questions. Washburn certainly proved they have a rather imaginative group of senior boys.
Intermission entertainment was provided by Mr. Larry Jenkins, and audience members were invited to vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. Several 50/50 drawings and raffle tickets were also drawn during intermission.
The final stage in the evening’s events was the judging, with many thanks going out to those patient three for their hard job in this tight race. The judges were Elaine Sherburne, Jessica Stackhouse and Rich Ward.
The winners are as follows: the award for Best Sport went to Stephen Nason, and Brian Campbell claimed People’s Choice and Best Dancer. Jared Reed was awarded the title of Most Willing to do Anything. Travis Conley captured the award for Best Legs, while Tyler Farley won out and took home the Best Smile Award. Jensen Reed was named Runner Up and Ms. Congeniality, and the prestigious award of Ms. Washburn 2008 went to David Roy who also claimed the title of Best Talent.
The Class of 2008 wishes to thank all who joined them in this fun-filled evening.

Grade 8 students from SAD 45 will be holding a fund-raiser selling E-9-1-1 numbers for both road signs and houses for the towns of Washburn, Wade and Perham. The signs satisfy the E-9-1-1 Ordinance and are available in both single- and double-sided types. They are blue signs with yellow numbers (Washburn colors!) and will make great gifts. Flyers and order forms are available at the town offices in Washburn and Perham as well as at several local businesses. The two-sided roadside markers are 6 by 18 inches and cost $13, while the one-sided house markers are 5 by 14 inches and cost $9 each.
Forms and payments can be sent to WDES, Attention: Mrs. Churchill, 33 School Street, Washburn, ME 04786. Any orders received by Wednesday, Nov. 28, will be ready for Christmas gift giving.
Also for the Christmas season, the Class of 2008 will be selling Christmas wreaths to be delivered on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 8. The cost is $10 for plain and $15 for decorated ones. To order yours, please contact any member of the senior class or Tracy Reed at the high school at 455-4501. Proceeds will be going towards the Project Graduation-sponsored class trip in June.
TOPS will be meeting each Monday at the Washburn Trailrunners clubhouse, starting with weigh-in at 4:15 p.m. and the meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Birdena Cochran at 455-8353.
Bingo games are held at the Washburn Trailrunners Snowmobile clubhouse each Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Women, Work and Community group will be meeting at the library at 9 a.m.
The Perham Planning Board will be holding their meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Perham Town Hall.
The Perham Selectmen will be meeting the first and third Mondays; their next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Anyone wishing further information of Perham meetings or events is asked to contact the Town Hall on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 455-5887. The office is closed Fridays and holidays.
Washburn still has several openings on boards, including two positions for alternates on the Zoning Board of Appeals, one seat and two vacancies for alternates on the Planning Board and two vacancies for seats on the Library Board of Trustees. Interested volunteers are needed, and anyone interested is asked to contact Andrea Powers, town manager, at the Washburn Town Office or phoning 455-8485 with any questions concerning the positions and/or the boards.

In last week’s article on Olivia Doody’s first deer, the name of her brother, Jacob Doody, of Mapleton, was inadvertently omitted from the story. Sorry for any inconvenience this omission may have caused.
Dog licensing information
The state of Maine requires that all dogs six months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Both the Washburn and Perham town offices are able to license dogs for the year 2008. At the time of registration, please bring with you the old license and proof of a rabies vaccination. The fees include $6 for spayed or neutered dogs and $11 for dogs that are not. There will also be a $15 late fee in addition to the annual license fee for all dogs registered after Jan. 31.

Rec Center schedule
Basketball practice for grades K-2 will be held on Tuesday nights from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and practice for grades 3 through 4 will be held on Thursday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. Both practices will be held at the elementary school gym.
Friday, Nov. 30, there will be a movie at the Rec Center from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. for grades K-4.
For information on  Rec Center programs, contact Director Marcie Barbarula at 455-4959.

Special luncheon
A fun lunch was enjoyed by approximately 19 area senior citizens on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Washburn Rec Center.
The group was served a full menu ranging from turkey stew full of fresh vegetables, rolls, salads, many squares cookies and other treats for desserts, as well as mints and candy kisses for everyone.
The ones supplying the meal were the staff and students of the Kids Count 2 Daycare. The students made all the decorations including a color crayon wall mural, gourds and Indian corn, hand centerpieces and pumpkin-decorated paper bags and special turkey faces napkin holders for everyone. A special Thanksgiving story was read by Emmy Churchill, and the meal was served by staff and students dressed as Indians. The ladies certainly enjoyed the children, and lots of pictures were taken of the event. Everyone involved decided to do it again sometime.

Historical Society to meet
The Salmon Brook Historical Society will be holding their quarterly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Washburn Civic Center. Please note the supper will begin at an earlier time, with the buffet line starting at 6 p.m. Please bring a main dish or dessert and your place setting. All are welcome, so bring your friends and neighbors.
The business meeting will follow the supper and a monetary collection will be taken for Washburn’s needy families, enabling the town to help provide them a better Christmas.

Rotary ‘wheels’
The Washburn Rotary is currently selling 2008 Faces and Places calendars. The cost is $10 and the calendar consists of a cover photo and 12 photo collages depicting Washburn, Wade and Perham at their best.
The calendars are available from any Rotarian, ask for them at White’s Exxon, Katahdin Trust or phone 455-8034. This is an important fund-raiser for this civic-minded group. They are asking for your support.
Officers for the current Rotary year are: President Cindy Richendollar, Vice President Ellen Fitzsimmons, Secretary Stuart Turner and Treasurer Peggy Bugbee.
The district governor for Rotary International will be speaking to the Washburn Rotary on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The director of business sales for Maine at Fairpoint Communications will be giving a presentation at the Dec. 5 Rotary meeting, starting at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

    Christie Cochran is the correspondent for Washburn, Wade and Perham. She can be reached at 455-8034 or