Washington news Sept. 30 – Knox County VillageSoup

Ball field work party

This Sunday, Oct. 3, Washington Rec’ Committee (and you, we hope) will spend 10 a.m. to noon getting the field and structures at Clyde Sukeforth Field at Prescott School prepared for winter.

The Rec’ will stain the dugouts, equipment building and concession building, and do a general cleaning and organizing of equipment and supplies. Just show up with a paint brush (oil paint), broom or rake and two good hands to make the ever-improving ball field secure until spring.

Sukeforth Field’s namesake

Do you know? Washington’s Clyde Sukeforth was a major league baseball player, coach, scout and manager. He helped create the new Nashua Dodgers of the Class B New England League in 1946. The new team eased racial integration of the league by adding black players Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe and Jackie Robinson to Nashua’s Class B roster.

On Opening Day, April 15, 1947, Sukeforth, acting as team manager, placed Jackie Robinson in the Dodgers’ line-up.

Interestingly, when Robinson walked onto Ebbets Field wearing a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform, there was no burst of cheers, no drone of jeers… nothing. As if of one mind, players, fans, sportscasters, everyone, acted as though it was no big deal.

Sukeforth retired to Waldoboro and lived a modest, rural life, never alluding to his influence on baseball. One of my favorite reports about this amazing man is at wiscorp.com/pub/ClydeSukeforth.pdf.

Public Utilities Commission broadcast 

The presentation on “Understanding Maine’s Public Utilities Commission” that was broadcast last Friday was interesting and informative and a good introduction to the recently appointed chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Patrick Scully. The commission’s purpose is to regulate electric, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities to “ensure Maine consumers have safe, adequate and reliable services and rates that are just and reasonable for consumers and utilities.”

The program, produced by Maine Conservation Voters is available at maineconservation.org/lunchnlearn/understanding-maines-public-utilities-commission.

The Public Utilities Commission will guide the renewable energy sources bursting onto our scene these days. The commission deserves some attention, since they have so much say-so about how it all works for consumers.

Another MCV – different topic

Maine Conservation Voters is offering another program Friday, Oct. 1, at noon called “Diversify Your Lawn: Converting Your Lawn to Rich Layers of Native Plants” which will feature Anna Fialkoff of the Wild Seed Project, a Maine non-profit focused on “rewilding” Maine lawns, fields, and other landscapes with native plants.

Their mission is to share ways to transition from cultivating lawn grass to richer, wildlife friendly, naturally adapted, biodiverse, not to mention beautiful, homescapes.

Sign up for the free program tomorrow at Maine Conservation Voters. Great ideas for fall yard work.

Planning Board Hearings Oct. 12

There will be two public hearings before the Planning Board Tuesday, Oct. 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library.

The first, starting at 6:30 p.m. considers an application for construction of a building at 26 Augusta Road. The second begins right after the first and considers an application for construction of an event barn on West Washington Road.

Interested in what is proposed for these locations? Attend these public meetings.

Free smoke detectors

The Washington Fire Department wants everyone to have a free home smoke detector. These safety devices can save lives by giving notice of a fire and making time for people to get out of danger.

To get a free smoke detector, call the town office at 845-2897 or the fire department at 845-2245 and ask for the free smoke detector. You’ll probably have to leave a message but someone will call you back.  The smoke detectors must be installed by one of the firefighters to be “legal,” so they will make an appointment with you.

P.S. If your house is “a mess,” do not worry, they will still come to install. The issue is safety, not a good housekeeping award.

Question 1

Okay, I know voting is more than a month away. Still, I wonder about okaying the retroactive clauses in the referendum.

Here’s Question 1, “Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?”

So, does that mean every law since 2014 that relates to public lands will be revisited to get two-thirds legislative approval? Unfortunately, as I see it, voters must swallow the retroactive requirement or vote “no,” which essentially lets the Corridor continue construction.

Ugh. Rock or hard place.

This is currently hotly debated and I’m very interested in the outcome. Join me in paying attention to this serious discussion. All you have to do is look up “Question 1 Maine 2021” and you’ll find more than you even wanted to know.

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