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washington coverWashington, Maine: People and Places is a new book in celebration of Washington’s bicentennial year now on sale at Gibbs Library. The 100 stories written by local people and published in the book were compiled by Cheryl McKeary and Paulette Oboyski.

“I came up with the idea of this book a few years ago after moving to Washington,” McKeary said. “I have always been interested in learning about where people came from and listening to them reminisce about their past. After mentioning my desire to put together this book, Paulette suggested we compile this book for the town’s bicentennial.”

The book’s stories are humorous, touching, heartwarming and show the true characters of the people of this quaint Maine town. It includes a history of the town’s organizations, pictures of old and new and, of course, the unforgettable stories. There is also a description of the town, a map and population chart.

Paulette Oboyski and Cheryl MckearyReviews of the book have been favorable from local residents to those out of town. Chrissy Ravelli-Studer said, “I passed the book around in church today so a whole lot of my friends looked at it and another woman who lives in Camden wants a copy. I am so pleased with all the pictures and the stories and I thank you for your hours of hard work and dedication.”

“This is not as much a history about the town as it is about the people,” Oboyski commented.  ”We have some amazing people in the town and it was so rewarding gathering all this information and being able to share it with others. We only wish we could have received a story from everyone in town.”

The book was designed by Cheryl McKeary and produced through Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland. It is available at the library, the town office and the Village Market for $12.  Proceeds benefit the Washington Historical Society and the Gibbs Library.

jump linesJump Lines

The nonprofit Maine Media Women’s organization has released a 156-page collection of written and artistic works contributed by its members. Jump Lines was officially unveiled by Genie Dailey, MMW secretary and the book’s project editor, at the organization’s annual meeting on May 7. The book was compiled to celebrate MMW’s 60th anniversary, and features a variety of prose, poetry, and artwork ranging from pencil drawing to colorful painting and photography. The design and layout was done by Cheryl McKeary of McKeary Designs. McKeary also featured some of her photographs throughout the book.

Jump Lines takes its title from the “continued” lines (jump lines) that appear in magazine and newspaper articles—indicative of the continuous growth and change in both the Maine Media Women organization itself and among its creative membership.

Using all-digital technology, the 6 x 9 paperback was produced through Maine Authors Publishing in Rockland, and is available at book and gift stores throughout the state. (

Maine Media Women was founded in 1951 as Maine Press Radio-TV Women, and remains the primary organization in Maine for women in the communication arts. (  


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