Auction, workshop open to public


FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District have planned two events next week for the public.

A public auction featuring a variety of items from local businesses and organizations will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the Mt. Blue Middle School. Viewing of items begins at 5 p.m. and light refreshments will be served as participants pick up bid paddles.

Among the many auction items: propane gas, honey, gift baskets and certificates, bark mulch, a Christmas tree and a variety of locally grown or cooked products.

Call 778-4279 by March 9 for a bid number and chance to win a special drawing.

The district raises funds from the auction to use in some of their educational programs.

An annual Pond Building and Maintenance Workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on March 10 at the USDA Service Center on Park Street.

The FCSWCD in partnership with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services will host the workshop session that covers pond planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of existing ponds.

Providing the program are Candi Gilpatric of the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Agricultural Engineers and Bobby Van Riper from the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife out of Sidney.

Gilpatric will focus on how to choose a pond site and discuss the various styles of ponds and methods for construction. Van Riper will discuss the importance of oxygen levels and temperature for fish health along with other information on things such as algae and cattails.

Participants must pre-register by sending a check for $15 with a registration form ($28 for two; $41 for three) to the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District, 107 Park St., Farmington, 04938.

More information and registration forms are available on both events by calling the FCSWCD at 778-4279 or visiting their Web site at