Auxiliary does it again
The Washington Fire Department Auxiliary scored another win at the public supper last Saturday. Roast beef raised locally at Tom and Deb Johnston’s farm and roast turkey filled the plates for a good crowd of faithful supporters. The funds raised by the auxiliary go to items that are not covered by the FDs regular budget. This year the auxiliary supplied WFD with two sets of turnout gear. Turnout gear is the collective term for the necessary safety garments a firefighter wears when responding to a call — helmet, boots, coat, gloves, etc. The auxiliary also helps support Fire Prevention Week activities including a visit to Prescott school by local firefighters. Members of the auxiliary wish to thank everyone who attends the suppers, helps with serving, set-up and clean-up, and all those who support the auxiliary and the firefighters.
Fire Prevention Week
The week of Sunday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 12 is the 2013 Fire Prevention Week. During this week local firefighters spend one school day visiting room to room and distributing a variety of educational items. Workbooks, pamphlets, and other handouts teach principles like “Stop, drop, and roll,” — the first rule if one’s clothes catch on fire. Instructions on many different situations help children know what to do if they are confronted with a fire-related event. It also helps them be less fearful if that happens. On a personal note: When our six grandchildren were young, I asked them whether they’d rather know in advance if something scary was going to happen or whether they’d rather not know until it happened. Every one said, “Ahead of time…”, explaining that they’d have time to think about what they’d do. Instead of being frightened by the prospect, they gained some confidence. It was very enlightening.
Free smoke detectors
The town website tells us that there were nine fire deaths including three children in Maine in recent months. Nine! In all these cases, there were either no smoke detectors or smoke detectors that did not work. Here in Washington, there is no reason not to have a working smoke detector. Fire Chief Tom Johnston and our local firefighters will deliver and install a free smoke detector to any Washington resident. It’s just stupid not to take advantage of this offer. Call Chief Johnston to request your detector — now is not too soon. After you get it installed, keep the batteries up-to-date. Please don’t invite a tragedy by neglecting to have a working smoke detector alerting the people in your home in case of fire.
Minnie Weaver Scholarship raffle winners
Members of the Minnie Weaver Scholarship Committee raise money through their annual Theme Basket Silent Auction to provide a scholarship for a Washington student each year. Bid sheets are attached to the baskets which are on display long beforehand giving plenty of time for counter-bids. The entire collection of baskets was moved over to the fire station for the last flurry of bids at the public supper. Besides the theme basket bidding, two beautiful handmade items — a braided rug and a quilt were raffled. Lucky winner of the quilt is Jeff Gracie and of the braided rug Sue Harriman. A very successful evening for these deserving groups.
Hill & Gully Riders to meet
Snowmobilers are gearing up for what is supposed to be a great season. Hill & Gully Riders, Washington’s own snowmobile club is checking trails, getting signs ready and doing the prep work that goes with having an enjoyable and safe season. The club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the fire station conference room. Snowmobiling is a fun, sociable activity for individuals and families and all snowmobilers are welcome to attend meetings. For more information, call Jud at 226-3755.
Old Farmer’s or Farmers’ ?
Last week we mentioned a cold weather prediction from an almanac. That led to a curiosity about the two very similarly named almanacs published nationally here in the U.S. And that brought us to the following descriptions of the two of them that helped us figure out which is which. The Farmers' Almanac is an annual North American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818 (making it 197 years old). This is the one that’s based out of Maine and edited by Peter Geiger in Lewiston. The Old Farmer’s Almanac was first published in 1792 and is the oldest continuously published periodical in the U.S. Today. Its parent company is Yankee Magazine which also publishes a gardening calendar and a monthly almanac out of its headquarters in Dublin, N.H. Thanks to Ginger Vaughan for the explanation!