Hunters’ Opening Day Breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 2 is Opening Day of Hunting Season in our region. The Masons will get local hunters off to a good start with a big, hot breakfast offered from 4:30 to 8:30 a.m. Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge on Liberty Road (Route 220 barely north of Washington village) is the place to get eggs cooked however you like ‘em, along with bacon, sausage, waffles, toast, juice and the essential coffee. The meal is $6 for adults and $3 for children. This is a fun time to check out who really gets up in the middle of the night to go out on hunting season’s first day. Enjoyable, too, is a meet-up with other natural early risers treating themselves to breakfast “out.” See you there?!
Town kids place at Pumpkinfest
Two Washington youngsters, Miki (pronounced Mikey) DePalma and Cole Chapman placed in this year’s Giant Pumpkin Contest portion of the annual Pumpkinfest held last week in Damariscotta. Of several youth volunteer growers racing with Mother Nature, Miki made a great second-place showing with his 280.5 pound pumpkin. Cole’s pumpkin placed fifth at a hearty 211.5 pounds. Congratulations to Miki and Cole and their parents, Beth and Dante DePalma and Laurie and Jason Chapman, for sticking to all the watering, fertilizing, and watching over these “babies” through the lengthy growing season.
Town health officer appointed
The Washington Select Board (Duane Vigue, Wes Daniel, and Don L. Grinnell) voted unanimously at its Sept. 17 meeting to appoint Brian Alves as Municipal Health Officer effective immediately. The general responsibilities of a health officer are to work with DHHS to inform them of and work to prevent problems in a community’s health, check out potential public health threats, follow-up on past incident reports, and keep a thorough record of all such activities. Brian Alves is an emergency room travel nurse by profession and lives in Washington. He began his duties last month and will serve until Dec. 31 at which time he will be appointed for the customary three year term. He can be contacted through the town office. Welcome aboard, Brian!
Haunted Trail materializes at the Manor
Once again, as it does each year at this time, a spooky but fun Halloween adventure is being conjured at Washington Manor. Invoked by the residents and staff — who are temporarily transformed into witches, monsters, and goblins — a Haunted Trail appears in the woodsy yard around the manor property and is filled with scary creatures, moaning skeletons, clingy cobwebs and other perfect Halloween hauntings. The Haunted Trail is open Halloween night — Thursday, Oct. 31, between 6 and 8 p.m. at Washington Manor, 276 Razorville Road (Route 105 West). This is a great place for youngsters to enjoy a Halloween outing in a safe location off the roads (with an honest-to-goodness cemetery visible over the fence). The staff of the Manor provides treats inside at the end of the walk. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this delightful outing presented by our good neighbors at Washington Manor. Younger children should bring a parent or other grown-up.
If you haven’t already signed up, consider showing off your talent at Evening Star Grange’s Family Variety Show scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15. If you can put together an entertaining act, Mildred Melgard and Priscilla Packard want to talk to you about taking part in the just-for-fun show. There’s no admission charge, no entry fee and no prizes. Contact Mildred at 845-3102 or Priscilla at 845-2026 for more information or to sign up.