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By Charlotte Henderson | Dec 05, 2013
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson Vendors at the Washington Grange Farmers’ Market discuss their displays as they prepare for this year’s Holiday Market to be help two Saturdays — Dec. 7 and 14 — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Old Union Road. Local artists, crafters, and artisans will join the year-round vendors to present a unique selection of holiday items and foods.

Delicious Saturday lunch: nearby, affordable

Last Saturday, we had “take-out” lunch from the local farmers market. We often overlook this feature but from now on we won’t rush away without checking the menu. There were two choices — turkey soup (of course, right after Thanksgiving) and a savory casserole. We tried the casserole which was really tasty and filling. Servings were a mere $3. Perhaps the Washington Grange Farmers Market is better known for their selection of local baked goods, dairy products, fresh produce and such, but we learned the lunches, too, are worth the trip to Old Union Road on Saturday mornings between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Expanded hours, lots more items at farmers market

Washington Grange Farmers Market is celebrating the season this Saturday and next — Dec. 7 and 14 — by including local artists and craftspeople presenting original prints and paintings, specialty yarns, woven and knit goods, handmade soaps and wooden ware, Maine themed photographs and more. Many unusual wreaths and seasonal decorations will be available as well as preserves and ethnic and traditional seasonal baked goods. The Washington Historical Society will be on hand with commemorative bags and clothes the proceeds of which benefit the society. And as mentioned, Grange members will offer homemade lunch. For more information about the farmers market, call Sharon at 845-2140.

Breakfast with Santa coming up

Washington’s Masons are presenting Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 14, from 7 to 8 a.m. at their lodge on Liberty Road. This event for children is growing in popularity as Mt. Olivet Lodge members prepare breakfast and invite Santa over to visit with them. The cost for breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Each child will receive a free photo of him/herself with Santa.

Angel Gifting Program needs you

All our youngsters are “angels” as they’re called by the folks at Village Church and they all hope for gifts at Christmas. Money is tight for lots of families, though, and some of these young people may not be as lucky as others. If you are able to help provide some Christmas presents to Washington kids, please check with Pastor Tim Lewis at Village Church — 845-2447 or 845-3436 — who can give you the details. We hear a lot about poverty these days and how it affects children. Here’s a way to help make a difference right here in our own little town.

Degrees of separation

Last week, author, teacher and educator William Coperthwaite, 83, of Machiasport died in a car crash a few doors away from our house. Coperthwaite studied the crafts of ancient cultures and applied that knowledge to creating simple, economical dwellings — primarily yurts — that people could build themselves and showing them how. A graduate of Bowdoin College with a doctorate in education, he lived his “democratic design” — a vision of a simpler, closer-to-the-natural-world lifestyle in which everyone took responsibility. His book "A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity" garnered a prestigious Nautilis Book Award for excellence in the field of social and environmental justice. In his little hometown and around the world, “Bill” as he preferred to be called, will be greatly missed. I found out that Bill went to the same high school as I did: an intriguing example of the degrees of separation theory.

Liane Chapman

The family of Liane Chapman wishes to express gratitude for all the support from friends and relatives during her difficult illness. There will be a mass in her honor Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. in Saint Dennis Catholic Church, 298 Grand Army Road, Whitefield. There will be a luncheon afterward. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Gibbs Library or the Washington Food Bank.

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