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By Charlotte Henderson | Dec 12, 2013

All day back-to-back events Saturday

This Saturday, Dec. 14, there will be things to enjoy pretty much all day long in our little town.

From 7 to 9 a.m. the Masons are presenting Breakfast with Santa. The breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children who’ll get to talk with Santa and have a free photo taken with him. This is held at Mt. Olivet Lodge, 44 Liberty Road (Route 220) just north of the village. For more information, call 845-3045.

Open with longer hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there are many holiday specials at the Washington Grange Farmers Market. Regular and guest vendors celebrate the season with the usual wide assortment of locally grown and produced items including ethnic and traditional baked goods, preserves, raw Jersey cow's dairy products, and seasonal vegetables plus original prints and paintings, specialty yarns, woven and knit goods, handmade soaps, wooden ware, Maine themed photographs and more. A variety of unusual wreaths and seasonal decorations will also be available. The Washington Historical Society will offer its line of bags and clothes to benefit the society. Grange members present a special homemade lunch. This is the last farmers market of the year. Winter markets will be held on the second Saturdays of January, February, and March, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A free Christmas Concert featuring the Harborside Harmony Chorus starts at 3 p.m. to round out our Saturday. The concert is sponsored by the Washington Historical Society and will be held at the Village Church. Cookies and punch will be served following the concert. The concert is free and donations will be gratefully accepted. Please come enjoy the music of this special time of year.

How about a gift of safety?

Want to give yourself or a family you love a super holiday present? That’s also free? How about a smoke detector for the home? Washington Fire Department will provide a free smoke detector to any Washington resident and expertly install it free of charge. For more information about this terrific deal, call Fire Chief Tom Johnston at 845-2576.

And furthermore -

Speaking of the Washington Fire Department, there is a great need for more volunteer firefighters. These are the folks who come rushing to our assistance when there’s a fire in our homes or fields or to assist at accidents. Training is provided, of course. Not only is this a really important service to the community and a real contribution to take personal pride in, there’s a great sense of comradeship among the team members. Firefighters get together at the fire station nearly every Monday night about 7 p.m. for workshops, equipment inspections, and other purposes so, if you want to know more about being a firefighter, drop in some Monday evening. Chief Johnston will be happy to answer questions and give you the scoop. Just call him at the same number as above – 845-2576

Select Board meetings adjusted for holidays

The Select Board, which meets regularly every Wednesday evening, has changed their schedule to accommodate the Christmas and New Year holidays. They will meet on Tuesdays, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 at 9 a.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library instead of Wednesdays those two weeks only.

Help for the “angels” is needed

The Angel Gifting Program initiated by the Village Church needs several more assistants to provide gifts for Washington children for whom Christmas shows little promise. The church calls these kids angels. Pastor Tim Lewis can explain the details of this confidential program and how to help out. If you can, give Pastor Tim a call at 845-2447 or 845-3436.

Historical Society to open resource room

Washington Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Liz Grinnell will describe her recent activities relocating the society’s printed materials from cabinets in the Bryant Room to an office space at 44 Liberty Road. When complete, the move will make it possible for the resource room to be open for visitors and researchers to use. This project is just beginning and details aren’t complete so check in from time to time to see what’s happening. Use the society’s email — washingtonhistorical@gmail.com — or call Charlotte at 845-2661. The society will also hear updates and a report on the Christmas Concert. Everyone is welcome to attend WHS meetings.

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