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By Charlotte Henderson | Dec 26, 2013

The lull after Christmas

My mom used to postpone just about every mundane activity during the month of December to some future time she called “the lull after Christmas.” That practice allowed her to give full attention and time to the goings-on of the Christmas season. Mom wrote long newsy letters to send with greeting cards, cooked, and invited people over. My parents didn’t buy tons of gifts but they managed to come up with items thoughtfully chosen for each person for whom Mom and Dad’s turned out to be the favorite present. Of course, there was the tree, the exchange of presents and food, lots of food. Then, Christmas Day came and went — that’s when the lull happened. It was slow time — to fold and save reusable wrapping paper and ribbon, re-read the letters they got and make a list of everyone who sent a card to be sure every person who sent them one had gotten one. It was always the belief that the others did the same thing. Gradually the decorations came off the tree and were placed in boxes for the next Christmas. Almost never did my folks buy new ornaments — these were treasured from year to year. There was plenty of room to add paper and glue designs made by the grandchildren which, of course, were saved, too. Finally the tree was stripped of tinsel (unhealthy for critters that might try to eat it or get tangled in it) and tossed into the backyard. Come spring it would be the tinder for the bonfire of yard rakings and prunings. Soon the lull was over and “real life” began again. But, oh, what a special time it was.

How to spend the money — have a say

Although there may be a little quiet time between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the town’s business goes on. There’s a special town meeting coming up this Monday, Dec. 30, in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. Townspeople will vote on a transfer of funds from the Road Maintenance Account to the Local Road Assistance Program Account. The amount to be moved is $36,000. Without the town’s permission for the reassignment of the funds, those monies would automatically roll into the general fund at the end of the year instead of being dedicated to road paving. Come out if you can to show support for the Select Board’s proposal that will keep the funds available for road paving.

Historical Society unveils resource room

Last week’s Washington Historical Society meeting was held in an office suite at the Masonic Lodge on Liberty Road. The two-room space will be used as a work area for members and friends to continue sorting, labeling and cataloging documents, organizing resources and setting up public times when researchers and inquirers may peruse the information. Hours and contact information will be announced as soon as possible. Although the office at 44 Liberty Road is a temporary arrangement, WHS meetings will be conducted there through May. The society meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome at the January meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 21. For more information about the society or how to help with cataloging, please call Charlotte at 845-2661 or Liz at 845-2377.

Snow – no doubt about it

Washington’s snowmobile club, the Hill and Gully Riders, offers fun and friendship for families and individuals who enjoy the outdoors. The club marks and maintains a beautiful 41-mile trail within our town that passes through all kinds of terrain and includes many scenic vistas. The trails are public although Hill and Gully Riders president, Jud Butterman encourages snowmobilers to join the club and participate in the “business end” which includes helping keep the trails in shape and participating in the annual SnoFest and Fishing Derby. (Attest: this event is a lot of fun!!) In addition, Hill & Gully Riders is an active component of the Knox County emergency response organization and provides invaluable assistance in certain types of situations. Everyone is welcome to sit in at meetings to learn more about the club. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the conference room of Washington Fire Station (the door faces the library). For more information, contact Jud at 226-3755.

Happy free movie at Palermo Community Center

The Constitution guarantees Americans the right to pursue happiness. But as Benjamin Franklin pointed out ages ago, “You have to catch it yourself." To help us do that, the Living Communities Foundation will present the movie “Happy” on Friday, Dec. 27. The movie, which is produced by Tom Shadyac (known for "Bruce Almighty," "Liar Liar," "Nutty Professor"), combines the science of happiness with stories of people around the world who are happy. There’s always movie and a potluck meal at 6 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Foundation. The movie starts after that – 6:30-ish. Everyone is welcome to bring a dish to share or come a little later to take in the movie only. It’s at the Palermo Community Center on Turner Ridge Road in Palermo. From Washington Town Office head out Route 105 toward Somerville and Augusta (west). Go a little over 8 miles and turn right onto Turner Ridge Road. In about 4 miles, you’ll find the Center is on the right at Veteran’s Way. There are signs for the center and the Legion. You simply can’t miss it.

Be sure to be here next year!

Especially as you drive during this holiday time be careful, buckle up, let someone know where you’re going, and watch out for the other guys who are always much worse drivers than we.

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