Blood drive helps many
A community blood drive for Washington and Union will be held at the Mt. Olivet Masonic Hall, 48 Liberty Road (Route 220 north) in Washington, Friday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 6 p.m. The blood drive is conducted by the American Red Cross and sponsored by the Washington Masons. Fall is an important time to build up the supply of life-saving blood. At a time when donors are distracted by the holiday season, requests for blood often increase while donations are below average. Almost any healthy person can donate blood if they are above 16 years old, free of colds or flu and without a history of blood-carried illnesses. The Red Cross suggests donors have a meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood. Donors should also bring a legal form of identification. To make an appointment or to get specific information call 1-800-REDCROSS. It’s OK to just drop in at the donor site, too, but your wait might be a little longer. Donating blood is a truly life-giving gesture.
Downtown Gallery ends terrific run
One of our little town’s bright spots for the past 17 years has been Downtown Gallery. In 1994 Washington artists Cynthia White, Paula Green, Phyllis Janto, Carol Sloane, Ieva Tartarsky, and Joan Freiman along with Priscilla Cross of Appleton and Lorna Crichton of Liberty formed an artist’s co-op. The cooperative venture was formed to encourage each other in making their art, to enjoy experimenting with their individual methods and styles, and to market their creations.
Over the years, with a few changes in the participants, the group presented diverse exhibits of their own work as well as artwork by a lengthy list of guest artists, ran special shows, held elegant receptions, and offered unique and beautiful gift items at their annual holiday sale — all the while earning rave reviews from art reviewers and patrons alike. All that came to an end shortly after their “Three Way Lens” presentation last month. The need for more time to pursue individual interests and be relieved of the demands of running a cooperative business led to the agonizing decision to close the door for good.
It was a spectacular run, though, for the gallery and our community. The Downtown Gallery partners thank everyone who helped make these 17years fun and rewarding. And we certainly thank them!!
Reception and reading by poets
Gibbs Library is presenting a poetry reading by five Maine poets this Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at 3 p.m. in the Bryant Room. Ted Bookey, Robin Merrill, Ruth Bookey, George VanDeventer, and Ellen Richards will be presenting their work and signing copies of their books which will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon. Artist and printmaker, Cynthia White, who illustrated a book of Richards’ poems, organized the show and will also be on-hand. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Snowmobile club sets derby date
At their meeting last week Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club members discussed plans for work on the snowmobile trails and possible re-routing of a portion of one segment. The club has 41 miles of trails in Washington for which they keep the brush trimmed, the trail beds groomed, and structures repaired. Although the maintenance is on-going, the fall brings the final push to get it all ready for the snowmobile season. Club members also set the date for their annual Snowfest and Fishing Derby for Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Hill & Gully Riders meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Washington Fire Department Conference Room. All snowmobilers are welcome.
Farmers’ market schedule change
The Washington Grange Farmers’ Market is now on their off-season schedule with one market per month. The next market will be on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Evening Star Grange Hall. Cold weather markets are held inside. In addition to the fresh products from our local vendors, Grange members will have lunch available for purchase. It always includes something hot and hearty, so check it out next time. The market organizers are looking into offering a Holiday Market in December, similar to past years. Call Sharon Turner at 845-2140 if you would patronize such a sale or if you want to offer your goods or services at a two-Saturday holiday sale event in December. No other Washington community bazaar is in the works, so this would be a wonderful opportunity for local arts, crafts, and food vendors to “strut their stuff” and provide a place to us shop locally for the holidays.
Hunter’s breakfast coming up
Maine resident hunting season opens Saturday, Oct. 27 and what would it be without the Masons’ Hunter’s Breakfast?! The Masons will get up early to prepare a hearty breakfast for ambitious early hour hunters and those who want to get out a little later. The breakfast begins at "O-dark-30" (4:30 a.m.) and closes at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. More on this next week.
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