Welcoming a new year
It seems ages ago that it was New Year’s Eve. For some, there were parties and get-togethers; for some early to bed as usual. New Year’s Eve daytime was filled with little errands and end-of-year tasks. Washington Town Office was busy helping people like me with these things. We noticed some members of Evening Star Grange going out to make cheering visits and deliver gifts to shut-ins. Our new year came in like Carl Sandburg’s Fog, "on little cat feet," with us barely awake to see the ball fall in Times Square. New Year’s Day was food and football here and marking upcoming things-to-do onto a fresh calendar.
Farmers market and friends this Saturday
The first of three winter month markets will take place this Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Evening Star Grange Hall on Old Union Road. Farmers producing Jersey milk and cheese, jams and jellies, pickles, baked goods, fresh eggs, garlic and dried herbs and other winter items will be joined by area artists and craftspeople. The recent very successful holiday markets prompted regular vendors to include an old and rare books seller, a basket maker, photographers, a local painter, printmaker and framer, hand-forged iron creations, a wool and cashmere knitter, float rope mat maker, and others to be part of the event. The good Grange cooks will offer home-made soups for lunch — eat-in or to go — and provide hot coffee and a fun atmosphere. Come see us this Saturday and make a note that two more winter markets are scheduled — Feb. 9 and March 9.
Getting organized — who and when, mostly
As stated before, getting organized isn’t something that happens easily around my place. But one thing that is pretty simple is to mark the calendar with on-going meetings and such. You probably know of some that could be added and, if you do, please let us know. Please.
The Washington Select Board meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town office. Residents are always welcome to sit in on the meetings. If anyone wants to be included on the agenda, it’s helpful to let the selectmen know ahead of time by calling the town office at 845-2897. The Village Church holds worship service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (in summer, 9:30 a.m.) with Sunday School from 9 to 10 a.m. The Farrar-Ross VFW meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the VFW Hall on Razorville Road. Gibbs Library Board of Trustees meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the first Monday. Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club meets from October to April on the second Tuesday at the fire station conference room at 7 p.m. Washington Historical Society meets on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room. Washington Lakes Watershed Association meets quarterly. Their next meeting is Monday, Jan. 14 at Gibbs Library. Washington Firefighters meet on the second Monday at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to sit in on a meeting, find out more about W.F.D., and join the team if you can help out. The Evening Star Grange meets on the third Monday evenings. If there are others, please let me know.
Washington Grange — like a duck
The old saying about ducks keeping calm and unruffled on the surface but paddling like the devil underneath suits our Evening Star Grange to a T. It’s hard to catch the Grange members in the act of doing their many projects that quietly benefit our community. They just do them. Since they rarely toot their own horn, here are some toots for them. Evening Star Grange funds a student scholarship, prepares Operation Christmas — shoe boxes of little gifts and notions for underprivileged kids, puts together Kiddie Ditty bags — activities for children who wait in courtrooms, collect cans and bottles to send $100 donations to animal shelters and the local food bank, collect old blankets and towels for animal shelters, collect bottle caps and can tabs for Ronald McDonald house, visit shut-ins (as mentioned above) and sponsor an annual Spring Tea (including transportation) for senior citizens and shut-ins. Whew! There’s probably more and I’d love to be reminded. Also, Grange members would appreciate hearing from or about anyone who should be included on their shut-ins and elderly lists. Call Wendy at 845-2526 or Priscilla at 845-2026 to refer someone to this or any Grange activity. The Grange is a good, earnest group that does a lot for the community. Wendy or Priscilla can talk to you about joining the group, too, if you’re interested in knowing more.