Open house for Reenie Arey, mail carrier

Reenie (Maureen) Arey retired from the U.S. Postal Service on Dec. 30 after more than 20 years of friendly, dependable mail delivery. Those of us in the rural Washington area know Reenie as the great lady who got our mail to us in spite of snow, rain, heat, gloom, hurricane winds and even car trouble. The familiar white station wagon was seen on our roads in fine weather or blinding rain, hub-deep snow or 90 degree humidity. To show our appreciation, there will be an open house at the Washington VFW Hall on Razorville Road (Route 105 West) on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to drop in and wish Reenie the best of everything in her retirement. Some of us will have stories to tell, too, I’m sure. Refreshments will be served and there will be a good luck tree. For more information, call Bob at 845-2412.

Free intro to tai chi at grange

On Jan. 9, Louis Pontillo will begin a series of classes with a free introduction to tai chi. Louis has practiced yoga since his youth and holds a master of science (Oriental medicine) degree. He plans to offer classes at the Evening Star Grange on Saturdays from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Please note that this time, 8:30 to 10 a.m. is correct. I apologize for citing the wrong time last week. The beginning class on Jan. 9 is free and open to all levels and ages 11 years or older. The following classes will be $10 per session. Drop in and check it out!

Hosts needed for Guatemalan students

Sue Frank is asking for local families to give a home away from home to a Guatemalan high school student (age 15 or 16) for a year. Under a program called Guatemalan Student Sponsorship Group, some of these teenagers come in June to learn English before starting school as freshmen in September, while others come in late August to start the new school year as upperclassmen. Families can choose which start time works best for them and can choose a boy or girl student. The group covers costs for passports, travel visas, airfare, health insurance, dental care, major clothing, books and school supplies for the students. Host families are asked to provide room and board, local transportation, incidentals and a $5 weekly allowance. Single parent homes can be approved as long as there is someone home when school is out. If you have a warm heart and an extra bed, and your mother tongue is English, you might participate in this adventure. To learn more about the Guatemalan Student Sponsorship Group go to If you have questions or want to talk with Sue Frank about local arrangements, contact her at or call 845-2709. A minimum of six families are needed to bring the program here.

Learn to knit class for children

On Sunday, Jan. 10 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Gibbs Library members of the Washington Handcrafters will offer free knitting instruction for children ages 6 and up. Students will learn the basic knit stitch and how to change yarns to add colors. The practice project can be made into a scarf. Needles and yarn will be provided or students may bring their own yarn and needles if they prefer. Students will go home for practice after the first session. A second session on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. is scheduled so students may return for answers to questions and to learn additional techniques. Students may come directly from school on the bus with permission from parents and notification to the school. Students who miss the first session are welcome to attend the second, and, if there is enough interest, a children’s knitting group could be established for ongoing lessons. Preregistration is requested (but not required) so call Gibbs Library at 845-2663 to sign up. Parents, don’t forget to contact the school also if your child will be riding the bus to session two. And remember, all adults are welcome at the Washington Handcrafters who meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bicentennial meeting rescheduled

The Jan. 6 Washington Bicentennial Committee meeting has been rescheduled for Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Naming the new year

The e-mail read “This’ll be a great year: twenty – ten. Has a nice ring to it.” Well, I’d been thinking “two thousand ten.” So I took it to the Village Market where Ron, Linda, and I had a vote. Twenty – ten it is! No matter what you call it do the best you can and have a good new year.