Reenie’s retirement open house rich in friendship

Maureen “Reenie” Arey delivered letters, bills, packages and yes, junk too, to 450 rural boxes in Washington for more than 20 years before retiring on Dec. 30. Last Sunday, grateful residents on her route enjoyed an open house to give her a happy send-off into retirement. Organized by Postmaster Bob Madden and attended by retired Postmaster Kathy Daniel, the get-together was a reunion of Reenie’s friends and fans. Kathleen Jones made sure to include plenty of food and decorations. Reenie was always considerate and ready to do little extras to keep our mail safe and dry. She drove 62 miles each mail day in all kinds of conditions. “I kept my focus on getting the job done,” she said. “It kept me from worrying about the weather.” Reenie will be missed not only because of the excellent service she delivered but also for her charming personality and friendly attitude. Thank you, Reenie, and enjoy your retirement!

Interestingly, it turns out that the saying “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” erroneously thought to be the slogan of the U.S. Postal Service, was actually said about 2,500 years ago by the Greek historian Herodotus. The remark refers to the messengers who carried strategic information between command posts during the war between the Greeks and Persians about 500 B.C.

Prescott School gets show of support

Concerned that a school closing might lurk somewhere in the shadows, a number of Washington citizens and Prescott School supporters rallied to former school board member Jack Schlottman’s call and attended the school board meeting Jan. 7. Sharon Brown, also a former school board member, said no one was proposing any school closure. It turns out that some preliminary number crunching suggested it would cost the district far more to close a school than not. In addition, the school board clearly recognized the value of community schools. In the end, a motion was made and unanimously passed at this meeting not to close any elementary schools in Maine School Administrative District 40 nor do any further study having to do with closing elementary schools. We’re giving a sigh of relief not only that our school is not threatened, but also that our townspeople can galvanize on short notice to be heard.

Miss Maine contest under way

The Miss Maine scholarship competition is under way heading for the pageant on June 19 in Brunswick. Participants must be at least 17 years old, Maine residents, and enrolled in school or college or full-time work. The maximum age is 24 years old. For more information, visit missmaine.org.

Farmers market open this Saturday

The Washington Grange Farmers Market will be open Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Evening Star Grange. This is the first of the three monthly winter markets. On hand will be Snowy Hill Farm, Port Clyde Fresh Catch, Maine Water Buffalo, Black Locust Farm and others, offering raw Jersey milk, cheeses, fish, grass fed meat, maple syrup, shrimp, chevon and more local, natural, real food.

There will also be cashmere items, jewelry, cards, frame-able photographs and those great trap wire bird feeders along with a flea market table featuring quilting fabric, books and other items. The grange will offer its usual and delicious lunches along with complimentary coffee. Here’s a great chance to get out and enjoy the market’s lively atmosphere and the fine variety of locally produced items. The next winter market will be Feb. 20.