To create a lasting memory of Washington for the 2012 bicentennial, Washington residents are being asked to write a paragraph about their hometown.

It can be a favorite memory or a favorite place, a piece about nature or romance, work or community, or simply why someone likes living in Washington. The book committee is hoping to get at least 70 one-paragraph stories. The finished book will include photos with the stories, both historical and contemporary. Residents who are energetic are invited to send a photo with their story, or just send a photo; be sure to include identifying information.

The project is being funded in part through grants received by the Gibbs Library. Also participating in the book project are the Bicentennial Committee and the Washington Historical Society. Stories and photos should be sent to Paulette Oboyski at 845-3045 or or Cheryl McKeary at 845-2259 or

If someone does not want to write the story, call Oboyski or McKeary and they will transcribe the story. Stories can also be dropped off at the town office. The deadline for sending stories and photos is Aug. 1, 2010. Please include name, phone number and address.