Sunny Armed Forces Day celebration

Members of the 20th Maine Company B Civil War Reenactment Group brought the sun in for a few hours while they demonstrated an encampment and marched to the village center. In order to mark Washington’s Bicentennial, the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and honor veterans on Armed Forces Day, Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge and the Farrar-Ross VFW Post sponsored the Company B visit. The fire pond area made a perfect setting for the tents and equipment. Three-buck burgers were available at the fire station parking lot – free for veterans – served up by the Masons’ grill-master Don Grinnell. Company B marched the short distance to the town’s Memorial Monument to re-dedicate it to all armed forces of all wars. The playing of Taps and a three gun salute marked the solemn moment. Cassandra Ray, a Windsor seventh-grader, delivered her award-winning speech about the American flag. This was a terrific event – educational, patriotic and fun. Many thanks to Mt. Olivet Lodge, Farrar-Ross Post, Paul Dudley and the 20th Maine Company B group, and everyone who participated.

Monthly movie on Friday

The Living Communities Foundation just over the line in Palermo is presenting Ben Stein’s movie, “Expelled” this Friday, May 27. The question to be explored is: “Is there really any conflict between science and religion?” Ben Stein hits the nail right on the funny bone in his quest for Intelligent Design. As usual, a potluck dinner begins at 6 pm, with the movie following. Everyone is welcome and although donations to LCF are gratefully accepted, it’s free and no one keeps tabs. LCF is located on Veterans Way in Palermo, just off Turner Ridge Road. To learn more, please go to

Grange honors two

Cheryl McCreary and Barbara Carney were aghast when a “meeting” suddenly turned into a tribute for their contributions to the community. Evening Star Grange honors a local non-Grange member annually with their Community Citizen Award, which is given for outstanding contributions to the community. Cheryl is active in several organizations including the Gibbs Library board, the Bicentennial Committee, and numerous others. She donated time and skill to graphic designs for several purposes and to compiling the Washington Then and Now book, among many other gifts of her services. Barbara Carney, who is a Grange member and ineligible for such awards was given special recognition for her outstanding generosity of time and labor to the Grange and the entire Washington community. The awards were presented on Sunday, May 15, at the Grange Hall event.

Happy 90th to Roland Luce

The VFW Hall overflowed with well-wishers honoring Roland Luce on his 90th birthday. A fabulous feast, bright decoration, and lots of conversation made for a memorable event for Roland’s special day. We join in wishing Happy Birthday and many more!