Man with a mission

Scott Whittier is a man with a mission. As a 50-ish veteran of Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Scott is the youngest member of the local VFW. He and his fellow veterans want to grow their post and expand their activities. Officially named Farrar-Ross Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9437, Washington’s VFW is almost better known for its attractive hall at the corner of Razorville and Vannah Roads than for their projects. Whittier wants to change that. He explains that the mission of VFW is to foster friendship and support among veterans of overseas conflicts. Farrar-Ross is an earnest and caring group of men who perform diverse services that include visits to veterans at Togus and other hospitals, collecting and sending requested items to troops in Afghanistan, assisting disabled veterans with errands and chores, presenting flag etiquette demonstrations, and delivering reading materials to the veteran’s home. The group is also preparing to host a pair of events at their hall. Whittier says there are many more services veterans need and that benefit the community but are hard to accomplish with a small membership. Traditionally, the VFW supports military families, helps follow up on POWs and MIAs, and advocates for legislation that helps veterans. For many years, Farrar-Ross Post has served our town as its only veteran’s organization — and it can continue with our support. Contact Scott Whittier at 845-2218 for more information about our local VFW post.

Elephants and accolades

It’s not often — thank goodness — that the Washington news writer gets to write news about the Washington news writer. (It’s not as easy as one would think.) The Washington town meeting was held March 30 and among other items on the agenda was the presentation of the annual Unsung Hero Award. It’s conferred by the select board and has been given to the likes of Liane Chapman, Linda Luce, Paulette and Vic Oboyski, Don B. Grinnell, Hank Aho and Cheryl McKeary. Very good company. It’s an honor that makes me happy, proud and humble at the same time. It’s a privilege to keep in touch with and toot the horn for this outstanding little town and try to foster the success of community activities. I’m sorry to have missed my chance to say "thank you" then, but say it now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

That morning my northern grandchildren and I were visiting the Hope Elephants. We stood beside elephants Rosie and Opal’s enclosure, watched them, and heard their caretaker, Dr. Jim Laurita, describe their backgrounds, habits, therapy, and personalities. Even the 5-year-old was able to pay attention. Visitors are not allowed to touch Rosie and Opal, but they are interesting and fun to watch. Because they need to keep moving to facilitate their circulation, they swing and sway prompting us to dance with them. I’ll gladly show you at the slightest provocation. Visiting the elephants is a terrific family outing. A donation is requested but there’s no admission charge. The lobby has several attractive and informative displays and games. It was a special time. My only regret of missing town meeting is the opportunity to thank the select board and all the wonderful people of Washington for letting me report on their activities. Don L Grinnell quipped “we call them reporters now — they used to just be busy bodies.” Please, call me anytime with your news.

Sweet Season Café opens April 24

Much to our relief, Sweet Season Café will open for the season Wednesday, April 24. We look forward to visiting Ed, Virginia, and Dennis who serve up delicious breakfasts and lunches with true tender loving care. Spring hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sweet Season Farm will also help get the summer off to a good start with heirloom seedlings along with the usual splendid array of products. Just up the hill from Washington Village on Route 220 North, Sweet Season Café will make you happy. Promise.

Farmers market great and green

The Washington Grange Farmers’ Market opened its season last Saturday with a fine display of handmade baskets (perfect for carrying your purchases), fabulous breads and baked goods, fresh eggs, rich creamy dairy products, preserves, bright green seedlings and just-picked spinach (!!) and more. Also on hand was Frank Jones Jr. who be offering his Earthly Fertilizer in bags at $5 each throughout the season. Spring has definitely sprung at the Farmers Market — now open weekly on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Evening Star Grange on Old Union Road.

Masons roast pork supper

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge is hosting its annual roast pork supper this Saturday, April 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lodge. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children and includes mashed potato, vegetable, salad, biscuits, dessert, beverages and, of course, roast pork with gravy. As we’ve said so many times, you just can’t beat the meals these men dish up or the friendly, accommodating wait service they provide. The Masons suppers raise money to support their on-going activities. Mt. Olivet Lodge is at 48 Liberty Road (Route 220 North) right here in beautiful downtown Washington. If you haven’t attended their suppers yet, well, don’t miss it this time. If you have, well, you know you’ll be back! See you there!

60 years of wedded bliss

Our congratulations go out to Ernie and Ernestine Hooper who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.