Special Grange Supper Saturday

This Saturday’s (Aug. 9) Grange Supper has a very special purpose. The thing is that the purpose is a secret for now, so you just have to show up. But I promise you, there will be a happy outcome! The meal is served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the cost, as always, is $8 for adults and $4 for children. There’s $1 off if you bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry. The meal includes turkey, casseroles, salads, homemade desserts, and beverages. Great food, good company and a good deed in the works. Be part of it! Evening Star Grange, 31 Old Union Road, Washington Village.

Music programs appreciated

This year’s series of free public concerts, sponsored by local organizations, was completed last Thursday with a lively, bluesy, folksy hour-plus with musicians of All Stove Up. All the musical groups were terrific — Playin’ Possum, Harborside Harmony, and All Stove Up each did a super job of entertaining the small but enthusiastic audiences each week. The sponsors, Evening Star Grange, Washington Historical Society, and Gibbs Library want to thank the musicians and all the people who attended. Providing a pleasant summer evening “out” locally is the reason for the concerts. Sponsors would like to hear from audience participants about how they liked the music. You can leave a message on the Historical Society’s email: washingtonhistorical@gmail.com. Thanks again!

Course record set in Washington Challenge

Overcast skies didn’t dampen any spirits in Saturday’s 5K Challenge and 1-Mile Fun Run road races. Seventeen runners and walkers participated. The Fun Run for kids started at Prescott Memorial School, went down the hill to the village, around the town monument and back uphill to the school. Autumn Ripley and Iris Casas, both of Washington, took first and second place, respectively, with finishing times of 11:28 and 12:21. The 5K takes off from the school but goes down the hill, through the village and on out Bill Luce road to a marker, and then heads back to Prescott Memorial. The course includes challenging hills and straight-aways and winds up with a grueling uphill push to the finish line. Taking first place for men and setting a new course record was Simon Jack of Alpena, Mich. with a time of 21:07. Erin Rhoda of Bangor, who grew up here in Washington, was the first female finisher with a time of 25:22. Other results for the 5K: Matthew Stone 23:19, Cameron Leach 23:30, Erin Rhoda 25:22, John Leach 25:47, Tami Casas 29:53, Katie Daggett 30:58, Amy Micklich 33:16, John Williamson 33:32, Sherry Casas 36:49, Abbey Casas 39:07, Rosie Del Tejo 41:14, Laurie McBurnie 43:19, Julia Clark 53:23, and Conor Dahlberg 53:24. Overall winners and age-group winners were awarded medals in the 5K and souvenir T-shirts. Both girls in the Fun Run took home a medal. Congratulations to all the runners. A project of the Washington Recreation Committee (Rec Comm), the Washington Challenge Road Race is an annual fundraiser and shares the proceeds with the Washington Community Scholarship Fund which helps local students. The Rec Comm wants to thank these Washington's businesses for their generosity with prizes and services: Blueberry Fields B&B; Cynthia White, artist; Sharon Turner, Master Gardener and educator; Cyndie Bourgeois, body scrubs; Helen G. Caddie-Larcenia, massage therapist; and David Spahr, author and mushroom expert. Fastest and runners-up alike, everybody wins in terms of fun. Thanks to the Rec Comm team for all the planning and organizing!