Town clerk to resign

At a recent Selectmen’s meeting, Town Clerk Ann Dean’s letter of resignation was read and accepted. The resignation is effective as of Dec. 31. Ann Dean has ably served Washington as town clerk/treasurer, tax collector, and deputy registrar of voters since 2007. She completed numerous courses offered by Maine Municipal Association and has spearheaded a number of upgrades and augmentations to the town’s management operations.

Ann has served on several committees, including Town Roads, Tri County Solid Waste Management, Town Government Survey, Conservation, Mining Ordinance Review; GIS & Road Software, and Mid-Coast Municipal Association. She has been an advocate for innovation and cooperation in the Town Office and community and generously shared her experience and training to help move the community forward. For a time, Ann also worked in the town of Union as interim treasurer. She helped bring about the creation of the "public edible landscape," in cooperation with David Spahr and the town Conservation Committee.

Here she went well beyond the scope of her usual duties by expertly operating a front-end loader and post-hole digger. Prior to serving the town of Washington, Ann had a long career with Verizon Communications. She holds a bachelor of applied science degree in library and information science. Her sense of humor, attention to detail and personal generosity have served Washingtonites well. Ann and her husband, Steve, will be moving to Florida at the beginning of 2018.

Mary Anderson, current deputy town clerk, has been appointed by the Select Board to succeed Ann beginning Jan. 1.

‘Nother one at VFW

Farrar-Ross VFW enjoyed a terrific turnout for its Hunter’s and Veterans' Breakfast a couple of weeks ago, so,it is inviting everyone to a second breakfast spread this Saturday, Nov. 25, from 5 to 9 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for junior hunters, and $3 for toddlers. Veterans are free. All the usual breakfast favorites plus friendly service, camaraderie, and as far as we know, no turkey.

Grange thanks public

Evening Star Grange sends out a hearty thank-you to everyone who turned out for its Souper Supper last Tuesday, which was rescheduled from the previous week. Because of the power outage, the supper usually held on voting day was put off. The Grangers rallied as soon as power was restored and offered 13 different kinds of soup, along with the famous and fabulous desserts they’re known for. Many thanks to the workers, cooks and especially patrons who made this such a fun and full-house event.

Upcoming book group reads

Peg Hobbs announces that the library book group has selected readings for the winter months. They are currently exploring the idea of a Skype connection for the group, so stay tuned to see how that comes out. The book group will meet at Gibbs Library at 7 p.m. on these dates: Thursday, Dec. 14, Roy Arundhati, "The God of Small Things"; Thursday, Jan. 18, Tracy Kidder, "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World"; Thursday, Feb. 15, Jennifer Egan, "Manhattan Beach." The books are available through Gibbs Library.

Prescott bazaar

The gymnasium at Prescott School was wall-to-wall vendors for the Second Annual Holiday Bazaar. In addition to several independent vendors (thank you for participating!), there were tables from local crafters and creations made by students. There was casual clothing, food, jewelry, accessories, home goods and pretty much something for everyone – witness nearly everyone carrying out a bag. This is still a “young” event, but we’re already counting on it as a gift source next year. All the money raised goes to enrichment activities for the kids. Many thanks for coming by and checking it out.

Gibbs Café – another winner

New Shades of Blue, aka husband-and-wife duo Juliane Gardner and Chris Poulin, was appreciated warmly, with standing applause at the end of their show at Gibbs Library’s second Jazz Café of the season. The couple performed their own compositions featuring voices, guitar and keyboard with a spectrum of themes. Their husband-and-wifely banter was an amusing addition and smilingly appreciated by the audience. Gibbs staff are planning another bistro-seating concert after the holidays. We’ll be sure to let you know.

Coming up: Washington Food Pantry, Wednesday, Dec. 6

Masons’ Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 9

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. There will be no column Nov. 30.