Maddy Kelly farewell tomorrow

An open house in honor of Maddy Kelly is happening tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. Madelon Toll Kelly has been a vital member of the Washington community since she and her family moved here in 1990. She is an award-winning science teacher, coach for the state champion Medomak Valley Middle School Science Olympiad team, Washington Unsung Hero of 2015, inspired and intuitive 20-plus-year volunteer librarian at Gibbs Library, and dedicated animal rescuer, among other things.

This gentle, generous, unassuming lady with all her accomplishments prefers the simple nickname “Maddy,” which is inscribed in the hearts of many residents of Washington and far beyond. Her long-planned post-retirement move to Baton Rouge, La., is under way. There will be light refreshments and plenty of time to chat with Maddy Friday evening as we wish her well in this new chapter of her life. Everyone is welcome. Please join us.

Breakfast with Santa

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge will host a public breakfast with Santa Saturday,  Dec. 9, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the lodge, 48 Liberty Road. The menu includes eggs (made to order) or large homemade waffle, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, juice, coffee and tea. Each child will have a chance to pose with Santa and receive a free photo. The cost is adults $7 and children $3.

Predicament produces party postponement

Postponed: Ann Dean’s departure from the town of Washington. Because of a significant delay in construction of their new home, Ann and Steve Dean won’t be able to make their move to Florida until the end of March. Ann has agreed to stay on at the Town Office. So, no retirement party will happen Dec. 13. We’re following this, so stay tuned for updates come spring.

Grateful for generosity of many

There is a new look at the Clyde Sukeforth Ballfield at Prescott Memorial School, and a welcome improvement it is. A badly needed separate equipment shed has been delivered, set up and put to use. The structure not only enables secure storage, but also frees up the concession stand space for refreshment service only. In addition, the concession stand has a new sliding pass-thru window, a new door, and a new metal roof. We can all be proud of the appearance of the sports area at Prescott.

Many, many thanks to these individuals and businesses: Travis Perez and Angela Stevens of TL Perez Residential and Business Services installed the new metal roof on the concession stand; Evan Morrison and crew from EPM Electric provided labor to refurbish the concession stand; Wesley Daniel donated wood to refurbish the concession stand and for shelves in the new equipment shed; Sherwin Williams Co. of Rockland donated gallons of Woodscapes Exterior Stain; Lance Boody and Bayview Painting painted the outside of the equipment shed; Al Hutchinson  built the new shelves for the equipment shed; and to Berkley Linscott helped install the shelves. Much appreciation goes out to the Washington Recreation Committee for their commitment to this project and for their efforts in making it all happen.

Prescott basketball begins

K-2 basketball at Prescott Memorial starts today – Thursday, Dec. 7, at 3:15 p.m.

Practice will be Thursdays after school and Saturday mornings. Youngsters can sign up today at the gym or contact Amanda Dinsmore at 480-0464. The cost for Washington residents is $25 for the first child and $20 for each additional child. For out-of-towners the cost is $30 for the first child and $25 for each additional child. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and medal. Parents should send a healthy snack, a full, unbreakable water bottle with a top, suitable basketball playing clothes (roomy, such as sweatpants or gym pants – no jeans), and clean sneakers with a decent tread. The basketball season will run until mid-March. Volunteers and coaches are always welcome. FMI to volunteer contact: Peg Hobbs: 845-2900 or email: pegandleo @hotmail.com.

Also this Saturday, Dec. 9 – Gingerbread Festival at Gibbs Library at 10 a.m.