Saturday jazz at Gibbs

Gardenia is back for an encore performance of classic songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and other composers from America’s Golden Age of music. Gibbs Library is hosting an Evening of Jazz in the Bryant Room Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Gardenia is vocalist Cindy Millar of Washington performing with accompanists Spike Hyssong on bass and Dick White on guitar. This trio comes together like peaches and cream — sweet and smooth and you don’t want it to end. Coffee, beverages and desserts will be offered. A $5 donation is suggested. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds support Gibbs Library, at 40 Old Union Road, Washington. FMI: 845-2663

Recalling bygone Razorville Road

The documentation of old homes and other structures on Razorville began last week at the monthly meeting of Washington Historical Society. Using the map software at Gibbs Library, members listed current and previous owners of many houses and properties of the Razorville Road and Vannah Road areas. The goal is to create a map for a historical reference similar to what was accomplished last year regarding West Washington Road. To add to the records, several people brought old photos. The Historical Society invites everyone to the upcoming Feb. 20 meeting – at the Bryant Room at 7 p.m. – to continue adding information.

Although I’m not “from here,” I thoroughly enjoyed being at the meeting, learning about past and present residents and getting more familiar with our little town. This aspect of our history is a lot of fun. [For the record – born and raised in Maine, lived in at least a dozen different places in Maine, and for a while owned and resided at the former Burkettville Fish Hatchery. Close, but …]

Better contact system needed

If there should be a serious situation for which quick notification of all residents were crucial, how would everyone be contacted? That’s the big question for Knox County Emergency Management planners and our Washington Emergency Management Director, Kit Lascoutx. The current emergency notification system will be shut down in March. Kit says this system has not been as effective as hoped and is handicapped by the fact that it’s voluntary. Since people often are reluctant to give information about their situation, it’s hard to figure out who might need assistance and who might be able to give it. Without such knowledge, the community cannot successfully respond.

So, that’s the question. How does Washington as a community find out, for instance, if the Warming Center is open – or, more importantly, who would open it? Or, worst case, if some threat from outside is imminent? This isn’t a scare tactic, but as thoughtful people know, preparation is key to survival – for one or many – in any dire circumstance. We’ll be back to this topic soon, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, if you have ideas, comments, or questions get them to Kit Lascoutx at 458-4887 or

Blueberry Fields Valentine’s dinner

Deb & Cyd Zeigler will present a Valentine’s dinner Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Entrees are prime rib or shrimp scampi with accompaniments. Dessert is a choice of Deb’s cheesecake or triple-layer chocolate cake. The cost for the meal is $30. Cocktails are available at extra cost. No matter where you go, you won’t find a more delicious, skillfully prepared menu or more a gracious and professional host and hostess. We are lucky to have Blueberry Fields in our community, bringing us top-rate dining at their friendly local setting.

The Valentine’s dinner is by reservation only. Call 446-2407 or email:

Sunday brunch

Every Sunday from now until April 22, Blueberry Fields B&B will offer a Sunday Brunch between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. That’s a baker’s dozen of Sunday mornings to choose a nice morning treat. Remember that reservations are not needed for the Sunday brunch.

Washington Food Pantry is Wednesday, Feb. 7.