Masons’ Drive through supper

This Saturday, Oct. 16, Mt. Olivet Lodge Masons are presenting their Public “Curbside to Go” Roast Pork Supper including roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, roll, and dessert. Hours are 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Last month, the Masons’ supper sold out by 5:15 p.m. so we probably should not plan on a “second setting.” Remember this is a take-out only meal with no service in the dining room. The cost is $10 per meal. The Masonic Hall is just a quarter mile north of the village on Route 220/105, Liberty Road. This is the Masons’ final public supper of this year, but they’ll be back with Breakfast with Santa in December.

Historical Society happenings

At the last meeting of Washington Historical Society updates were given regarding the Town House repairs and improvements. The platform has been rebuilt and the chimney has been removed including the space sealed off. Some ceiling and wall painting remains. New siding on Razorville Hall, the group’s museum, will be applied later this month. Many thanks to Frank Campbell for his skill and savvy getting these renovations accomplished. Several projects are suspended while the buildings are closed and secured for winter. WHS will be meeting indoors for the next few months, a contrast to the “summer” custom of meeting at Razorville Hall. The next WHS meeting will be held at the Masonic Hall downstairs (parking and entrance by the rear doors) on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes planning for a research project in collaboration with students from Medomak Valley High School Alternative Ed program. Members will also plan agendas for meetings going forward toward spring.

Fire Department wants you!

The Washington Fire Dept. is always looking for a few women and men that would like to volunteer and help out the community. You do not necessarily have to be an interior firefighter. There is a job for everyone. Some of the jobs besides firefighting and traffic accidents include ice and cold-water rescue, rope rescue and vehicle extrication. We also go into the school during fire prevention week for a short program in each class. We also have a free smoke-detector-installing program for the citizens of Washington. Firefighters are at the station every Monday evening. Stop in and see us or, if you see us out training, watch and see some of what we do. For more information, you can call and leave a message at the Fire Department, 845-2245 or call the chief, Phil Meunier, at 542-9928.

Columbus Day revisited

Jere and I get a lot of next year’s calendars in the mail. They start to arrive in September and continue until after Christmas. Out of curiosity, I glanced through the 39 calendars we have so far. Twenty of them call Oct. 12 – Columbus Day, 11 list both, and 8 read Indigenous Peoples’ Day. So, half the calendars show the newer designation on the second Monday in October. It’s not scientific, but interesting to see a few additions each year. (These are all U.S.A. based calendars.) According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the current total population of Native Americans in the United States is 6.79 million, which is about 2.09% of the entire population. Canada’s is 4.9%. Mexico, on the other hand, is about 23% indigenous; Guatemala, 43%; Peru, 34%; Bolivia, 41%; Colombia, 3%. Indigenous people world-wide are raising their voices and telling their stories of the last 500 years or so. It’s still Columbus Day, though, that’s the legal holiday that accounts for the banks and post offices being closed.

Get ready for Trunk or Treat

On Sunday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. the community Halloween event, Trunk or Treat, will take place in the area around Gibbs Library and Evening Star Grange Hall. For this event, provider/hosts will park their cars in a designated spot, decorate then, and load the trunks with treats like candy, trinkets, lights and other fun, creative things for kids to receive. This will be a protected area where children can roam safely among the trunks, play games, and have fun. This year there is a scarecrow contest, too, with the winner receiving a family pizza from Washington General. If you want to be a trunk host, please contact the Prescott School PTG for more information, instructions if needed, and to reserve your spot: prescottptg@gmail.com. Everyone is eligible to enter a scarecrow in the contest. Your scarecrow should be placed in front of Gibbs Library to be judged during Trunk or Treat and removed after the judging or taken home with you. FMI: prescottptg@gmail.com.

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