Basketball plan under way

The Washington Recreation Committee is working to put together a basketball program for Prescott and other pre-kindergarten- through second-grade youngsters. There’s some juggling going on because the Prescott Memorial Gym is not available this year. Coach Morgan DiBenedetti is working with Warren Recreation Director, John Leach, to set up a venue for practice. The site is expected to be either in Union or Warren, and the day of week, time, and gym available will be determined in January. So, although the details are firmly up in the air now, after winter break they will be announced, and everyone registered will be notified directly. Which brings us to the important thing to remember: Registration for the pre-K- through second-grade is Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library from 5-7 p.m. Fees are $15.00 for resident child, with family limit of $25.00, and $20.00 for non-resident child, with family limit of $35.00. The registration fee covers t-shirts and medal (no refunds after the t-shirts are ordered). For more information, contact Di’Benedetti by text at (207) 701-1001 or by email at

Community Garden enters Challenge

The Palermo Community Garden supplies over 350 lbs. of organic greens, veggies, fruit, and herbs each growing season to the Palermo Food Pantry. The volunteers who run the garden are participating in the Seed Money Challenge — a fundraising competition. Palermo Community Garden is asking for public support to win the competition. In addition to keeping the money, Palermo Community Garden (PCC) raises on its own, the group has a chance to win $1,000 from if they raise the most among all participants. PCC has until Dec. 15 to raise all they can and try for the prize. Their donation page can be found here: Donations are tax deductible, as PCC is a 501(c)3 organization. For more info, contact Connie at 993-2294.

Job still open

The Town of Washington is accepting applications for a Deputy Town Clerk/Deputy Tax Collector/Deputy Treasurer. This is a part time — 13 hours a week — combined position. A complete job description is available on the town website at Applications should include a cover letter, resume and references. Send to Town of Washington, PO Box 408, Washington, ME 04574. The Town of Washington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Blueberry Fields December events

Blueberry Fields Bed and Breakfast will continue their weekend breakfasts each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19 from 8-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 will be the December Pub Night, with Cami and Rosie entertaining again. Monthly Pub Nights are becoming a popular event for get togethers and fun fare. Looking ahead, there will be January Pub Night on Jan. 20. Deb and Cyd have also scheduled a Valentine’s Dinner on Monday, Feb. 14 with reservations already being taken. The menu is Prime Rib or Baked Stuffed Shrimp. The cost is $50 per person. To make a reservation call or text 207-446-2407. Blueberry Fields B&B is located at 673 Razorville Road (Route 105) in Washington.

Blueberry Fields will be closed Dec. 22, 2021, to Jan. 3, 2022, in order for Cyd and Deb to visit with their children during the holidays. They extend their thanks to everyone who has supported their business over the past 11-and-a-half years, and best wishes for the holiday season.

Breakfast with Santa

I have this event on my calendar: Mt. Olivet Masons breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4, 7-9 a.m. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten a confirmation. What with COVID-19 upsy-downzy, and other variables, I’d check it out before heading for the Masonic Lodge — at 48 Liberty Road. This is a fun event for kids who get breakfast and a photo of the child with Santa. Or call me, and I’ll have the for sure answer.

Well, I didn’t know that!

Kamala Harris isn’t the first multiracial Vice President, or even the first one of color. What?! Turns out, that distinction belongs to Charles Curtis, who served as vice president to Herbert Hoover from 1929 to 1933. Curtis’s mother, who died when he was three years old, was a Native American who belonged to the Kaw Nation. Curtis was raised on a reservation by his maternal grandparents, where he spoke the Indigenous language and lived in a tepee. Later, he lived with paternal grandparents in Topeka, Kan. Curtis’ grandmothers both encouraged his education. He became an attorney who practiced in Kansas before turning to public service. He served in the U.S. Senate and House. Following being Vice President, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. until his death in 1936.