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Washington news April 1

By Charlotte Henderson | Mar 31, 2021
Photo by: Mary Anderson Elizabeth “Betty” Grinnell, a life-long resident of Washington, is now the holder of the Boston Post Cane, in honor of being our most elder citizen. Here, she is showing off the certificate and cane presented to her last week.

Spirit of American recipients

The Spirit of America commendations were announced by Selectman Wes Daniel at last Saturday’s Town Meeting. They are local couple Travis Perez and Angela Stevens, and Deborah Vannah.

The Spirit of America Tribute recipients are named by the Select Board for their volunteer community service. Angela and Travis are always ready to lend a hand in just about any situation. One time, they towed a young driver who followed his GPS unquestioningly into a ditch.

In another instance, Travis transported a handicapped man over a patch of rough terrain on the tailgate of their four-wheel pick-up while Angela held him secure. Another time, they rescued a stalled boat by wading into Washington Pond and pushing it by hand.

Although the pair’s business is home help and all manner of repair and construction, these examples are among innumerable “little things” they do regularly — they pitch in and lend a generous and helpful hand wherever they see a need.

Deb Vannah has been the coordinator of the Washington Food Pantry for four years and, as such, has added outreach and capacity. When confronted by the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, Deb was an important link to the town and county resources making sure food and essential supplies got to places they were needed. She is a sensitive yet strong and effective advocate for food security in our community.

Interestingly, it was just 30 years ago Alma Jones received Maine’s first Spirit of America award for her volunteerism including running a food bank out of her own home. Our community is deeply grateful for these good citizens and friends.

Congratulations to Travis, Angela and Deborah.

Boston Post cane presented

Elizabeth “Betty” Sweat Grinnell was honored last week as Washington’s oldest citizen.

Selectman Wesley Daniel presented the Boston Post Cane to the 96-year-old at her home. Also, there was Betty’s son, Grevis, who traveled from North Carolina to join the celebration, and several of Betty’s family members.

Hundreds of gold-headed ebony canes were given to New England towns in 1909 by Boston Post (newspaper) editor Edwin Grozier, with the wish that it be held by each of the town’s oldest citizens successively for their lifetime. The tradition caught on and endures as many as 400 communities.

Our very best wishes to Betty!

Blueberry Fields B&B April Dinner

Deb and Cyd Zeigler will be offering a choice of meat or veggie lasagna entrees for dinner Saturday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal always includes a salad and dipping bread first course and a scrumptious homemade dessert-by-Deb to complete the meal.

The cost is $40 per person; reservations are required. Call Blueberry Fields at 446-2407 or email

Town Meeting impressions

In last Friday’s vote, Berkley Linscott was elected to the Select Board. Write-in candidate Mitch Garnett received 60 votes.

Saturday’s Town Meeting conducted business quickly as moderator Mike Mayo kept things moving. Appropriations for the town’s essential costs of doing busines were passed easily by voters.

Article 37, which asked the town for approval to pursue improved high-speed internet service, granted the okay, giving Washington Broadband Committee go ahead to engage with Internet Service Providers, seek grants and explore options for broadband for all. This action is in sync with many other communities in the state with no, little, poor or inadequate internet access.

Two sharp-eyed citizens, Deb Bocko and Steve Ocean, noticed a teeny typo in the General Funds article. Of course, it was quickly fixed along with a bit of good-humored teasing.

All in all, though I sorely missed the coffee breaks, goodies and opportunities to greet friends and neighbors, it was a good meeting and a fine example of basic democracy in action. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who showed up.

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