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Washington news May 14

By Charlotte Henderson | May 13, 2020
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson A sign on the former Masonic Hall in Washington Village tells practical advice as local businesses rise to the COVID-19 challenge.

Town Office opening by appointment

Starting May 18, Washington Town Office will be open by appointment. The morning hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,  Monday evening 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday (May 20) hours are 2:30 to 6:15 p.m. (with no morning hours for Wednesday).

COVID-19 health safety guidelines will be observed. Everyone will be expected to wear a mask, no exceptions. Phone the town office at 845-2897 to arrange an appointment.

Thank you for understanding and helping the town office crew while we’re in the grasp of coronavirus.

Village Church socially networks

The Village Church is holding its light to the community with Sunday and Wednesday services on Facebook Live. One of several fascinating aspects of this is having visitors from all over the nation and the world, including a pastor from Uganda. Best of all its congregation can still be in “touch.”

Last week, the first drive-in service was held in the church parking lot. Pastor Brad Bean says that’s the plan as long as the weather cooperates. He adds they are “eager to once again meet inside” but grateful for ways to stay connected.

Food Bank doubling efforts

The Washington Food Bank, which operates out of the Village Church building, has been able to add an additional day of food distribution to the community.

Information about how it works is a call away to Deb Vannah at 409-9247 or washingtonfoodbankme@gmail.com or to Liz Grinnell at 845-2377 or elizabethagrinnell@gmail.com.

The Food Bank is a vital part of the Washington COVID-19 Response Team, which is still active. The town website includes a COVID-19 section. Check it out, and if anyone has a virus related need or question, contact the town office 845-2897.

Prescott Strong

Schools have been in the forefront of carrying on in the face of COVID-19, and Prescott Memorial is in the midst of it. Although schools are closed, there’s still teaching, lunch distributions and other duties.

Teacher appreciation observances won’t be in the usual way, but Prescott faculty and staff pulled together to celebrate by creating a special video for one of their own in the Ed Tech department, Jean Stephenson.

Stephenson's 80th birthday was during Teacher Appreciation Week prompting the effort. Jean has worked in RSU 40 since 1977 first as a secretary and then from 1992, as a tech with all but the first year students at Prescott Memorial.

She works with all grade levels planning and preparing materials to support students and teachers. She supervises lunch and recess every day. Stephenson also makes and sells crafts to benefit our student activity account.

Principal Nancy Stover of Prescott Memorial says the whole school staff and students are glad Stephenson is part of the Prescott family. Best of all, she isn't ready to retire anytime soon.

The video is an entertaining and endearing tribute to Jean as well as to all those who created it.

Pre-K and K School registration

Last week’s freezing temps and snow didn’t seem to herald school registration time, but here we are.

Pre-K and Kindergarten registration for Prescott Memorial in 2020-2021 start in the fall.

Pre-K information: A child must be four years old on or before Oct. 15, 2020, to be eligible to register for pre-K.

Kindergarten Information: A child must be five years old on or before Oct. 15, 2020, to be eligible to register for kindergarten. There are forms available on the school district website msad40.org to fill out for registering your child, or call the Prescott Memorial School office at 845-2424 to start the process.

Resilience and adaptation

It seems longer than several weeks that we’ve stayed home, minimized trips to the big stores, and generally kept our distance.

In some ways, though, it feels almost natural and, luckily, we’re getting almost all of what we need here in town. Linscott’s, Jackson’s Corner Store, Washington Auto Parts and Washington General Store have been open and doing their best to provide what residents need.

After distributors had shortages for a while, stocks are back up and even toilet paper is in stock. Hang on to the sense of humor and perspective!

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