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By Charlotte Henderson | Jan 09, 2014

Snow and cold = talk of the town

With a snowy deep freeze influencing everything about the last couple of weeks, many of us simply hunkered down. Others, though, went off for holiday visits or other travels. We ventured off to New York State to spend New Year’s Eve and day with family. Not a drop of snow there — just an hour or so north of New York City. It was very cold, though, and the drive back home on snowy Jan. 2 was a nerve-wracking, white-knuckler all the way although incident free. We’re proud to say that Maine roads were in comparatively great shape and Washington roads better than many in the area. Many thanks to all the people who are working out there in this challenging climate to keep us safe on the roads.

Resolved to get involved?

At this New Year we’ll mention some of the on-going events and meeting times. Gibbs Library Trustees meet on the first Monday at 7 p.m. and visitors are welcome at their meetings. The Fire Department (always welcoming visitors and potential volunteers) meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Fire House Conference Room (side entrance) and almost every Monday night there’s a bunch of guys there for training, maintenance, etc. The Grange meets on the third Monday at 7 p.m. VFW meets second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. at the hall on Razorville Road. The second Tuesday of the month is the Snowmobile Club’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the Fire House. The third Tuesdays are the Historical Society at 7 p.m. at their resource room in the Masonic Lodge. Every Wednesday, the Select Board meets at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. The Washington Lakes Association meets quarterly on the second Monday at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room with the next meeting being this coming Monday, Jan. 13. Our town also has an active community church, Masonic Lodge, and Parent Teachers Group at Prescott School. If there are others to list, please let us know. Please. If you need help getting more information about any of these local organizations or want to find out about other interests, send us an email or call and we’ll provide a list for you.

Nomination papers for local office

Nomination papers — the documents that one submits in order to run for an office in town government — are available at the town office for a three-year Select Board seat and a two-year opening on the Regional School Unit 40 board member. The filing deadline to return the lists of signatures is Tuesday, Feb. 4. The nomination papers must contain between 25 and 50 (no less, no more) signatures of qualified registered Washington voters and be delivered in person. Successful applicants will be on the ballot for the March 21 election at town meeting time later this spring.

Dog licenses due

If you haven’t already licensed your dog, you have until the end of the month to get it done. All dogs older than 6 months must be licensed by Jan. 31. A Maine rabies certificate is required for licensing. The fee for a spayed or neutered dog is $6 and for non-spayed or non-neutered ones $11. There is a late fee of $25 if the license isn’t obtained by Jan. 31.

Farmers market for January

The Washington Grange Farmers Market will set up shop at the Grange Hall this Saturday, Jan.11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for monthly buying from local vendors. Grange members offer lunch items to eat in or to go for market patrons. This endeavor has a lot of potential so check it out if you can, get to know the local growers and producers, and be part of its future! See you there.

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