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By Charlotte Henderson | May 23, 2014

Memorial Day in our little town

A Memorial Day observance will be held here in Washington on Monday morning, May 26. From 9 to 9:45 a.m. coffee and muffins will be served for all veterans and their families at Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge. A video, "Tribute to the Flag," will be shown. Following that, everyone is invited to gather at the Town Monument at 10 a.m. Selectman Don Grinnell will welcome visitors and emcee during replacement and folding of the town flag by Brodie and Logan Vigue, a recitation of the Gettysburg Address by MVHS senior Cyril Miller and placement of a wreath by members of Farrar-Ross VFW Post. Lorrie Kniesner will play and sing “God Bless America” followed by a closing benediction by Pastor Tim Lewis. Memorial Day, sometimes called Decoration Day referring to the custom of decorating graves, originated at the end of the Civil War to honor all those who died in that conflict. Now it’s a national holiday to honor the memory of men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces, and many families honor all deceased loved ones on this day. Please join us Monday morning for this meaningful ceremony.

Town flags up for season

Handsome American flags are flying in the breezes from telephone poles along Route 220 from Sweet Season Café to Prescott Memorial School. It’s good to see them back. We can thank Cyd and Debbie Zeigler, whose brainstorm instigated the decorating back around Bicentennial time and this summer’s flag group guys who are doing the work: Dave Williams, Sean Donaghy and Steve Melgard. The flags will be up along our “main drag” until just after Labor Day.

All’s swell that ends well

In spite of Mother Nature’s downpours last Saturday, events in the village – Gibbs Library’s Giant Yard and Sale, the Grange Breakfast, Farmers’ Market, and Masons’ Public Supper – went on with cheerful resolve and ultimate success. Many, many thanks go out to all the people involved for their hard work. A special note of appreciation to the plant sale folks who worked outside in the deluges and made us laugh as they turned in their soaking wet money.

Princess and the Pea

Friday, May 23, Prescott Memorial School is presenting their annual stage show. This year’s play, "The Princess and the Pea," is the finale of a week of work with Children’s Stage Adventures during which students learn various aspects of stage show production, learn roles and songs, and make it happen all within five days. The presentation is open to the public at Prescott School Gym at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Good deal: A family ticket is just $12 so, do the math, and make a plan to come see this fun and funny show.

Post Office hours to change

Following a lengthy assessment process by the U.S. Postal Service, Washington Post Office window hours – starting Saturday, June 14 – will be 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The lobby will be open for mailbox access during the midday break and one-half hour after the window closes at end of day. The new hours reflect responses to the USPS survey all Washington postal patrons received. An amazing 36 percent of the surveys were returned with all but a handful of them preferring an adjustment in hours over re-locating the office.

Winners of the May 10 VFW Post 9437 Raffle

Troy-Bilt Generator- Dante Marr; Two cords wood cut- split and delivered- Dean and Beth Bartlett; One cord wood- Zelma Williams; Crowning Touch Gift Certificate- Marilyn Winters; Picnic Cooler- Edna Denoncourt; Seat Cover- Janet King; Karen Boynton Reflexology G.C.- Joanne Luce; CARS Oil Change & Filter- Loring Ripley; Come Spring G.C.- Don Penderton; Come Spring G.C.- Stan Harding; 2 Pizzas, Four Corner Variety- Rich Bouchard; Hannaford G.C.- Earl Hewes; Medomak River Trading Post G.C.- Judy Good; Union Stoneware G.C.- Lisa Gillespie; Appleton Ridge Pet Care dog shampoo- Chris Armstrong; B&M Market G.C.- Janet King; Common Market G.C.- Ruth Kirkpatrick; Italian Basket from Roselyn’s Outpost - Charlotte Henderson; Box made of apple wood- John Anderson; Common House of Pizza- Buster Percival; Bird Feeder- Ken Boisse/Tracy Taylor; Seed Starter Kit- John Abbot; Mossy Oak incense warmer- Chris Armstrong. Everyone at Farrar-Ross Post appreciates the community’s interest and support for this cause and sends out a heartfelt thank you.

Library re-purpose workshop

Recently Gibbs Library hosted a workshop with Kate Cutko, the library director at Bowdoinham Public Library. She spoke about how a successful and ongoing fundraising effort evolved from “re-purposing” items in her library’s attic. Kate joked that she hoped to save the world through weeding out attic “junk,” repurposing all that ephemera, empowering volunteers, inspiring creativity and raising money. A self-declared craft junkie, Kate showed how investing in a few special tools helped volunteers turn old books, library cards, and other ephemera from the attic into saleable creations. The project appeals to a variety of age groups and hobby interests. A personal highlight was the hands-on segment (two hours of the three-hour workshop) during which this super-klutz actually made a small box, and a paper flower which made my day! To find out more about her project, contact Kate at 666-8405.

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