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By Charlotte Henderson | Oct 06, 2016

Barnes posted in Navy blog

Barbara Barnes let us know that her son, Petty Officer 3rd Class Allan Barnes, was cited in the August Navy Outreach Blog. Barnes is an electrician's mate aboard the USS Carter Hall, a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship operating out of Norfolk, Va. He was posted by Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lesley Lykins, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs. Barnes is a Washington native and 2012 Medomak Valley High School graduate. As an electrician’s mate, he is responsible for his ship's electrical system. “I feel I’m building my knowledge and learning more every day. I really like working with the LCACs [Landing Craft Air Cushion – a highly specialized hovercraft landing craft] that’s part of amphibious operations,” Allan Barnes said. “My job actually means something in the long run.” Allan is the son of Barbara and Paul Barnes.

Donations wanted for craft stash sale

The Minnie Weaver Scholarship Committee is planning a craft stash sale Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Evening Star Grange Hall. Minnie Weaver Scholarship volunteers are looking for all kinds of crafting items: all types and sizes of fabrics; all varieties of yarn – small or large amounts; knitting needles, embroidery needles or rings; patterns and pattern books; needlepoint supplies; craft kits; and whatever you might have to offer that someone else might like to add to their stash! Drop off items at the Gibbs Library before Oct. 27. For more information, call Hazel at 845-2760.

Farrar-Ross VFW recognized

Washington’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post – Farrar-Ross VFW Post 9437 – has achieved honors from the state VFW for increasing its membership over the past year. Farrar-Ross is first in the state of Maine, with a 104.25 membership percentage. Our local post has worked hard to bring in new members and keep up with traditional VFW services to veterans. Scott Whittier is commander of the local post.For more information  about VFW, see http://mainevfw.org/ or contact Scott at scott.whittier@yahoo.com or 390-5602.

WHS calendar

Washington Historical Society is now selling its 2017 calendars. The new calendar for 2017 features Washington schools over the years. The color cover showing the students posing in front of Prescott Memorial School on its 50th anniversary is delightful and other pages continue the Prescott story, along with photos and facts about our schools. The cost for the calendars is $10 and they are available here in town at Linscott’s, Jackson’s Corner Store, Washington General Store, and Gibbs Library. These calendars are useful and welcome for Washingtonites -- both here and far away -- and make great gifts.

Blueberry Fields October dinner

Blueberry Fields B&B is having its October public dinner Saturday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Entrée choices are pan-seared scallops or prime rib, along with all the gourmet-style accompaniments Deb and Cyd come up with. Reservations are required and can be made at blueberryfieldsbandb@gmail.com or 446-2794.

Food pantry benefit

A benefit supper for Washington Food Pantry is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Masonic Hall. The meal is either barbecued chicken or fried fish with accompaniments. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Little ones 2 years and under are free. All proceeds from the supper will help the Washington Food Pantry purchase turkeys for holiday meals for families in our community.

Our little food pantry does a big job with the help and support of the community. Let’s be as generous as we can. Attend the benefit if possible, and bring friends. If not, maybe send a check to Washington Food Pantry, c/o Mark Day, 81 Waldoboro Road, Washington, ME 04574. As always, non-perishable food donations can be dropped off in the special box at the Town Office. Mark Day and Cindy Parker, coordinators of the Washington Food Bank, send many thanks to the Masons for donating use of their facility for the fundraiser.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Everyone is invited to Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations coming up during October and November. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the city of Belfast will be recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day annually starting this year on the former Columbus Day holiday. As far as we know, these events – planned by the Belfast Creative Coalition – are the closest-to-us, and are free and open to the public.

This Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. the film “Frozen River,” will be shown at Belfast Free Library (106 High St., near the Co-op). "Frozen River," is a Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film about two indigenous women in a struggle for economic survival. We’ll have more on these events next time.

Open for breakfasts

Blueberry Fields B&B will be open to the public for breakfast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning Friday, Oct. 14.  Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m. those three days each week. No reservations required.

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