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By Charlotte Henderson | Aug 04, 2017
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson Bidders crowd around silent auction tables to make their final offers on items up for grabs at the Third Annual Community Auction in Washington last weekend.

Third auction packs the house

The Third Annual Community Auction presented more than100 live auction items and innumerable silent auction offerings last Saturday to benefit 11 Washington nonprofits. Parking near the fire station was at a premium and scores of people came early to peruse the live auction displays, as well as silent auction tables for each of the participating groups.

Every seat was filled by the time auctioneer Tom Johnston began hawking items. He sustained a rapid pace throughout the evening. Thanks go out to the many people who played a role in making the Community Auction a huge success for the third year. Participating organizations included Washington Historical Society, Washington Ladies’ Guild, Minnie Weaver Scholarship Committee, Washington Scholarship Committee, Prescott School Parent-Teacher Group, West Washington Cemetery Association, Evening Star Grange, Gibbs Library, Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club, Washington Village Church, and Washington Fire Department Auxiliary. These groups wish to thank everyone who participated in the event by donating items, working on the auction mechanics, and, of course, bidding.

Road race open to all

The Washington Challenge 5-K and Fun Run will be held this Sunday, Aug. 6, at Prescott Memorial School, 100 Waldoboro Road. Registrations are open from 7 to 8 a.m., with the Fun Run starting at 9 a.m. The Fun Run is about one mile starting at the school, circling down the hill, around the monument in the village and back up the hill to the school. The 5-K begins just after the completion of the Fun Run. The hilly 5-K course goes down the hill, past the Village Monument and out Bill Luce Road to a marker where runners turn back and return to the school. There’s always a cheering section to greet them.

A registration fee of $1 is requested to enter the Fun Run. $5 is the entry for the 5-K, with a $10 family max. As always, there are door prizes and medals in age-based categories. For more information, contact Peg at 845-2900. The annual Washington Challenge, sponsored by the Washington Recreation Committee, always draws a diverse group or runners and we look forward to watching this year’s race.

1857 Washington maps on sale

First-edition color reproductions of the 1857 town of Washington map are now available from Washington Historical Society. The maps feature local landmarks, road names, family names and other interesting details. The colorful maps measure 20 inches by 30 inches and are printed on art paper suitable for framing.

The Washington map was extracted and enhanced by Debi Stephens of Out of the Past in Montville from an 1857 official map of Lincoln County. The maps can be ordered by contacting the Historical Society at washingtonhistorical@gmail.com or calling Hazel at 845-2760. The maps are $40 each, unframed.

In the near future, maps are expected to be on hand at their museum at during open times. The next open day at Razorville Hall, 264 Razorville Road, is Saturday, Aug. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to come investigate the new additions to the WHS collection in this remarkable museum.

And when the day's events were all over, Washington firefighters maneuvered their six behemoths back into the fire station on Old Union Road last Saturday. The huge fire service vehicles wait at the ready just outside during events regularly held in the station. Many thanks to Chief Phil Meunier and his great crew (Photo by: Charlotte Henderson)
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