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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 22, 2017

Food bank changes schedule

Washington Food Pantry is revising its schedule to make more efficient use of seasonal produce and other donations. The new pickup day is the first Wednesday of the month – changed from the third Wednesday. The upcoming dates are: Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Efforts are under way to inform everyone of the change, so share the information if you can. Washington Food Pantry is a project of Washington Village Church, and is partially supported by the town of Washington. It is also supported with goods and/or funds by the Village Church, Evening Star Grange, the Ladies’ Guild and many other organizations and individuals.

To round out the store of supplies, Food Pantry volunteers purchase foodstuffs from outlets such as Good Shepherd Food Bank and other markets that can offer good-quality, low-cost food. The Washington Food Pantry is located at the Village Church, 33 Liberty Road (routes 220 and 105 just north of the town center). The hours will be 7:30 to 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month starting Oct. 4. To make a donation, address your letter to Washington Food Pantry, P.O. Box 315, Washington ME 04574. The Food Pantry is very grateful to the corps of volunteers who help with the work required to make their program available to our community.

Fall Equinox – September song

At exactly 4:02 p.m.  EDT Friday, Sept. 22, the Northern Hemisphere will experience the autumnal equinox. This is the day when daytime and nighttime are just about equal and the sun sets just about due west. We say “just about” because these are not precisely, specifically exact but I’m just not sure of the mechanics of the thing.

However, this date absolutely does mark the astronomical beginning of autumn hereabouts and it happens at just about 4:02 p.m. on Sept. 22. There is a huge body of scientific data, as well as folklore, about the equinox and many communities have special events to mark it. To my knowledge, Washington does not, but the Palermo Community Center observes the solstices and equinoxes with a Drum Ceremony.

PCC conducts 8,000 Drums

The Palermo Community Center is observing an 8,000 Drums Ceremony  Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a potluck harvest feast. This event is for all people who wish to participate in a ceremony based on an ancient Toltec (indigenous people of Mexico) prophesy, “When 8,000 drums sound together, then an intense healing of the Earth shall commence.” The PCC has conducted the Drum for many years in sync with groups in 192 countries worldwide. Everyone is welcome to join in.

There’s information about this at 8000drums.org/ and other sites around the internet. (It takes a little prowling around.) Somehow, getting 8,000 people on the same wavelength at the same time sounds intriguing. The Palermo Community Center is at 22 Veteran’s Way in Palermo (opposite the ballfield on Turner Ridge Road). You'll see the electric sign. For more information, call Connie at 993-2294.

New pastor to be welcomed

Washington Village Church will hold a “meet and greet” for Brad Bean, its recently named pastor, Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. Bean, who was called to service at the church several weeks ago, is now recovered from a motorcycle accident that sidelined his arrival. Everyone is invited to meet Pastor Brad, as he is known, and his wife, Laurie, for a service of gratitude followed by a light lunch and time for fellowship.

Contemporary Christian music will be provided by Ricki George, who was recently featured at the Gunstock, N.H., SoulFest. The Village Church is grateful to area congregations and the local community for their prayers of support during their search for a pastor.

Tonight’s book discussion

The Gibbs adult book discussion group will meet this evening (Thursday, Sept. 21) at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library to talk about “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. The meetings are free and open to the public. The books we talk about are available through the library. Everyone is welcome to sit in on the discussions. We only ask that, if you have not read the book, you listen to readers’ comments before commenting or asking questions.

Plant sale surplus available

The perennials and house plants sale last Saturday had something for everyone with a grand variety of plants. They had ‘em all – from peonies to echinacea, from viburnum to hostas and everything between. The Gibbs Library Board of Trustees thanks the community of local gardeners who supported the sale, area businesses Moose Crossing, Beth’s Farm Market, Barley Joe Farm Greenhouse, and Sharon Turner at Great Gardens, the crew of dedicated volunteers who worked so hard, and all the people who came, and saw, and purchased.

It turns out that there are some plants remaining from the 350-plus the sale opened with and they need homes asap. Good news is that plant sale organizers are planning to expand the sale next year to include garden ornaments and statuary. To find out more about these plants or are willing to help with the next plant sale project, contact Kathy Ocean or Peg Hobbs at Gibbs 845-2663. And, thank you again, everyone.

Bess and the bikes

Bess the Book Bus and a Bike Drawing Party will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Gibbs Library.

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