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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 14, 2018
Courtesy of: Hazel Kopishke The historical society museum, Razorville Hall, looms large as half the volunteer paint crew –– Wendy Carr, Rhoda Gamage, Norman Casas, Don Grinnell and Frank Gamage – tackles one side. With other painters – Frank Campbell, Hazel Kopishke, Liz Grinnell, Bonny Tubbs, Sandra Grinnell, and Frank and Rhoda Gamage – they worked most of the day to get the new siding protected before winter.

Waste management talk at Vose

Dave Stanley, manager of Tri-County Solid Waste Management Organization, will speak at Vose Library, 392 Common Road, Union, Wednesday, Sept. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. He will describe the operation of the facility, with its improvements and upgrades. He’ll also talk about the current (and ever-changing) state of recycling in the bigger picture. John Shepard, chairman, and other members of the organization’s board of directors, will be on hand, too.

I often think of the garbage barge that famously floated around the world trying to find a place to dispose of its trash. Things are gradually changing and our transfer station crew is mastering the complicated methods of recycling. It’s interesting to know just where stuff goes as it is guided away from landfills and the ocean and how area collaborations work. There will be a question-and-answer time. Today’s transfer stations are definitely not your father’s dump.

Flag lesson at school

Students at Prescott Memorial had a surprise speaker at their opening assembly when Commander Scott Whittier of Farrar-Ross VFW Post lead the whole school in the Pledge of Allegiance. He related some of the history of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He described some of the difficulties veterans might be facing today and how the VFW can help them. As the assembly broke and students went to classrooms, Whittier met with the sixth-graders, who are responsible for raising the flag each school day. They all went outside and he demonstrated “flag etiquette” – the correct way to raise and lower the flag. He also explained the proper order in which to raise flags when more than one is to be shown. With the training they received, Prescott sixth-graders are now prepared to continue the time-honored tradition of raising and lowering the flag at school each day with the respect it deserves. Thank you to Whittier and the students.

Monday Walkers group resumes Oct. 1

Monday Walkers are on furlough Mondays, Sept. 17 and 24. Walkers will resume Monday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. The group meets at Gibbs Library to walk on Bill Luce Road to McDowell Road and back to the library. The total distance is three miles. Walkers are encouraged to choose a distance and a pace that is comfortable for them. There are social and safety benefits from walking with a group, so keep Monday Walkers in mind. Remember, there are no Monday walks Sept. 17 and 24, and a reminder will be coming for Oct. 1.

Masons serve up supper

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge will present a public roast turkey supper this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu is roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls, dessert and coffee, tea or punch. The cost is adults $10 and children $5. As usual, there are free hot dogs and chips for kids. Mt. Olivet Lodge is a quarter-mile north of Washington Village on Route 220, Liberty Road.

New look at museum

Razorville Hall’s fresh new clapboards got a coat of Weston’s Flax Yellow last weekend from Washington Historical Society members, who spent a long day doing the job. No one (unless, maybe, you?) seems to know what color the original town house was. Back in 1837, a structure was ordered built “like the one in Jefferson” to be the town’s business office and, fortunately, there are a few photos, but no color images. At a recent WHS meeting, the discussion got around to what color the museum should be painted. They wondered what color it might have been and several thought white, which was common at the time.

At that point, Frank Campbell commented that he’d hate to tell people to look for the white building because so many structures on Razorville Road are already white. Then and there it was decided to choose a shade of yellow, and that led to the color samples being posted. According to HistoricIpswich.com, color paint using earth-based pigments was certainly available in the 1830s and yellow was popular. In the end, Weston’s Flax got the most checkmarks on the sample display and the choice was completed. And it’s perfect. Razorville Hall is a valuable asset to our town and houses a collection of items that help tell our little town’s story. Be proud of it. Thank you, WHS!

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