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By Charlotte Henderson | Oct 12, 2018

Candidates at Gibbs

Coffee with the Candidates welcomes Democrat Laura Fortman and Independent Jeff Evangelos Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Gibbs Library. Fortman is seeking election in Senate District 13 and Evangelos in House District 91, the districts that include our little town. Everyone is welcome to come talk with Jeff and Laura, share concerns and hear their views. Jeff and Laura are the only candidates for the Legislature who scheduled meetings here. There will be coffee, juice and little muffins from the General Store.

Baker’s alert for Fall Festival

Bakers are invited to join in the fun as Washington Village Church presents a Fall Festival this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. For kids, there will be two bouncy houses, face-painting and pumpkins to decorate. Adults and children can enjoy hotdogs, popcorn, snow cones and soft drinks. Everything is free and all are welcome to come as the church shows its thanks to the community. The pie-baking contest is for either apple or pumpkin pie. Bakers should have their pies at the church after 10 a.m., but no later than 1 p.m. Pies will be judged and then sliced and served to guests. Again, the whole affair is free and there’s a good time for everybody. Rain date is Oct. 20. The Village Church is just north of the village on Route 220 (Liberty Road). FMI, call Sue at 845-2729.

Trunks needed for Halloween

Trunk or Treat is a community Halloween event to provide a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters. Volunteers create a decorated trunk (the trunk of their car) with giveaway treats and park their vehicles in the well-lit village center area around the fire station. Youngsters go trick-or-treating among the trunks with lots of parents and volunteers around to make sure everything is safe and sane. This year Trunk or Treat is Saturday, Oct. 27. Volunteers are what makes this event work. If you can host a trunk in a couple of weeks, contact Missy Vigue at 458-5757 or missy@medolak,.com.

The evening goes something like this – Park and decorate cars and load trunks between 5 and 5:30 p.m. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., the Grange offers a free child-themed supper for kids. Participants in trick-or-treat start from the Grange at about 5:30 p.m. for Trunk or Treat. The activities close at 7:30 p.m. Contact Missy if you can help make this another fun family event. (I have fun strolling around taking photos and checking out costumes, so I guarantee there’s fun.)

Walkers to hike Clarry Hill

The Washington Monday Walkers will be hiking Clarry Hill in Union Monday, Oct. 15, for their once monthly trail outing. Everyone is welcome to take part in the hike. Walkers will meet at Gibbs Library at 9 a.m. to carpool to Clarry Hill. The trail takes hikers up and over blueberry barrens, then briefly dips down into the woods and ends at the Medomak River. This turn-around hike is easy to moderate and is approximately 2.5 miles round-trip.

There are stunning views from the fields which, themselves, are richly colorful at this time of year. Monday Walkers meet every Monday at 9 a.m. at Gibbs Library. The first, second and fourth Mondays, we walk the Bill Luce Road to McDowell and back, a total of 3 miles. The third Monday of the month, we hike on a local land trust trail. All are encouraged to walk at their own pace and distance. The Monday Walkers Group is sponsored by the Washington Recreation Committee. FMI: Call Peg Hobbs. 845-2900 (land line, no texting).

Historical Society

Washington Historical Society has acquired a photo printer and other equipment to help assure proper care and storage of photos and archival documents. The purchases were made possible by a grant from the Knox County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, for which WHS is very grateful. At its next meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 16, the group will confirm plans for meetings and programs in the coming year. Coming right up is a trip to Penobscot Marine Museum to view photo exhibits, which include many pictures from Washington. WHS will also continue to document locations of past and present homes, focusing this year on Route 220 from South Liberty to the village. It has gotten too chilly to meet at Razorville Hall, so WHS meetings will be at the downstairs meeting room at the Masonic Hall on Liberty Road. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be a member to attend meetings.

Flu clinic available at Prescott

Prescott Memorial School is one of the RSU 40 schools offering flu shot clinics during October. Community members as well as students may get their flu shots at Prescott on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 18. Call the school secretary (845-2424) if you are planning to come to obtain your vaccine and be sure to bring your insurance information or pay the cost, which is $40.

Book group

Graphic novel "Maus, A Survivor's Tale," by Art Spiegelman is the selection for discussion at the Gibbs Book Group Thursday, Oct. 18. The graphic format is still new to me, but absorbing and reminiscent of (horrors, dare I say?) classic comics. Still there’s nothing comical about this story, which won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. It’s sure to bring a lively conversation. Everyone is welcome to the book group. Join us anytime, one time, or all times. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Gibbs Library.

Coming up

Variety Show at Evening Star Grange, Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

Mt. Olivet Lodge public roast pork supper, Saturday, Oct. 20, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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