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By Charlotte Henderson | Jan 11, 2019

O, Christmas tree

I hope those of us who had (or have) a real Christmas tree will find a good use for it and not just toss it onto the burn pile. Every outdoor and gardening writer has already told us about those uses, so I won’t do that, but, if by chance you do decide to burn outdoors, remember the rules. In Washington, all outdoor fires require a written permit and can’t start until 5 p.m. (unless it’s raining or the ground is snow-covered).

To get a permit, you can visit a local fire warden (Ken Boisse or Tom Johnston) or get one free online at wardensreport.com. This website won’t let you fill out the form until 5 p.m. or after. Fill it out online and send it. Then print it so you can actually have the paper in hand when you burn, just in case someone checks on you. (I’ve never had anyone come by to see my actual permit – yet – I hope saying this doesn’t change my luck.) All this and more info is on the town website in the “How do I?” section.

Historical Society

The regular monthly meeting of Washington Historical Society is Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. During the cold winter months, the group meets on the lower floor of the Masonic Hall, 48 Liberty Road. WHS welcomes all with an interest in preserving the history and heritage of our community and working to protect items, documents and structures associated with our past. Everyone is invited to drop in at any meeting, get acquainted and find out more about WHS activities.

Washington book group

Bookish people will meet Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. This month’s book is "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry," by Rachel Joyce. To borrow a copy, contact Gibbs Library at 845-2661. Harold Fry is a rather dull, somewhat henpecked homebody whose life is changed when he decides to deliver a letter in person rather than by postal mail. The book was published in 2012 and was a nominee for the Man Booker Prize (an annual literary prize for the best original English language novel published in the UK).

This story warmed me through several chilly evenings! Readers are invited to mark a passage to read aloud to the group, as done by the readers in the Netflix film, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." For February, we will be reading "The Library Book," Susan Orlean's account of the 1986 fire that burned more than a million books in the Los Angeles Central Library. The group meets at Gibbs Library and everyone is welcome – even if you haven’t read the book, it’s OK to come listen to the discussion.

Postage to go up

The 1-ounce rate for first-class postage stamps will increase by five cents from 50 cents to 55 cents Jan. 27.

Blueberry Fields special meals

Blueberry Fields B&B is offering dinner this Saturday evening, Jan. 12. The entrée choice is prime rib or shrimp scampi. The cost for Blueberry Fields' sumptuous dinners is $35 per person and reservations are required. Call 446-2407. Blueberry Fields will be doing dinner on the second Saturday of each month through May. Deb and Cyd are also holding their Sunday Brunch every Sunday between 8 a.m. and noon from now through Mother’s Day, May 12. Reservations are not required for brunch, which is a la carte.

Back for the fun of it

The monthly movie and potluck supper at Palermo Community Center is starting the new year with some fun films for winter get togethers. Responding to requests for some lighter documentaries, the folks at Living Communities Foundation are showing three entertaining movies to keep us smiling while we get some facts. The first, to be shown on Friday, Jan. 25, is "If You're not in the Obits, EAT BREAKFAST." Comedian Carl Reiner, along with Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Stan Lee and Betty White shares secrets for enjoying every minute of life. Friday, Feb. 22, a compendium of recolored government propaganda clips from the '50s will be on the screen in "The Atomic Café."  It will show us what we were told back in the day when “duck and cover” was official safety advice – and much more. "The Kids Menu," coming up Friday, March 29, shows how childhood obesity is a symptom of a much larger issue that affects all of us.

All these presentations are free and open to the public. Each of these evenings begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper followed by the movie. The Palermo Community Center is at 630 Turner Ridge Road in Palermo. FMI: Connie at 993-2294.

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