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By Charlotte Henderson | Feb 01, 2019

Cabin fever reliever

If you wish you had a place to stretch your legs a little without dealing with the weather, here’s help. Our neighboring town of Somerville is making the gym at the RSU 12 superintendent's office (the former Somerville School on Route 105) available for walkers on school-day mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. If you go there to walk, ring the doorbell and Leslie, the secretary, will buzz you in. To keep the gym floor clean, please do not wear outdoor shoes anywhere in the gym. If schools are closed for any reason – holidays, storms, anything – the gym will be closed, too. For more information, call 549-3261; press 1 for the superintendent's secretary, Leslie. Many thanks to the folks at RSU 12 for this opportunity!

Historical Society

Washington Historical Society held its January meeting in the Bryant Room at Gibbs Library. Following a short business meeting, the group, including Tom Johnston, Linda and Ron Luce, Liz and Don Grinnell, Wendy Carr, Dorothy and Henry Sainio, Frank and Rhoda Gamage, Matt Kopishke, Kate Grinnell and Hazel Kopishke, went to work documenting present and former home sites on Liberty Road (Route 220) from the South Liberty town line to the village. Using Google Maps, tax maps, and the 1857 map, along with recollections from those present, they came up with an impressive document and many good stories about times past. Important assistance was derived from Burnell Overlock’s reference books, as well.

At the next WHS meeting Feb. 19 at Gibbs Library, work on the homestead locations will continue and will include Firs Road, McDowell Road and Dorman Road. Everyone is welcome at WHS meetings and guests with knowledge of this area are particularly invited to help with this project.

Give it some thought

There are just about two weeks remaining for us locals to step up and file to run for Washington Select Board. Wes Daniel’s term is up. That seat for a three-year term will be voted on Friday, March 29. Town meeting is the next day, Saturday, March 30. In order to run for Select Board, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, and a registered voter in the town. Candidates must file nomination papers which identify them, affirm that they will serve in the office for which they’re seeking election, and contain signatures of 25 qualified voters (or more, up to 100) who propose the candidate. The completed document must be returned to the Town Office by Feb. 13. On a personal note, I hope some good citizens will decide to run for our town council, which manages the business of the town. It’s important. Just sayin’.

Blueberry Fields public dinner

Blueberry Fields will present one of its special dinners Saturday, Feb. 9, the second Saturday of the month. This is the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. Reservations are required for monthly dinners. The choice of entrées is prime rib or seafood lasagna and dessert choice is cheesecake or brownie torte. The cost for dinner is $35 per person. For a $10 shrimp cocktail appetizer, include it with your reservation order. Champagne, wine, beer and limited mixed drinks are also available for purchase.

Brunch at Blueberry Fields

Blueberry Fields B&B offers Sunday Brunch every Sunday between 8 a.m. and noon. This meal is available through Mother’s Day (May 12), with the exception of Sunday, April 28. No reservations are needed for brunch. The brunch menu is a la carte with most individual dishes less than $10.

96th birthday for Connie Johnston

A birthday party to honor Connie Johnston will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the conference room of the Washington Fire Department on Old Union Road. No gifts. Details next week.

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