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By Charlotte Henderson | Jul 12, 2019
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson A workman puts the finishing touches on the new roof at Washington Village Church.

Fourth of July

Fourth of July is certainly different things to different people. It was hot as the dickens, so I played in the water with a hose and cleaned my porch furniture. Others were haying out in the blazing sun, boating on the lake or diving in, traveling to relatives, or doing other activities. The folks at Blueberry Fields B&B decided to treat the community to a fabulous fireworks show, which is becoming a tradition here in our little town. Many thanks to Cyd and Debbie Zeigler for this special event free for the taking. You know, heart-swelling patriotism doesn’t seem to be a strong suit in U.S. these days. But this huge, beautiful land really is all those things in the song – mountains, seas, rivers and plentiful crops. And the hopes for justice and well-being for everybody – that plan our nation’s founders so daringly wrote down long ago – are still the hopes and aspirations of many. Enjoy the summer.

Other thank-yous

The fine arrangement of American flags along Liberty Road and Waldoboro Road that were set out this spring is a classy touch that is also becoming routine. Intrepid volunteers Dave Williams, Cyd Zeigler and Conor Gareau did the work this year, loading the flags into the back of a pickup, driving the route and shimmying up telephone poles (well, sort of) to insert the flags. Thank you, guys!

Strawberry Festival

The Ladies’ Guild Strawberry Festival enjoyed a steady flow of takers for all things strawberry last Saturday. The food was strawberry shortcake, pie and tarts plus lobster rolls, burgers and a great variety of other tasty treats. There were activities as well. Gardenia, the musical duo of Cindy Millar and Dick White, crafts, face-painting and games rounded out the event. Fortunately, inside the fire station it was relatively cool compared to the outside temps, which were in the 90s. Cindy Gould, the leader of the Ladies’ Guild, is happy with the event that carries on a 72-year run for the festival. She adds special thanks to the folks at Fresh Off the Farm who supplied strawberries, averting a change in schedule. Well done, everyone!

Italian supper

This Saturday, July 13, Evening Star Grange is presenting Italian Night, an array of homemade Italian dishes such as lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken Alfredo, and eggplant Parmesan. There will also be tasty vegetarian dishes. These are all served with fresh green salad and garlic bread and, as always with these great cooks, yummylicious desserts and your choice of beverages. The supper is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. This is a great chance to go out to eat fancy food at a reasonable price, get served by these women who treat you as special, and support this ambitious group that’s so often under the radar but always doing something.

Public pig roast supper

Come Saturday, July 20, the Masons of Mt. Olivet Lodge will present their 2019 pig roast supper. Starting at 5 p.m. they serve up the pork along with various summer salads, baked beans, biscuits, beverages and dessert, all for $15 for adults and $8 for children.

Village Church has new roof

The congregation of Washington Village Church has taken a proverbial leap of faith. They recently supported the trustees’ suggestion to go ahead with installing a new roof without being entirely sure about financing. Reasoning that replacing the roof now would avoid the expense of possible water damage if the old roof leaked, and knowing a new roof was inevitable, they committed themselves to finding a way and hiring it done. Last week, finishing touches were completed and a beautiful, long-lasting metal roof protects the structure begun in 1834. Everyone is welcome to Sunday services conducted by Pastor Brad Bean. Bravo, Village Church!

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