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By Charlotte Henderson | Aug 30, 2019

Gibbs reading party tonight

Gibbs Library is celebrating the summer reading program and welcoming Bess the Book Bus this afternoon, Aug. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. This event combines the awarding of bicycles by the Mt. Olivet Masons’ Bikes for Books Program and a visit from Bess the Book Bus.. Every year the Masons give away six bicycles to lucky book readers from the summer reading program. Then, the book bus gives books to children, who can just go in and pick a book. Bess is a remarkable vehicle with a great backstory who travels all over the country giving away books to kids of all ages. There’s ice cream and other activities that’ll make a bustling bunch of fun with, and for, kids. If you haven’t seen Bess the Book Bus, it’s worth a little trip to Gibbs Library to give it a gander. The whole affair starts at 4 p.m. today.

Youth Soccer signups

The Youth Soccer Program that Washington Recreation Department delivers to young children introduces the kids to the game of soccer. They learn how to play as part of a team and, most importantly, they have fun. Youth Soccer Program signups start the first week of school. Grades three through six sign up at Gibbs Library Bryant Room next Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Grades PreK through two sign up at Gibbs Monday, Sept. 9, between 5 and 6:30 p.m.

The program costs $20 for one child in a family of Washington residents and $10 for the second; $30 is the family limit. For nonresidents, the cost is $25 for the first child and $15 for the second. For more information: text Alison Leavitt at 505-5650. The Youth Soccer Program needs a volunteer coach for the PreK through grade 2 team. A couple of assistant coaches to help keep this skill-building program staffed will be most welcome.

Upcoming pie contest needs pies!

The pie contest has become one of the favorite features of Washington Historical Society’s Heritage Day, which is Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a cash prize for the winner of the best-tasting pie according to the judges’ taste buds. Bring your tastiest pies for a chance to win. Pies must be on site by 10 a.m. After judging is done, slices of pie will be sold for $3, including a drink. The pie contest, along with crafting demonstrations, live music, expanded exhibits and a hot dog stand will make for a fun and informative Heritage Day. It all takes place at Razorville Hall, 264 Razorville Road, here in Washington.

Jean Feldeisen’s first book

Coming up Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 5  to 7 p.m. is a book signing at Gibbs Library with Jean Feldeisen and her book, "Dear Milly: a love story 'til the end of time." Save the date and time to come celebrate with our fellow Washingtonite as she introduces her first book. More info is coming in the next weeks.

Maine All Care

MaineAllCare.org is a Maine-based nonprofit organization established in 2010 to promote creation of a publicly funded health care coverage plan for all Maine residents. It would be efficient, fair to all, financially sound and non-political. I first learned about it at a presentation at Gibbs Library a few years ago. The thing that impressed me most back then was a film the visitors from Maine All Care showed us. A businessman reviewed the costs of health insurance for his employees through an insurance company plan compared to a cooperative plan this firm developed for itself. His business did much better without the “help” of an insurance company. Check out maineallcare.org and facebook.com/MaineAllCare/ if you want to know more. They’ll have a booth at Common Ground Fair next month. Meanwhile, if you have an opinion or want to help, let them know.

I didn’t know that!

Honey is the only food that includes all the essential elements necessary to sustain life. It includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water. Honey can also be preserved indefinitely. How about that!

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