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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 13, 2019

Heritage Day in Razorville

Unintimidated by winds and rain, Washington Historical Society carried on its annual Heritage Day in Razorville Hall and the Town House across the road. Judging the pie contest was the first order of business. Suzie Taylor’s juicy blueberry pie was awarded the prize for best-tasting as judged by Sen. Dana Dow, Irene Hawes, and Judy Bragg. (Tough choice, if you ask me. They all looked yummy.) Slices of the pies went on sale after the judging. Visitors meandered between the two structures viewing recent additions to the collection, watching Patty Manson demonstrate spinning, and perusing specially organized volumes of photographs and documents. Soft drinks and hot dogs cooked up by Travis Perez were ready in time for lunch. The steady and genial stream of visitors made for a nice day in spite of the chilly weather.

Razorville Hall visitor Grevis Grinnell joked with WHS members Ron Luce and Don Grinnell that “it’s getting kinda crowded in here, isn’t it?” Don took that opening to explain that some portions of the museum will be moved to the Town House across the way (after it’s weather-tight and stable), making room for additional implements. And it was an opportunity to mention the soon-to-be-initiated fundraising campaign to finance necessary repairs to the Town House and other capital improvements. A membership to WHS is just $5, which gets you the annual newsletter, activity updates, and announcements of meetings and events. Of course, anyone can give more. The organization benefits from memberships in several ways. One is that most grant and other fund-seeking applications ask how many members an organization has.

For more information, contact WHS at P.O. Box 333, Washington ME 04574-0333; washingtonhistorical.org, washingtonhistorical@gmail.com.

Evening Star Harvest Supper

The annual Harvest Supper at Evening Star Grange, 130 Old Union Road, will be this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The meal features roasted turkey with all the trimmings and more. The Grangers always provide a delicious, old-fashioned square meal and desserts like nobody else, so make a plan to be there.

Impact 4 Hope

I received this message and want to pass it along in every way possible: The Washington Village Church is sponsoring “Impact 4 Hope” Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thompson Community Center, 31 South Union Road, Union.  The purpose of this event is to offer help to those addicted to opioids or alcohol and to prevent suicide or deadly overdoses. Village Church invites anyone to participate in this event by displaying literature, sharing information, offering resources or other means.

A church, a self-help group, drug counselor, rehab facility, is welcome to have a table to distribute information to those struggling with addiction. This is all the information I have at this writing. This event sounds very worthwhile and I’ll post more next week. Meanwhile, for more information, contact Pastor Brad Bean at 347-9477, or try emailing Impact4Hope2019@gmail.com.

Apple turnovers with book

The posters read: "Book Signing with Apple Turnovers. A book-signing with author Jean Feldeisen." Jean’s a 20-year resident of Washington and a private practice psychotherapist. To many of us, though, Jean is the nice lady who lives on an organic farm and bakes fabulous desserts. So, she’s refreshing our apple turnover memories by bringing some to share along with copies of her book to sign and sell. The event is Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library. In the tidy large-print paperback volume "Dear Milly: a love story 'til the end of time," Jean tells an old fashioned falling-in-love story through three generations. I especially enjoyed reading about the family getting through World War II with the details of everyday life and challenges. "Dear Milly" is a sweet read.

Book group discussion

This month’s reading is "Educated," by Tara Westover. The Gibbs book group will meet next Thursday, Sept. 19, to share thoughts on this memoir of a girl-becoming-woman’s journey to a Ph.D. from a school-less childhood in a fundamentalist family. The book for next month’s reading is "Unsheltered," by Barbara Kingsolver. Copies are available through Gibbs Library.

Yoga classes coming soon

Sarah Trapani, CYT, will be teaching a six-week yoga class at Prescott Memorial School Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting Sept. 25 and continuing through Oct. 30 under the auspices of the Washington Recreation Committee.. The six-week session will be $72. Registration forms are available on the Washington town website now. For more information, call or text Peg Hobbs, 790-0723, or email recreationwashingtonmaine@gmail.com. Class size is limited. More details next week.

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