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By Charlotte Henderson | Jul 28, 2020

Historical Society 2021 calendars

The 2021 Washington Historical Society calendars are back from the printers and available in some locations around town – Gibbs Library, Washington General, Linscotts’s and others.

The theme for 2021 is “Once in Washington” and features photos of places that are gone from our scene today. WHS is asking a $10 donation for a calendar and the photos alone are well worth it. This project has helped a lot of us learn about our little town over these years of its publication. Lots of members contribute to the calendar with photos, tidbits of information, and ideas but the bulk of the composition is by Hazel Kopishke and Liz Grinnell.

Thank you to them and the whole historical society for making town history interesting and fun in small doses. If you want to get more acquainted with Washington’s past, visit the WHS office or come to a meeting (still distancing and masking). Contact WHS at washingtonhistorical@gmail.com, Hazel at 845-2760 or Liz at 845-2377.

One loon chick seen

After talking about the pair of loon chicks observed on Washington Pond, I’m sad to report that there seems to be only one now. Lots of things can happen to these little creatures. While they are very nimble in the water, they are clumsy on land and can be easy prey to predators like eagles, raccoons, snapping turtles and even good-sized fish. They can be injured or entangled in something. So, no one knows right now why it’s missing.

From several locations, not just on Washington’s lakes, you can hear the unique loon calls. By this time of year, the young ones are becoming independent and their parents aren’t so attentive. The fact remains, though, that watching loons is fun for people, but not so much for the loons, so give them their “personal space” when on the water.

Two headlines

Beside each other on an online news page:

1. "A Black 14-year-old offered a stranger a doughnut. He was bombarded with racial slurs."

2. "Antique store owner surprises musical customer with gift of old piano."

I wondered whether the layout person noticed the irony. One boy gets clobbered for his good intention, the other young man gets rewarded. The boy just offered a doughnut to a passerby. The young man played a piano in a used furniture store. Black boy, white passerby. Black young man, white store owner.

Who will know the outcomes? The next pedestrian might have said thank you. Another store owner might have said, “get out of here.” That’s the way it is these days – now that we are hearing all the stories. Good thing? Depends on what we all make of it.

Broader horizons from COVID-19?

With all the events, activities and institutions affected by responses to the coronavirus, it seems to me that life has been thrown into the blender and completely mixed up.

Strangely, though, at the same time, it seems as though there’s time to observe “little things” and do some things pulled off the back burner. I’ve been interested in the environment all my life and participated in numerous organizations. Now, with the revitalization of racial justice advocacy, I got interested in the conversations about elitism in the mainstream groups.

Lo and behold, the Sierra Club, the oldest conservation group in the country, is recognizing its own biases. The current club magazine includes their statement at sierraclub.org/sierra/racism-killing-planet.

Obviously, this isn’t Washington news but national – maybe international – because awareness seems to be spreading that maybe some things really do need to be different in our country. Mmmm, I can ponder that while I dust off the long delayed mending I’ve collected for a year. Grasp and enjoy the middle of summer before it flies on by.

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