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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 10, 2020

Kids’ soccer so far...

The soccer season is taking it step by step. Peg Hobbs of Washington Recreation Committee reports that our soccer depends on what other schools are doing and mandates from Maine Principals Association and, of course, is affected by continually changing circumstances.

It turns out that soccer is considered a high-risk sport, because it includes physical contact and a shared ball. The tentative plan at this time is that there will be soccer for only Pre-K to second grade. Sign-ups are tentatively scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside Gibbs Library.

This will be done first come, first served and the number of players is limited. For Washington residents the cost if $5 per child. Non-residents $15 per child. Participants and spectators will be expected to use six-foot distancing and, because the space is small, spectator numbers are limited to immediate family.

The tentative first practice Saturday, Sept. 19. 9 to 10 a.m. The Recreation Committee, the town, the schools, really everybody’s first concern is health and safety. But also, they want to offer sport basics like skill-building drills and team-based practice (with physically distanced activities). So, the search is on for ways to meet both goals. The now-common precautions apply.

Stay home if participating child, parent, or anyone in your household has within the past two weeks has had contact with person with Covid-19, chills or fever, cough or shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell, headache, fatigue or diarrhea.

Watch Washington Facebook page for further info or text Alison Leavitt at 505-5650.

Marr Cemetery talk

Washington native Cheryl Swift will be leading a public cemetery walk at Marr Cemetery at noon Saturday, Sept. 12. Marr Cemetery is just two miles west from Washington Village on Razorville Road on Route 105.

Cheryl Swift has a lifelong interest in local history and is an experienced researcher and historian. One of her accomplishments is a collection of cemetery histories – with dates, documents, anecdotes and photos – for many of Washington’s burial grounds. These handsome scrapbooks are housed at Washington Historical Society’s office. Cheryl is an entertaining and knowledgeable guide.

Everyone is welcome to come to this tour, which is part of WHS Open House.

Historical Society Tour

Washington Historical Society will present Open House Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 3 p.m. Both Razorville Hall, the museum and the Old Town House building will be open for visits.

Razorville Hall continues to grow as more items are accepted and documented and perusing the collection always leads to new discoveries about this town and its people. The Old Town House is being renovated and will enable more flexibility for WHS programs and events.

The public is invited to see the exhibits and say hello to members who make it all possible. Their website is

Wanna be in Show Biz?

The Variety Show, Evening Star Grange’s annual revue of local acts including music, comedy, skits and well, you never know – is coming up in just a month Friday, Oct. 9. The fun starts at 7 p.m. It will be held inside at the Grange’s spacious upstairs auditorium so there’s plenty of room for separated seating.

There is a lift always available for those who can’t do stairs. Masks and hand-sanitizer will be required. (Please bring your own mask if you can.) No food or refreshments, this time, but lots of smiles (and occasional friendly groans). All family appropriate acts are invited to contact Mildred Melgard about being included in the show. Sing, dance, tell clean jokes, play an instrument, do a magic act or something else – dream up your own gig.

Mildred Melgard (845-3102) can give you all the details on how to be part of this annual show. The playbill will be created Sept. 30, so make that call and get your act together, really!

See you there!

Tip of the hat to Jackson’s

Having done a lot of running-the-roads in the last few weeks, I want to say thank you to Jackson’s Corner Store for holding their gas prices consistently this summer. They are often the best price anywhere around. Jackson’s is part of the well-rounded services offered here in our little town with tons of items, food, and our only gas pump.

Thanks to them and all the businesses which make our little town a good place to be.

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