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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 15, 2020

Two Rock Ridge harvest time

The time is here to reap the rewards of a long season of hard work. After several years of planning and trying different strategies for their farm, Jeff and Stephanie Grinnell are feeling they’ve found the right formula as they harvest acres and acres of pumpkins and another acres and acres of specialty varieties of potatoes.

They also produce maple syrup (personal use and for sale) from sap collected from trees on their own multi-acre farm. They “homestead” as much as they can, which means living as self-sufficiently as possible.

Like many farmers, Jeff and Stephanie both have day jobs. He is a lieutenant with Scarborough fire department. Stephanie is a journalist and works for the Town of Washington. Their four children are grown now so they are more focused on securing their corner of the world by continually learning and adapting their farm on Rockland Road. Two Rock Ridge Farm is one of the many and diverse types of farm operations in our bucolic little town.

Masons Curbside Supper

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge will hold a public “Curbside to Go” Roast Turkey Supper this Saturday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Menu includes roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, homemade rolls and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

To minimize contact, payment by check is preferred, check payable to Mount Olivet Lodge. No meals are served inside the dining room. Just drive around to the back of the building, and one of those friendly Masons will help you. These take out suppers are working out well for our local groups. Many thanks to everyone who patronizes them and helps make things work in Covid times.

Mt. Olivet Lodge is just a quarter mile up the hill from Washington Village on Route 220 (Liberty Road).

Summer’s end... maybe not

Washington Recreation Committee reports that the Public Access at Washington Pond seems to have been used this season more than past summers. Cooling pit stops on the way home from work, family swims, and carry-in boat excursions remind us all that this town-owned property is a great asset to our community.

The Rec’ Committee sponsored a port-a-potty during the summer season, some new signage was added and, in general, it has been appreciated. One caution is that the poison ivy seems to be still potent, so please pay attention.

September and October are great outdoor months so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy some paddling and enjoying the foliage out of this spot, too.

Grange finale supper

Evening Star Grange will have its last public supper for this year next week Saturday, Sept. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The menu is meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, peas and dessert. All for $10 per person.

Grangers will be directing traffic in the parking lot. Just remain in your car, follow their directions, pay and pick up your delicious meals in one easy maneuver.

Tax Club plan available

If your property taxes are more than $500, you are eligible to join the Washington Tax Club. The club plan allows you to budget out the tax bill with a monthly amount paid into the club over each of ten months.

Contact the town office for more information at 845-2897. The deadline for signing up and making the first payment is Thursday, Oct. 1.

Nag, nag, nag

The whole point of all the plans and schemes for voting Nov. 3 without going to the voting place in person is to get people to vote in coronavirus times. At our house we have received over 20 different pieces of mail urging us to get our absentee ballot. (Jere’s done it, thanks.)

If you want to plop on your mask and go to the polls as I will do, that will be okay, too. Just make sure to vote. I’ll be talking about this until November 3. Bear with me. This election is very important to me and to you, too.

Thompson Center therapy

Last week was my first excursion to the Thompson Community Center Thrift Store since it reopened. The crew there has done a great job of switching out summer clothes for fall and getting organized again after the long Covid-induced intermission. They are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are some super deals with deep price cuts on selected items along with the store’s always great bargains.

With the library now open Mondays (4 to 7 p.m.), Tuesdays (9 a.m. to noon), Thursdays (3 to 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to noon) and the town office back on its regular schedule, things just feels better now.

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