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By Charlotte Henderson | Dec 06, 2012

Washington — Holiday Market presents variety galore

More than 20 sellers will be on hand at this year’s Holiday Markets on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at the Evening Star Grange Hall. Combining products of the farmers market members, crafts and creations from numerous guest artisans, and works of some of the artists of the now closed Downtown Gallery, this market will have something for everyone on a holiday shopping list or for personal enjoyment. It’s a great place to browse, meet local artisans and producers, and support our local economy with our purchases. There will be foods including baked goods, cheeses, grass-fed meats, dairy, garlic braids, honey, winter salad greens, and many other items. We can choose aprons, Santa bracelets, lavender coat hangers and many other handmade items, or dried flower arrangements, or bird feeders! There will be greeting cards, books, paintings and prints — and baskets of every description to take it home in. The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Grange Grill will be featuring hot soup, sandwiches and beverages, too. — eat-in or to go. Invite a friend and spend some quality time in this lively country marketplace atmosphere. We'll see you there!

Breakfast with Santa

The Masons of Mt. Olivet have got a good thing going with their Breakfast with Santa event. The third annual Breakfast with Santa, held last Saturday morning, was the most well attended so far. The cooks couldn’t be happier about it, and, it seems, the children were pretty happy, too. Vic Oboyski commented that in numbers alone (counting kids and adults), this was their biggest breakfast ever and, he added with a smile, “the loudest, noisiest, wiggliest, and most chaotic, too.” Although after breakfast clean-up took a little longer than usual, (Chris Vigue — are you finished with those tables yet?) it was great fun for everyone. The breakfast was the last event of the year for the lodge. The Masons are involved in many good projects and if you are interested in knowing more about their purpose and activities, give Vic a call. 845-3045.

Public hearing airs problem

The well-attended public hearing held last Wednesday gave citizens the opportunity to present their views on resolving a road use concern on McDowell Road. Select board members Wes Daniel and Duane Vigue heard comments from several residents concerned about safety. It was decided that a first step should be to increase enforcement of speed limits on the road and also make an effort to resolve the issue privately before limiting road use. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this down-home democratic process. We appreciate you and our select board. What with all the drama of the recent elections, it’s good to see that our little town can work together to reach solutions. It is possible!

Don’t miss the science show

The Mad Science Show at Gibbs Library, Fire and Ice, is this Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. Using everyday substances like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, the folks from Mad Science of Maine create a fun and interesting program for children (and adults, too, I think).

They demonstrate chemical reactions that boom, fizz, and morph right before our eyes. This fun, interactive and educational program helps instill a clear understanding of what science is really about and how it affects the world around us. The program is free.

Pangrams challenge and amuse

A pangram is a sentence that contains all the letters of the alphabet. The one we all know is “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Also called holalphabetic sentences, these can be long or short, but the challenge is to repeat the fewest letters thus making the sentence as short as possible. Pangrams that are slightly longer can be amusing and noteworthy in their own right, for instance: “Heavy boxers perform quick waltzes and jigs.” Testing yourself, family or friends can lead to some pretty funny stuff. If you come up with something special, send it to me to share with other readers. By the way, if you think of that often-used pangram as, “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog,” it’s not a pangram because there is no “s” in that sentence.

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