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By Charlotte Henderson | Dec 13, 2012

Benefit supper for Wayne Miller

A spaghetti supper will be held on Saturday, Dec.15 to benefit Wayne Miller who is gravely ill with liver cancer. The supper is presented by the Mt. Olivet Masons at its lodge on Route 220. It starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. The requested donation is $7 per person and donations are gratefully accepted. Cancer has struck the Miller family several times, most recently taking Wayne’s son, Brian, just two years ago. The benefit is a fine opportunity to help raise some money and also to offer support and encouragement. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as raffles for several donated items, and, of course gli spaghetti più buoni – most delicious spaghetti!! That’s this Saturday at the Masonic Lodge from 5 to 7 p.m.

Holiday market bountiful, welcoming

It’s a delightful sight! The Washington Grange Holiday Farmers Market loaded with products and creations from some of our most talented artisans. It was busy all day making for a happy and enthusiastic feeling and it’s happening again this week. This Saturday, Dec. 15 is the second and final market of the season. It’s a terrific opportunity to pick up some unique gifts for family, friends, and of course oneself from a varied selection of local arts, crafts and farm products. There are cards, flower arrangements, wreaths, yummy baked goods, fancy cheeses and dairy products, handmade baskets, preserves, cashmere, Paula Green cards and T-shirts, and a variety of artwork from the artists of the now-closed Downtown Gallery. Delicious hot soups and sandwiches from the Grange Ladies are available to eat in or take out. Great gifts, fair prices, friendly hospitality in a holiday atmosphere. Check it out if you possibly can.

Mad Science packs the house

The Mad Science presentation at Gibbs Library Dec. 8 packed the house to overflowing. Sponsored by Gibbs Library and presented by Mad Science of Maine, this program is fascinating and so much fun you hardly notice it’s also educational. As usual at Gibbs, the program was free. Many thanks to the folks at Gibbs for this outstanding program for kids (and adults, too).

Historical society meeting

The Washington Historical Society is meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. The agenda is scheduling programs for 2013 and suggestions are welcome. Punch and Christmas cookies will be served and all members and friends of WHS are encouraged to attend.

Food pantry

The Washington Food Pantry is available once a month for anyone who needs some assistance with groceries. Donations of non-perishable items to the food pantry are always welcome. The pantry is open on the second Wednesday of each month. Pastor Tim Lewis is the contact person and can be reached at 845-2447.

The so-called holiday lull

From eons ago, I seem to remember a phrase “the holiday lull.” It referred to a time around the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year observances when life slowed down a bit and there was time for reflection and those little good gestures so often crowded out. Well, it seems, sometimes, that the holiday lull has been canceled and a holi-daze has taken its place. But, if you want to, you certainly have our support for putting your foot down, taking a deep breath, saying ‘no’ to a few things and making the season more relaxed, saner and more satisfying. Our best to all throughout this special time of year.

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