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By Charlotte Henderson | Dec 20, 2012
Photo by: Charlotte Henderson Jim and Betty Grinnell of Washington pose at their home. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Dec. 12, 2012 and adding their own special event on this unique date. The Grinnell family goes back many generations in the Washington area.

Town comes through for benefit

Friends, relatives, neighbors and lots of other caring people packed Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge Saturday evening for the Wayne Miller benefit spaghetti supper. Well above 200 meals were served by the Masons who rose admirably to cook, serve and bus this super-busy occasion. In addition, to spaghetti with all the accompaniments, Wayne Miller himself brought a big pot of beans he cooked for the occasion. He was a little hesitant about being there but, clearly, he was cheered up and encouraged by the turnout and the good wishes from so many. Wayne’s family did a yeoman job of making the occasion a big success by organizing raffles and helping raise a good turnout. Many thanks to them, to the Masons, and the community for this heartfelt event.

Village Church holds Christmas service

Pastor Tim Lewis and the folks at the Village Church will hold their Dec. 23 Sunday church service as usual at 10:30 a.m. A Christmas Eve service will be held Monday, Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend for an hour or so to focus on the reason for the season. Although many traditions are spawned from the ancient event of Jesus’ nativity, for Christians, His birth is what Christmas is.

Farmers market to open monthly

Washington Grange Farmers Market wound up the year with a great selection of special products at their Holiday Market last Saturday. The vendors will be getting together to offer their goods from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. one Saturday a month during the winter on Jan. 12, Feb. 9, and March 16. As of now, plans are to re-open on a weekly basis on April 13. The Washington Grange Farmers Market is the brainchild of Sharon Turner, a master gardener and prolific grower, and Dorothy Sainio, who was Master of Evening Start Grange when the market began in 2007. Since then it’s become a warmer-weather Saturday morning staple at the Grange Hall on Old Union Road. If you haven’t already visited the farmers market, give yourself a treat and check it out.

Snowmobile Club anticipates good season

Members of the Hill & Gully Riders Snowmobile Club met Tuesday, Dec. 11 to coordinate preparations for the coming snowy weather. Rick Kopishke reported that most of the 41-miles of trails are marked and groomed. There are two areas which need some work and members volunteered to get those done the following weekend. Keeping the trails cleared and operable is an on-going job for the club. Hill & Gully Riders meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room (side door, across from town office) of Washington Fire Station.

12-12-12 – an extra special date for local couple

Many of us made note, in one way or another, of the unique date, Dec. 12, 2012. On that day, Jim and Betty Grinnell of Washington marked their 70th wedding anniversary. Leroy Elmer Grinnell married his Washington High School sweetheart, Elizabeth Swett on Dec. 12, 1942. They each worked at a variety of jobs over the years and are happily retired. Jim, as he was called by his father from a very young age, drove a mail truck, ran the Union Fair pulling competitions, traded in cattle and farm machinery, and farmed among other things. Betty performed a variety of postal service jobs in Windsor, Jefferson, Washington and Augusta. While she was there, her shift ended about 2 a.m. and she would pick up doughnuts and come home where Jim had the coffee pot on. They enjoyed coffee and doughnuts together then, and still do — but not at 2 a.m. Betty still wears her engagement and wedding rings from 1942. Jim’s first wedding ring had to be cut off his swollen finger after it got caught on a steer’s horn. Imagine, Jim and Betty paid $2,700 for their first house. Between the two of them, they’ve been involved in most of Washington’s activities and don’t care to live anywhere else. Inquiring about their secret to a lasting relationship, the couple agrees that marriage is some give and take by both. When asked what he’d like to say, Jim got a twinkle in his eye and replied, “Just say, we’re two old dubs who’ve been together for 70 years but we don’t really know why.” Betty gave him a look that can only be delivered by a veteran of wifeness. Visiting with them was a total pleasure. They are a delightful, happy couple who obviously like each other and have built a life side-by-side. We salute you. Happy anniversary and many more to Jim and Betty.

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