Santa arrives early in Washburn

15 years ago

    Even though it was an especially cold and windy night, the famous Jolly Old Elf was still able to find his way to town recently.
    Members of Washburn’s Fire Department took out two engine trucks and firemen Greg Sperrey and Bryan McCoy, along with help from a couple of cute elves, Camille and Dakota McCoy, drove him on his “appointed rounds.” 

    They made trips to Washburn Estates and Salmon Brook where Santa enjoyed meeting and greeting both young and old, as well as visiting with area children along his route. He and his “elves” kept busy during the visit by passing out some delicious treat bags, as well as watching Santa share the many greetings he brought with him from the North Pole to all.
    The entourage met back at the Civic Center to pass out Christmas treats to area children and listen to their wish lists. Presents requested including everything from a monster truck, Barbie and Dora dolls to a DSI.
Birthdays and anniversaries
    Best wishes go out to Edwyna Mills who will be celebrating her 80th birthday this week. Friends should stop by or phone and say hello. Others celebrating birthdays include Gerald Vaughn, Ryan Scott, Taylor Bagley, Avis Drost, Elizabeth Howard, Stephen Rouse, Heidi Crouse, Marissa Emery, Betty Lou Tilley, Charlotte Griffin, Matthew Conley, Cortney MacDonald, Nicole Kennedy, Trina Akerson, Art Griffin, Lindsey Blackstone, Holly Tompkins, Simone Willett and Roderic Emery.
    Anniversary wishes go out to Rodney and Helena Corey, Stacey and Kelley Baker and Tim and Carolyn O’Donnell.
Local holiday time schedules
    Food boxes are being put up each Tuesday from 8 a.m.-noon at the Washburn Food Pantry on Trafton Street. The next scheduled dates are Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 29. They will also be putting up boxes in January until the current supply of food is gone.
    Please note that there will be no Rotary meetings in Washburn Wednesday, Dec. 23 and Wednesday, Dec. 30 due to the holiday season.
    On Thursday, Dec. 31, the Trailrunners will be holding a silent auction starting at 5 p.m. and will also include a free supper which will be open to the public. Please take notice that the 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday breakfasts at the clubhouse on Station Road will be starting up Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010.
    Perham Town Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Washburn Town Office hours are from 7-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4 p.m. and Fridays from 7 a.m.-noon. Holiday hours throughout the tri community area include the following: Library will be open Thursday, Dec. 24 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and closed Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25.
    The Washburn Town Office will be closed at noon Dec. 24 and all day Friday, Dec. 25, reopening Monday, Dec. 28 at 7 a.m.
    Washburn’s school vacation will be from noon Wednesday, Dec. 23 to classes resuming Monday, Jan. 4.
    The Rec Center holiday schedule includes the following: The Rec Center will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
    On Wednesday, Dec. 23, there will be the Elks Hoop Shoot for both girls and boys, ages 8 to 13, starting at 5 p.m. Winners of this event will be eligible to advance to the district shoot held at UMPI Friday, Jan. 9. There will be roller skating in Caribou Monday, Dec. 28 with the bus leaving the elementary school at 12:30 p.m. and returning at 3:30 p.m. This event is open to grades K-8. There will also be Men’s Basketball starting at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, there will be dodge ball at the Presque Isle Rec Center for grades 4-6 starting at 9 a.m. On Thursday, Dec. 31, grades K-8 will be going to Caribou Cinemas for movies with the bus leaving the elementary school at 9:30 a.m. and returning at 12:15 p.m.
    The library is hosting a knitting circle every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. New members are also welcome to join the group. The hours for the library during the holidays will be Thursday, Dec. 24 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and the library will be closed Friday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.
Town Council meeting
    There was a Special Town Meeting Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. to vote on Washburn’s approval of a Community Development Block Grant application in the amount of $10,000. Rod Leach was elected as moderator, and those attending voted to accept the article.
    Immediately following the special meeting, the Washburn Town Council held its regular monthly meeting. Kermit Fuller acted as chairman and the meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
    The council was apprised of progress concerning information letters for fees concerning municipal services. The members approved the minutes of the Nov. 9 council meeting and reviewed the financial figures through Nov. 30.
    Also included in the agenda, the council voted, approved and signed off on a form for CIT Communications and a signature of Corrective Municipal Quitclaim Deed. They also were notified, voted and signed off on an engagement letter from the town’s auditor.
    The council also set the annual public Budget Committee meeting for Feb. 8, 2010 at the Washburn Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The Council went into executive session to discuss economic development, along with legal and personnel matters.
    The next scheduled Town Council meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Washburn Civic Center.
Prayer vigil scheduled
    Lidstone Memorial United Methodist Church would like to invite the public to a prayer vigil Thursday, Dec. 31 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the church. Come in anytime between those hours and stay for as long as you like. There will be several prayer stations set up and self-directed prayer guides available for your use. The focus of the vigil is for the leaders of the world, the leaders of our local communities and schools and for the leaders of our local churches. What better way can you think of to start a new year then by spending some time in directed prayer with our Lord!
    On Sunday, Dec. 27, there will be a special Singspiration held at the Washburn Pentecostal Church with guests from the Presque Isle Full Gospel Assembly. The evening full of music will begin at 6 p.m., and all are welcome.

    Christie Cochran is the correspondent for Washburn, Wade and Perham. She can be reached at 455-8034 or 



ImagePhoto courtesy of Christie Cochran
    EXCITED CHILDREN seen with Santa in Washburn included, from left: Kassie Farley, Kyli Farley, Alexy Lynch and Adam Boot.