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Children proclaim Christmas message

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Kindergarten through sixth grade students from the St. Augustine and Sacred Heart CCD classes presented their annual Christmas program at St. Augustine Catholic Church on Sunday, Dec. 8. Daniel Hiltgen, top, portrayed the Christmas star and began the procession of the Nativity. Above, sixth grade students Evan White, Cody Helms and Kope Sawin (kings); angel Ian White (Gabriel); Tray Zabokrtsky,Connor Linenberger and Sean Bruna  (shepherds); Grace Otott (Mary) and
Tyler Simmons (Joseph) processed into the church as the story of the Nativity was read. The kindergarten through fifth grade students, right, ended the program singing 
 
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Mary White retiring after 25 years of connecting with patients, families

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A familiar face to patients and visitors to the Washington County Hospital will not be as frequently seen. Mary White, retired last week as activities director and purchasing director. White has been at the hospital for 25 years. She began as the activities director in January, 1989 and 20 years ago, started working in the purchasing department and became the purchasing agent along with her activities director duties.
 
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Christmas season on the tree farm

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The weeks before Christmas are always filled with seasonal cheer at Bird’s Nest Tree Farm north of Washington. The business has been a mainstay in the area for over two decades with Dr. Bill Bryant, right, operating the tree farm for what has become a multi-generational experience for some of his customers. Bryant says he is very near retirement, but many customers hope there still might be one more year in store.
 
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Behind the allure of business ownership, the hard reality

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A large crowd on opening day is no guarantee for a new retail business, but Gypsies Lodge was able to have a huge first day when they opened their new Washington business on Dec. 7.

By Tom Parker.
 
Near the end of the afternoon during the grand opening of Gypsies Lodge, after the crowds that had thronged the place thinned out to a handful and footsore assistants sagged into chairs or headed to the coffee pot for liquid rejuvenation, co-owner Brenda Nelson pointed to a box about the size of a cigar case tucked into a corner behind the cash register. What seemed like hundreds of tags of all sizes and shapes spilled out in a jumbled spray like overflowing popcorn. “That’s how much we sold today,” she said. “It was unbelievable,” her partner, Jane Funke, said. “The place looks empty now.”
 
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WCN now offering digital edition

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Governor Sam Brownback announces all-day kindergarten initiative

TOPEKA – Governor Brownback announced Monday his intention to support a State Board of Education proposal to fund all-day kindergarten in Kansas. “This is a strategic investment in helping our children be better prepared for success in school,” said Governor Brownback. “Numerous studies show that all-day kindergarten results in students who are more involved, productive and ready to read at appropriate grade levels.” This will be an additional investment of $16 million to support education in Kansas. The program will help Kansas children improve reading skills at the fourth grade level. Recent meetings between the Governor, his staff and the education community resulted in the decision to move forward with the Board of Education’s proposal.
 
Thu
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Santa’s Gifts & Goodies is Saturday

With 46 vendor spaces filled, the Washington County East Elementary School gymnasium will be ground zero for holiday shopping this Saturday, Dec. 7, for the 34th annual Santa’s Gifts and Goodies Craft Fair. The fair opens with a visit from Santa Claus at 8:30 a.m., and concludes at 3 p.m. Lunch will be available for a fee.
 
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Doll House dolls up downtown

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With its Victorian facade, Miss Donna’s Doll House adds a touch of old-fashioned
charm to C Stree

By Tom PArker/ Staff writer
 
Driving south on C Street in downtown Washington one passes block after block of conventional Midwestern architecture,
from the squat, no-nonsense armory to the monolithic art-deco-accented courthouse. With several notable exceptions—the sculpted brick bison by the First National Bank, the carthalite panels on old city hall—few structures command attention.
Until, that is, one sees the startling Victorian facade of Miss Donna’s Doll House.
 
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Local artists, repurposed goods focus of Gypsies Lodge

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Gypsies Lodge is a new business featuring repurposed
items for sale in the former church building located on C
Street, a block south of Highway 36.

By Tom PArker/ Staff writerWASHINGTON 
 
Brenda Nelson and Jane Funke earned their nickname through their forays into the world of used goods. Furniture, accessories, jewelry—you name it, if it was for sale at the right price and could be fashioned into something else (repurposed, in the vernacular), it was fair game. It wasn’t unusual for them to leave town early in the morning and
return much, much later with their vehicles groaning under the weight of all the booty they’d collected. To friends and relatives, they looked like a pair of wandering gypsies. Which is why when the two decided to open a shop specializing
in repurposed items, the term became central to the naming. This Saturday marks the grand opening of their collective
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Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks and making pies

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Andrea Tegethoff, left, uses a press to make pie tops while other employees fill pie shells with fruit fillings. In the week preceding Thanksgiving, MarCon bakes more than 1,000 pies per day.

By Tom Parker.

WASHINGTON – The Easter Bunny has Easter, Santa and his reindeer have Christmas, Butterball has Thanksgiving—meh, scratch that. In Washington County, MarCon Pies owns the Thanksgiving season. Beginning the week before the holiday, orders double and triple the average output. It’s not unusual for the company to crank out more than 1,000 pies per day. Like other retailers, the extended holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is the company’s busy season. Employees work long hours, delivery drivers pound the pavement across two states and the aroma of fresh-baked pies wafts over the neighborhood where MarCon Pies is located.
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