Mums the Word
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The annual Washingtonville Kiwanis chrysanthemum and pumpkin sale was held on Sept. 22 by the Veterans Stones on West Main Street to raise funds for the local chapter of the club. Longtime Washingtonville elementary school teacher and Kiwanis founding member Betty Ann van Leeuwen said funds, as always, will be directed towards programs that directly benefit students in the Washingtonville school district.
In addition, the Kiwanis annual Mitten Tree will be set up in October at the Food Pantry, now located in its new spot at Fr. Tierney Circle and Ahern Blvd. Mittens, hats, and scarves — either new or handmade — can be donated either there or at Betty’s Country Kitchen, Walden Savings Bank, or Stop and Shop. (As always, second-hand cold-weather accessories or woolens can be donated to the Country Store Thrift Shop, located right next door to the Food Pantry.)
Many mums and pumpkins purchased at the stand were directly donated to the Washingtonville Beautification Committee, which will be adding them to the fall scarecrow decorations which will be placed shortly in the center of the village. Scarecrows are made by people in the community and fastened onto the lampposts and potted pines.
The winner of the guess-the-weight-of-the-pumpkin contest was Anthony Zaro.
CAPTION: Washingtonville Kiwanis members manned the annual Chrysanthemum and Pumpkin Sale stand last Sunday, where visitors also guessed the weight of a giant pumpkin. (Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)