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FROM THE WASHINGTON CHAMBER n behalf of the Washington Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to welcome you to our community. Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Iowa, Washington is rich in community spirit and has much to offer visitors, residents and businesses.


Our tremendous quality of life here in Washington boasts a topnotch education system, advanced healthcare, beautiful and safe neighborhoods, a strong economy and rural settings that give way to plenty of recreation. The Central Square boasts our famous Centennial Fountain, which will captivate you with a warm, hometown feel while the downtown district will provide shopping, everyday services, dining and entertainment opportunities for all ages and interests.

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Washington is the perfect blend of historic and modern, continually moving forward to a progressive future. We are the proud home to a LEED certified downtown library as well as the nation’s longest running movie theater, which has been showing movies since 1897. We are a national leader in agriculture by utilizing innovative technology as well as incorporating a large concentration of organic practice.

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(319) 653-7715 Diversity - in its economy and its cultural roots Agriculture enhanced by a wide variety of industries A growing population blending the traditions of its oldest settlers with those of its newest immigrants Growth - stimulated by its surroundings Located in Southeast Iowa, the fastest-growing area of the state Linked by the Avenue of the Saints and Interstate 80 to north, east, south and west Opportunity - for business, industry, recreation Eight distinct communities, each offering business opportunities and incentives 15 county parks, conservation center, nature trail, plus 1,400 acre Lake Darling State Park For Information and Government Services / 4

The Washington Chamber of Commerce is proud to represent these multifaceted companies and organizations that make Washington, Iowa, a great place to live and work. From helping companies establish themselves, to supporting favorable legislative actions, as well as advancing the region’s infrastructure and economic assets, the Chamber is helping businesses develop and encouraging civic growth. Since 1935, the Chamber has been a leader in pursuing economic prosperity and quality of life in our community. Serving a diverse group of participants, our members include individuals, organizations and businesses, and they are the heart of this community. Many volunteer hours are spent working together to create special annual events, networking and educational opportunities, tourism, and community initiatives. The Chamber works hard every day to fulfill its mission: “To create a progressive business climate and to promote a high quality of life in the Washington community.”

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• Ridiculous Day, downtown retail bargains and family fun

• Alive After Five, networking and recognizing local businesses

• Thursday Night Live, free summer concert series

• Leadership Washington, a community introduction for leadership development

• Golf Fun Days • Scholarships & Community Events fundraiser • Educator’s Appreciation Breakfast, recognizing the leaders in education • Trick or Treat Around the Square, a safe and family-fun event

• Annual Dinner, professional recognition dinner • Learn at Lunch, learning opportunities from local leaders • Legislative Briefings, providing a forum for local candidates • Ongoing professional classes and roundtables

• Tour of Homes, fundraiser for our downtown holiday lighting

On behalf of the Washington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, we hope you consider this directory a valuable resource. We encourage you to take a closer look at the community involvement and directed growth in Washington that inspires a sense of pride and accomplishment. Feel free to stop in the Washington Chamber of Commerce, located on the northwest corner of our downtown Central Square. We enjoy meeting new residents and visitors, and we are here to answer any additional questions you might have. Your Chamber looks forward to serving you as Washington continues to grow and prosper. If you work for a member organization, you are a member! Come visit us at the Chamber to learn how you can join one of our committees or attend one of our premier events. As a Chamber member, you will get involved and discover that meeting community members through networking events will increase traffic through your door as well as increase awareness of how valuable it is to shop in our community and support local initiatives.


Michelle Peiffer Executive Director Phone: 319/653-3272 • Fax: 319/653-5805 E-mail: Website: 205 West Main Street • Washington, Iowa 52353


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e invite you to visit us soon to enjoy what our community has to offer.

Significant economic development efforts by public entities and the private sector are yielding positive results in the community of Washington. Downtown revitalization efforts started in 2005 with the city upgrading utility services to businesses on the square and a streetscape with amenities in 2008 that are both functional and aesthetic. Public/private partnerships enabled construction of our new library and rehabilitation of the Central Park bandstand. Commercial building owners are investing in facades and upper-story reutilization. With a historic district application in the works, other buildings will soon follow suit, making the downtown an even more vibrant destination to shop and live. Rejuvenation extends beyond the downtown. We’ve gained new enterprises in other commercial and industrial districts as well. The city is positioning itself for growth with a new sewer plant that became operational in 2012 and a new water tower in the planning stages. Ground has been acquired for a new industrial/business park, reconstruction of our airport’s crosswind runway, and for a Wellness Park. Our new high school opened in the fall of 2012, and upgrades of other school attendance centers are underway. Kirkwood Community College is expanding its capacity to serve the community with a larger campus opening 2014. We are well served by a new hospital and medical clinics. These investments within the city do more than deliver services to consumers; they provide quality of life to our area residents. Where our city limits are identified by a line drawn on a map, there is no line that defines our community. The distinction of urban or rural is blurred as we come together to work, worship, learn, play and live. Sandra Johnson Mayor, City of Washington, IA

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205 W. Main Street • Washington, IA 52353 (319) 653-3918 • fax (319) 653-5805 • List of annual events: Slow Down and Savor Washington – A progressive meal with an International Flavor. This event, held twice each year, January and June, features downtown restaurants, entertainment, and good company. Celebrate Your Senses – Held the first Saturday of August each year in downtown Washington. This event features something to tickle your senses including a juried art show, lively entertainment, artist demonstrations, storytelling, one-act plays, hands on children’s activities, street dance, and a beer tent. Annual SNOW (Showcasing Nights of Washington) – A series of events held November through December to celebrate the holiday season all while showcasing Washington’s unique retail businesses, beautiful lighted historic architecture, and community spirit.

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ashington, Iowa is a vibrant community that proudly boasts outstanding recreational opportunities, interesting historical sites, festive community events, excellent educational offerings and modern healthcare options.


Founded in 1839, Washington is centrally located in southeast Iowa just 30 minutes south of Iowa City/Coralville. Washington is the county seat of Washington County and is in one of the top livestock and grain producing areas in the nation. With a population of approximately 7,300 the city offers The Washington Evening Journal, a daily local newspaper, and KCII, the local radio station. It is home to approximately 20 churches and over 100 social and service clubs and organizations. The City of Washington was recognized in 2008 as a “Main Street Community” and the downtown square reflects an active Americana feel. The Centennial Fountain was constructed and

dedicated in 1939 for Washington’s Centennial Celebration. It is the only one if its type in the continental United States and was refurbished in 1995 by a group of local citizens. It features a multi-colored light show and is the focus of Central Park in downtown Washington. The downtown park is surrounded by a square filled with unique retail shops, professional offices, and service businesses. Throughout the year the community hosts several special events. Included is a seasonal weekly farmers’ market, band concerts, car shows, craft shows, Fourth of July celebration, Relay for Life, lighted Christmas parade, Christmas Tour of Homes, and several annual parades. The state’s longest-running Ridiculous Day originates from Washington and you can find retail bargains, community events and a parade on the first Saturday in June. Washington boasts a municipal band which will celebrate its 80th season in 2012! Weekly concerts are held at the open-air bandstand in Central Park during the summer months. Plays, musicals, dances and multiple performances are held at the McCleery Community Center, which is a 22,000-square-foot modern structure accommodating cultural and educational programming for the surrounding area. There are endless recreational opportunities with Washington’s extensive park system and community programming. Included is Sunset Park with its enormous New Dawn at Sunset wooden

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playground, fantastic aquatic center, an 18-hole Frisbee golf course, bike/skateboard area, picnic tables, basketball courts, and a dog park. Shelters are available for gatherings and reunions. The 13-mile Kewash Nature Trail offers excellent hiking, biking, and cross country skiing opportunities. The Washington Community Y offers organized youth and adult sports activities, a senior center, weight and nautilus room, and with an indoor pool they offer swimming lessons for all ages and water exercise classes for adults. Established more than 175 years ago, Washington is rich in history, as seen through the many well-preserved historical sites throughout town. There are several vintage homes and buildings in Washington which are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. These include the 1840 DAR log house in Sunset Park, the Blair House, Conger House museum, Central Park’s centennial fountain with its beautiful multi-colored light show, and F-troop Military Museum. This book highlights the city’s vibrant way of life and unmatched amenities. Please enjoy this book; it is proof of the well-rounded community that Washington has become over the years. Whether you are a resident, a business or a visitor, Washington welcomes you to enjoy the following pages.

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& TRANSPORTATION entrally positioned within Iowa’s growing southeast region, Washington is a quick 30-minute drive from Iowa City, home of the revered University of Iowa and its famous hospitals and clinics. Nearby roadways, excellent local public transportation, well-equipped airport and countrywide rail lines all play a significant role in Washington’s high quality of life.


Washington enjoys proximity to major road connections that have aided both in strengthening its economic sector and providing efficient travel for the incoming and outgoing public. The Avenue of the Saints (Hwy 218) can be reached in eight minutes, while Interstate 80 is accessible in 30 minutes.

The city has maintained a public transit system since 1972. Washington County Minibus is a private, not-for-profit organization offering affordable and convenient public transit throughout the area. The Minibus operates 20 vehicles in the Washington community, providing a variety of services to those within Washington County, may it be transporting children to school, the elderly to a medical appointment or residents to the grocery store. The Washington County Minibus is handicapped accessible and runs Monday through Friday and Sundays. Travelers access commercial air service through two regional airports; the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, IA, and the Quad Cities Airport in Moline, IL. Right on the edge of town is the Washington Municipal Airport, which supports both corporate and recreational aircraft. The Washington Municipal Airport is a catalyst for economic growth by supporting the needs of local agriculture and business operations, as well as users from across the nation. It sports concrete hard surface runways that are capable of handling General Aviation planes up to medium to large jets. There is reliable access in all wind and most weather conditions due to its two runways and the low approach minimums. Users have access to 24-hour self-fueling of Jet A and 100LL on a well-lit ramp offering a quick turnaround or departure. Situated in the Midwest, the Washington Airport provides support for operations that require in house air transportation to the coasts, to the gulf, or to Canada. The Washington Airport is another feature that Washington has to offer to help your family have a great quality of life experience or to help your business enterprise prosper. Amtrak rail service is also available approximately 30 minutes from the city, providing connections in Mount Pleasant. The station is served by the California Zephyr route, which operates daily between Chicago and San Francisco, and offers one of the most scenic routes in North America.


ashington cherishes its vibrant past, which dates all the way back to 1833, when the land first became available for settlement following treaties with the Sac and Fox Indian tribes. Originally, the town was designated as Slaughter, a name given in honor of William B. Slaughter, Secretary of the Territory of Wisconsin. The name was not well taken and was soon changed to Washington, after George Washington, on January 25, 1839, the same year the town became the county seat.

Guard Cavalry. Now, patrons can peruse through unique military memorabilia from the Civil War, WW I, WW II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iran and Iraq.

Original settlers came to Washington for many reasons: the land was fruitful and quality farms were sold at a low cost, or given away for free. Today, with a population reaching 7,300, the city’s history continues to be seen and appreciated here through a number of preserved structures. Make sure to stop by each of these sites described below and take a glimpse into Washington’s vibrant past.

Situated within Central Park, located in Historic Downtown Washington, Centennial Fountain was erected and dedicated in honor of Washington’s 1939 Centennial Celebration. The fountain stands as the only one of its type in the continental U.S. featuring a multi-colored light show and distinctive water patterns. Centennial Fountain is certainly the focus of Washington’s Central Park, an area encompassed by retailers, professional firms and additional businesses, and hails as the site for many of the community’s special events.


Take a step back and view some of Washington’s oldest homes along The Boulevard (West Washington Street). Many were built in the late 1800s, and showcase a variety of architectural styles. The original brick street continues to be utilized today. Blair House, referred to as the “Little Sister” to Terrace Hill (the Governor’s Mansion), was constructed in 1880 and served as the headquarters of the Washington Commercial Club in 1902 and the city hall in 1925. A group of local citizens acquired and restored the house in 1974, and today the house serves as an office and meeting center. Further well-maintained historic residences include the Conger House and the Alexander Young Log Cabin. The Conger House was built in 1847 by one of the county’s earliest settlers. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, since opening as the Jonathan Clarke Conger House Museum in 1973, displays a variety of collections of the Washington County Historical Society. The Alexander Young Log Cabin is situated in Sunset Park, serving as the home of Alexander Young, his wife Mary and their eight children after its construction in 1840. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, the cabin is open for viewing by appointment. Two preserved one-room schoolhouses are discoverable in the area. The first is the Red Brick Schoolhouse, home to the Red Brick School District (formed in 1877), was used until May 8, 1960. It is a wellknown landmark within the county and was donated to the Washington County Historical Society on January 8, 2006. The second is the Walnut Creek School, located six miles south of Washington. This one-room school served the area’s educational needs and was also utilized by the Walnut Women, who formed on October 6, 1921. Today, Walnut Creek School operates as a museum under the guidance of the Washington County Historical Society. The F Troop Military Museum was initially used as the administrative office of Troop F, World War I’s 113th Iowa National 12

The Dublin Store, built in 1873 as the Odd Fellows Lodge hall, is positioned just seven miles outside of Washington along 250th Street. The store has been home to a post office and a number of other business activities until its closing in June of 1964.

JOHN E. JACKSON John E. Jackson of Washington was one of three Iowans to participate in the games of the V Olympiad held in Stockholm, Sweden July 6-27, 1912 Olympics. He was on the United States Rifle Team. The team left for New York City on June 7. They had a farewell dinner at the famous Mouquina’s restaurant on June 13. They then sailed from New York City on the steamer Finland, and reached Stockholm on June 26. They left Sweden on July 17 on the Finland which took them to Dover where they boarded the steamer Vadeland for the return trip to New York City. During the Olympics, Sweden had the most total medals, winning 65. The United States came in second with 63. The United States had the most gold medals. The United States earned 25 gold, 19 Silver and 19 Bronze medals. Jackson won the gold medal in the team military rifle competition, and the bronze medal in the 600 meter free rifle event. Jackson was born February 14, 1885 at Lincoln, Illinois. The family settled in Washington County in 1896 and farmed until 1926. Jackson married Ellie May Schneider on November 6, 1910, and had two sons John C. and Harold B. Jackson was a member of the Iowa National Guard and trained under Smith Wildman Brookhart, who was a noted rifleman and wrote a training manual that was used for many years. Brookhart later served as United States Senator from Iowa from 1922 to 1933. After giving up farming, Jackson went into the seed business. He moved to Fairfield, and purchased the Fairfield Feed Company. While living in Fairfield, he served three terms on City Council. John E. Jackson died June 17, 1971 at Fairfield. He is buried in Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington, Iowa.


here is always something happening in the City of Flowers and Trees. Throughout the year, both residents and visitors take pleasure in a schedule of exciting events and a multitude of outstanding attractions. And when the appetite calls for a delicious dish, Washington restaurateurs are ready to serve up an eclectic range of menus.


EVENTS Washington offers events year-round that celebrate history and culture and enhance community cohesion. A seemingly endless list of celebrations, festivals and beautiful displays are presented for all to enjoy. One such display is the Centennial Fountain, Springtime brings the Gallery Walk to downtown Washington. This is an event in which area artists and art students showcase their talent by displaying artwork in windows of supporting businesses. It also brings car enthusiasts to Washington’s Cruise Nights where they display a variety of classic and new show cars. Washington is home to the state’s oldest Ridiculous Day, held the first Saturday in June. Retailers line the downtown square with unbeatable bargains while crazy, fun activities take place in Central Park. A parade showcases the wacky side of our retailers and this event promotes local shopping in a family friendly atmosphere.

located in Central Park. It was constructed and dedicated in 1939 for Washington’s centennial celebration. The only fountain of its kind in the continental United States, it produces a multicolored light show and various water patterns that are especially gorgeous when viewed at night. The renovated multipurpose bandstand located in Central Park host many events throughout the year.

Sponsored by Washington County Hospital, “Kidz Fest” is an event that places children of all ages at the center of attention. “Kidz Fest” presents a variety of specialized games, such as an obstacle course and a wheel of fortune focusing on health and summer safety. Other activities include face painting and entertainment by local dancers.

Throughout the summer Central Park is alive with activity on Thursday evenings. The local Farmers’ Market is the widely popular social, economic and cultural event every week during the growing season. Offering fresh produce, baked goods, and handmade crafts, be sure to come early to grab your favorites. As the Farmers’ Market winds down, Thursday Night Live begins and features live, local entertainers. An old-fashioned band concert caps off the evening, headlined by the Washington Municipal Band—one of the oldest in Iowa, with 2012 being their 80th season.


Washington Chamber of Commerce. With seven destinations on its agenda, one can enjoy a variety of experiences. Barn Quilts of Washington County has over 115 Barn Quilts to showcase on four driving loops. Sass Family Farm, an authentic 1950s Iowa Farm, specializes in fresh produce and family fun. Visitors can visit a real working farm with a trip to Cuddeback farm, allowing visitors to compare farming in the 1880s and 1930s to modern farming practices. Touring options also include tours of a working greenhouse, a beekeeping operation, a corn processing facility and Bandana’s Backyard, which is home to many exotic animals in an informal petting zoo. The winter holiday is kicked off with S.N.O.W. (Showcasing Nights of Washington) hosted by Main Street. Featuring a holiday stroll, kid’s art display, window display contest and the Lighted Holiday Parade it’s an event worthy of stepping out in the cool air. Cars and wagons are decorated with multi-colored lights and many themes are presented. At the end of the parade is the much-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus. The Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes raises funds for the holiday lighting that lines the downtown businesses in white, festive lighting. Explore beautifully decorated homes dating from the early 1900s to the present.

ATTRACTIONS The Barn Quilts of Washington County is a project designed to celebrate the agricultural heritage of the area by highlighting local farm buildings with beautiful, quilt-related folk art. Barn quilts are painted quilt blocks that adorn barns, corn cribs, sheds and other significant buildings. These barn quilt paintings enhance community pride and attract both local visitors and tourists, highlighting the importance of agriculture. There are over 115 Barn Quilts on four driving loops, which makes Washington County the Barn Quilt Capital of Iowa. A Web site,, provides further information and beautiful representations of the art. The Washington County Fair is a popular happening in July drawing over 10,000 visitors to the weeklong event. There are carnival rides, a Bill Riley talent show, Kidz Day, a cutie contest and more. The tractor pull, demolition derby, moto cross, fair queen pageant and other free grandstand entertainment thrill the crowds. 4-H and FFA members exhibit nearly 1,200 animal projects and over 1,100 non-livestock projects each year. The cooler autumn weather doesn’t slow down festivities within the Washington community. Trick-or-Treat Around the Square, a tradition for many years in Washington, gives children the opportunity to dress up in their favorite costumes and trick-ortreat at participating businesses. After the handing out of the treats, the children are treated to tasty hot dogs, chips and drinks provided by local establishments. Also held during the fall is a craft show, drawing crafters from near and far to display their wares. Agricultural tours are presented by Washington County and provide an excellent opportunity to explore the county with a guide or by a self-guided tour with maps located in the

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Another way to enjoy the great outdoors is by visiting the Kewash Nature Trail. Its 13-mile path provides ample opportunities for hiking, biking, nature-watching and crosscountry skiing. A mixture of mature trees and prairies with beautiful wildflowers is accompanied by a wealth of wildlife. Animals often seen include deer, squirrels and migratory warblers. Known for its excellent fishing, Skunk River Water Trail’s natural splendor is best enjoyed by traversing the river in a motorboat, canoe or kayak. Fallen trees line the shoreline throughout the river, forming excellent habitat for channel catfish, flathead catfish and freshwater drum and carp.

For those who long to ‘Live It Up’; Riverside Casino & Golf Resort is the place to be. Just 15 minutes north of Wahington and 15 minutes south of I-80 from Iowa City, the casino and resort is Iowa’s premier destination. Inside you’ll find a Las Vegas-inspired casino, water cascade above a dramatic light bar and lounge in the center of the casino and a show lounge with live weekend entertainment. Guests will revel in more than 1,100 slot machines and numerous table games featuring Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Pai Gow, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em and a 14-table Poker room. Hotel rooms showcase stylish interiors with outstanding personal service and modern amenities to ensure total luxury and comfort. Five restaurants are on-site for any culinary desire, as are bountiful shopping opportunities, an indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub, an exclusive spa and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by the legendary Rees Jones. Included among countless appealing attractions is an abundance of nature and wildlife, offering fun and education for all ages. Nature trails, fishing spots, hunting areas, a conservation center and a variety of flora and fauna interest visitors and residents alike. Following are only some of the many nature-related attractions that assure an amazing experience: Located seven miles east of Washington at Marr Park is the Washington County Conservation Education Center. Promoting conservation and providing environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities, the center offers materials and resources to the public as well as facilities for school field trips, park visitors and programs.


Hunters will find several places in southeast Iowa to pursue game. Pheasant, trophy whitetail deer, waterfowl, quail and wild turkey abound in areas varying from grasslands to wetlands and timberlands—giving the hunter a wide range of field opportunities. Acres of rustic hunting and destination retreats surround Washington featuring riverside forest terrain with dense pine, oak and hickory forests. The picturesque landscape of southeast Iowa provides a variety of active outdoor options.

WINING AND DINING Washington offers a diverse range of dining options to satiate any appetite. Everything from Iowa beef and pork to a wide variety of ethnic foods are readily available. Some of the many options to consider when hunger strikes are favorites such as pizza, spaghetti, hamburgers and fries, chicken, meatloaf, salads, ice cream, coffee and scones, turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. Although the town features a wide variety of down-home favorites, delectable global cuisine is readily available through one of the many authentic Italian, Mexican, Greek and Chinese establishments within the community. Café Dodici is an awardwinning restaurant offering Italian specialties and fine wine in the historic downtown setting.

Washington can now toast the addition of having a local winery. Located in eastern Washington County, Wooden Wheel Vineyards opened in the spring of 2010 and offers an excellent selection of Native Iowa Wines. You will also find the historic Vincent Family Event Center, a renovated 1860’s barn that provides a charming and relaxing venue for any gathering large or small personal or professional.

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Join us for a glass of fine wine in our historic Vincent Family Event Center. Easily accessible, we are located in southeast Iowa on Iowa Highway 92 between Sigourney and Washington. Our comfortable and charming space is the perfect place to relax with others or to just escape with a glass of fine wine. Our event center is ideal for gatherings such as weddings, receptions or any social event.

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ife is at its finest in Washington. Adding to the host of unmatched amenities available in the community, residents enjoy the area’s large selection of housing options, ranging from apartments, townhouses and duplexes to quality singlefamily homes, estates with acreage and investment properties. Well-maintained, affordable older homes are mixed with upscale homes within the city of Washington.

Washington has a wide variety of real estate professionals to help new buyers find their dream home or investors looking for that special property. For more information on housing visit

Existing housing developments surround the community offering the benefits of city amenities as well as unique features. Lake Trio offers housing on the southeast quadrant of town with homes surrounding a large pond for fishing, canoeing or ice skating. Timber Ridge is one of the newer developments on the south side of town featuring upscale homes near the Washington Golf & Country Club. East Creek subdivision features homes built within the last 30 years and is located on the east edge of Washington. Waters Edge and West Lake are located a couple miles north of town, perfect for those looking for Interstate convenience and a country feel, complete with pond and picturesque gazebo.

Ensuring high-quality options for the community’s mature population is a priority in Washington, which provides a large choice of residential and senior options to suit all needs.




All-American Care exists to promote wellness and preserve the health of their patients in a restorative care environment. With a team of well-trained caregivers, the goal is to make the patient well enough to return home, or to a lower level of care. Offering a comprehensive care plan, All-American Care facility is a transitional care environment, not a permanent home.

Washington Hospital, Halcyon House provides easy access to shopping, banking, churches, the public library, a golf course, our community theater and all comfortable lifestyle features Washington offers. Residents choose from a variety of Independent Living homes, which are custom-configured to fit their lifestyles. Options include studio apartments, one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 660 to 1,600 square feet, and beautiful townhomes. Licensed healthcare options include Sitler Center Assisted Living apartments, Arbor House Memory Support Assisted Living, and Avalon House Skilled Nursing.

All-American Care patients are treated to a programmatic approach that is designed so that every activity is carried out to improve the patient’s quality of life and to increase the likelihood of returning home! Halcyon House is a full-service WesleyLife retirement community situated on beautifully landscaped grounds on the south side of Washington. Just blocks from the town square and

Halcyon House offers numerous amenities that differentiate it from other retirement options. Many people young and old enjoy meals at Applewood Bistro, our in-house restaurant that is open to the public. It’s an excellent choice for intimate gatherings, with delicious menu items made fresh daily. Other features include extensive Wellness programming, a large fitness center with full-time massage therapist, and experienced Wellness leadership. The Epworth Chapel, Marshall Game Room, Morrison Event Center, Diana’s Place library, computer lab and coffee shop offer excellent opportunities for entertainment and friendships.

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Lending Hands Adult Day Center and In-Home Health Services is a new addition to the Halcyon House/WesleyLife family of services. As a longtime member of the Washington community, Lending Hands Adult Day Center provides personalized care to help people remain in their homes for as long as possible. Lending Hands InHome Health Services is relatively new. They provide valuable support in assistance with household tasks, transportation to social events and medical appointments, companionship, respite for caregivers, and medication reminders. The in-home health services are available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 1988 the McCreedy Home was built to provide quality long-term care as part of Washington County Hospital and Clinics. The 43-resident facility allows convenient access to many health services located within the WCHC.

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Services offered to the residents include outpatient, nursing, rehabilitation, medication and personal needs. A care plan coordinator and registered dietician offer continual evaluations and assistance is provided to off-campus appointments. The residents and staff enjoy our “home away from home” attitude with an array of activities and a full calendar of events. The United Presbyterian Home has served the Washington community and surrounding areas since 1947. The U.P. Home strives to provide a continuum of pleasant and appealing living accommodations and care in a Christian setting at a modest cost. Membership is offered to applicants for living in the cottages, apartments and rooms on our large campus. Emphasis is placed on family living, and the atmosphere is one of mutual trust and fellowship.

Practitioner, a full-service therapy department, an awardwinning Wellness & Fitness Center, and a full range of daily activities. The U.P. Home takes great pride in the high quality services offered to residents. The UP With Kids Daycare is also an important part of daily life at the United Presbyterian Home. From resident volunteers spending time rocking and feeding infants to intergenerational activities in the Health Center, the kids brighten the days of the residents. At the U.P. Home you’re as active as you want to be and as young as you feel!

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), the U.P. Home provides a full continuum of care ranging from independent living to skilled nursing. Residents can choose between 77 cottages or 30 condominium-style apartments, as well as 53 retirement rooms, studios and one-bedroom apartments. The dually licensed intermediate care and skilled nursing facility is also available. Residents can take comfort in knowing their needs will be accommodated through all stages of life. The U.P. Home offers many on-campus amenities including a home health department coordinated by a full-time Nurse

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ashington’s charm can be observed through its natural beauty on one side, characterized by golden aged trees, blooming gardens and regal parks, and on the other side through its expansive community center, a popular movie theater and further cultural channels making a mark on the foundation of the community.


The McCleery Washington Community Center is equipped with a 520-seat auditorium and a modern sound and light system, providing an exceptional site for a wide variety of live entertainment. The 22,000-square-foot facility is ideal for cultural and educational programming, and its theatrical troupe presents four diverse productions annually—ranging from comedies and classics to musicals and dramas. A number of independent acting groups and local schools also utilize the center, offering first-rate entertainment across all genres. For those who prefer catching a box office hit on the big screen, venture over to the State Theater. The theater has been showing movies since 1897 and is the nation’s longest continually running movie theater. Don’t let its age make you think it’s outdated; the theater was renovated in 2011 to blend the historic façade with modern amenities like plush and spacious theater seating. State Theater stages the newest movies on weekday evenings and over the weekend. At various times throughout the year, free family movies are a treat provided to the community with the cooperation of the theater and local merchants. These free community events often take place during the summer and winter school vacations. The Washington Concert Association adds its voice in the community year-round through high-quality, professional offerings, including vocal soloists, classical instrumental music, era-style music and additional musical events.


The Washington Choral Society affords area residents the opportunity to partake in and listen to concert repertory, as well as popular music, throughout the year. The choral society has performed twice at New York City’s esteemed Carnegie Hall, establishing the quality of its already reputable credentials. Those who enjoy expressing their artistic side through dance are fortunate to have access to two dance studios within Washington, each offering instructional dance to people of all ages.


hether you are interested in active or passive leisure, Washington has plenty to offer with its charming parks, natural areas and athletic organizations providing sports enthusiasts a variety of options for play.


Among the local park sites are Central Park, Hayes Timber Park, Sesqui Park, North Park, Pewee Park and Sunset Park. Perhaps one of the city’s most impressive recreational areas, Sunset Park is a picturesque destination located along Highway 92W. The beautifully landscaped 60-acre park is well equipped with numerous recreational amenities, including rental pavilions, a modern skate park, the impressive New Dawn at Sunset wooden playground, a one-acre dog park and the nine-hole Frisbee Golf Course. Patrons also enjoy walking through the park’s substantial stretch of open green space, nature watching along the Kewash Nature Trail and cooling off in the Aquatic Center.


The Aquatic Center boasts of an 11,000-square-foot, zero depth entry pool with entertaining components such as five geysers, a 23-foot in height body flume slide, a lap pool and concessions. Visitors sit back and take in the sun’s rays while relaxing on one of many lounge chairs encircling the pool. Year-round outdoor enthusiasts flock to nearby Lake Darling State Park. The 299-acre lake is encompassed by 1,417 acres of land composed of extensive camping sites, cabins, picnic areas and shelters, a new 200-seat lodge, playgrounds and more. The park’s trail system spans 13 miles and welcomes those interested in hiking, cross-country skiing, running, biking or snowmobiling. Swimming, boating and fishing are favorite diversions on the lake. Marr Park is another outdoor haven not to be missed. The park features two children’s playgrounds, meandering trails, fishing

on the 1.2-acre Marr Park Pond or the five-acre Thomas Marr Lake with paved trail, picnicking under six shelters, camping under the stars, and exhibits at the Conservation Education Center.

community leaders and public officials about the Y. Influencing public policy is about building relationships with those who can help advance the Y’s cause of strengthening our communities.

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of our communities. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social

responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive. The Y is uniquely positioned to bring about meaningful, lasting change in our communities. They are a voice for kids and families, and help identify and meet the community’s most pressing needs in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Cause-driven Y leaders continuously engage with


ducation has remained a significant resource in the Washington community, aiding in the overall high quality of life residents and businesses have come to cherish. From the area’s 10 preschools, its excellent public school district and outstanding private school option to a preeminent institution of higher learning, Washington is supplied with ample opportunities for lifelong learning.


Washington Community School District is composed of five locations, together housing more than 1750 students. The progressive district is continually enhancing its facilities and curriculum, with $2 million in elementary building improvements and $1 million in middle school renovation, the use of modern technology in the classroom, gifted and talented programs and great student assistance programs. The high school recently completed a $15 million expansion project complete with a 1:1 Computer-to-Student initiative which will bring our technology program to the next level and be able to provide our students the tools they need in order to be successful in their future endeavors. In addition to that, the partnership between Kirkwood Community College offers over 20 classes available at the high school for college credit and when the new Kirkwood Center is constructed, there will be programs available where students could earn their AA degree by the time they graduate high school. Washington also offers private education at St. James Catholic School, which was founded in 1866, and is open to students of all faiths. The St. James staff collaborates with the public school which allows for quality professional growth for teachers and enhances learning of the students. Results show that St. James Catholic school children continue to consistently perform at or above proficiency levels on standardized tests. Among the ways they accomplish this goal is through multi-age school families for special activities that allow for student mentoring.

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One of St. James biggest assets is the strong family, parish and community support. This support includes spiritual, financial, and physical support throughout the school year. St. James offers co-curricular opportunities such as St. James Singers, puppet ministry, plays, and intramural basketball. Strong volunteerism is evident in the Home and School Association and Earthly Blessings retail shop located in the historic downtown.

For those interested in pursuing a post-secondary education career, Kirkwood Community College’s Washington Center campus is a great place to start. The two-year college was established in the late 1960s and has since grown immensely. Currently a $9 million state-of-the-art regional education center is under construction with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2014. The new Washington County Regional Center will continue to offer college credit courses, continuing education, high school completion/GED programs and workforce training, while also offering college credit opportunities to qualified high school students at no cost to the student and their families. Kirkwood Community College

provides Washington County students with affordable tuition, a convenient location and endless educational opportunities. What’s more, the Washington community is in close proximity to the highly esteemed University of Iowa, which is nationally ranked for its top-rate medical facilities, law programs and liberal arts curriculum. Access to Iowa Wesleyan College is quick, with its campus positioned a short 30-minute drive south of Washington.

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nique retailers, professional firms and businesses specializing in a wide variety of services dot the map of Washington. While plenty of retail areas are spread throughout Washington, a concentration of both locally owned and franchised businesses surround the city’s popular downtown Central Park.


Many of the quaint downtown shops feature distinct treasures, trinkets and fashionable clothes perfect for a truly endearing gift. Whether shoppers are searching for the perfect accessory for their wardrobe, items to enhance their homes, or a bouquet of flowers for a special occasion, it’s all here. Antique collectables, home interior furnishings, vintage jewelry and clothing, artwork, books, floral shops and much more can all be found within the charming stores lining Washington’s lovely downtown area. Washington offers shoppers two discount stores, three franchise grocery stores, and a Hispanic grocery store. Adding to this list

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of frequented stores are pharmacies, hardware stores, an electronic shop, a shoe store, florists and a number of automotive and agricultural businesses in town—all meeting the daily needs of community members. Finding what you need is easy in Washington. Browse through the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Directory to find all of the services and amenities you require. Visit, for a full shopping guide.

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ashington and Washington County have a prosperous mix of manufacturing and agriculture that is a core part of the area’s economy. While the recession of 2008 put a strain on many businesses, Washington County business and industry fared better than most of Iowa as well as the nation. No manufacturers have closed and many have experienced robust growth and expanding markets.


for lighter, durable components has grown.

Most all of the area’s manufacturers were entrepreneurial startups at one time. A number of major manufacturers in Washington County make products for the broad agricultural equipment and construction sector, several of which have global markets. These include companies like Modine Manufacturing, Bazooka Farmstar, Premier 1 Supplies, Whitesell Corporation, PowerCom Motor Controls, HogSlat, Syngenta Seeds, Miller Hybrids and Slabach Enterprises. Plastics firms like ACH Foam Technologies and Engineered Plastic Components have added new capacities and markets in the past several years as demand

Newer companies like Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC and LVA Crawfordsville BioFuels forcus on renewable energy and are producing biodiesel from vegetable oils and even animal grease.

Other specialty manufacturers serve more specialized markets such as building component manufacturer Engineered Building Design, boutique design clockmakers Schlabaugh & Sons, and medical equipment maker Civco Medical Solutions in Kalona and MD Orthopaedics in Wayland.

Agriculture in Washington County is unique in many ways. The farming community is young, educated and innovative. Rather than just relying on row-crops, Washington County is a national leader in hog production, which are all locally owned. In addition to hogs, the country is also a national leader in corn, soybean and beef production. There are also large amounts of turkey production, chickens, goats, and limited cattle and dairy production. Innovation has led to companies serving the livestock building, animal feed, animal waste, and energy efficiency, including wind and solar power. The Washington County area has one of the largest concentrations of organic farms in the Midwest. There are two organic soybean extrusion plants, including Professional Proteins, which makes organic feed for organic livestock, and Farmers Hen House processing natural and organic eggs. The fast growing, Farmers All Natural Creamery, sells organic milk,

cheese, yogurt and butter throughout the Midwest and even the East Coast. Local business and industry is fortunate to have considerable support from a handful of resources, which includes the benefits of having a revered community college at hand. With the presence of Kirkwood Community College, Washington is teeming with dedicated, highly skilled and well-educated workers, with the additional benefits of workforce training and continuing education courses. The Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) is a non-profit, public-private partnership that helps to create a positive environment for business and industry around Washington County and Southeast Iowa. WEDG partners with a wide variety of resources and organizations to help meet the

need of the business community, including area banks, accountants, and regional resources like the Small Business Development Center, the Entrepreneurial Development Center business accelerator, the Community Vitality Center, the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Connecting entrepreneurs and businesses with mentors and local opportunities strengthens the economic vitality of Washington County. WEDG also partners locally with the Washington Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Washington to identify and assist businesses and entrepreneurs in need of assistance. The Main Street Washington approach is a combined process that builds the idea of a downtown’s total image. The strategy is

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incremental, resulting in many small changes that create a strong impact over time. Four volunteer-driven committees contribute to this process; business improvement, design, organization and promotion. Since Washington became a Main Street community in 2008, they have developed the economy of the community by revitalizing our downtown district. Main Street Washington volunteers are committed to revitalizing the downtown business district, restoring the appearance of historic buildings, helping businesses prosper, marketing our Main Street to regional customers and making the square a community center.

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Focusing on the betterment of both the business sector and the community at-large, the Washington Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit voluntary organization that brings together hundreds of local businesses through a variety of programs, networking events and a host of additional services designed to educate and supply a pool of resources to the community. The Chamber supports the economic initiatives of the community by acting as the community information hub, providing business referrals, maintaining a community calendar, promoting local shopping and encourages the city of Washington in all facets on a daily basis.

he city of Washington is proud of its progressive attitude and array of high-quality public services and resources available to its residents. Operating under a Mayor-Council form of government, the city is overseen by a mayor, and a six-member city council.


The current courthouse, originally built in 1887, continues to be a haven for justice in the county. Washington County is governed by a fivemember board of supervisors. Also housed in the recently renovated courthouse are the offices of the County Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder, Attorney and Clerk of Court. The Historic McCreedy Building, located adjacent to the courthouse, contains the offices of the County Engineer and Assessor. Public safety is ensured through the Washington Police Department, which is comprised of 12 sworn officers, including a K-9 officer and two administrative assistants. City police are on-hand night and day in order to protect and serve the community at-large. Washington is also served by the Washington County Sheriff ’s Office, which oversees the area’s 911 dispatch, records administration, civil process, disaster services, as well as the modern Washington County Jail. The new jail opened for use in January of 2008 and boasts a long list of state-of-the-art features. With four full-time members, supplemented with more than 30 volunteers, Washington’s Fire Department is available for a

variety of services 24/7. For further aid during a crisis, Washington offers the volunteer-based First Responders who are on-call 24 hours to assist in area emergencies. Washington is also equipped with a local paramedic level ambulance service. Washington continuously sustains its earliest town motto, “The Cleanest City in Iowa,” through a score of initiatives throughout the year. Year-round curbside recycling has been in effect since 1989, with the joint city/county recycling center operating all year to dispose of appliances and large items. A bulky item sticker may be purchased at City Hall for removal of large items placed on the curb on the regular garbage pick-up day all year long. Each fall, Washington operates a leaf vacuum throughout the city, along with providing a yard waste removal program from spring to fall. Washington also sponsors an annual cleanup day in the spring, which offers free removal of most items brought curbside for trash pick-up.


ashington offers an array of healthcare providers that include a state-of-the-art medical facility, medical supplies, dental, eye care, pharmaceutical, chiropractic, physical therapy as well as residential retirement and end-of-life care options.


Serving the people of Iowa since 1997, Community Medical Supply, Inc. has been providing patient care in southeast Iowa. Offering a wide variety of home medical, respiratory, rehabilitation equipment and durable medical supplies they provide assistance in homes, assisted living facilities as well as nursing homes. Staffed by a licensed professional staff they help you select the correct equipment and show how to use them. Mercy Family Medicine of Washington operates in conjunction with Mercy Iowa City and offers primary care physicians as their most important healthcare resource. Mercy’s medical staff offers many physicians for different needs and preferences including family practice doctors, pediatricians and internal medicine doctors. Offering routine, diagnostic and treatment services Mercy heals and comforts the sick and works to improve the health of the community.


Since 1912, Washington County Hospital and Clinics has been a part of the local healthcare community. The hospital was originally founded as Washington County Hospital, the first rural county public hospital in Iowa and west of the Mississippi. The name was changed to Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) in 1998 in an effort to encompass more of what the hospital offers and after completing a major expansion project. In 2006 and 2007, the hospital was able to invest even more in the future of healthcare in Washington by constructing new hospital facilities. These state-of-the-art facilities offer the latest in technological advancements in healthcare, while reflecting on comfort and a pleasing environment for patients and their families. WCHC is a 25-bed Critical Access hospital and 43-bed nursing home, providing inpatient, outpatient, long-term care and emergency services for Washington County and surrounding areas. WCHC’s entire healthcare team strives to meet the changing medical needs of the communities they serve. With today’s shift to shorter hospital stays, WCHC provides an extensive outpatient surgery department, radiology and rehabilitation

services. The McCreedy Home and the Keota Community Clinic also extends the continuum of care available in their communities. WCHC continuously meets healthcare needs with compassionate treatment, state-of-the-art technology and a competent staff of professionals. The hospital has seen many changes in its storied history. In 2006, WCHC broke ground on a major $22 million expansion and renovation project. Nearly all patient care areas experienced much-needed improvements thanks to this project. The first phase, a new 50,970-squarefoot addition, was complete in July 2007; the second phase was completed in December 2007, featuring 28,140 square feet of renovations. The hospital’s surgical facilities are some of the finest in the area. They include: general surgery, orthopedics, ENT, eye, podiatry, gastroenterology and gynecological procedures, and laparoscopic surgery. WCHC houses a Respiratory Therapy Department, an Ambulatory Care Department and a beautiful Family Birthing Center comprised of all LDRP rooms, which means patients labor, deliver, recover and spend time after birth in the same room. There are Murphy beds that fold down for overnight visitors. The Washington County Hospital Foundation recently funded the addition of a high-tech Infant Security System. The Family Birthing


Center provides the latest in security to assure the safety and health of the new babies. With no public access to the area, visitors must be buzzed both in and out and the area is under 24hour surveillance by camera. The Emergency Room Department at Washington County Hospital and Clinics is a Level IV Community Trauma Care Facility. The Emergency Room has private ER treatment rooms to allow more confidentiality, a large double-bay trauma room, and is physician-staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. WCHC has access to specialized services on an emergency basis through the use of helicopters. There are also the Specialty Clinic and Cardiac Rehab areas, the Therapy Department and the Women’s and Surgical Healthcare of Washington. As a separate clinic, there are two fulltime Obstetricians and Gynecologist and a General Surgeon.

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Other healthcare options at WCHC, range from family practice, optometry and chiropractic care to physical therapy, massage therapy, mental health—and everything in between.

equipment and funded educational programs. The foundation holds annual events, such as the WCHF Care for Our Kids Golf Event to raise awareness and funds for children’s healthcare.

The University of Iowa Clinical Outreach Dialysis/Specialty Clinics offer a scope of specialties and a dialysis unit comprised of six stations to treat patients locally.

The McCreedy Home provides skilled nursing care for the elderly. It is connected to the hospital for easy access for emergency needs and is one of the many residential care facilities in our area.

The Washington County Hospital Foundation (WCHF) has been making a difference in the community since its establishment, its mission is to encourage, accept and steward all public and private gifts, grants and contributions in support of the hospital. Through donor generosity, the WCHF has purchased

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Further services for the area’s mature population can be found through Lending Hands, an adult day service provider. Adults who need assistance due to memory loss, confusion, moderate Alzheimer’s, mild depression, arthritis, audio or visual loss, diabetes, stroke or

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loneliness can find a variety of things to do and make new friends at the same time. The staff and volunteers at Hospice of Washington County offer end of life care that includes the support of physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of life for both the patients and their caregivers. Believing that everyone deserves quality care at the end of life they support a person with a terminal illness to maintain personal dignity, by being in charge of his or her own healthcare, and by maintaining the highest possible quality of life. Hospice also offers support and education to clients, their caregivers, and the greater community.

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he city of Washington is home to a rich religious tradition. Approximately 20 houses of worship represent a wide variety of traditions, providing a great number of spiritual services. Along with regular and special worship services, local churches serve the needs of the community through youth groups, educational events, spiritual support groups, outreach and advocacy.


The Washington Ministerial Association is a strong voice in the community, working to unite the community through local events and outreach projects. The association sponsors an interdenominational worship service each summer in Central Park, and in the late fall, gather in celebration for an Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. Hamakua Place is a faith-based drop-in center for students 6th grade - adults. It offers a safe place for youth to gather after school, providing recreational activities such as foosball, air hockey, pool tables, table tennis, cards and board games, plus Wii

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and Play Station systems. The on-site coffee shop called Jitters Coffee House provides free Wi-Fi, and the center offers free afterschool snacks, homework help, three computer workstations & printer, as well as ongoing programs such as Girls Circle and more. Hamakua Place hosts Christian music groups, conferences & retreats. In the fall of 2012, a 12-bed crisis housing facility for youth, young adults & families in an emergency situation was added. In addition to faith-based services, over 100 service clubs and social organizations have been established here. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society of Washington, the local Habitat for Humanity and the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, to name a few, sponsor supportive events in the community throughout the year. Further local philanthropic groups contribute to such measures as college scholarships, the issuing of clothing, books, bicycles and more for underprivileged children and families and the contribution of beautiful flowers and trees in order to beautify the Washington community.

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JP's 207 ................................................................. 10 Kennedy Insurance Agency Inc............................... 20 Kirkwood Community College ................................ 29 Knights of Columbus Hall & Events Center......... 5, 17 Koller & Company, L.L.P................. Inside Back Cover Korner Kremery ...................................................... 17 Lending Hands Adult Day Care...........................22-23 Main Street Washington ........................................... 7 Mecca Services....................................................... 40 Mercy Family Medicine of Washington ................... 41 Modine Manufacturing Company........................ 3, 34 NuCara Pharmacy................................................... 41 P.I.P. Printing and Marketing Services .................... 34 Riverside Casino & Golf Resort .............................. 25 Ross Auto & Muffler, Inc. ....................................... 10 St. James Catholic Church...................................... 43 St. James Catholic School ...................................... 28 Super 8................................................................... 15 The Tile Studio........................................................ 21 Town and County Veterinary Clinic ........................ 39 United Methodist Church ....................................... 43

United Presbyterian Home ........................ Back Cover US Bank.................................................................... 7, inc. ............................................44 Walmart.................................................................. 31 Washington Community School District ................. 29 Washington Community YMCA .............................. 27 Washington County .................................................. 4 Washington County Ambulance.............................. 40 Washington County Hospital and Clinics ................ 37 Washington County Public Health & Home Care .... 42 Washington County SAFE Coalition ........................ 29 Washington Eye Care Center .................................. 41 The Washington Free Public Library ................................ Inside Front Cover Washington State Bank............................................. 1 WCDC, Inc. ............................................................. 33 WEDG - Washington Economic Development Group 8 WestChester Savings Bank ....................................... 2 Whitetail Country Estates ......... 16, Inside Back Cover Wooden Wheel Vineyards....................................... 17

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