Treasure Washington Square

Times-Reporter editorial board

This weekend, the Washington Square was a busy place, and it was great to see and hear people enjoying themselves at Autumn Fest.

One couple commented on what a wonderful event it was. The best part of the conversation was that they were from Morton and said they plan on returning for future events on the square.

It is wonderful to have a business association that cares about keeping the square a focal point of our town.

Denhart’s Baking Co. did a great job supplying food to the square’s visitors.

However, being the only Washington restaurant on the square to participate, they could only provide so much by themselves and ran out of food before the event was over.

In conjunction with Autumn Fest, Venue had its grand opening complete with live music by BeckenQ and a book signing by Bob Emser, whose sculptures are on display.

Despite having two big events on the square on the same night, there was no shortage of people at either.

Aside from having events, such as Autumn Fest and others, what makes the square special is its look.

The square, complete with benches and a fountain, is a historic part of town, so it is with great pride that most of the businesses do whatever they can to give it a hometown look and feel.

The majority of the businesses have renovated their storefronts to give the square the appearance that the Historic Preservation Committee fought for when drafting the recently passed historic preservation ordinance.

But there are one or two blemishes on the square — buildings that do not have the quaint, polished look of the others on the square.

One will be remedied in the near future when Tom and Judy Gross are able to finish renovations on the old Bank Plus building.

They bought the building in hopes of leasing it and bringing more visitors to the square.

We commend the efforts of those business owners on the square who take pride in the square and participate in Autumn Fest and other mini festivals.

As a community, the square is a part of our identity, and it is up to everyone to do whatever they can to maintain Washington’s identity.

For some, that may mean something as simple as cleaning up their trash.