Elmer’s Old Washcloth and Dishtowel Drive

Notes from Nan: Recycling your old stuff with us, who need it!
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati

I have spent the ENTIRE day planning to work on my taxes—I’m just a little behind on a few things—and here I am at 7:09 pm, not any closer to being a true American Citizen than I was at 8:00 this morning. Hey look! I just twittered!

My new favorite name of something: Being on E-mail and Facebook all day long while at work is apparently called “Social Notworking.”

Okay, now for the news:

Do you remember back when we did our great Pen drive and everyone brought our pens back to us as well as some that we had never owned? Well now I have an even better idea! This is Elmer’s Old Washcloth and Dishtowel drive! (And we could use some pens again, too, as you apparently took them all home with you again.)

I’m just thinking; I spend a lot of money on washcloths and dishtowels so that we can wash off tables and dry them, and I occasionally bring in old ones from my house that are unsightly or just too rust-stained for me to want to give to guests or anything, and then I thought, “Why, I’ll bet there are lots of people out there without anything to do with their old washcloths and dishtowels!” I don’t mean your good guest towels, I mean that even kind of raggely ones will do! Those aren’t really things you can put in your tag sales, so you must have mountains of them in the back of your attic!

You may ask yourselves, “Where exactly do the washcloths and dish towels they already have go to?” and the answer is, “I don’t know! Maybe you took those with you, too when you were pocketing our pens!” It is also possible that since it is the good old summertime and we are serving that many more Elmer Guests (we served breakfast to 139 people on Father’s Day!) that our need is up and so we’re just running through more as we put them in the laundry every day.

So if you are looking at your collected piles of pens, washcloths, dishtowels OR even coffee mugs that you wish you didn’t have, you can just bring them to us at Elmer’s Store, 369 Main St., Ashfield, Massachusetts 01330.  You can recycle your old stuff and help us keep our costs down all at the same time! And we appreciate it!

Here is our dinner menu for this week:


  • Beef and Spinach Lasagna
  • Or Vegetarain Lasagna


  • Seared Ahi Tuna with Balsamic Glaze Over Panzella:
  • Italian Bread Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and peppers in a garlic red wine vinaigrette
  • Field Greens salad with The field greens of Paddy Flat farm over here up the street.
  • OR Vegetarian lasagna With the field greens salad.

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