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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Waitsburg Masonic Lodge still a home for some


September 7, 2023

WAITSBURG—Everyone in the Touchet Valley knows where to find Waitsburg Grocery. Some may not have realized that the building is the home of Masonic Lodge #16.

Waitsburg’s current lodge was constructed in 1913 for $26,000 after the original structure was lost to fire. Members rebuilt with a second floor for Masonic use, reserving the ground floor for a local business. For decades, that business has been Waitsburg Grocery, now owned and operated by Jamie Allen.

“That way, the lodge would have community support but also be able to serve the community with the local business,” says Skip Winchester...

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