As most of us make our way gleefully through the Christmas season, as we shop and set up our trees and shop and string lights and shop and celebrate with family and friends and shop and watch our favorite Christmas movies, it is easy to forget about those perhaps somewhat less giddy about the season than ourselves.
LA choirs shine: Kudos to Lincoln Academy Choir Director Beth Preston for a fabulous concert on Sunday, Dec. 10. Preston led the LA Concert Choir and the school’s Lincolnaires advanced vocal ensemble in the “Sounds of the Season” concert that took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Newcastle.
You are cordially invited to the annual Christmas candlelight Service at the United Baptist Church in South Jefferson on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. This early evening service promises to fill you and your family with the meaning and beauty of the Christmas season. Afterwards, we hope you will stay and enjoy some fellowship with your neighbors and friends at church. Also, in keeping with our church tradition, the Christmas Cookie Swap takes place. Just bring a plate of Christmas cookies to share, and take home a delightful variety of sweets from the swap.
In the new year, we will likely be asked to vote on a series of options regarding the future of the Bristol Mills Dam and fish ladder, which are both in need of significant repair and severely limit the passage of alewives upstream. I’m writing to encourage residents to become as educated on the subject as possible before any votes are cast.
We commend the leadership of the Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit for its open and proactive response to community concerns about Whitefield Elementary School.
Ah! ’Tis the season of wonder and expectation. Yes, even at Hodgdon Green, the assisted-living home in Damariscotta. May all who read this column have a joy-filled and blessed Christmas.
Kids need a kiln: Whitefield Elementary School’s new art teacher, Hollie Hilton, has hit the ground running as far as making positive changes in art instruction at the school. I learned recently that Hilton started up a DonorsChoose fundraising campaign for a digital kiln for her students.
The following is a “takeover” column by guest author Kyle Tong, Lincoln Academy’s coordinator of curriculum and auxiliary programs.
The education forum: In mid-November, scores of Whitefield residents gathered at the school to widely discuss education for children in the town; a big thanks to all who participated. At the meeting’s conclusion, the “education forum” recorded a number of outcomes describing much that’s good and not-so-good at Whitefield Elementary School, including oral testimony from parents. All the material has been saved, is being carefully reviewed by the district, and will form the basis for a plan to move forward.
When people from Europe came to settle in North America, they brought their holidays with them. Thus we still celebrate many, like Easter, Halloween, and New Year’s Day, as they did in the old country. But there is one holiday that is ours. Thanksgiving is purely American.
A Nordone Christmas: Damariscotta artist and musician Kathi Nordone has been busy lately. She recently concluded a series of performance dates at The Bradley Inn in New Harbor. Then she moved into artist mode and operated a booth selling her original Christmas cards at the Central Lincoln County YMCA’s Holiday Bazaar.
Well, it is dog licensing time once again. If you wait until January, it will be late-charge time. The state says we have to charge it; if we don’t, the town gets in trouble.
In theory, lower taxes make it possible for corporations and investors to invest in businesses like manufacturing and thus create jobs. When energy is factored into the picture, however, questions arise.
As the holidays approach, it is that time again when we enjoy eating delicious foods. As we enjoy our food we may see our pets watching us longingly. Since it is a special occasion and we love to see our pets happy, we think, “a little won’t hurt.” Later, we are awakened in the middle of the night by a vomiting pet.
Benoit at Sotheby’s: Sue Jones over at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Damariscotta called me the other day to give me a heads-up about a cool new show that is running there through the end of April 2018: Boothbay Harbor wood-sculpture artist Andre Benoit’s “Abstraction and Representation Within and Outside the Drawer” exhibit.