It is hard to believe that Christmas is on our doorstep. The weather is cooperating somewhat, giving us a little coating of the white stuff. We have received so many wonderful Christmas cards this year, which I have to admit makes me feel a little guilty because I stopped doing them a few years ago. But we certainly do like getting them, and we would like thank everybody that has sent us one.
No matter what I think I know about dogs, I have discovered there is always more to learn. The two lovely boxers I recently pet-sat for reminded me of this fact. They were shy, sweet, and eager to make friends (and very happy to accept treats from me). And, apparently, at least one of them likes to chew on slippers.
Brrr … turn off the freezer. I’m ready for a January thaw right now. I guess we’ll get through it. In the spirit of optimism, did you know that Thursday is the shortest day of the year? Spring can only be just around the corner.
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.
Folks, I’m listenin’. Lots of you have asked why I haven’t done more scribblin’ about truckin’ lately. Well, a couple of reasons. I haven’t had much to say, as I haven’t been on the road as much, and there have been so many other issues that have occupied my thoughts!
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.
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.