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HOLIDAY GIVING
TREES AND FUNDS

HARTLAND
DONATIONS SOUGHT:
The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund is currently accepting donations for area infants, children, and teens. Items needed are socks, underwear, blankets, slippers, boots, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, school supplies, hygiene supplies, toys including games and coloring books. The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund, which is a program funded to buy gifts free of charge for families in need in the Hartland, St. Albans and Palmyra communities. Donations will be distributed at a later date and time to be announced. Individuals interested in donating items may do so by contacting Barbara Day at 938-3565 or Shirley Humphrey at 938-2159.
CHILD REGISTRATIONS SOUGHT: Residents of Hartland, St. Albans, and Palmyra are encouraged to register their infants, children, or teens for the up and coming Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund. The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund is a program that provides gifts free of charge to local families in need. In order to register your child for a free gift contact Barbara Day at 938-3565 or Shirley Humphrey at 938-2159 by Thursday, December 8th.
NEWPORT
COMMUNITY GIVING TREE:
The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) is sponsoring its Annual Community Giving Tree again this holiday season. The tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 2nd. Area organizations and civic leaders have provided the names of children and senior citizens in the community whom they know need extra help. Members of the community who would like to help out can select a tag from the tree, which will list the age of the gift recipient and the item needed. Giving trees will be located at the Newport Cultural Center on 154 Main Street. The gifts may be dropped at the NCC, preferably in gift bags. The goal is to give every child in the program at least one toy, in addition to the clothing or other items they need. The senior citizens are given care packages. Donations of gift bags, tissue paper, and ribbons would also be appreciated. All gift donations should be received by Friday, December 16th. For more information contact the NCC at 368-5074, visit newportculturalcenter.org or on Facebook.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SEEKS
FEEDER WATCHERS AND FIELD OBSERVERS

The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT) invites all interested birders to participate in the Unity Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 17th. This event contributes to the North American database for the National Audubon Society’s CBC, which is now in its 117th year. Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.
A CBC count is a tally of each individual bird of all bird species seen or heard during one 24-hour period in early winter from 12 AM to 12 AM or midnight to midnight within a 7.5 mile radius. Birds individuals may encounter during this 24-hour period range from a Northern Cardinal to a Mallard Duck.

Northern Cardinal, female:
Photo by Jennifer Wood.

The Unity CBC circle is centered at the intersection of Quaker Hill Road and Route 202/9 in Unity and is divided into sectors, each of which is assigned to a team of birders. Observers may also choose to watch birds at their home feeders if they are within the circle and record sightings during the day. SRLT will provide volunteers with instructions, bird lists, data sheets and the final results of the tally.
SRLT will also sponsor another CBC in Hartland on Saturday, December 24th. This count is centered just south of St. Albans and extends from the south side of Great Moose Lake to the west side of Sebasticook Lake. The count will be run similarly to the Unity count, as explained above. If you have computer access and would like more information on the Christmas Bird Count visit www.audubon.org/content/history-christmas-bird-count. For more information or to sign-up for the count in Unity or Hartland, email Tom Aversa at tom.aversa@gmail. com. If you lack computer access you can also contact 948-8593.



HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
A list of Holiday Happenings in the area.

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TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE
TO BE HELD IN NEWPORT
Wireless Zone, is partnering with the United States Marine Corps Reserve to create a more joy-filled Christmas morning for thousands of less fortunate children through the annual Toys for Tots drive.
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CORINNA RESIDENTS TO BE TREATED
TO A FREE TURKEY DINNER

The Corinna Bicentennial will treat Corinna residents to a free turkey dinnner at the Corinna Elementary School on December 10th from 11 AM to 2 PM.
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SEAT SPONSORSHIP DRIVE
TO BENEFIT CENTER THEATRE
The Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft recently announced that they are closing out their 10th Anniversary festivities by holding a seat drive.
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HARMONY PATRIARCH’S CLUB
RAISING FUNDS FOR FOOD PAVILION
Labor Day 2017 will mark the 70th year of the Harmony Free Fair.
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