FARMINGTON – The Farmington Rotary Club is planning for the seventh annual Festival of Trees as part of the Chester Greenwood Day festivities to be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, when the public can bid on their favorite tree and on holiday gifts donated by area businesses.

Balsam firs, donated by Walter and Joanne Gooley, will be decorated by area businesses and organizations and will be on display at the Granary Restaurant all day. They will be auctioned off at an evening reception by auctioneer Adrian Harris, with the proceeds to support local charities and community programs. Rotarians will deliver the trees to the wining bidders the next day.

Also that day, the club will draw the winner of the $5,000 vacation raffle from Farmington Travel. Only 1,000 tickets are being sold at $10 each. Tickets are on sale at Mickey’s Hallmark.

In other club news, the Rotary, in conjunction with the Sparkes Hearing Service, gave free baseline hearing tests at a clinic. The annual Halloween window-painting contest on Oct. 29 saw many children participating, with students from Mount Blue High School’s Jobs of Maine Graduates’ program volunteering.

The club’s World Service Project this month is to provide soccer balls and Frisbees to Iraqi children through the help of the PFC Joshua Marsella of the Maine’s 133rd. He has been corresponding with the club and has described the good will the soldiers are trying to build.

The Centennial Park Community Service project, to celebrate Rotary International’s 100th birthday, is improving the old rail-trail across Prescott Field on Front Street. There are 12 park benches, donated by the club, and members have been clearing brush to widen the path to the Sandy River. The benches are already well used at lunch time and to watch University of Maine at Farmington and Farmington Recreation Department sporting events.

For more information on joining the Rotary, contact Club President Buzz Davis at 778-4275.


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