Sunday message

FARMINGTON – Pastor Susan Crane’s message will be “I Have a Dream!” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Academy Street. Sunday school classes for all ages will begin at 9 a.m. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship at 11:30.

Office closed

CARTHAGE – The town office will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 24, due to a workshop.

Tax assistance

WILTON – The Wilton Free Public Library will again offer tax assistance to elderly and low income taxpayers. A volunteer will be in the library from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on some Wednesdays through April 5. Call the library to set an appointment. Days available are Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 15, 29 and April 5.

Tax forms are also available and may be picked up during business hours.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is 645-4831.

Burns program

FARMINGTON – Colonial Daughters Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will celebrate the birthday of renowned poet, story and song writer Robert Burns (1759-1796) at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Pierce House.

Local vocal soloist Darlene Moore will sing some of Burns’ Scottish songs. She will be accompanied by Nancy Brooks on harp, Loraine Norton playing the dulcimer and Theo Walker on violin. Scottish desserts will be served.

Burns was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Jan. 25, 1759, and was surrounded by stories and music from his earliest years. His mother was a singer and storyteller. His songs include “Auld Lang Syne,” “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye” and “A Red, Red Rose.” He died at the age of 37 from heart disease.

Youth concert

WILTON – Wilton high school students are planning a concert of youth music groups to raise funds for heating oil costs for Franklin County residents.

The “Winter Warm Up” concert will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the First Congregational Church, Main Street. Performing will be local instrumental and a cappella groups, featuring middle school and high school youth.

Last year a similar event raised more than $2,300 for South Asia tsunami relief. This year funds will be contributed to the Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund that has been established by nearly two dozen churches in Franklin County, with additional donations from community organizations, businesses and private individuals.

The public is invited. Admission is by donation.

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