Rabies clinic

CARTHAGE – There will be a rabies clinic from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the town office. Dog licensing will also be available. Deadline for dogs to be licensed is Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Bottle drive

SALEM – The Salem United Methodist Church will host a bottle drive on Sunday, Feb. 5, to benefit the Salem Church building fund in preparation for moving the 100-plus-year-old church in Salem Village onto a new foundation, with groundwork scheduled to begin during the summer. For more information or to arrange for donation pick-up, contact a church member by calling 678-2442 or 678-2182.

Chowder lunch

FARMINGTON – Trinity United Methodist Church continues to serve free fish chowder luncheons from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday until March 30 at the church on the Farmington Falls Road. All are welcome.

Church supper

WILTON – The First Apostolic Church will hold a public supper from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the church on Routes 2 and 4 to benefit the building fund. The menu will include baked beans, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, casseroles and desserts. Cost is adults, $5; children, $3.

Takeout meal

NEW SHARON – The New Sharon Congregational Church will hold its monthly family baked bean takeout meal from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, at the church on Cape Cod Hill Road. The meal will include a quart of baked beans, a pint of coleslaw, yeast rolls or brown bread and a family-size homemade pie for $12. To reserve meals, call Mary at 778-2366.

Sled dog races

FARMINGTON – The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is planning its fifth annual Winter Fest activities. The kick-off event will be the Down East Sled Dog Races on Feb. 4 and 5 on property owned by Bussie and Brenda York, Route 2.

Skill levels will range from short runs for children with one-dog sleds to a “professional” class, with individual teams running from one to eight dogs.

Skijoring, where competitors on cross country skis are pulled by one or two dogs, will also be part of the competition. The event is free and food vendors will be on location.

There will be an awards banquet on Sunday night at the Farmington Elks Lodge. For more information, call the chamber at 778-4215.

Blacksmiths meet

WILTON – The Western Maine Blacksmith’s Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Wilton Historical Society. A demonstration by Gary Kenney, an Embden blacksmith, will be given. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Bill Reid at 778-2325.

Library supper

NEW VINEYARD – The New Vineyard Library Association will sponsor a Cabin Fever supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Smith Hall. The meal will include soups, chowder, breads and pies.

Starting at 6 p.m. a song swap will be held. Those attending are invited to bring an instrument or to sing along with friends and neighbors in an old-fashioned evening of music-making.

Proceeds will benefit the New Vineyard Library. Cost is adults, $5; children 12 and under, $3; and a family deal of $12.

Supper, music

SALEM – The Salem Pine Tree Club will sponsor two events to help relieve Cabin Fever in February. A candlelight spaghetti supper will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Salem Community Building. The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, homemade bread and desserts.

A&E Hill Country Music will return with country bluegrass music at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Community Building, weather permitting. The snow date will be Sunday, Feb. 19.

Poster contest

FARMINGTON – Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District has announced the theme for the 2006 National Conservation Poster Contest. “Water Wise” demonstrates the need to be wise about the way the resource of water is used.

The contest provides kindergarten through 12th grade an opportunity to share their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues. Posters are a means where students can personalize conservation knowledge and attitudes and put them in their own words and images.

Posters are due in the district office by March 17 and they will be judged that week. For more information and a registration form with details, contact the office at 778-4279.

All winning posters will be sent to the state level for judging. First-place state winners will proceed to national level. Prizes are awarded at each level.

First-place winners will receive a $50 savings bond. Second and third will receive a Christmas tree or another plant.

In Louisiana

FARMINGTON – Sandy River, licensed acupuncturist, will be in Louisiana for the first weeks in February, volunteering her services to Acupuncturists Without Borders.

River will join the nonprofit group in order to serve Hurricane Katrina survivors and the relief workers in New Orleans with acupuncture treatment. For more information, visit www.acuwithoutborders.org or call 778-9700.

Sandy River Acupuncture will take appointments and new patients again beginning Feb. 14.


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