Agricultural, woodland conservation meeting to be held

FARMINGTON — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with the Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District, welcomes all local residents with an interest in conservation practices on private agricultural lands and woodlands to participate in a Local Working Group meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Municipal Building, 153 Farmington Falls Road.

The group will discuss local Franklin County natural resource priorities and provide recommendations on the prioritization and allocation of funds under the 2020 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Agricultural producers, private woodland owners, members of environmental/watershed organizations or land trusts, professionals in soil, water, plant, wetland or wildlife sciences, and those familiar with agricultural and natural resource concerns in Franklin County are welcome to join the group for discussion and refreshments.

Anyone who requires special accommodations to attend the meeting or has any questions should contact Rosetta White by Dec. 3 at 207-778-4279 and/or Amanda Burton, NRCS district conservationist at 207-778-4767.

Children’s gift buying event to be held

WILTON — Each year, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 59 High St. (corner of High and School streets), will hold a children’s Christmas gift event, Santa’s Workshop, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Children shop with the help of elves; refreshments will available in the kitchen for adults while children shop. After children finish shopping the gifts will be wrapped. Items are all within a price range of 25 cents to $1. All funds go toward the community outreach program.

FMI: call the church at 207-645-2639 or visit http://stlukeswilton.org/santas-workshop/.

Christmas in Carthage to be held

CARTHAGE — The Carthage Generations Club will present Christmas in Carthage from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Town Office.

There will be snacks, crafts, wreaths, take-your-own photo opportunities and more at the celebration.

Club to hold Christmas dinner, meeting

RUMFORD — The Lithuanian Heritage Club annual Christmas dinner and meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Gatch’s, 137 Rumford Ave.

Folks planning to attend should contact Christine at 207-357-9822 or Connie at 207-364-2444 before Monday, Dec. 3. Late membership dues will be accepted.

Contradancing to be held at Grange

FARMINGTON — There will contradancing starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Grange at 124 Bridge St.

First half is for families and beginners and costs $2. Second half starts at 8 p.m. and costs $5 for students and $6 for adults. The Franklin County Fiddlers will play; John McIntire will be the caller. No partner necessary.

For more information, call 207-491-9928.

Society to hold potluck, meeting

WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Town Complex. There will be a potluck lunch at noon with the monthly meeting following at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Building dedication and open house

DIXFIELD — A building dedication and open house for the expansion of the Food Pantry and Sharing Center will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in front of the building at 2 Chapel Road.

In the case of inclement or severely cold weather, the event will be moved inside the church. Folks are invited to celebrate the Lord’s work and an expanded opportunity to help their neighbors.

People who can bring a box, can or container of food to help supply the pantry with much needed provisions are encouraged to do so.

For more information, call Pastor Ken Hinkley at 207-562–7470 or Director Linda Hinkley at 207-364–6405.

Christmas Cantata to be held 

LOCKE MILLS — The Annual Christmas Cantata will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Locke Mills Union Church.

There will be a mixed choir from area churches directed by James Bennett. Refreshments will follow the show.

FMI: contact Joyce Hathaway at 207-674-2259.

Suicide prevention workshop planned

BETHEL — NAMI Maine and NAMI Western Mountains affiliate will co-sponsor NAMI’s Suicide Prevention program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the cafeteria of Telstar Regional High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Route 26.

This workshop is free, and no registration is required. Those attending will learn about what can be done to prevent suicide, how to support community members and loved ones, and about resources for professional support.

The presentation will be led by Greg Marley LCSW, NAMI Maine’s Clinical Director with more than 25 years in mental health and suicide prevention.

For questions and more information, contact [email protected] or 800-464-5767, ext. 310.