Westport 12/5

Here's a reminder about the public information meeting on the proposed capital project at the school, which will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the school library. As I reported last week, the proposal includes the installation of a outdoor generator at the school, so that the building could be used as a public shelter in the event of another ice storm or similar disaster.

If you have questions about all this, come to the meeting and ask them! The school board members, along with Superintendent Gallagher and other knowledgeable staff, will be there to explain how the proposal was put together and where the funding will come from. And, of course, how much it's going to cost us, the taxpayers.

The vote itself will be on Tuesday, Dec. 22, from noon to 9 p.m. at the school, when the vacant seat on the board will also be filled.

Harsh realities like disasters and taxes need to be dealt with, but it's nice that the holiday season is also coming up. We can move on to family get-togethers, tidings of joy, and perhaps a little entertainment.

You can combine all three on Saturday, Dec. 12, when the Depot Theatre and the Whallonsburg Grange will put on a staged reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at 7 p.m. in the newly restored Grange Hall. The reading will be staged by Broadway veteran Christopher Jones, who will read the part of Scrooge, and will feature other professional actors from the Depot Theatre as well as local amateur performers. (Disclosure: yours truly will read one of Scrooge's nephews.)

It's going to be a lot of fun, and best of all it's free. Donations of food or cash will be accepted for the ACAP food pantry.

The Whallonsburg Grange is also hosting a Holiday Craft Bazaar to benefit our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 16 tables of beautiful crafts for sale. Now you've got two reasons to go admire all the great work (mostly volunteer) that's been done recently to restore this gorgeous old building.

Another way to get into the holiday spirit is to go for Christmas carols at the Westport Library on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., when acclaimed pianist and teacher Rose Chancler will perform on the keyboard. She'll sing a few carols herself, and then accompany the audience for some old favorites. Janice Kyle will be there with some of her talented music students from Westport Central, which ought to keep the rest of us in the right key. There will be a fire and refreshments, and once again it's free.

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