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Westport 12/12

One of the students' favorite events at WCS is the annual book fair, which will be held this week from Dec. 14-17. If they have enough volunteers to staff it, they'll be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This is a great event that always brings a lot of smiles and excitement as young readers pore over the offerings and make their choices of reading material. There's also a fair amount of running around and giggling. The highlight is family night, which will be Wednesday, December 16, from 5 to 8.

But they need some volunteer help to make this happen. There are two shifts: 8 to 11:30 a.m., and 11:30 to closing at 3 p.m. If you'd like to spend a little time putting books and children together, call Laura Sells-Doyle at 962-4049.

The Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series continues on Dec. 16 with an illustrated talk, "The Power of Wilderness Experiences for Teens," by C.G. Stephens, at the Wadhams Free Library at 7:30 p.m. For three decades now, C.G. (who also happens to be one of my oldest friends) has been heading north to Lake Temagami each summer, to lead canoe trips into the wilds of northern Ontario with campers from Northwaters and Langskib Wilderness Programs.

C.G. started as a camper, but for some years now he's run the outfit, which is dedicated to providing not just adventure and fun but also transformational wilderness experiences. He'll share memories, photos, and insights into how such experiences forge character and community, and shape young leaders. The evening is free, and your questions will be welcome, though it's probably best if you don't ask about the leopard-skin bikini briefs.

Last week I mentioned that pianist Rose Chancler will offer an evening of holiday carols at the Westport Library on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. There are also some exciting holiday events coming up at the Westport Federated Church, starting Sunday afternoon, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m., with the Christmas Program and Party. Christmas Eve Worship will take place on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 27, at 3 p.m., musician and author Jessica Roemischer will give a piano concert and presentation on music's contribution to soul health and community.

Next week I'll have a report on the public meeting on Dec. 10 over the proposed outdoor generator at the school, which I've mentioned a couple of times recently. As we all know, this is a heated issue, if you'll forgive the pun, and passions are running high. I'm sure we can all be civil to our neighbors, though, whatever side we come down on. Again, fair warning.

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