There are so many wonderful festivities this time of the year. This past Friday evening "The Festival of Carols" Concert at the Essex Methodist Church was wonderful. This was the Pleasant Valley Chorale blending nearly 50 voices singing songs of the season was truly a treat. This group has put in many hours of practice so it was great that they performed to a full house; it seems that each year this is a coveted holiday event. I paid a visit to the Paine Library to view the craft items on sale there, they are the works of area crafters of outstanding quality. If you are still looking for a gift to give to a person on your list, you should stop in and take a look, they are available during the library hours.

It is so delightful to drive around town after dark and view the many wonderful outside decorations. Ben on Main Street has really out done his decorations this year. Reminder if you have done an outside decoration and would like to be entered into the town wide decoration contest, you need to call the town hall and register.

All of the churches are planning special Christmas Eve services and there is always a welcome to all interested persons. Many of the times are listed on Cable or visit the town web site. I do know that the Reber Methodist church will hold their candle light service at 6 p.m. in Reber. The Willsboro United Methodist Church will hold their Candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. in Willsboro; at this service the children will act out the Nativity story, along with special music. At this writing the weather is not showing the nice white snow covered ground that we see pictured in Christmas card, but we still might get it before the 24th and Santa's visit.

Happy Birthday to Wendy Ball 12/21, Lucas Strong 12/22, Alice Wand 12/22, Rhonda Belzile 12/24, James Russell 12/24, Kymberli Young 12/26, Peg Schnieder 12/27.

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