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Winter solstice this Saturday | Athol-Thurman

Winter solstice this Saturday

The winter solstice is the time at which the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. This is the shortest day of the year —Ω after Dec. 21, each day will get increasingly longer. So there is good news in sight for those of you who are looking forward to the cold weather ending and spring’s arrival.

Over the fence

If you have not yet picked out your Christmas tree or you are one who gets it on Christmas Eve, your may just be in luck. Tom Lloyd of High St. has a 50-foot tree. All you need to do is remove it yourself, Don states that he does have a bucket loader and can assist you with removal. This tree is free of charge to any church that is interested; if a private citizen is interested all you need do is make a donation to the charity of your choice and it’s yours. Several years ago Tom donated a 50-foot tree to a local church. To reach Tom, call 623-9515.

All town offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. These closures include the landfill which is regularly open on Wednesdays.

Remember the Thurman transfer station will be open on Dec. 21 and 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. These will be the only hours this week as Wednesday, Dec. 25 is Christmas. If you have plans on cleaning out the house in preparations for the holiday this will be your last chance to get them removed before guests arrive.

Despite the recent public meeting to shift hours, the Athol Post Office is still open regular hours and they are: Monday through Friday – excluding legal holidays – from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Postal clerk closes her counter window at 4:30 p.m. and asks those obtaining packages to arrive by 4:15 p.m. To reach the post office, call 623-2018.

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