Office event fetes Wes Daniel

The town’s Christmas party for staff, Select Board, committee chairs and road crew was held last Wednesday evening with a special surprise for Wes Daniel. Thanks to a lot of sneaky preparations by conspiracy-leader Angela Stevens; Wes’s wife, Kathy; the town clerks Mary, Stephanie and Sara; and many helpers, the Christmas party was momentarily Wes’s surprise birthday party. All the guests got seated in the Bryant Room and burst into a rousing version of “Happy Birthday to You” just as he came in the door. It was more fun than anything to see the look of surprise and big smile come onto Wes’s face. There was a yummy potluck buffet and a huge birthday cake, too. It was a good time to wish Wes a happy birthday and exchange holiday greetings, too. Oh, I don’t think this part is confidential… but I’ll whisper, just in case: Wes just turned 70. Many, many thanks to everyone who helped make this a happy celebration.

Monthly birthdays

One of the things we found at the office party was that several people there also had a birthday in December. Someone posed the question of whether having a monthly birthday party for each month would be a good “social” event.

One with just a potluck meal and sociability — but no purpose except getting acquainted and having friendly conversation. If there’s any interest in pursuing the idea, send me a message. My contact info is at the top of the page.

Gibbs book sale announcement

The crew at Gibbs Library will be having a Used Book Sale on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Bryant Room. When you donate books, remember the purpose of the book sale is to raise money so make sure they seem sellable, as in “Would I buy this book?”

Book Discussion re-group

An adult book discussion group will start up on Jan. 17, 2023, and meet monthly every third Wednesday at 6 p.m. The January book is “The Water Dancer,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The Winter Solstice

Practically the most important day of the year passed just last week. The Winter Solstice — the day that has the shortest daylight of the entire year. And more importantly, the time when Earth’s position changes and daylight hours begin to increase. For many, the occasion is a blip on their radar, if that, as we get caught up in busyness and aren’t tuned into this amazing phenom. In my house, the kitchen window faces west. On the solstice and I try to get a photo of the sun setting on the horizon – which by now is way down the lake at the “southern” end of my camera’s panoramic photo frame. Then, I print the photo so I can occasionally do another to check out how far the sun has moved up the horizon, also checking that the sun doesn’t pull a fast one on us and go someplace else.

The Winter Solstice has significant meanings in most cultures. Since time immemorial, they all have something to do with the lengthening of daylight. Find a horizon to watch and you can see it for yourself.

VERY BEST WISHES FOR A HEALTHY, HAPPY 2023!