By the way for Dec. 20

Lincoln Town Clerk Sally Ober recently saved and rehabilitated a female pine grosbeak bird that had probably been hit by a car. She released it in Lincoln Center a week or two ago, and it was spotted earlier this week feeding from the crabapple between the store and Weathervane senior housing. Anyone living in the Lincoln village area is asked to keep their bird feeders full. This species is social and always stays in flocks. Therefore, this little one will be somewhat vulnerable until, hopefully, another flock of pine grosbeaks comes through and “adopts” her.
The Bristol Conservation Commission is looking for two new members. Anyone who’s interested in conservation issues in the town of Bristol and who might be want to be part of the commission should come to one or more of the group’s regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month, from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the town of Bristol’s website, bristolvt.org, which also has a link to the commission’s webpage that includes a variety of information about the group’s goals, and minutes from previous meetings.
Having trouble finding that special gift for someone? Here’s a potential, tasty solution with an added philanthropic payoff: Members of the Memorial Baptist Church of Middlebury have assembled their favorite recipes into a new cookbook. The book costs $15, and the proceeds go to the Haiti Feeding Program. The church has been supporting a mission called Hope Changes Everything, and has been sending a group to Haiti since it was ravaged by an earthquake in 2010. Parishioners are seeking funds to do a meal-packing event, hopefully in mid-January. If you would like to purchase a cookbook or even make a donation, contact Marie Townsend, c/o the Memorial Baptist Church, 97 South Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
’Twas the end of an era for the individual Addison Northeast Supervisory Union boards earlier this week. Members of most of those panels, which oversaw the schools in the 5-Town area, met for the last time on Wednesday evening to do some final housekeeping before dissolving their respective boards. The recently created Mount Abraham Unified School District board has supplanted those individual boards that for decades represented Mount Abe Union High School and the elementary schools in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro.

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