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By the way for Dec. 27

Save the date: the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s Repair Fair will return to the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4-8 p.m. The Repair Fair is a free, family-friendly event that empowers people to repair broken and damaged belongings instead of throwing them away. Bring your bikes, clothing, jewelry, eyeglasses, furniture, appliances and more to be fixed for free. Refreshments and kids’ activities will be provided. More information can be found at: bit.ly/2ApqBia. If you have a repair skill and would like to volunteer at the Repair Fair, please contact Elizabeth Cultrara at americorps1@acswmd.org or 388-2333.
 
The Lincoln selectboard is pleased to announce the Walter S. Burnham Community Award. The award is part of a legacy spelled out in the 1919 will of the late Walter Burnham “for rewards of merit for school children of said town of Lincoln.” The mission of the award is to encourage students to understand and appreciate the value of volunteering with local organizations. The $500 award is for service and is not based on academic achievement. Those interesting in vying for the award — open to high school juniors who reside in Lincoln or the surrounding towns — must submit an essay of up to 500 words responding to the question, “How have you contributed to the wider community of Lincoln?” In addition to the completed essay, each student must submit a cover sheet with contact information and a brief biography. A panel of judges will read the submitted essays and choose the winner and two honorable mentions who will be honored at a dinner in at Burnham Hall next spring. The deadline for submitting essays is March 15, 2019. Specific information is available through the Mount Abraham Union High School counseling office, the Lincoln Library, the Lincoln town clerk’s office, and the Lincoln town website at lincolnvermont.org.
 
Have a special talent? Show it off at the second annual “Ten Below Variety Show,” a night of entertainment on Feb. 9 to support Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library. Prospective entertainers must first show up at auditions at Holley Hall, slated for Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. and Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. Now is the time to get your act together. Organizers are seeking local people with all types of talent, including comedy, music, drama, poetry and impersonations. Every act must be 10 minutes or less. Call Caroline Engvall at 453-7817 for details and information.
 
Warning to Monkton residents: A skunk recently caught near Mountain Road has tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a virus that can be fatal, so it’s very important that anyone who’s been exposed to a rabid animal contact the Vermont Department of Health right away. It is winter and a lot of animals are hibernating or dormant so it would be uncommon to see skunks and raccoons out, other than during a warm spell of several days above freezing. If you see animals out when you wouldn’t expect them, keep your distance. If they seem to be acting strange or don’t seem to be afraid of you, then you should notify a state game warden right away. The local Vermont State Police contact number for game wardens is 388-4919.

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