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Happy holidays from Montville and beyond! May you have plenty of firewood stacked up and a decent hill to go sledding on.

Today, Monday, Dec. 21, marks the shortest day of the year with the least amount of sunlight. On the flip side of that, the days will begin to get longer from this point on.

Mount View is currently having a winter clothing drive. Consider donating slightly used winter jackets, boots, hats, mittens, snow pants and (new) socks. Sizes range from elementary to high school. Drop off is at the Mount View High School lobby at 577 Mount View Road, Thorndike.

There is a cool new store in Palermo, The Maine Variety, located on Route 3 at the old Cutting Remarks building. They sell only Maine-made products, and are stocked for Christmas shopping with a wide assortment of handmade crafts, ornaments, wreaths, quilts, jewelry, towels and napkins, note cards, wooden bowls and platters, stained glass, meats, local produce specialty food items and more. Check them out!

For December, the library returned to curbside only. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we strive to keep everyone safe. For directions on checking out a book, see http://liberty.lib.me.us/curbside-only/#more-7392.

If you are like me and having a hard time getting into the spirit of Christmas this year, I recommend listening to a beautiful rendition of "Carol of Bells" by the Mount View Chamber Singers and Chorale. Visit https://tinyurl.com/yct9bsbk. It worked for me. For other songs, check out their Facebook page, facebook.com/mvchambersingers/.

If that does not get you in the mood, I would suggest heading over to the Mount View High School Concert Band Facebook page for some Christmas nuggets that are sure to do the trick (facebook.com/Mt.ViewBand/) Hats off to Mr. Venti for piecing together the performances and making it cohesive and truly enjoyable!

That's about it. Have a wonderful holiday.