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The Mount View Chamber Singers performed their first Carols in the Round of the season Dec. 2 at the Freedom Congregational Church. The Chamber Singers have a new director this year, Jacob  Davenport, a teacher at Mount View who also directs the High School Chorus and the Middle School Jazz Band. He has run the Middle School Jazz Band, which I myself am a part of, for the past three years, and just began directing the High School Chorus this year.

Like most other musical groups at Mount View, the Chamber Singers’ numbers have dwindled over the pandemic. There are now only 10 of them, all female. Nevertheless the Chamber Singers still displayed an incredible performance as always; the perfectly performed vocals somewhere between haunting and beautiful.

It is something of a family tradition to watch the Chamber Singers at a Carols in the Round once every December. Though the Chamber Singers were unable to perform last year, it’s a serendipitous return to normalcy to hear their voices echoing about a church once more. They will be singing at the First Church in Belfast on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. You can see their full schedule on their Facebook page, facebook.com/mvchambersingers/.

Notices

The UARRC will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, reopening Tuesday, Dec. 28, for regular hours (Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The recycling center will also be closed  Dec 31and Jan. 1, reopening Jan. 4, 2022.

There will be a compactor ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Montville Transfer Station on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. Montville residents can deliver one trash bag free of charge during this time and hot cocoa will be served.

Laura Sumilecker, the education and outreach coordinator for Avian Haven in Freedom, will host a Zoom presentation, “A Citizen’s Guide to Helping the Birds of Maine,” on Jan. 11, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will cover the most common reasons birds are admitted to Avian Haven and what you can do to help local birds. You will have to register in order to receive an invitation link. Visit liberty.lib.me.us/ for more information.

The Liberty Library is also still selling photo cards and collecting winter clothing. They especially need mittens.