Happy Holidays to our Dublin neighbors! The December Advocate includes a roundup of events in town and in the region, beginning with the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree and concluding with several Christmas Eve services. In between, there’s a community Hanukkah menorah lighting in Keene, Midwinter Revels in Brattleboro, and holiday music in Hancock. And the DubHub and the Harris Center are both offering local holiday shopping opportunities.

Volkert Volkersz, the new circulation librarian at the DPL, describes how our library offers both online services and friendly patron interaction – as well as programs for all ages. Chris Sprague, chair of the board of trustees, asks for input to guide planning in the new year, and introduces Elizabeth Moore as a new library assistant. He notes the passing of longtime library director Betty McIntyre, with gratitude for her long service to the town.

The outside of Town Hall is dressed up for the holidays, thanks to a crew from the Garden Club, and inside the building, tax payments are being collected during restricted holiday hours. Meanwhile, Select Board chair Carole Monroe calls on citizens to participate in their town government. Susan Peters, Select Board and Housing Committee member, describes how Accessory Dwelling Units may provide important housing options in town. The Dublin Community Foundation announces a new website and acknowledges the long tenure of retiring DCF member Jane Keough.

In school news, the Dublin Christian Academy girls’ volleyball team celebrates a second state championship. The children at Dublin Consolidated School are ready for snow with new sleds – and ready for a Lantern Parade in Peterborough with new fish lanterns. School Board representative Alan Edelkind describes the status of the school consolidation/reconfiguration study, which concludes at the end of December.

Longtime Dubliner Jane Holmes, who recently passed away, is remembered by her husband Chris Gallagher as someone devoted to her family and community, and influential as a speech pathologist to very young children.

The River Center, which offers programs to support families, is seeking volunteers to help with tax preparation, the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) announces upcoming events, and End 68 Hours of Hunger invites donations of food that won’t freeze, which can be dropped off at the Dublin Community Church.

December 2023