As we noted in a tweet a while ago – the Town cancelled its traditional New Year’s levee [after spending to send invites and putting notices in the paper? $ ?] Notice that no reason was given [to residents] on the website but the press at least gets an explanation. In this report the CAO says:
the cancellation came after a request from staff. In previous years, town workers have shouldered the burden of preparing for the levee.
A couple of questions:
Did the Town even ask the staff before it sent out invitations or did it just presume on their goodwill – again? [Acadia didn’t at least spend the money to advertise theirs. They planned not to have one.]
And was the Town unwilling to spend for other caterers?
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“Small.” echoed Scrooge.
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“Why. Is it not. He has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money: three or four perhaps. Is that so much that he deserves this praise.”
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“What is the matter.” asked the Ghost.
“Nothing in particular,” said Scrooge.
“Something, I think.” the Ghost insisted.
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