WEST FARMINGTON — Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District invited Commissioner Whitcomb and the USDA — NRCS Assistant State Conservationist, Pauline Pare to attend its 66th annual meeting, public super and silent auction.

Walter Witcomb, commissioner of agriculture, forestry and conservation, will give a presentation on the progress of the merger of the three departments on Friday, April 12, at the West Farmington Grange Hall.

The evening will commence with a silent auction beginning at 5:15 and ending at 6:15 p.m. A public turkey dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the auction is set for 6:15 p.m.

The auction will offer items that include maple syrup, snow shoes, long-handled step stool, pecan pies, whoopie pies, fudge and cookies as well as certificates for: firewood, No. 2 heating oil, $100 Hammond Lumber, FitnessCenter, wood pellets, $70 total food or gas certificates, fair passes, complete dental, ski lift tickets and wood chips.

The evening will end with a presentation on locally grown grapes and wine production at “A Wild Fern Winery” in Farmington.

Cost is $10 per person by pre-registering. Payment can be mailed to or dropped off at FCSWCD, 107 Park St., Farmington. All paid pre-registered guests will go into a drawing for “A day of rest” which includes Narrow Gauge movie passes, lunch at Homestead Bakery in Farmington, dinner at Calzolaio Pasta Company in Wilton and flowers from Riverside Greenhouse in Farmington.