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Dates to Remember , normally listed on this page, are on page 4 this month.

Dates to Remember, normally listed on this page, are on page 4 this month.

COVER DESIGN

By Laura Hopkins Berkshire, NY

Pen & ink drawing from a Christmas card I created for family & friends years ago.

Christmas card I created for family & friends years ago. ABOUT THE ARTIST The story of

ABOUT THE ARTIST

The story of a “wannabe” artist… In the 2 nd grade - I stayed inside instead of going outside to play with friends, so I could draw a picture of a horse. In the 5 th grade - My father’s cousin was a cartoonist at the Elmira Star Gazette. He encouraged my efforts, and would send me sketches to copy and return to him. At age 12, I was hospitalized for 6 weeks, during which time I drew with art paper and crayons. I grew up during the Depression, and there were no art stores with art books and supplies, and little money to buy them with. Opportunities for an art education were sparse. Later, my husband enrolled me in a Famous Artists correspondence course, but with little children to care for the will was there but the time was not. In 1973 we moved to Berkshire, and I became one of Carrie Tornatore’s first five adult art students. We studied pencil, pen & ink, watercolor, pastel and oils, and had great fun going to art shows and field trips. I also took lessons from Anna Marie Zettelmayer and Cheryl Stein, and some courses at TC3. My interests were mainly nature, flowers and still life. Later, I began doodling, which led back to simple pen & ink drawings, my favorite medium.

Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me. Let there be
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our father, brothers all are we,
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me,
Let this be the moment now,
With every step I take,
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live each moment
In peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.
We wish you peace this Christmas…
Eileen & Elayne
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fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah. 18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to
be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of
the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the
engagement quietly. 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel
said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a
son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth
to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” 24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord
commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named
him Jesus. [Gospel Of Matthew, Chapter 1, NLT]
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December 2013/January 2014  VOL. 13, No. 4/5
Publishers –
Features
Eileen Morock, Elayne Dudek
Cover Design/About the Artist …………………………
2
Owego distribution – Kathy Mccall
Ithaca distribution – Olivia armstrong
Senior Scene ……………………………………………….… 6
Collections of This & That ………………………….….…
6
Writing From My Rocker ………………………………….
7
Distribution Areas:
Poetic License ………………………
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Whitney Point, Glen Aubrey, Maine, Owego,
Apalachin, Johnson City, Endicott, Union Cente r,
Vestal, Endwell, Binghamton, Tioga Center,
Nichols, Barton, Waverly, Candor, Spencer,
VanEtten, Chenango Bridge, Ithaca (NY),
& Sayre (PA)
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Health & Fitness …………….……………………………
12
Our Daily Bread ……………………………………………. 18
Mindclips ……………………………………………………. 19
Back On Broad Street - Down Waverly Way …………… 24
Kiribati Diary (chapter 7) …………………………………
26
The 3/50 Project …………………………………………… 27
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Essential Oils - Then and Now (part 119) ….….……
First Nation ……………………………………………
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31
8 th Annual Newark Valley Holiday Magic ………………. 36
33
Shangri-La Diary (chapter 26 - Final) …………….….…… 38
A Laughing Matter …………………….………
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40
Thought for the Month
Holiday Wishes From Your Local Merchants ……………. 41
Our World, Our Home ………………………….………… 43
Christmas & New Year’s Puzzles …………………………
44
Happiness is always there within reach, no
matter how long it lasts. Let's enjoy life and
don't live a complicated life. Life is too short.
Work as if it was your first day. Forgive as soon
as possible. Love without boundaries. Laugh
without control and never stop smiling.
Not-So-Gourmet Recipes ………………………………
46
6 th Annual Owego Lights On the River Festival ………
48
Annie’s Corner ……………………………………………… 51
What’s Happening
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One Man’s Opinion ……………….……………………
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Miscellaneous
Home Improvement …………………
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14
Dining Guide to Area Restaurants …………….……….…. 16
Car Care …………………….………….……….……
Businesses & Services Directory …
22
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A New Hope Center, ACCORD, Allied Christians of Tioga, American Civic Association, American Red Cross,
Apalachin-Little Meadows Seniors, Apalachin Youth Athletic Association, Baden-Powell Council Boy Scouts
of America, Barton Seniors, Berkshire Seniors, Camp Ahwaga, Candor Seniors, Community Care Network
of Nichols, The Family & Children’s Society, Franziska Racker Centers, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways,
Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga, Newark Valley Seniors, Nichols/Tioga Little League,
Northern Tioga Youth League, Owego Golden Age, Owego Gymnastics & Activity Center, Salvation Army,
Rural Health Network, Spencer Seniors, Spencer Van Etten Community Food Cupboard, S. Tier Alternative
Therapies, Spencer Van Etten Youth Association, Tioga Center Seniors, Tioga County Boys & Girls Club,
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DATES TO REMEMBER DECEMBER JANUARY 1 Advent Sunday 1 New Year’s Day 6 Epiphany 2
DATES TO REMEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
1
Advent Sunday
1
New Year’s Day
6
Epiphany
2
Advent begins
17
Birth of Benjamin Franklin (1706)
5
Last day of Hanukkah
19
Birth of Robert E. Lee (1807)
7
Pearl Harbor Day (1941)
20
15
Bill of Rights Day
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birthday observed (1929)
16
Battle of the Bulge
21
Winter Solstice
Pilgrims landed (1620)
24
Christmas Eve
25
Christmas Day
December
Birthstone: Turquoise (for success)
Flower: Narcissus
(for precious moments)
26
Kwanzaa begins
31
New Year’s Eve
End of World War II (1939)
January
Birthstone: Garnet
Flower: Carnation
special wishes for some special people Belated Happy 91 st Birthday wishes (November 28 th
special wishes
for some special
people
Belated
Happy 91 st Birthday
wishes (November 28 th )
to Ruth Mitrowitz of
Binghamton, NY.
Happy 63 rd
Anniversary on
December 9 th to John &
Ida Lahnum of Nichols,
NY.
Happy 95 th Birthday
on December 19 th to
Beatrice Underwood.
Happy Birthday
to my daughter,
Olivia Leach from
Olivia Armstrong.
Mrs. Olivia Leach,
Oh, what a treat.
She’s always near,
showing she really cares.
You can spot her from a
distance,
Her love shining without
resistance.
She’s my number one
daughter…
without her there will be no
water.
Love, Mom
Princess –
Here’s some Holiday
Cheer
And a very happy New
Year.
Love every day of the
new year.
~ Henry
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Christmas Tree Tips - Storing The Tree Before Bringing It Indoors

' Keep out of the sunlight - Do not leave a cut Christmas tree lying in the sunshine for long periods of time, especially if air temperatures are warm. Fresh trees dry rapidly in those circumstances.

' Keep it in water - If a tree cannot be immediately displayed in water, make a fresh cut on the base of the trunk, and stand it in a bucket of water in a cool, shaded location, either indoors or outdoors. When the tree is displayed in a water holding stand, a second fresh cut is probably unnecessary, but might enhance water uptake.

SENIOR SCENE

Tioga Opportunities

SE NIOR SCENE Tioga Opportunities  Dep‛t of Aging Services Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile

SE NIOR SCENE Tioga Opportunities  Dep‛t of Aging Services Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile

Dep‛t of Aging Services

Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) Contact info: 607-687-4120 or 1-866-352-3680

Nutrition Coordinator (Rachel Mischler) ext. 324 Home Delivered Meals (Elayne Dudek) ext. 321 Owego Site Manager (Bonnie-Lee Kyle) ext. 320

Fri, Dec 6th – CLOSED (staff breakfast) Thurs, Dec 12th – Night Dining (4:30-6pm) Roast
Fri, Dec 6th – CLOSED (staff breakfast)
Thurs, Dec 12th – Night Dining (4:30-6pm)
Roast Beef
Entertainment: Christmas sing-a-long with
“Winnie Allen”
Weds, Dec 18 – (11:15-12:30) – Blood Pressure
Screening
Thurs, Dec 19th – (11:30-12:30)
Christmas Ham Dinner
Entertainment: Christmas music
with “Winnie Allen”
Weds, Dec 25 th – CLOSED –
Merry Christmas!
Suggested contribution:
Lunch: ($3 age 60+) – ($5 under age 60)
Night Dining: ($4 age 60+) – ($6 under age 60)
age 60) Night Dining: ($4 age 60+) – ($6 under age 60) COLLECTIONS OF “THIS &

COLLECTIONS OF “THIS & THAT”

Submitted by Betty Martin

Education‛s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

Every man eventually dies. Not every man really lives.

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.

The “i” in illness is isolation, and the crucial letters in Wellness are “we.”

Happiness is a how, not a what.

SENIOR DISCOUNTS

Many restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel companies, etc. offer discounts to seniors. These offers have different age requirements; some actually start at the young age of 50! But remember, you must ASK for your discount!

Correction…despite the ‘discount‛ website indicating that Dunkin‛ Donuts gives free coffee to seniors, a representative at their corporate office has indicated that this is not true. Also, franchises are independently owned, and sometimes they don‛t participate in a discount program, so it‛s a good idea to check with each restaurant location before ordering to confirm their discount policy.

(MORE) RESTAURANTS:

Golden Corral: 10% off (60+) Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+) IHOP: 10% off (55+) Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+) KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+) Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+) Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations (55+) McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday

(55+)

Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+) Shoney's: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+) Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+) Subway: 10% off (60+) Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+) Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+) TCBY: 10% off (55+) Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+) Village Inn: 10% off (60+) Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+) Wendy's: 10% off (55+) White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Next issue: Discounts reported at various retail & apparel stores…

Writing From My Rocker

By Hazel Goodrich

“Have you got your shopping done yet?” everyone is asking. “Christmas is only twenty-five days away.” Well, no, my shopping is not done and it probably won’t be done before the twenty-fourth!

I love Christmas. I love the smiles, smells, and lights of Christmas. I love getting the tree, putting up decorations; the whole Christmas thing is wonderful – special for me. Most of all, I truly love and embrace the miracle of Christmas – the birth of Jesus, the son of God. How special to live in a country where we can believe that and still say it out loud.

Our beloved country is drifting away from the reasons and the beliefs it was founded on. Every time I turn on the news, another petition is being put before our lawmakers to challenge the laws of God, replacing them with definitions to please whoever hollers the loudest. I hope I am not here when the consequences come due to be paid.

The Magi brought gifts on Christ’s birthday. God

gifted us with His son; gifts given with love on His special day are the best ever. In the time I have left,

I want to hear “Merry Christmas,” not “Happy Holidays.”

I want to attend a public Christmas Eve candlelight

service without fear of being jailed or shot. I want to hear churches ringing their bells on Christmas Day.

I want what we still have in this country – the right to choose.

We were the richest country in the world. Now we are in debt beyond our means to pay back what we’ve borrowed. Our leaders in Washington can’t get along – we need a miracle.

Because of our economic situation, be generous with those who have so little. Share – we still have hope.

Merry Christmas!

so little. Share – we still have hope. Merry Christmas! Senior Moments I’ve heard they’re called

Senior Moments

I’ve heard they’re called “laugh lines” – Life sure is funny, isn’t it!

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FREEZE THOSE FALLS!

Making repairs or improvements can prevent many accidents that senior citizens suffer at home.

● Install grab bars, shower benches or seats in your shower or tub.

● Place non-skid strips on the bottom of your tub or shower to avoid slipping.

● Install lever handles to make difficult faucets or doorknobs less challenging.

● Get rid of clutter. Move cords out of traffic flow, don’t wax floors, and avoid nonskid rugs.

● Don’t stand on a chair to change a light bulb. Use a proper stepstool.

HOLIDAY BLUES What do you do if your parent seems "off" this holiday season?

If you are a caregiver for an elderly loved one, you may have noticed a change in your loved one’s mood as the holidays approach. It's time to consider the possibility that your loved one might be suffering from depression. Medication changes, the recent loss of a loved one, a recent stroke or surgical procedure, chronic pain, or living alone and feeling socially isolated can trigger depression.

Here are a few tips to help you discuss the possibility of depression with your loved one:

Safety is #1. Ask if he or she has plans to harm himself/ herself. If the answer is "yes", seek prompt medical attention. (Asking this question won’t plant the idea).

Talk about the observed behavior. "Mom, I'm noticing you've lost a lot of weight," or "Dad, it seems like it's hard for you to concentrate." Avoid using the word "depression" if your loved one thinks of this condition as a shameful character flaw.

Encourage a trip to the doctor to evaluate worrisome symptoms. Ask the doctor, "Could this be depression? Is there some other reversible medical condition?” we

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NOTIONS

Submitted by and in memory of C. Loudenslager

NOTIONS Submitted by and in memory of C. Loudenslager On children: ▪ Children think not of

On children:

▪ Children think not of what’s past or what’s to come, but they enjoy the present, which few of us do.

▪ We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.

▪ Presence more than presents will teach a child gratitude.

▪ Halfway home from church, my 7-year-old daughter realized she’d left her Sunday school homework behind. We turned around, and all the way back, I lectured her on assuming responsibility for her things. I waited in the car.

She emerged from the church, laughing, her homework in one hand and my purse in the other.

RURAL HEALTH NETWORK HOSTS NAVIGATORS TO HELP RURAL RESIDENTS ENROLL IN CERTIFIED HEALTH PLANS

The staff at the Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHNSCNY) in Whitney Point are here to help local residents enroll in an affordable health plan. New York State of Health, the official health plan Marketplace, is now open. The Marketplace is where residents can shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage.

Enrolling in a health plan is an important decision for individuals and families. With the launch of NY State of Health on October 1, 2013, millions of New Yorkers who are under 65 can now enroll in affordable, quality health plans. Health plans offered on the Marketplace include both private and public options. Public plans that are available to eligible individuals and families are Medicaid and Child Health Plus. Private plans are also offered on the Marketplace.

Tax credits and cost sharing subsidies based on resident’s income are also available for private plans to help reduce the cost of insurance. An individual earning up to $45,960 and a family of four earning up to $94,200 can take advantage of these tax credits to help pay for a quality health plan. The Marketplace is open to individuals and families, and small businesses with 50 or fewer eligible employees. All health plans offered in the Marketplace include a comprehensive set of benefits, called the Essential Health Benefits.

The Rural Health Network of South Central NY is a local resource to help residents understand the options that are available. We have certified Marketplace navigators in our office every Tuesday and the first Friday of each month. Navigators are trained to help residents shop, compare and enroll in a health insurance plan in the Marketplace. They are here to assist residents in understanding the available options.

The Marketplace is in an open enrollment period until March 31, 2014, with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014. Those who want health insurance by January 1 must complete their application by December 15, 2013. Anyone who is interested in learning more about health insurance plans should contact RHNSCNY.

RHNSCNY and our certified navigators would like to assist community members who need more information and/or would like to enroll in a health plan. For more information please call: 607-692-7669 or visit our office located at 2663 Main St., Whitney Point.

OPEN HOUSE

By Sue Alger

We were so excited – our school was having open house for our parents that night. Mama said “yes” she would come with us to see our classrooms and meet our teachers. We were proud, all of us, my little brother, Bobby, and my two sisters and me. We’d worked hard for ten weeks in school and wanted our folks to be proud. My little sister, Alice, and her classmates made big papier mache heads on blown-up balloons. When the papier mache was dry they had popped the balloons and painted their own faces on the heads. They would set the heads against their chair backs at their desks and each kid had sneaked one of their long- sleeved shirts to school so it would look like they were sitting there. Oh, it was exciting all right!

Poor Mama, she was always busy, busy, busy. “Hurry up Mama” we said over and over to her after supper that night and she was hurrying all right! “Oh no” Mama said. “I forgot to iron my skirt.” She set up her rickety old metal ironing board and plugged in her iron. As she ironed, her ironing board started squatting down – guess something was broke on it; Mama, the ironing board and the skirt kept getting lower and lower to the floor, but she kept right on fixing her skirt. She started laughing, crying, and ironing all at the same time. Oh, it was so funny! Well, when Mama got fixed up she was so pretty and we all went down to school. When we got to the school, Mama said, “Oh dear, I forgot my purse. Oh well, I’ve got a few dollars in my coat pocket if we need it.” We had such a nice time. We went from room to room and Mama admired all our best papers hung on the bulletin boards. She was real awestruck by our artwork.

“Wherever did you all get such talent?” she asked. We felt so good. When we got to Alice’s classroom with all the make-believe kids sitting at the desks, Mama knew right fast which one was Alice and we laughed and laughed to see all those funny heads. It was all so nice and on the way home Mama said, “I think those dollars I’ve got are needed for a box of donuts at the store.” She bought us a big box of Spaulding Crullers and it was a real celebration, eating donuts in Dad’s car like that. Can you imagine!

We were almost home, about half a mile to go is all, when all of a sudden a big red light came on behind us and a terrible loud siren noise screamed at us. We were scared real bad, with our mouths all full of donuts. Mama pulled the car over to a stop and the red light kept flashing behind us. A big policeman came to Mama’s car

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window. He had a real bright flashlight and he shined it all over us, seemed like a long time. Bobby started crying and that made Alice cry, too. The policeman told Mama he wanted to see her license and registration – guess he thought Mama stole the car or us or the donuts. Now we were all crying. Mama said she’d left her purse at home but home was just a little bit up the road. He had a big gun in a holster on his side and the more we looked at it up there so close to Mama, the harder we cried. He shined that awful big light all over us some more and on Mama too, and we could see she was scared. I never saw my Mama scared before.

The policeman wouldn’t tell Mama what was wrong, but said that he would follow us home to get her purse. Bobby wailed when the policeman left Mama’s window. “Who will make our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when they take you to jail, Mama? Don’t nobody do it like you do!” Mama told us that she wouldn’t go to jail but if she did, why Daddy could do it for us, and to try to be brave everybody, and that it will be okay.

Daddy came out of the house as soon as he heard us pull in the driveway with that monster police just behind us. Mama shooed us all in the house and got the papers for the policeman. The policeman told our daddy that the car had a tail light out. Our Papa got in the car and stepped on the brake pedal and that pesky tail light came on. It didn’t do no good, though, because the policeman wrote a ticket at Mama anyhow. If I have a car when I grow up you can bet it won’t have any offy and onny tail light like that!

We all lined up at the bathroom door - guess fear does that to a body, and Alice was hogging the bathroom and barfing up those fine celebration donuts. I never felt so good and then so bad all t’once like that in all my life before, and I hope I don’t never feel like that again!

so bad all t’once like that in all my life before, and I hope I don’t

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By E. Linwood Horseman Submitted by Gloria Jakat

e untitled By E. Linwood Horseman Submitted by Gloria Jakat Dear Lord, I‛m getting older And

Dear Lord, I‛m getting older And I don‛t know what‛s ahead I‛m believing every promise From the Bible that I‛ve read.

I know you‛ll not forsake me And I‛m praying every day That you‛ll make me more like Jesus Help me walk the narrow way.

May I be a pleasant person That folks like to have around Help me not to burden others With all the wrong things that I‛ve found.

May I not grow cross and touchy Over everything folks say Just remind me I‛m not perfect If I ever talk that way.

Help me show appreciation For the nice things that folks do And to daily count my blessings That I have which come from you.

Somehow help me look about me Find some way to help a friend And not make one heart more heavy But extend a helping hand.

When folks ask me how I‛m feeling May I tell them of the best And not waste so much time telling About each pain and trial and test.

For they do not want to hear it They have pain and problems, too And they still have arthritis When they‛ve done all they can do.

Help me not acquire the notion That everybody else is wrong And not spend my time correcting Everybody all day long.

Help me daily to look inward If I‛m prone to criticize And be sure my life is pleasing In my Savior‛s searching eyes.

Help me be a little kinder Help me pray a whole lot more Every day as I grow older Uncomplaining, do each chore.

Then what time I am allotted Help me bless my fellow man This I‛ll live life at its‛ fullest For thy glory, Lord. Amen.

i’ll be home for christmas

By Rev. Stanley L. Moody, Sr.

This is the letter I‛ve wanted to write Through weary day and lonely night Through summer‛s rain and dusty heat Through winter‛s snow and icy sleet Through natives‛ hungry, bitter cries And groans and gripes of all G.I.‛s Always I‛ve kept this day in sight This is the letter I‛ve wanted to write:

And so from this land of blood and sand (Maybe it‛s called an isthmus) Anyway, what I want to say is:

“I‛ll be home for Christmas!”

what I want to say is: “I‛ll be home for Christmas!” autumn of the waverly glen

autumn of the waverly glen

By Kelti Siobhan McEvoy

(Doggy Field)

I pass a building Toward the doggy field I see the hills of the valley The tall green grass blowing The red of the leaves This is the dog‛s favorite place to play

Sassy runs, she sniffs Sassy has a great time She waits to play with me She knows I will Her short, soft fur brushes against me

My breeze is blowing My mind is turning My leaves are flying My Sassy is running and My trees are singing

The clouds get dark The wind gets tough My butt of the jeans gets dirty But none of those matter I love my land I love my home of the Waverly Glen

matter I love my land I love my home of the Waverly Glen i know there

i know there have been angels

By Clay Harrison

I know there have been angels

That have protected me When I ventured into harm‛s way

And was too blind to see.

I know there have been angels

That were sent to save the day When I needed help so desperately

I was afraid to pray.

Our lives are filled with miracles

We can‛t explain away When a divine intervention Leaves nothing more to say. Oh, how we take for granted The blessings we receive Because we have too little faith To accept what we believe!

I know there have been angels

I know there will be more

And gladly I‛ll receive them When they knock upon my door.

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a christmas poem

By Helen Steiner Rice Submitted by Jo Dunn

a christmas poem By Helen Steiner Rice Submitted by Jo Dunn I have a list of

I have a list of folks I know, all written in a book And every year when Christmas comes, I go and take a look And that is when I realize that these names are a part Not of the book they are written in, but really of my heart

For each name stands for someone who has crossed my path sometime And in the meeting they‛ve become the rhythm in each rhyme And while it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim I really feel that I‛m composed of each remembered name

And while you may not be aware of any special link Just meeting you has changed my life a lot more than you think For once I‛ve met somebody, the years cannot erase The memory of a pleasant word or of a friendly face

So never think my Christmas cards are just a mere routine Of names upon a Christmas list, forgotten in between For when I send a Christmas card that is addressed to you It is because you‛re on the list that I‛m indebted to

fox likes to look at the lake

By Katharyn Howd Machan

She goes there often, clear edge mottled with pebbles, old leaves, string from a long-grown child‛s new sailboat that broke away in high wind. Or from the sudden rising hill at its southern end she watches water wide and blue and calm and deep

the way sky can be upside down if clouds disappear, if storm stays away. Fox envies all who leap and swim easily when summer happens or autumn holds warm heavy gold for bare skin in liquid light. She stays on shore

dry and clothed in soft smooth color that lets her think she is the lake stretching far and long away to where north tells another story she will hear, will listen to, but not just now, no, not today.

For I am but a total of the many folks I‛ve met And you happen to be one of those I prefer not to forget And whether I have known you for many years or few In some ways you have a part in shaping things I do

And every year when Christmas comes, I realize anew The best gifts life can offer is meeting folks like you And may the spirit of Christmas that forever endures Leave its richest blessings in the hearts of you and yours

Leave its richest blessings in the hearts of you and yours who said? By Ameya Lawson
Leave its richest blessings in the hearts of you and yours who said? By Ameya Lawson

who said?

By Ameya Lawson

Who said we are not perfect? Who said we are not beautiful? Who said? Who said it? Who said you‛re not perfect? Are you God?

christmas is friendship time

Dedicated to Dennis

At Christmas time our hearts reach out To friends we think of dearly, And checking through our friendship lists, as all of us do yearly We stop awhile to reminisce And to pleasantly review Happy little happenings And things we used to do…

And though we‛ve been too busy To keep in touch all year I send a Christmas greeting At this season of good cheer So Christmas is a lovely link Between old years and new That keeps the bond of friendship Forever unbroken and true.

Love, Buttercup

of friendship Forever unbroken and true. Love, Buttercup y o u By Terry Sodan-Brown Inspired by

you

By Terry Sodan-Brown

Inspired by a meeting of strangers… strangers no more

My blind eyes now see the pain, the utter misery I now know what I must do to show that I care what you are going through Your pain has shown me that I need to act I cannot wait, and let this chance pass I reach out my hands to pull you in This is “Jesus”…He resides within Let Him hold you while you shed your tears In His arms there is no fear So hang on tight, take all you can for this comfort was “His” plan He put me here to let you know even through this…you are not alone.

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Once the approval is given, it will be nearly impossible to stop these fish from ending up in grocery stores. Now is the best time for a last-ditch effort to pressure the FDA and demand it not approve GMO salmon.

CANCER-CAUSING FOODS

Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs): GMOs have no legitimate place in any cancer-free diet, especially now that both GMOs and the chemicals

used to grow them have been shown to cause rapid tumor growth. But GMOs are everywhere, including in most food derivatives made from conventional corn, soybeans, and canola. They can be avoided by using certified non-GMO foods produced naturally without biotechnology interference.

Processed meats: Most processed meats, including lunch meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so choose only those uncured meat products made without nitrates.

Christmas Symbols Bring Health Benefits

For 2,000 years, Christians have associated frankincense and myrrh with Christmas as the well-known gifts of the Magi. But modern-day scientists have found these old-world herbs also offer surprising health benefits — as do other plants traditionally tied to Christmas, including mistletoe, holly, and evergreen trees.

Frankincense: Since ancient times, people have burned frankincense as part of religious ceremonies, including those conducted by the Catholic Church. But the herb has also been used in traditional healing practices, including Indian Ayurvedic medicine, as a pain remedy. Cardiff University scientists in the U.K. recently published a study showing frankincense contains a natural compound with strong anti-inflammatory properties that may offer a potential new way to treat arthritis without drugs. The Cardiff research demonstrated that an extract of Boswellia frereana — a rare frankincense species — inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules which helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage that causes arthritis.

Myrrh: The herb myrrh is derived from the same family of plants as frankincense and has been used medicinally and for spiritual practices for thousands of years. But more recently, myrrh — extracted from the Commiphora Mukul tree — has been added to skin creams, toothpaste, and other cosmetic products, primarily because of its antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Other studies have found myrrh may also be useful in healing wounds and preventing skin infections, eczema, and gum and mouth ulcers.

Mistletoe: Scientists in Australia recently published a study showing mistletoe - the kiss-inducing Christmas plant – contains a natural compound that has potent anti-cancer properties. The findings suggest the compound could either complement chemotherapy or act as an alternative to drugs used to treat colon cancer.

Holly: There are many types of holly plants - with English and American holly varieties most commonly used in Christmas decorations. But other members of the holly family – including the species known scientifically as Ilex opaca, Ilex vomitoria, and Ilex aquifolium - have been used to make medicines to treat everything from digestive disorders to chest congestion to heart conditions. Tea made from Ilex opaca holly leaves was used as a traditional heart stimulant by Native American Indians, Ilex vomitoria was used to induce vomiting, and a drink made from the leaves of several medicinal holly plants was used as a ceremonial “cleanser” in South America. Today, holly leaf preparations are used in alternative treatments for coughs, digestive problems, jaundice, joint pain, swelling, hypertension, and to boost heart health. But health experts caution that those pretty red holly berries are known to be poisonous if swallowed.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR 2014 The Year of the Horse

The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014.

It starts with the New Moon on the first day of the New Year and

ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15 th day is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays

and children carrying lanterns in a parade. Family members gather at each other’s homes for visits and shared meals.

In many areas the highlight of the Lantern Festival is the dragon

dance. The dragon is typically made of silk, paper and bamboo – and can stretch a hundred feet long. Traditionally, the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets.

The Lantern Festival is the last day of Chinese New Year festival.

A common legend dealing with the origins of the Lantern Festival

speaks of a beautiful crane that flew down to earth from heaven. After it landed on earth it was hunted and killed by some villagers. This angered the Jade Emperor in heaven because the crane was his favorite. So, he planned a storm of fire to destroy the village on the 15th lunar day. The Jade Emperor's daughter warned the inhabitants of her father’s plan to destroy their village. The village was in turmoil because nobody knew how they could escape their imminent destruction. However, a wise man from another village suggested that every family should hang red lanterns around their houses, set up bonfires on the streets, and explode firecrackers on the 14th, 15th, and 16th lunar days. This would give the village the appearance of being on fire to the Jade Emperor. On the 15th lunar day, troops sent down from heaven whose mission was to destroy the village saw that the village was already ablaze, and returned to heaven to report to the Jade Emperor. Satisfied, the Jade Emperor decided not to burn down the village. From that day on, people celebrate the anniversary on the 15th lunar day every year by carrying lanterns on the streets and exploding firecrackers and fireworks.

The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29½ days. The Chinese insert an extra month once every seven years out of a 19-year cycle. This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated as a family affair – a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony. The sacrifice to the ancestors is the most vital of all the rituals, uniting the living members with those who passed away. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family. The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year’s Eve with a dinner arranged for them at the family banquet table. The spirits of the ancestors, together with the living, celebrate the onset of the New Year as one great community. The communal feast is called “surrounding the stove” – it symbolizes family unity and honors past and present generations.

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Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people because of their qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold but it has a benevolent disposition, and so eventually became an emblem to represent imperial authority.

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1 red maraschino cherry,

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stem removed

2 cups glutinous rice 1/4 cup sugar

1 cup of any candied fruits

1 cup red bean paste

Add lotus seeds to cold water in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Drain and cool. Split into halves; set aside. Put red dates in bowl on rack in pot or steamer. Steam covered over boiling water 30 minutes; set aside. Put rice in pot with water level ¾ inch above rice. Bring to a boil. Simmer 20 minutes. Stir in sugar and remaining 2 Tbs. oil. Mix well; set aside. Grease medium-sized bowl generously with oil. Place cherry in center. Arrange lotus seeds, red dates and candied fruits in circles around bottom and up to edge of bowl, glazed side down. Spread a layer of rice mixture over fruits carefully so as not to spoil the design. Spoon a layer of red bean paste over the rice. Cover with another layer of rice. Pack tight. Place bowl on rack in pot or steamer; cover. Steam over boiling water one hour. Remove pudding carefully by running flexible spatula around edge. Put serving plate over bowl and invert.

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Our Daily Bread THE PASTOR’S STUDY Greetings from the Pastor’s Study. The holidays are upon us

Greetings from the Pastor’s Study. The holidays are upon us in full force. The stores are busy with shoppers looking for the perfect gift. Brightly colored lights with red and green decorations adorn the street lights and homes throughout the community. But this is a far cry from the first Christmas so many years ago. You remember the story. A young couple had to go to Bethlehem in compliance of a government order to be counted in a census. And because so many people had traveled to Bethlehem, there was no place for them to stay. Try as they would, they just could not find any place to stay. To compound the problem, she was close to delivering her first child! No ordinary child at that! Finally, someone offered to allow them to stay in a livery where animals were being housed. Not really a fitting birthplace for the King, but it had to do. And somehow it was OK.

In my study of the Bible and walking with God these past 20+ years, I’ve come to the conclusion that the things that we place so much importance on are not really that important to God. God’s own son could have been born in the most luxurious castle in the world. He could have had the best the world had to offer. Our world teaches us to place a greater value on the biggest, the best, the most expensive. In contrast to that, however, God seems to have a different value system. As the apostle Paul instructed the church in Corinth;

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-- and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no may boast before Him. I Corinthians 1:27-29 (NIV)

It was not poor planning on God’s part that prevented Joseph and Mary from having what we would consider less than appropriate accommodations. It was all part of His plan. I think it pleased the Father to have this blessed event in the humblest of circumstances. For it offers to us today the hope and assurance that we don’t have to be rich or powerful to be accepted by God. He accepts us just as we are. We just have to be ourselves - nothing more, nothing less.

So this year as we enter the holiday season, let’s consider how we may celebrate it from God’s point of view. Let’s celebrate the birth of our Savior more deeply from our hearts and less with a need to impress anyone else. A little less demanding, a little less pushy, a little more simply, and a little more in touch with whose birthday it is. I pray that you and yours will have a very special Christmas holiday season and joyous New Year. See you in church.

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By Ann Lowdermilk

If you follow the Cryptoquotes

published in the Press & Sun-Bulletin, you may have seen the recent quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” I like this, and have been thinking of these directives for daily living.

So now, instead of waking up and seeing the whole day’s picture looming in front of me, I am practicing to view the day in small portions: morning with its absolutes first and then possibilities, and the same with the afternoon and evening, having noticed that putting off that which is most important over something that can be done another time produces a gnawing climate of tension. Apparently we inherently know what needs to be done first, even if we don’t pay it much mind!

And then there is the third part St. Francis speaks about, the “doing the impossible”. He must have experienced this delightful discovery as he worked within the framework of possibilities, observing that the outcome often proved greater by far than the original vision. It must be that by stepping into and working on something that a greater creative energy continues to come into play, redefining parameters or even changing our course!

Every day, responsibilities call us to do what truly needs doing, moving through the realm of the possible, but to spice up our endeavors by doing a slice of “impossible” adds exclamation points to our lives. When that happens, surprise bubbles up and we hear ourselves say, “Wow, I did that!! Who knew?!”

A delightful aspiration for a new year one would think!

A delightful aspiration for a new year one would think! As long as man values power
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As long as man values power over love, the world will not know peace. Wow…talk about the power of love!

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Let’s meet at My house before the Big Game. ~ God PRAYER FOR SENIORS “Grant, O
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PRAYER FOR SENIORS

“Grant, O Lord of life,

‘passage’ comes, that we may face it with serenity, without regret for what we shall leave behind. For in meeting you, after having sought you for so long, we shall find once more every authentic good which we have known here on earth, in the company of all those who

have gone before us marked with the sign of faith and

hope

when

the moment of our definitive

Amen.” Pope John Paul II Letter to the Elderly, 1999

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Mother Teresa of Kolkata, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Born to Albanian parents in what is now Skopje, Macedonia, Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu was the youngest of the three children who survived. At age 18 she entered the Loreto Sisters of Dublin. The following year she was sent to the Loreto novitiate in Darjeeling, India. There she chose the name Teresa and began her life of service. She was assigned to a high school for girls in Kolkata, where she taught history and geography to the daughters of the wealthy. But she could not escape the realities around her—the poverty, the suffering, the overwhelming numbers of destitute people.

In 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister Teresa heard what she later explained as “a call within a call. The message was clear. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.” She also heard a call to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and, instead, to “follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.” She established a new religious community and returned to Kolkata, where she lived in the slums and opened a school for poor children. Dressed in a white sari and sandals (the ordinary dress of an Indian woman) she soon began getting to know her neighbors—especially the poor and sick—and getting to know their needs.

Volunteers who came to join her in the work, some of them former students, became the core of the Missionaries of Charity. Other helped by donating food, clothing, supplies, and the use of buildings. In 1952 the city of Kolkata gave Mother Teresa a former hostel, which became a home for the dying and the destitute. For the next four decades Mother Teresa worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor. Her love knew no bounds. Nor did her energy, as she crisscrossed the globe pleading for support and inviting others to see the face of Jesus in the poorest of the poor. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her home.

Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her home. I see God in every human

I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord Himself. Is it not a beautiful experience? ~ Mother Teresa

bible story for children

Samuel Hears a Voice (Part 2 of 2) In those days, God had not spoken to any man, as He had to Abraham and Moses, for a long while. Late one night when the only light still burning was the lamp in the house of the Lord, Samuel woke from his sleep, hearing someone call his name. He thought it was Eli and ran to his bed. “Here I am, for you called me,” he said to the old priest. “No, my son,” said Eli, “I have not called you. Go back to your bed.”

Back in his bed, Samuel lay, falling asleep, when the voice came again: “Samuel!” Again he went to Eli, sure that he had been called, but Eli said, “I have not called you, Samuel. Lie down once more.”

A third time Samuel heard his name called. This time he

said to Eli, “Here I am. I know I heard you calling to me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord had been speaking to Samuel. He told Samuel to go back to bed; when he heard the voice again, he was to say: “Speak, Lord, for I am listening.”

Before long, the voice was heard once more: “Samuel! Samuel!” This time Samuel answered, “Speak, Lord, for I am listening.” Then the Lord told Samuel that he was going to punish Eli’s sons for their wickedness. Samuel lay in his bed until morning. Then he got up and went right to work, opening the doors of the tabernacle. He tried to avoid Eli because he hated to tell him the sad news.

Finally, Eli called to Samuel and asked, “What did the Lord say to you, Samuel?” Obedient as always, Samuel told Eli all that God had said. The message made Eli very sad, but he said, “Let God do what seems best.”

It did not take long for word to travel that God had

spoken to Samuel. People began to respect him; when he

grew up, they looked to him as a prophet, one through whom God gives messages to His people.

God’s promise to punish Eli’s sons came true, for both of them were killed in a battle one day with the Philistines. During the battle, the ark of the covenant (which they had taken from the tabernacle) was stolen by the Philistines. When Eli heard this, he, too, died.

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In 1997 Kay Perkins began a 2-year stint in Kiribati as a member of the Peace Corps. While there, she kept a diary of her experiences. She graciously shared this diary with us, so that we can share it with our readers.

SOME FACTS ABOUT KIRIBATI:

Kiribati is an island nation located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The name Kiribati is the local pronunciation of "Gilberts", derived from the main island chain, the Gilbert Islands, which in turn were named after the British explorer Thomas Gilbert, who discovered the islands. The capital, South Tarawa, consists of a number of islets connected through a series of causeways, located in the Tarawa archipelago. Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the IMF and the World Bank, and became a full member of the United Nations in 1999.

Kiribati Diary

By Kay Perkins

CHAPTER SEVEN

12/04/97

We had a language test yesterday. I did terrible in it. But I know what to concentrate on. Last night I learned 1-5 words and this AM 6-10. He asked me to count, name the days of the week, body parts and what I had for breakfast, host names, wife's name, babies names. I talked to Johannas and Barbara and they seem to be in the same spot as I am. It was reassuring that I'm not the only one finding language hard. I think I can survive from now on. Tomorrow, we all find out what is our island placement. I mostly hope I can get a person I can relate to. There are a few I really like but a few would be disappointed to be stuck with an older person. I had rather hoped for Korea but I heard several have asked for it. I've been sorting through belongings as I heard we will need a lot, but not the things we need for housekeeping. In Feb. I found a hole in my LL Bean bag. Too much dragging it around. I put some duct tape on the outside and inside, and what a lot of stuff I brought that I'll probably never use! Hair styling gel!

brought that I'll probably never use! Hair styling gel! I don't know what I was thinking!

I don't know what I was thinking! I wash it every AM and that's it!

I never look in the mirror! Tonight - a typical night in Kiribati. It's

7 PM; no dinner yet. I'm starving. For the first few weeks I just didn't get hungry so I didn't care what time I ate, but the last few days I'm hungry! A few days ago I was talking to Johannas about food; how I'd like salt on my egg and how good, good old American cereal would taste. Well, that night I had 3, yes 3, on my tray; one for chicken and one for salt. The next AM I got cornflakes, a pitcher of hot water and a can of powdered milk for breakfast. Fortunately I had water in my water bottle so I didn't have to use hot water. People here just eat when they get hungry, be it at 5:30 or 7:30. I finally got my dinner: rice, canned corned beef and mixed vegetables. I mix them all together. I can get them down that way. Fortunately I had 2 cookies left from breakfast which was 2 vegetable turnovers and 6 cookies. The turnovers were good. The cookies were saved!

12/07/97

Well we are here in Aranuka after a harrowing trip. I have the feeling no one knew how small that boat was going to be. I think the male instructors fared the worse. They were all on top of the flat topped boat - wet and very windy. They all shivered for at least 4 hours. It was surprisingly warm all night except when you got wet. I dread going back! Another 17 hour trip. Maybe we will be with the current or something, but I think not. I think the story is the current runs from south to north in these islands. The southernmost islands are famous for their navigators even before automatic pilot. This is the feast of the Assumption but apparently they don't have holy days of obligation in the islands. The church is right behind my house and the bells ring at 6AM. They had a prayer Service at 6:30 so I walked over. There were

2 men - one led the prayers, and 6 kids and me. The church is

made of cinder blocks and cement and has jalousie windows (with a few missing) and linoleum on the floor. My host family consists of parents and 7 children. My job is to learn who is who today.

12/08/97

Well! I still didn't learn all their names yet. Today I took a dance lesson. The mother here at the house pulled up her lava lava and showed me how to hula. You bend your knees and keep your feet still and swing back from one foot to the other. I danced for about ½ hour, then stopped. My hips are killing me! I'd better take ASA before I go to bed. It's very hot and humid here today, although there is a breeze and that's hot too. It's 5:30 so I'm waiting until the sun goes down (about 6 PM) to take a teba teba and wash the sweat and gunk off me. After dark I just need OFF and not sunblock too. We have to do a presentation in Kiribati on Friday on Immunizations. Jennifer and I are working on it. She's going to be the nurse assistant and I will be the pregnant woman. I volunteered to help plan a Christmas Party. We'll be celebrating it on the 24th since we will be expected to spend Christmas with our host family. Mentally I feel pretty good this week. Hope it keeps up.

- to be continued

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Indigenous People of the land who never became citizens

Indigenous People of the land who never became citizens INDIAN CONFEDERACIES (Part 4) Emerging Mississippian

INDIAN CONFEDERACIES (Part 4)

Emerging Mississippian Aristocracies

The emergence of maize- based food production in the Eastern Woodlands was a major event in American history. The character of the people was forged through radical change in the social fabric. As people became more agricultural, they came to rely more heavily on centralized authority and economic redistribution. At the same time, as economic and social controls became more concentrated, larger agricultural surpluses were needed to support the infrastructure. Society entered a cycle…change required more change.

The people organized their settlements into hierarchies which reflected the increasing social distance between nobles and commoners. The new nobility towered over everybody and everything and presided over ceremonies and rituals.

Mississippian life played out in long-term political cycles. Regional communities accepted the rule and leadership of a particularly effective chief.

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But upon his or her death, they fragmented once again into constituent townships. Sometimes the competition for power and prestige became intense. As political and social ranking proliferated, the Mississippian mindset was increasingly reinforced by sacrament and ceremony. These beliefs expressed ancestral obligations and celebrated successful harvests, hunts and warfare.

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by The Venerable Bede (Adapted)

Once upon a time, the good Saint Cuthbert of Lindesfarne, went forth from his monastery to preach to the poor. He took with him a young lad as his only attendant. Together they walked along the dusty way. The heat of the noonday sun beat upon their heads, and fatigue overcame them.

``Son,'' said Saint Cuthbert, ``do you know anyone on the road whom we may ask for food and a place in which to rest?'' "I was just thinking the same thing," answered the lad, "but I know nobody on the road who will entertain us. Alas! Why did we not bring along provisions? How can we proceed on our long journey without them?" "My son," answered the saint, "learn to have trust in God, who never will suffer those to perish of hunger who believe in Him."

Then looking up and seeing an eagle flying in the air, he added, "Do you see the eagle yonder? It is possible for God to feed us by means of this bird." While they were talking thus, they came to a river, and, lo! The eagle stood on the bank.

"Son," said Saint Cuthbert, "run and see what provision God has made for us by his handmaid the bird." The lad ran, and found a good-sized fish that the eagle had just caught. This he brought to the saint.

"What have you done?" exclaimed the good man, "Why have you not given a part to God's handmaid? Cut the fish in two pieces, and give her one, as her service well deserves."

The lad did as he was bidden, and the eagle, taking the half fish in her beak, flew away. Then entering a neighboring village, Saint Cuthbert gave the other half to a peasant to cook, and while the lad and the villagers feasted, the good saint preached to them the Word of God.

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The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth. ~ Chief Seattle

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In the 35 years before Ellis Island opened, over eight million immigrants arriving in New York had been processed by New York State officials at Castle Garden Immigration Depot in lower Manhattan, just across the bay. The Federal Government assumed control of immigration on April 18, 1890 and Congress appropriated $75,000 to construct America's first Federal immigration station on Ellis Island. Artesian wells were dug, and landfill was hauled in from incoming ships' ballast and from construction of New York City's subway tunnels, which doubled the size of Ellis Island to over six acres. While the building was under construction, the Barge Office nearby at the Battery was used for immigrant processing.

The first Ellis Island Immigrant Station opened with celebration on January 1, 1892. It was an enormous three-story tall structure, with out-

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A NEW PET FOR CHRISTMAS?

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Hello Readers! The holidays are fast approaching and you’re thinking of a gift… perhaps a live one, a DOG or CAT, but there are a few things to consider first!

If it’s a dog you want, what kind? You must consider the breed, and what

care this friend-for-life will need. Large dogs, small dogs, medium dogs, long haired, short haired… so many to choose from! I recommend looking up the breed online, kind of like a dating service, to see what is compatible with your life style - there is a breed out there for you! How much space will your new family member need? Does this breed need grooming? And what was this breed bred for? For instance, if you want a companion for your grandmother, a Jack Russell might not be a good idea; this is a high energy little fellow. A King Charles Cavalier might be a better fit, as they are mellow little fur balls, and happy-go-lucky (not to say a Jack Russell is not happy-go-lucky, it is, but it would be a better fit for a high energy family!)

I highly recommend going to an animal shelter or looking up the shelter near you online. They will have pictures and a description of many dogs and cats for you to choose from, and you might even find an older, calmer Jack Russell for your Grandmother! Jack Russells are a good size for Grandma.

And let’s not forget about our independent sidekicks – the Cats! There's nothing like a cat on your lap on a cold winter night, listening to all your troubles of the day!

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History of the Christmas Tree

Christmas wasn't always celebrated the way it is today. In fact, the Puritans of Massachusetts banned any observance of Christmas, and anyone caught observing the holiday had to pay a fine. Connecticut had a law forbidding the celebration of Christmas and the baking of mincemeat pies! A few of the earliest settlers did celebrate Christmas, but it was far from a common holiday in the colonial era.

Middle Ages During the middle ages, an evergreen was decorated with apples and called the Paradise tree, as a symbol of the feast of Adam and Eve and was held on December

24th each year.

1400's

Tallin, Estonia claims to be the home of the Christmas tree. A Christmas tree on Tallinn Town Hall Square was first mentioned in 1441. The custom then was to dance around the tree and celebrate, and later burn it.

1500's

The modern Christmas trees appeared in the middle 1500's. The trees were sold at local markets and set up in homes without any ornaments in the Strassbourg area of Alsace in 1531, which was then a part of Germany. A decorated tree is reported at Riga in Latvia, in 1510.

1600's

The oldest record of a decorated Christmas tree came from a 1605 diary found in Strasburg. The tree was decorated with paper roses, apples and candies. In the early 16th century, Martin Luther is said to have decorated a small Christmas tree with candles, to show his children how the stars twinkled through the dark night.

1700's

The first record of Christmas trees in America was for children in the German Moravian Church's settlement in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Christmas 1747.

1800's

In America, until this time, Christmas trees were considered a quaint foreign custom. But by 1850, the Christmas tree had become fashionable in the eastern states.

1900's

The first national American Christmas Tree was lighted in the year 1923 on the White House lawn by President Calvin Coolidge. A tree from the National Christmas Tree Association has been displayed in the Blue Room of the White House since 1966.

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“We three kings of Orient are bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star. Star of wonder, Star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy Perfect Light.”

leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy Perfect Light.” Gold was brought to ‘’Crown Him again,

Gold was brought to ‘’Crown Him again, King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign” – speaks of the King of the Jews and the King of Kings forever, His kingship. Frankincense was offered as incense, speaking of His “Deity nigh” – near, present, for “prayer and praising, all men rising, worship Him, God most high.” Myrrh - “a bitter perfume” - was used for embalming – speaks of His Sacrifice for us –“breathes of life a gathering gloom, sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in a stone- cold tomb”. The hymn ends with His resurrection – King and God and Sacrifice. The gospel in a Christmas Song.

The name Magi comes from the Greek word magoi, translated Wise Men in the King James Version of the Bible, Matthew 2. However, the most common derivative of the word Magi is magic. The Apostle Paul on his first missionary journey encountered a “certain sorcerer” (Greek, magos) “a false prophet”. Wise Men were mentioned in the Old Testament Exodus 7:11 “Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.” The Babylonian and Medo-Persian monarchs surrounded themselves with “wise men.” They were priests, physicians, philosophers, astronomers, astrologers, soothsayers and interpreters of dreams. God told Daniel the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and was promoted chief over all the wise men of Babylon. With the writing on the wall, Belshazzar was told of Daniel, the master of magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans and soothsayers, who by God was able to translate. Daniel 2:10-13, 48, 5:11. Certainly, the Almighty made a way for Daniel to avoid the obvious pitfalls of the occult practices of the wise men of Babylon. Of the time of Jesus these wise men were certainly astronomers, astrologers, not unlike sailors who navigated the seas by stars and planets and constellations to far away destinations with accuracy. How could the pagan astrologers see the signs and know that the Jewish Messiah was born and the Jewish leaders did not?

This is because God forbade the Jews from engaging in astrology and similar arts. They could have seen the same star the Magi did but have been completely unaware that it meant anything concerning them.

There are many theories about the Star of Bethlehem - a comet’s tail pointing downward, or positioning of planets like Jupiter and the Aries constellation, or a supernatural phenomenon. Matthew shows God’s providence and control over nature and the affairs of men and nations. God set the planets in motion and knew beforehand what they would look like from the vantage point of the Middle East. He knew how He would show pagan astrologers how to recognize when and where Messiah was born.

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By Herman Rosenblat of Miami Beach, Florida

A true story of survival from the Holocaust and the mysterious ways of God that drew people together here in America after their lives had touched in the dark days of Hitler.

August 1942. Piotrkow, Poland The sky was gloomy that morning as we waited anxiously. All the men, women and children of Piotrkow's Jewish ghetto had been herded into a square. Word had gotten around that we were being moved. My father had only recently died from typhus, which had run rampant through the crowded ghetto. My greatest fear was that our family would be separated.

A couple of days later, I was walking around the camp, around the barracks, near the barbed wire fence where the guards could not easily see. I was alone. On the other side of the fence, I spotted someone: a little girl with light, almost luminous curls. She was half-hidden behind a birch tree. I glanced around to make sure no one saw me. I called to her softly in German. 'Do you have something to eat?' She didn't understand. I inched closer to the fence and repeated the question in Polish. She stepped forward. I was thin and gaunt, with rags wrapped around my feet, but the girl looked unafraid. In her eyes, I saw life. She pulled an apple from her woolen jacket and threw it over the fence. I grabbed the fruit and, as I started to run away, I heard her say faintly, 'I'll see you tomorrow.'

'Whatever you do,' Isidore, my eldest brother, whispered to me, 'Don't tell them your age. Say you're sixteen.'

I was tall for a boy of 11, so I could pull it off. That way

might be deemed valuable as a worker. An SS man approached me, boots clicking against the cobblestones. He looked me up and down, and then asked my age. 'Sixteen,' I said. He directed me to the left, where my three brothers and other healthy young men already stood. My mother was motioned to the right with the other women, children, sick and elderly people.

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I returned to the same spot by the fence at the same time every day. She was always there with something for me to eat - a hunk of bread or, better yet, an apple. We didn't dare speak or linger. To be caught would mean death for us both.

I didn't know anything about her, just a kind farm girl, except that she understood Polish. What was her name? Why was she risking her life for me? Hope was in such short supply, and this girl on the other side of the fence gave me some, as nourishing in its way as the bread and apples.

me some, as nourishing in its way as the bread and apples. I whispered to Isidore,

I whispered to Isidore, 'Why?' He didn't answer.

I ran to Mama's side and said I wanted to stay with her.

'No,' she said sternly. 'Get away. Don't be a nuisance. Go with your brothers.' She had never spoken so harshly before. But I understood: She was protecting me. She loved me so much that, just this once, she pretended not to. It was the last I ever saw of her.

Nearly seven months later, my brothers and I were crammed into a coal car and shipped to Theresienstadt camp in Czechoslovakia. 'Don't return,' I told the girl that day. 'We're leaving.' I turned toward the barracks and didn't look back, didn't even say good-bye to the little girl whose name I'd never learned, the girl with the apples.

My brothers and I were transported in a cattle car to Germany. We arrived at the Buchenwald concentration camp one night later and were led into a crowded barrack. The next day, we were issued uniforms and identification numbers. 'Don't call me Herman anymore.'

I said to my brothers. 'Call me 94983.' I was put to work in the camp's crematorium, loading the dead into a hand- cranked elevator. I, too, felt dead. Hardened, I had become a number.

Soon, my brothers and I were sent to Schlieben, one of Buchenwald 's sub-camps near Berlin. One morning I thought I heard my mother's voice. 'Son,' she said softly but clearly, I am going to send you an angel.' Then I woke up. Just a dream. A beautiful dream. But in this place there could be no angels. There was only work. And hunger. And fear.

We were in Theresienstadt for three months. The war was winding down and Allied forces were closing in, yet my fate seemed sealed. On May 10, 1945, I was scheduled to die in the gas chamber at 10:00 AM. In the quiet of dawn, I tried to prepare myself. So many times death seemed ready to claim me, but somehow I'd survived. Now, it was over. I thought of my parents. At least, I thought, we will be reunited. But at 8 a.m. there was a commotion. I heard shouts, and saw people running every which way through camp. I caught up with my brothers.

Russian troops had liberated the camp! The gates swung open. Everyone was running, so I did too. Amazingly, all of my brothers had survived; I'm not sure how.

all of my brothers had survived; I'm not sure how. Continued next page December 2013/January 2014

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But I knew that the girl with the apples had been the key to my survival. In a place where evil seemed triumphant, one person's goodness had saved my life, had given me hope in a place where there was none. My mother had promised to send me an angel, and the angel had come.

had promised to send me an angel, and the angel had come. Eventually I made my

Eventually I made my way to England where I was sponsored by a Jewish charity, put up in a hostel with other boys who had survived the Holocaust and trained in electronics. Then I came to America, where my brother Sam had already moved. I served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and returned to New York City after two years. By August 1957 I'd opened my own electronics repair shop. I was starting to settle in.

One day, my friend Sid who I knew from England called me. 'I've got a date. She's got a Polish friend. Let's double date.' A blind date? Nah, that wasn't for me. But Sid kept pestering me, and a few days later we headed up to the Bronx to pick up his date and her friend Roma. I had to admit, for a blind date this wasn't so bad. Roma was a nurse at a Bronx hospital. She was kind and smart. Beautiful, too, with swirling brown curls and green, almond-shaped eyes that sparkled with life.

The four of us drove out to Coney Island. Roma was easy to talk to, easy to be with. Turned out she was wary of blind dates too! We were both just doing our friends a favor. We took a stroll on the boardwalk, enjoying the salty Atlantic breeze, and then had dinner by the shore. I couldn't remember having a better time. We piled back into Sid's car, Roma and I sharing the backseat.

As European Jews who had survived the war, we were aware that much had been left unsaid between us. She broached the subject, 'Where were you,' she asked softly, 'during the war?' 'The camps,' I said. The terrible memories still vivid, the irreparable loss. I had tried to forget. But you can never forget. She nodded. 'My family was hiding on a farm in Germany, not far from Berlin,' she told me. 'My father knew a priest, and he got us Aryan papers.' I imagined how she must have suffered too - fear, a constant companion. And yet here we were both survivors in a new world.

'There was a camp next to the farm.' Roma continued. 'I saw a boy there and I would throw him apples every day.'

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What an amazing coincidence that she had helped some other boy. 'What did he look like? I asked. 'He was tall, skinny, and hungry. I must have seen him every day for six months.' My heart was racing. I couldn't believe it. This couldn't be. 'Did he tell you one day not to come back because he was leaving Schlieben?' Roma looked at me in amazement. 'Yes!' 'That was me!' I was ready to burst with joy and awe, flooded with emotions. I couldn't believe it! My angel. 'I'm not letting you go.' I said to Roma. And in the back of the car on that blind date, I proposed to her. I didn't want to wait. 'You're crazy!' she said. But she invited me to meet her parents for Shabbat dinner the following week. There was so much I looked forward to learning about Roma, but the most important things I always knew: her steadfastness, her goodness. For many months, in the worst of circumstances, she had come to the fence and given me hope. Now that I'd found her again, I could never let her go.

That day, she said yes. And I kept my word. After nearly 50 years of marriage, two children and three grandchildren, I have never let her go.

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Right off the Green, from the Rollie Noble Room beside the post office, holiday music will spill out into the fresh, crisp air, along with that distinctive aroma of gingerbread. Let that aroma, mixed with that of hot cocoa, coffee and popcorn, lure you in so you can indulge in candy, cakes and pies. The Newark Valley United Methodist Church will also offer homemade soup and bread.

Enjoy the soft holiday sounds of our acoustic women’s trio, and Curt Osgood and Friends while you visit with your neighbors at the Holiday Magic Café.

Spend your time marveling at all the creatively designed gingerbread houses with a backdrop of holiday greenery and sparkling lights. Entries will be judged on visual appeal, use of materials and originality in six categories: experienced adult (16 and up), experienced youth (under 16), novice adult (16 and up), novice youth (11 to 15) novice youngster (10 and under), and group/family. To enter please call JoAnn Byrne 658-6789 or E-mail jbyrne6@stny.rr.com. Entries will be accepted on Thursday, December 12th from 4-6pm at the Noble Room.

Before you head to the Depot, take your chance on an array of terrific raffle items/baskets. Then stop in at the Tappan Spaulding Memorial Library and have your picture taken with the GRINCH! The GRINCH from Dr. Seuss’s “How the GRINCH Stole Christmas”, will be arriving at 5:00pm to visit with library patrons and has agreed to have his pictures taken with them, even though he really hates Christmas! The library once again will be selling delicious fudge, will have gifts for all the good boys and girls, will offer a craft to be made in the children’s room and will be selling ceramic snowmen. Come in and cheer up the GRINCH and see what’s happening at your local Library.

Our local shops will dance with lights and activity. There will be wine tasting at Village Wine and Spirits and delicious goodies at Cardinal Café.

The Depot, located off Whig Street, will be dressed to the nines with decorated Christmas trees and beautifully arrayed centerpiece arrangements. The centerpieces will be offered up for bid in a silent auction. Marvel at the two model trains on a dioramic layout in the waiting room. Come and be serenaded with bluegrass-flavored holiday music throughout the evening.

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SHANGRI-LA DIARY

This month, The Moonlighter proudly presents Chapter 26 of the moving story of a former Owego resident, Margaret Hastings, a WAC Cpl. in WWII, who survived a plane crash and was stranded for 47 days in a jungle in New Guinea. We ran the Shangri-La Diary in 26 chapters, from January ‘02 through February ‘04. For the

benefit of our many new readers, and by popular demand, we’re re-running the story. It was originally published in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in 1945. Owego residents Bill and Grace Kennedy kindly offered their scrapbook of newspaper clippings to us, to share with our readers.

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CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX (FINAL CHAPTER)

By CPL. Margaret Hastings, WAC

The cable had not only broken, but had snapped back inside the C-47, struck both the plane’s radio and winch operators and had made mincemeat of the ship’s interior. Fortunately, neither man was seriously hurt.

In bed that night I said my rosary over and over, asking God that no one be hurt in trying to save us and that all eventually reach safety. Later on, Major Samuels told me that on Sunday, the day after the accident, he had gone to church. “The chaplain prayed for the success of our mission, and I said a few prayers, too,” he said. “I’m firmly convinced that the prayers did it. From then on, everything went okay.” On succeeding days, reports of successful tests were radioed to us. Now that the glider tests at Wadke were proceeding so well, the weather over Shangri-La took a temperamental turn for the worse.

It was not until Thursday, June 28, that the glider gracefully sailed into the valley and settled on the runway about 9:30 am. We were all out on the field, jumping up and down with happiness, almost before the glider pilot, Lt. Henry E. Paver of Baton Rouge, could step out of his plane. By this time the natives had begun to collect, too. This was their first chance to see, close up, one of those monsters of the air that had been so terrifying to them at first. Now they gazed at it with no more fear than we did.

“You ready to go?” Paver demanded of McCollom, Decker and myself. “This express takes off here on schedule in 30 minutes.” “Thirty minutes!” I shrieked. “Why, I’m not even packed!” Neither were McCollom or Decker. We raced back to the tents to pack up the stone axes and the bows and arrows we had bought with shells from the natives as souvenirs of our life in Shangri-La. It was decided that Sgt. Ben C. (Doc) Bulatao and Sgt. Fernando L. Duncallo were to go with us. They, too, rushed to pack.

The C-47 circled above us, waiting to snake the glider into the air. Lt. Paver hustled us into the glider without much ceremony or time to say good-bye to the natives. But they understood that we were going and tears streamed down their black faces. They felt they were losing friends and I knew I was losing some of the best and kindest friends I would ever have. I blew my nose rather noisily, and discovered that McCollom and Decker were doing the same thing.

“Don’t be upset if the tow rope breaks on the first try,” Lt. Paver was saying in a tone meant to be reassuring, but which wasn’t. “What happens if it does?” McCollom demanded. “Well, suh,” said Paver with his soft southern accent, “the Army’s got me insured for $10,000.”

I clutched my rosary. Ever since the paratroopers had first reached us in the small valley almost six weeks before, I felt so safe and certain of rescue. All that feeling began to desert me now as I looked around this frail glider. I wondered if we had survived a hideous plane crash and so much hardship, illness and pain, only to be killed when rescue was so near. Paver helped us fasten our seat belts and showed us how to hang on, to lessen the initial shock or impact of the pick-up.

The C-47 roared down on us in a power drive. I froze to the rosary and the glider brace. There was a sudden jolt that would have knocked me out of the glider itself, I am sure, if I hadn’t been strapped in.

We began to slide down the strip. I prayed that the nylon tow rope would hold. Now we were off the ground and beginning to climb. We grazed a tree top and I instinctively leaned back in horror, remembering those clutching tree tops on the mountain just before the big plane had crashed 47 days before. We were above the tree tops now. The valley lay green and peaceful below us. I did not know until later how perilously close we had come to being spilled into the jungle a second time. The tow rope had dragged through the trees and had slowed the Louise down to 105 mph.

Major Samuels, at the controls and shaken by the incident, was damp with perspiration. His hands were so wet that he had to borrow gloves from his co-pilot to continue flying.

Later on, when Samuels was recommended for the DFC for snaking us out of Shangri-La, he said with great feeling: “I wouldn’t do it again for a dozen of them!”

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SHANGRI-LA DIARY

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But we were too busy with our own troubles back in the glider to realize that Major Samuels was having a bad time of it in the C-47. When McCollom, Decker, Doc, Dungallo and I realized that the tow rope was holding and that we were on the way home, we were so happy we forgot all our previous worries. We were congratulating each other when suddenly we became conscious of a constant slap-slap noise on the bottom of the glider, as if someone were spanking it.

Lt. Paver leaned out of the cockpit and discovered that we had the bad luck to pick up one of the big cargo parachutes that marked the glider strip. To our dismay, little rips began to appear in the body of the glider where the parachute kept rhythmically spanking it. I tried not to look at the holes. But I couldn’t tear my eyes from them. The holes got bigger and bigger. Before long, we merely had to look down to see everything over which we were flying - like pre-war excursionists in the glass bottom boat at Catalina Island.

Lt. Paver obviously did not care for the situation. But he did his best to reassure us. He would look around from time to time, give us a wooden grin and smile nonchalantly. But we sweated it out just the same. By the time we finally reached Hollandia, the hole ran the width of the glider and was about two feet across. That’s not reassuring in a glider.

It only took us about 90 minutes to fly out of Shangri-La into Hollandia, though it seemed that many hours. But eventually this final nightmare ended, too. Suddenly we were circling the field at Hollandia. The damaged glider settled down in a perfect landing. In another moment, I stepped onto the field at Hollandia, 47 days after my take-off for what was to have been, at best, a four-hour routine flight over New Guinea’s unknown country. I was 47 days late for that swimming date I had with Wally. But I was safe at last. I clutched instinctively at McCollom and Decker as we walked toward the photographer’s flash bulbs. We had been through a terrifying experience together. We would be friends for life.

As we walked toward the group waiting for us, I realized more fully than ever how lucky I had been to survive the crash on the mountain, and to survive with such men as the lieutenant and the sergeant. Each, in his way, had suffered far more than I back on that mountain side where a white cross marked the grave of McCollom’s twin brother. Ahead of Decker stretched long weeks, perhaps months, of hospitalization for his many injuries.

I thought gratefully of Captain Walters and his Filipino paratroopers who had jumped to our rescue and who were still back in Shangri-La. More glider rescues, on subsequent days, would bring them also to safety. I thought of all this as I walked away from the glider, back into my old life. And I thought of the 21 back on the mountain peak under the little white crosses and the Star of David. Only then and for the first time could I weep.

THE END

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(because we all need to lighten up a little)

LAUGHING MATTER (because we all need to lighten up a little) MAUDE AND MABEL Mabel joins

MAUDE AND MABEL

Mabel joins an aerobics class…

Mabel is telling her friend Maude that she recently signed up for an aerobics class for seniors at the local fitness center. Maude – “How did it go?” Mabel – “Well, I bent, I twisted, I jumped up and down and I perspired for half an hour, but by the time I got my leotard on the class had ended!”

but by the time I got my leotard on the class had ended!” ON FRIDAYS I

ON FRIDAYS I FISH

After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife came for counseling. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they ever had in the years they had been married. On and on and on…neglect, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable…an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured. Finally, after listening to this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk, and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched with raised eyebrows. The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze. The therapist turned to the husband and said, “This is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do this?” “Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays I fish.”

A BAD DREAM?

Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year's Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, 'I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year's present. What do you think it all means?' 'Aha, you'll know tonight,' answered Max smiling broadly. At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her small package. Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: 'The meaning of dreams'.

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JEWISH CHRISTMAS

The Teacher asked young Patrick Murphy:

"What do you do at Christmas time? Patrick addressed the class: "Well Ms. Jones, me and my twelve brothers and sisters go to midnight mass and we sing hymns; then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited, we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys.

"Very nice Patrick," she said. "Now Jimmy Brown, what do you do at Christmas?"

Well, Ms. Jones, me and my sister also go to church with Mom and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep, waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents.

Realizing there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked, "Now, Isaac Cohen, what do you do at Christmas?"

Isaac said, "Well, it's the same thing every year

Dad comes

home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls Royce; then we drive to Dad's toy factory. When we get inside, we look at all

the empty shelves

in Jesus". Then we all go to the Bahamas."

and

begin to sing: "What A Friend We Have

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The Advent wreath became a popular holiday tradition after the birth of Christ. This decoration was usually placed flat on a table and was used to count down the four weeks immediately preceding Christmas. Traditionally the wreath was constructed with four candles in a circle and one candle in the middle. The four outside candles were purple or violet, and the center candle was white.

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Four weeks before Christmas, the first violet candle would be lit. The following week, an additional candle would be lit, and so on, until the white center candle is lit on Christmas Eve or day, signifying the arrival of Christ. A brief prayer was said to accompany the lighting of each candle. The reason for the final candle being located in the center is to symbolize that we should keep Christ at the center of our lives and the center of the Christmas celebration.

at the center of our lives and the center of the Christmas celebration. December 2013/January 2014
newark valley receives ‘timely’ gift Recently, a beautiful new clock was installed in the Village

newark valley receives ‘timely’ gift

Recently, a beautiful new clock was installed in the Village Green in Newark Valley. A gift from David & Carol Cooley, proprietors of MacPherson Funeral Home, the clock rises majestically at the corner of Main St. and Rock St.

rises majestically at the corner of Main St. and Rock St. The plaque at the base

The plaque at the base of the clock is inscribed with a simple message of appreciation to the community.

The Cooleys said that they’ve been inspired by the dedication of the local gardening group, the Tillers and Toilers, who have volunteered their time and done so much to beautify the area. Carol and Dave wanted to do something to enhance their beautification efforts.

A clock seemed like the

perfect gift; a practical and beautiful addition to the Village Green, and a way to give back to the community that they love.

and a way to give back to the community that they love. A dedication ceremony was

A dedication ceremony was

held in the Noble Room of the Post Office building on Sunday, November 17 th , to express thanks to the Cooley Family from a grateful community, and to acknowledge all those who assisted in the installation.

to acknowledge all those who assisted in the installation. Members of The Tillers and Toilers ,

Members of The Tillers and Toilers, the gardening club who dedicate so much time and effort to beautification of the Village Green. They graciously accepted the immense project of overseeing and coordinating the installation of the clock, and the project ran like ‘clockwork’! Thanks Tillers & Toilers - you make Newark Valley proud!

Thanks Tillers & Toilers - you make Newark Valley proud! Christmas Traditions - Wreaths Christmas wreath

Christmas Traditions - Wreaths

Christmas wreath traditions date back to at least the 17th century. Displaying a wreath on the outside of your door symbolized that your home was one that was celebrating the birth of Christ.

Wreaths were originally made of holly, which has several religious meanings. The sharp leaves symbolize the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during the Crucifixion. The red berries symbolize the blood of Christ. Another story tells how the berries were thought to have been originally white. They were offered to the newborn Jesus by a child. The holly pricked the finger of Christ and then the berries blushed red in shame. Wreaths decorated with red and white berries are popular for this reason.

Today, Christmas wreaths are used to decorate and celebrate the holiday season in a lot of ways. They are made of all kinds of things from fresh balsam fir to teddy bears and are used as corporate Christmas gifts, retail holiday decorations, home door decorations, and more. Wreaths can be seen all over the world during the holidays, and to most people, symbolize peace and giving during the season.

Many people are concerned with the commercialization of Christmas, but still wish to give meaningful gifts to friends and family. Fresh wreaths and table decorations make wonderful gifts for the holidays. They can be given as thank you gifts, hostess gifts, corporate gifts, and more. They can be decorated with pine cones and berries to maintain the natural look and aroma that makes a real Christmas wreath so desirable.

natural look and aroma that makes a real Christmas wreath so desirable. December 2013/January 2014 The
OUR world , Our home GLOBAL WARMING Global warming is the single biggest threat facing

OUR world, Our home

GLOBAL WARMING

Global warming is the single biggest threat facing wildlife today. In cold regions, icy wildlife habitats are melting and food sources are dwindling.

habitats are melting and food sources are dwindling. These changes are forcing wildlife such as penguins

These changes are forcing wildlife such as penguins and polar bears to fight for survival like never before. To learn more, visit www.nwf.org/globalwarming

POLAR BEARS

The Latin name for polar bear (Ursus maritimus) means “sea bear.” A polar bear spends much of its life in, around, or on the water, primarily on sea ice. Polar bears are an indicator of conditions throughout the Arctic, and at-risk populations could signal threats in the marine ecosystem.

populations could signal threats in the marine ecosystem. NATURAL PHENOMENON Mammatus Clouds Mammatus Clouds are also

NATURAL PHENOMENON

Mammatus Clouds

in the marine ecosystem. NATURAL PHENOMENON Mammatus Clouds Mammatus Clouds are also known as mammato- cumulus,

Mammatus

Clouds

are also

known as

mammato-

cumulus,

meaning

"bumpy

clouds.”

Mammatus Clouds are a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. Composed primarily of ice, Mammatus Clouds can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction, while individual formations can remain visibly static for 10-15 minutes at a time. True to their ominous appearance, mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system.

A World Of Beautiful Butterflies

Malay Lacewing

The Malay Lacewing belongs to the genus Cethosia, which includes some of the most beautiful butterflies in the region. The upperside of the wings of both the male and female are bright orange-red with black borders. The outer margins of both wings are serrated, particularly more so on the hindwings, giving them a saw-toothed appearance. This is probably what gives the origin of its name “Lacewing.”

The Malay Lacewing is characterized by the pale yellow border on the forewing. Males tend to fly more energetically than the females. It is essentially a forest butterfly, preferring to stay within the confines of forested areas.

Females of the Malay Lacewing have a yellowish-white dorsal patch on the forewings, which is absent in the males. The females also appear a paler orange-red. The males sport a darker shade of orange-red on the wings.

The males sport a darker shade of orange-red on the wings. FRACK ATTACKs 1. Bureau of

FRACK ATTACKs

1. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has just released a

set of rules that would let fracking run amok on spectacular public lands from coast to coast. Some of the special places at stake: Virginia’s George Washington National

Forest

River National Forest

Forest

Park and Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. This is not just a full-frontal attack on our natural heritage, which would be frightening enough. It is also a direct threat to millions of American families, because so many of us get our drinking water from pristine water supplies that originate in national forests and other public lands.

Ohio’s Wayne National Forest

Colorado’s White

California’s Los Padres National

even lands outside Montana’s Glacier National

2. The Coast Guard is considering a really bad proposal to

haul fracking wastewater on barges through the Delaware River Valley. If they allow 10,000 barrels of fracking wastewater to be hauled by each barge, it will expose our drinking water, communities and natural environment to the grave risk of poisonous contamination. There's a reason fracking waste needs to be hauled away:

it's extremely toxic, even radioactive, and it has a long list of chemicals that they don't even need to tell us about thanks to the "Halliburton loophole" negotiated by Dick Cheney. There's only one way to keep our rivers and our planet safe, and that's by leaving shale gas in the ground.

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New Year’s Eve Word Scramble Unscramble the letters to decipher each word. EEBCERDM WNE ISSK
New Year’s Eve Word Scramble
Unscramble the letters to decipher each word.
EEBCERDM
WNE
ISSK
TSTINEOLE
RYEA
TLOUOERSIN
RAEMSTRSE
REILSV
NOSDATTRII
MSKSEINOERA
SPRITAE
BTNILEECARO
GDMTIHIN
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The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips to keep our four-legged family members healthy and happy during the holidays:

A

number of seasonal plants are poisonous to pets

if

nibbled or eaten, including ivy, holly, mistletoe

and others.

Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys, but can damage their digestive systems. Keep tree ornaments high enough that they're out of your pet's reach.

Provide your pet with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy socializing, others will be overwhelmed by the excitement of a party.

Please don't share treats with your pets. Chocolate can be especially hazardous. And individually wrapped candies are double troubles as some pets might eat both the candy and the wrapper.

If

you’re visiting friends and relatives, be sure to

contact them in advance to find out if your pet is welcome. Because of the excitement during the holidays, it might be best to board your pet or hire

a reputable pet sitter instead.

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‘NOT-SO-GOURMET’ RECIPES GINGER GLAZED PEARS By Michele L. Moelder 4 ripe pears, cut in half

‘NOT-SO-GOURMET’ RECIPES

‘NOT-SO-GOURMET’ RECIPES GINGER GLAZED PEARS By Michele L. Moelder 4 ripe pears, cut in half and

GINGER GLAZED PEARS

By Michele L. Moelder

RECIPES GINGER GLAZED PEARS By Michele L. Moelder 4 ripe pears, cut in half and cored

4 ripe pears, cut in half and cored

1 cup apple juice

1 Tbs. kuzu

Pinch sea salt 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated Sprinkle of cinnamon Roasted almonds, toasted and crushed*

Place pears in a baking dish face up. Pour apple juice over pears and cover with lid. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove baking dish from oven and drain liquid into a saucepan. Dissolve kuzu root in 2 tsp. spring water and add to cooked liquid. Stir on stove top until mixture thickens. Pour back over pears, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake 10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with roasted crushed almonds.

FOOLPROOF PIE CRUST

By Pat FitzGerald

5

cups flour

2

cups shortening

1

egg

2

tsp. vinegar

1

tsp. salt

FAT-FREE FRIES

By Pat FitzGerald

vinegar 1 tsp. salt FAT-FREE FRIES By Pat FitzGerald Mix egg and vinegar in a measuring

Mix egg and vinegar in a measuring cup and fill with cold

water to make 1 cup of liquid. Stir with a fork. Mix flour,

salt and shortening together. Add liquid mixture and mix

completely. Dough is very soft. Can be rolled and re-rolled,

and can be refrigerated or frozen.

Yield: 2 double crusts and 2 shells

*To roast almonds: preheat oven to 250°. Roast almonds on a cookie sheet (no oil necessary) about 10-15 minutes.

Raw potatoes, julienned

2 egg whites

Seasonings (chili powder, pepper, etc.)

OATMEAL BANANA DATE COOKIES

By Michele Moelder

3

bananas, mashed

1/4 cup canola oil

2

cups rolled oats

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1

cup chopped dates

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients. Let sit 15 minutes. Bake 350° for 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

These recipes and others printed with permission from Michele Moelder, from her cookbook

HEALTH BEAT NATURAL FOODS COOKBOOK

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SUPER PLANT

Burdock Gentle and supportive herb known for its capacity to promote healthy kidneys and beautiful skin.

LOW FAT SUBSTITUTES

Purchased fruit puree mixtures, usually prune-based, also are good and work especially well in chocolate, spice and carrot cakes. Follow the label directions.

Beat 2 egg whites until light. Add seasonings as desired. Toss potatoes with egg whites. Spray a baking pan or cookie sheet with cooking spray. Spread potatoes into pan in a single layer. Bake at 400° for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pat FitzGerald‛s recipes are available in

GRANDMA‛S KITCHEN COOKBOOK.

Makes a wonderful gift! Also available on CD Rom. Stop and see Pat at 841 Owego Road, Candor or call 607-659-5739.

SUPER FISH

Sardines Both the meat and the miniscule bones of canned sardines are edible, so one 3-ounce serving supplies more calcium than a cup of low-fat milk and nearly 30% of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D. A recent study has shown that the two nutrients work together, decreasing the risk of premature death by 7%.

SUPER FOOD

Leafy Greens – Check out powerhouse greens like kale, collards, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens and mustard greens. They are packed with vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, lutein and fiber. Serve with a splash of lemon juice or red wine vinegar.

TURKEY WITH STUFFING

1 turkey (12-14 lb.)

3/4 cup unsalted butter, divided

1

large sweet onion, finely chopped

4

stalks celery, diced

2

tsp. poultry seasoning

1

tsp. dried thyme

1

tsp. dried sage

1 small loaf sliced white bread, cubed 1½ cups turkey or chicken stock

sliced white bread, cubed 1½ cups turkey or chicken stock Wash turkey well under cold running

Wash turkey well under cold running water. Dry with paper towel and place into large roasting pan fitted with a roasting rack. Brush turkey with ¼ cup butter; season interior and exterior with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Melt remaining butter in large frying pan; cook onions until soft. Add celery and seasonings. Mix in bread cubes and turkey stock. Lightly pack stuffing into turkey cavity and truss with butcher‛s string. Roast in pre-heated 425° oven for 20 minutes. Cover loosely with foil. Reduce heat to 325° and cook turkey for 20 minutes per pound or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of the leg registers 170°. Let turkey set for about 30 minutes before carving.

MAPLE GLAZED CARROTS

8

medium carrots

1/4 cup maple syrup

3

Tbs. butter

1/4 tsp. ginger (optional)

Slice carrots. Cook until tender; drain. Add maple syrup and butter. Simmer carrots in maple syrup mixture until glazed.

MAPLE CORN BREAD

1½ cups yellow corn meal 3/4 cup flour

1 Tbs. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt

3 Tbs. melted butter

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400°. Mix dry ingredients; set aside. Melt butter; add milk, syrup and egg. Mix with dry ingredients just to moisten. Bake in muffin pans 12-15 minutes or 8x8-inch baking pan for 18-20 minutes. Best served with maple syrup, maple cream, or maple butter*.

*To make maple butter:

1 stick of butter, softened 1/2 to 3/4 cup maple syrup

Whip butter in a food processor or with an electric beater until smooth. Dribble in syrup and mix well. Store refrigerated in a covered container. Keeps up to three weeks.

This is a delicious spread to serve with biscuits, English muffins and sweet breads.

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Enjoy our cozy atmosphere and refreshments while you do some holiday shopping! Refreshments • Free Drawings • Specialty Food Tasting Free handmade ornament for each family!

Order your Christmas Cookie Trays early (call for details).

Specialty Food Tasting Free handmade ornament for each family! Order your Christmas Cookie Trays early (call
Specialty Food Tasting Free handmade ornament for each family! Order your Christmas Cookie Trays early (call

Answers to New Year’s Eve Word Scramble on Page 44

DECEMBER

NEW

KISS

MISTLETOE

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KISS MISTLETOE YEAR CELEBRATION RESOLUTION STREAMERS SILVER TRADITIONS NOISEMAKERS PARTIES MIDNIGHT December

TRADITIONS

NOISEMAKERS

PARTIES

MIDNIGHT

6 th Annual Lights On The RiverFestival

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! New classes starting
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DOWNTOWN OWEGO FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 (5:30-9:00PM)

Owego will sparkle with holiday lighting and great festivities. Christmas lights reflecting on the river, historic buildings lit with candles, children’s choirs, carolers, strolling musicians, juggler, a visit with Santa, food, Christmas specials - all the sights and sounds of Christmas. The Big Snowzilla Toboggan Ride will be our main attraction this year, located in the parking lot of First Niagara Bank, Lake Street. The ride is FREE! The festivities begin at 5:30pm in downtown Owego with the lighting of the Village at 6pm capped off by a riverside fireworks show at 8pm!

Entertainment and Activities:

fireworks show at 8pm! Entertainment and Activities: 3:00-8:00pm Artificial Ice Rink at the Gateway Community

3:00-8:00pm Artificial Ice Rink at the Gateway Community

County Office Building parking lot, 56 Main, to left on Front,

Park Deck 6:00-8:00pm Giant Snow Globe at the Owego Fire Station,

North Ave 5:00-8:00pm Antiques & Collectibles Market, 45-50 Dealers

with Holiday treasures, Elks Emporium, Front St. 5:30-8:00pm O'Tannenbaum Christmas Tree Display, Tioga

County Historical Museum, 110 Front St. 5:30-8:30pm Spectacular Art Show at Artisan's Townhouse,

Lake St. 5:30-8:30pm Free Massages by the Finger Lakes School of

Massage at the TC Arts Council, 179 Front St. 5:30-8:30pm Ice Sculptor, Sean Taylor, near First Niagara

sidewalk, Lake St. 5:30-7:00pm Miss Bubbleheart, The Clown, Facepainting

near the Snow Globe, Front St. 6:00pm LIGHTS TURNED ON COUNTDOWN- switch

thrown by Santa - south Courthouse Square. Countdown led by Lew Sauerbrey of WEBO Radio 6:00-8:00pm "4 of Hearts" BBShop Quartet roaming the

streets 6:00-8:00 Horse and Wagon Rides

6:00-8:00pm Pet the Alpacas from Alpacalachin Farms –

Ahwaga Park, Front St. 6:00-7:00pm Pastor Terry Steenburg on his trumpet -

strolling streets 6:05pm - Cruisin' Car Buddies Light Parade (route starts at

to left on Church, to left on Main, to left on Lake St

)

6:00-6:30pm Zion Lutheran School Kids' sing at the TC

Historical museum, 110 Front St. 6:30-7:30pm Owego Apalachin Middle School Music Dept. to perform at TC Historical Museum, 110 Front St. continued next page

Entertainment and Activities:

continued from previous page

7:30-9:00pm Owego Free Academy Music Dept.

to perform at TC Historical Museum, 110 Front St. 6:15-6:45pm Youth Choirs of the Owego United

Methodist Church - on south Courthouse Square steps 6:30-7:30 pm Maloney Memorial Bag Pipe Band -

roaming the streets 6:30-7:30pm Santa Claus will be roaming the

streets throughout the night and in the Giant Snow Globe for photo ops. 6:30-8:30pm OFA Brass Quintet - The Goat Boy,

Front St. 6:00-6:30pm Terpsi Dancers at M&T Bank Plaza

6:45-7:45pm "Valley Harmony" BB Shop Quartet

roaming throughout the streets 7:00-8:00pm Will Stafford, Juggler - strolling

streets 8:00pm - FIREWORKS - Off Draper Pk, Front St.

The entertainment is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program administered locally by THE ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Open every day to serve you! Mon-Fri 9:30-8 Extended hours for the holidays Sat 9:30-6
Open every day to serve you!
Mon-Fri 9:30-8
Extended hours for the holidays
Sat 9:30-6 • Sun 9:30-5

Sidewalk Offerings and Refreshments:

5:00-8:00 pm Owego Fire Dept. Training Facility booth

- serving hot refreshments & playing music in front of Tri-Town Insurance, Front St. 5:30-8:00pm Royal Automotive - displaying new cars

and offering refreshments at the Bridge 3:00-8:00pm The Elks' Lodge offering chili, hot dogs,

and water for sale outdoors. Also, Antiques & Collectibles Emporium will be open with 45-50 dealers - filled with holiday treasures! 5:30-8:00 pm St. Patrick's School serving snacks in

front of the Black Cat Gallery, Front St. 5:30-8:00pm Johnson's Pools & Spas Bake Sale at

Courthouse Square 5:30-8:00pm Cellar Restaurant, selling hot soup in

front of building, 196 Front St. 5:30-8:00pm Owego Kiwanis Club - serving hot

chocolate and donut holes - in front of the John Barleycorn, Front St. 5:30-8:00pm Owego Rotary Club - serving hot cider by

Riverow Bookshop, Front St. 5:30-8:00 pm Mr. Check Guy, Jackson Hewitt,

Courthouse Square - coupons and refreshments 5:30-8:00pm Greater Tioga County Loving Education

at Home - serving Christmas cookies at M&T Bank, Lake St. 6:00-8:00pm Glow Toys by Dave McNamara - strolling

5:30-8:00pm Four Salvation Army Kettles – placed throughout downtown

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Annie’s Corner

HOLIDAY EXCITEMENT

By Anne O. Stout

With Halloween and Thanksgiving over, no matter whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or others, you can feel the excitement. Lighting displays everywhere, more decorations than usual, sales and specials galore, more events such as concerts and plays, family gatherings and so much more. Even if you don’t celebrate, the excitement is still felt as others place wreaths and decorations.

is still felt as others place wreaths and decorations. My confusion starts when I see signs

My confusion starts when I see signs and bumper stickers, “Put the Christ back in Christmas,” or “I can say Merry Christmas if I want to,” etc. As a child we all celebrated how we chose, respecting each other’s choices and we seem to live together fine. What has happened?

Last year I heard about a group of carolers going around their neighborhood, but were yelled at by two neighbors who do not celebrate Christmas. If that is the case you can just ask the folks to move on, not yell at them. They are not trying to hurt anyone or be vicious…just sharing their joy over the season.

We are working so hard to be fair to one group that it feels like we are being unfair to another. Like forcing companies to hire so many minorities and then being prejudiced to a non-minority or a male over a woman. What happened to experience and education to help someone get a job?

Even people with similar beliefs may celebrate the holidays differently and that is great. Why can’t we learn from each other and celebrate with each other? This country was founded on religious freedoms, among others, so why are we not making allowances for each other now?

I have a lot of respect for historical items, so I hate to hear about monuments and etc. that people protest to have removed due to decisions now. I heard about a court house with a statue of the 10 commandments done in marble in front of it. Because of the separation of church and state, some protesters wanted the marble statue destroyed. Say what…what about the history connected to it? Not sure how the story ended, but would it have been so wrong to leave it as a landmark? We register homes and businesses; why not sights and monuments to preserve them and their history?

Anyway, a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with joy to my readers. These are the holidays I celebrate, and I hope whatever you celebrate you have a good holiday season with family and friends.

I just had a great idea for a New Year’s resolution; let’s all allow those around us to have their differences, maybe even try to share and learn from them. The U.S. has always had a diverse population; let’s allow for more of it in 2014.

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What’s happening

STORY HOUR

Every Tuesday from 10:15-11:15am Candor Free Library (2 Bank St, Candor) Info, call 659-7258.

Hear Ye!
Hear
Ye!

SOUP AND CHILI NIGHTS

Every Tuesday from 5-7pm St. Mark‛s Episcopal Church (17 Main St, Candor) Meal includes choice of soup or chili, rolls, crackers, dessert. Good will donation.

OPEN HEARTS DINNER

Every Wednesday from 5-6:30pm

McKendree United Methodist Church (224 Owego St,

Candor)

Contact Denice Peckins at denicepeckins@hotmail.com

Fun – fellowship – good food

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS)

Meet every Thursday at 6pm St. Mark‛s Episcopal Church (17 Main St, Candor) Contact Jean Dewey at 659-9969 or email jmdewey@frontiernet.net

OPEN STUDIO FOR CREATIVITY

Every Saturday from 1-3pm Van Etten Library (83 Main St, Van Etten, NY) Weekly group – bring your creative project – all ability levels welcome. Knitters, artists, origami, jewelry making, and more. November is pencil, pen, and pastels. For more info, call 589-4755 ext. 3, email metzgerd@stls.org or visit www.ccld.lib.ny.us

FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Every 4 th Saturday of each month - 8:30-10:30am Village Chapel (28 Main St, Candor)

TIOGA MUSEUM

(110 Front St, Owego) - Extended hours thru Dec 14. Tuesdays thru Saturdays 10am-5pm; Sundays 11am-3pm For schedules and info, call 687-2460 or visit www.tiogahistory.org

O TANNENBAUM HOLIDAY SHOWCASE

Presented by Tioga County Historical Society (110 Front St, Owego) - Now thru Dec 14 Holiday splendor – joy of the season – enchantment – community spirit – camaraderie – goodwill For more info, call 687-2460.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Sun, Dec 1 from 7am-1pm Candor Masonic Lodge #411 (Rt. 96B, Candor) Sausage – eggs – pancakes –juice – coffee or hot chocolate. $6 adults, $4 ages 7-12, free for ages 6 & under

DECK THE HEARTH WREATH EVENT

Fundraiser to benefit Traci‛s Hope Fri, Dec 6 from 6-9pm The Hearth at Castle Gardens, Vestal, NY Silent auction – bid on decorated wreaths displayed throughout the community. Petite desserts and hot cocoa bar.

DESSERT THEATRE

Presents Christmas at the Cricket County Café

Fri, Dec 6 at 7pm Vestal Center United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (478 West Hill Rd, Vestal) One act play – dessert – fellowship Fun for all ages. For more info, call 748-0004.

HAM & TURKEY PARTY

Sat, Dec 7 at 7pm Lisle Fire Company (State Rt. 79, Lisle) Advance donation $3 (admission & raffle drawing) Donation at door $5 Refreshments include clam chowder & chili.

MOM‛S HOUSE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Sat, Dec 7 from 8am-11:30am Endwell United Methodist Church

HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING FAIR FOR KIDS

Sat, Dec 7 – for Ages 6-12 Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Tioga County (56 Main St, Owego) Conference Room Basement Kids, bring a list of 5 people you hope to make gifts for. Cost for the day $25 (includes healthy lunch) – advise of any dietary restrictions. For more info and to register, call 687-4020 or email

mew58@cornell.edu

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT Sign-up help and info

Sat, Dec 7 from 11am-2pm Van Etten Library (83 Main St, Van Etten) For appointment, call 1-888-962-8244.

CHINESE AUCTION

Sat, Dec 7 from 10am-noon Candor Fire Co. (74 Owego Rd, Candor) Must be present to win. Drawing starts at noon. For more info, call Jean Dewey @ 659-9969.

CRAFT FAIR

To benefit the S-VE Food Cupboard Sat, Dec 7th (9am-5pm) - Spencer Municipal Bldg Please call LuAnn Montgomery @ 607-351-4297 or Betty White @ 607-589-7474.