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It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts.

Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn't get more than an hour's sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc's hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he went.

East End Events

Sharon Scott - Community Columnist

There will be a Baby Shower for Jeanne Smith January 28 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Plainview School.  Jeanne teaches Kindergarten and first grade at Plainview.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Merle, Carol and Lori Shalberg; Denis, Theresa and Connie Weber; and Jerry and Quinton Weber went to Burlington on Saturday for supper to celebrate Merle, Carol and Theresa's birthdays. They had a great time. Happy Birthday and may you have many more!

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A new year. A new start. Who said I can't finish this book?

Dud Campbell walked the frozen sidewalk and blew steamy breath out through his parka hood.

All I need, really, are a few ideas.

Dud's been working on his novel, "Murder in the Soggy Bottoms," for several years now, and it has taken on different blends of seasoning, largely depending on what things were happening here in our little valley.    

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Sharon Scott - Community Columnist

I hope each and every one of you had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a great 2018!!  I have been complaining about the lack of moisture and the cold weather -- then I saw what was happening along the eastern seaboard and I thanked my lucky stars that wasn't us. Keep all of those who are dealing with the bad weather in your prayers.

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A good scripture verse to guide you, Reader, in the New Year is: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct your paths."

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There's nothing like New Year's Resolution to make a guy feel completely inadequate, thought Doc as he sat and sipped coffee at the philosophy counter

of the Mule Barn truck stop's coffee shop. In other words, thinking central.

He happened to mention this to Steve, sitting on his left. Steve shoved his hat back and looked at his dear friend.

"Now Doc," he said, "I don't think you should talk that way. You see, the guys and I think you're about the most adequate fella we know. Why, some of us are still here because of your adequacy. I know I am."

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"I can't stand winter," said Herb Collins, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn's philosophy counter for a quick cup. "There's nothing to do."

"Get out and enjoy it," suggested Doc. "Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you'll feel better."

"I don't think your advice will take," said Dud. "Herb seems to be intransigent on this one."

We all looked at Dud.

"You see, he said he couldn't stand winter," Dud continued, "which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject."

We looked at him some more.

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The angel of the Lord said, "Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all people ... A Savior has been born to you." And Dear Readers, that Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the "reason for the season."

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For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing. He takes a bag of candy along, in case anyone cares to stop, and he also takes his daughter Cindy along, because she's always been his head elf. Cindy's grown now and has helpers of her own, but this has been a daddy/daughter event for a long time and neither sees any reason to quit.