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.
It's been a bad week for two of our neighbors. Ruth Fees fell a week ago today and broke her arm. She underwent surgery on Monday to set the arm. Howard Votruba fell last Thursday at the fire station in Sheridan Lake and broke several bones in the top of his foot and bruised a leg badly. He will be seeing a surgeon on this Monday to have surgery. We wish the best for both of you and a fast recovery.
"PEACE....We pray to Thee, our Father, as Christmas comes again, for peace among all nations and good will between all men." Helen Steiner Rice. This sentence was on a card from Pastor Mark and Deb Imel. We desperately need that peace in the societies of our nation.
There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead ... and a time for dreams.
And at night... ah, that's the time, isn't it? Outside it's dark, December dark, and we're inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night.
But we have our dreams.
Saturday before last, the Plainview Community Club held their Christmas craft fair at the gym. There were lots of vendors with goods for sale. The sophomore class served lunch and it was a very enjoyable day.
A week ago Saturday, Linly and Sherrel Stum visited with Clint and Wilma Evans, former Towner residents. They said to tell everyone hello for them.
Verse of a favorite hymn: "O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home."
It began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick.
It might have been the weather, at least partly. For December, the day had been almost balmy and warm. You know, sweaters instead of heavy coats. No mittens in sight.
Joy to the World!....This is Advent Season, the four weeks while we await the day to celebrate the birthday of the Savior."
Congratulations to Bill Dawson, who was married to Aurelia Pirtac in early November. Bill has often returned for visits in Romania, which is one of his favorite countries where he has traveled. He entertained Aurelia in America several times. She is indeed a lovely, well-educated lady who likes his homes in Colorado and Nebraska where he is a medical helicopter pilot.
Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. Can't think of a better way to spend the day than with family and friends, good food and great weather.
Thanksgiving dinner guests of Denis and Theresa Weber were: Roger, Linda, Nicole, Courtney and Ryan Cochran and Jerry and Quinton Weber. Other than the fact that Linda forgot to bring the desserts she had made for the day and the dog got into the sweet potatoes before they were cooked, they had a great time together.
"And now abide in faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13: 15. This scripture is often used at weddings but I know it is imperative for every day of our lives. Let us love in actions to people around us, not just in words.
Postmaster Luke Vocke and his assistants hosted two days to celebrate that the Eads
Post office is 130 years old. Besides treats and beverages, people who signed up, won gifts every 15 minutes. When I was there, Cleta (Colvalt) Englehardt came early in the morning from Haswell.