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1 6 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, December 23, 1999 Barbara Hooper 615 S. Seminary St. 725-7742 As birds of winter pause in flight to perch of limbs of snowy white, Their cheery singing seems to say, "Welcome, welcome, Christ- mas Day!" The Blessings of Peace - The Beauty of Hope - The Spirit of Love - May these be your Gifts this Christmas Season. Following are some holiday scenes for your enjoyment. Birthdays and Anniversaries Happy birthday to: Elwood "Boo" Breeden, Judith "Candy" Cain, Ora Cooper, Donna Coyle, Bryant Hummer, Robert Keeton, Martin Smith, Steve A. Smith and Margaret Watson on December 24; Mary Diffenderfer, William Eagle, Jesus, Brian Higgs, Randy Hilton, Martha Maddocks, Martha Smith and Vanny Whitmore on December 25; Colton Eaves, Hilda Kable, Sharon Saul, Anna Ware and Todd Wilt on December 26; Glenn Hoffman, Nancy Rutherford, Doug W. Snowden and Glenn Quinn on December 28; Louis Athey, Chris Carter, Lisa Hoffman, Lew Lancaster, Amy Low, Cindy Pownell, Kitty Wallich and Cheryl Wilt on December 29; Stephanie Deyette, Dustin Sperry, Anne Steptoe, Susan Stocks and Steve Timbrook on December 30; Blake Crosby, Kerry Fries, Melissa Hamill and Karen Schnably on De- cember 31. Anniversary congratulations to Lewis and Lena Jenkins (41 years) on December 24; Jim and Mary Jane Davis on December 25; Chris and Jody Carter on December 28; George and Ruth Quinn on Decem- ber 30. Don't forget to make a trip to a church this Christmas Eve .or day. Thank-yous are in order. See you next time take care. Bettie J. LaMotte 725-5523 It's a rather raw day out there this Sunday afternoon. It kind of looks and smells like snow, but no one is calling for it. It would be nice to have at least a dusting of snow for the holidays. We will start this week's column with the continuation of our inter- views with those attending the Christmas dinner and party on De- cember 11. Then I will fill you in on other events in and around the neighborhood. New Year's Eve The adult question was, "What are you doing New Year's Eve?" The responses were interesting, but I am sure some plans will change in view of the club's plan to host a New Year's party at the clubhouse this year. More on that later. Shirley and Mike Snyder plan to sit in their hot tub, drink a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight, and watch the stars. Jim Green and his friend Linda Murray plan to join the Snyders for the evening. Frank Gosnell shrugged his shoulders and said he hadn't really given it much thought. Miggs Dotson said she would be doing whatever her friends are doing. Lloyd and Keara Fink and Mike and Connie Citro plan to spend the evening at home with the family. Ron and Sherry Fisher were look- ing for something they could do with the boys, and as luck would have it, the club's New Year's Eve party is a family event, so by the end of the evening, Ron and Sherry pretty much decided it would be New Year's Eve in Blue Ridge Acres. Norm and Jane Kempster will be spending their evening in Wash- ington, D.C at the offices of the LA. Times. Norm works for the Times and is required to work that evening in the event something goes awry with this Y2K thing. Jane will join him there inasmuch as there will undoubtedly be some partying going on. Del Tomani also has to work on New Year's Eve. Jane Pinson, who is an emergency room nurse at Alexandria Hospi- tal, also has to work, but is hoping husband Gene will come down for the evening. Bill and Camille Nicholson had made no plans, and Faith said she would be at home and probably sleep through the whole thing. Warren and Deidre Bevard plan to stay safely at home, and Ray and Peggy Daniels have made no plans as yet. Leonard Erickson didn't know at that time what he would be doing. Alan and Annie Cobb had no idea what would be in store for the Cobb family. Brad and Linda Eaton also have no plans. John and Shelia Kincaid plan to join the club's party, while son Jus- tin will be back at Kings Bay, Ga performing his Navy duties. Chris and Chip Gallo also plan an evening at the clubhouse. Chuck Pinson and his gal Theresa Ainsworth, with Dannon and Dianna Ruther- ford, plan to join the group at the clubhouse. Kristen Ainsworth has a date with her special beau, Garth Allen. As for me, I have a date! This is a date I made about 25 years ago with good friend Goerge Gault. Be- ing the good friend that George is, he has invited Cal along and we will have dinner, followed by danc- ing, and a champagne toast at the Brunswick, Md Moose Lodge. The Party Don't forget New Year's Eve at the clubhouse with a live band. The festivities will start at 9 p.m and the whole family is welcome. There will be fun and games for the kids. This will keep everyone close to home for the new millennium. Since we have to pay the band, we encourage everyone to come and have fun. Telephone Eric Eisenhart and Dannon Rutherford to let them know you will be there. Gift Giving As you will recall, I also asked all the guys at the dinner what each was getting their special lady. I am not going to divulge names to protect the innocent or not-so-in- nocent as the case may be. Some of the gifts our ladies will be receiving are a large shelf for craft supplies, a bad time, a car stereo, the front end of a vehicle repaired, laser eye surgery, a big screen television, and a very big mirror. Most of the guys said their gals would get "something nice." Friday Night Special The Friday night special was postponed until Sunday afternoon, in order to allow those in charge of the event to attend the viewing and funeral of a good friend killed in an automobile accident days earlier. The event was rescheduled for Sunday afternoon and when Cal and I left, there had been a pretty good group of people and more were expected. Chuck Pinson re- ally does a bang-up job on fish, al- most as good as father Jim's. You can't beat Clay Horton's marinated and grilled venison. The ladies, in- cluding Theresa Ainsworth, Dianna R~therford and Melanie Nehls put together all the extras. It was really good! Condolences, Again I really do dislike doing this, es- pecially this time of year, but we need to extend our sympathies to Francis Snyers on the loss of his father. Francis' family live in Bel- gium. Francis had been home to visit with his father last summer. I am sure that Francis and his fam- ily know that we are thinking of him at this difficult time. This and That Faith Cone and I were off last Saturday for the Spirit's annual Christmas luncheon for commu- nity correspondents. It is always an enjoyable occasion with each of us having an opportunity to com- pare notes about our column-writ- ing. We all appreciate this kind gesture on the part of the newspa- per staff. Congratulations to Annie and Alan Cobb, who celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary at Tuscara's in Lovettsville. Last Friday evening, Cal and I, along with Frank Gosnell and Miggs Dotson, toured Blue Ridge Acres to look at all the holiday lights. If you haven't had a chance to do so, you really need to take a turn around the community. Quite impressive. We couldn't decide which was the best decorated and were all glad we were not judges. Chuck Pinson was excited on Sunday afternoon in anticipation of a holiday visit from daughter Katie. Father Jim was to fly in on Monday, spend a couple of days with Chuck's brother Mike and his family, and pick up Katie to bring her to Blue Ridge Acres for the ~holiday. I certainly hope Chuck is able to get his Christmas shopping done in time. That's about it for this week. We wish for you a happy and safe holi- day season. Only Shadow (and Fluffy) know Laura GaMn P.O. Box 868 535-1401 Where Has the Time Gone? In my frenzy to finish my Christmas shopping, I made a last- minute run to Wal-Mart. Two weeks before Christmas and I still needed to buy Christmas cards! As I sifted through the huge pile, looking for just the right Galvin card, next to me were two women digging through the large assortment. They were both dis- gusted with the selection. "They don't have any funny cards. God, I hate these ones with Jesus all over themP' I was shocked. But of course, I said nothing to them. What could I say? "Jesus is the reason for the sea- son!" It probably would have caused offense, rather than warmed their hearts. Instead, I said a prayer for them and many for my two girls. Please, let them never forget the reason for the season. All I Know About Christmas I Learned From Jesus Miracles do happen; The gift of love is continuous; Peace is not a season, it is a way of life; It's better to give than to re- ceive; Look at the world through the eyes of a child; He is the heart of Christmas. St. John's Lutheran St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their Christmas service on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, at 7 p.m. at the church on Washington Street in Harpers Ferry. Everyone is welcome to at- tend. Birthdays Happy birthday to Dave Taft on Thursday, December 23; to Chris D'Angelo and Tony Catanese on Friday, December 24; to Mary Fadely on Sunday, December 26; to Dickie D'Angelo on Monday, De- cember 27; to Hampy Staubs on Thursday, December 23. of Wreaths Shown, from left, are Tim Grove, executive Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, club member' Johnson, presenting a certificate of appreciation Chicchirichi, of Guy's Pontiac-Olds-Buick-GMC the recent Festival of Wreaths fundraiser. The 1999 Festival of Wreaths clude: the gold event, held by the boys and Girls event was Guy's Buick Club of Jefferson County, raised Olds & GMC, silver over $5,000 for youth programs in for the event was the county. The event involved over Valley Bank, bronze 75 undecorated wreaths being do- Jefferson Security nated by the Boys and Girls Club public Paperboard. Other to over 75 area individuals and or- included AB&C Group, ganizations. In turn, the individu- Charles Town, als or organizations decorated McDonalds of Charles wreaths to sell with all proceeds United National Bank. going to the Boys and Girls Club. donations to the club The club sold arts and crafts presented on Friday items, along with over 75 wreaths "It was great to see throughout Jefferson County and nity involved in this at the Boys and Girls Club. Prices port youth programs in' ranged from $25-$60. Several County," says Time wreaths were sold while on display tive director of the around the county, two wreaths Club of Jefferson were given by drawing at local the sponsors, to the businesses, and one was sold to a donors, to those who company in Ohio. purchased a wreath, th( Most wreaths were sold at the Girls Club of Jefferson Festival of Wreaths party on Fri- preciates your help in day, December 10. The party was ferson County a held to honor all who decorated the kids." wreaths. Many were also sold at The Boys and Girls the Festival of Wreaths Family ferson County is located Day on Saturday, December 11, Lawrence Street in which featured cookie decorating, serving youth ages 6 to storytime, Santa Claus, and other wide variety activities. The refreshments for 7 p.m Monday both events were provided by Anyone interested in the Cliffside Inn, Coca-Cola, John's Open Pit Barbeque, Jumpin' Java, grams, events, or Martin's, Iwayan Rata, and Wal- please contact the Mart. by or call 728-3143. There were several sponsors for The Boys and Girls The festival of Wreaths that helped ferson County is a to make it a success. Those in- United Way of Jefferson~ Donated to Kim Via, of F&M Bank West Virginia, above three wreaths and F&M Bank West Virginia Jefferson Memorial Hospital's Progressive Care Elliott, right, certified activities director, fundraiser to give away the wreaths, with proceeds i ward socialization activities and purchase of arts materials. The Progressive Care Unit at the signed to offer a structured program of services to who no longer require acute care hospitalization efit from rehabilitative and skilled nursing services turning home. ::! 126 E. 3rd SM