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Irene Dodson, 862-3808
Thanksgiving has come and gone. Hope everyone had a joyful day with their family. My heart goes out to those who were overseas, and other far away places, who couldn’t be home with their loved ones. We enjoyed having 17 family members eat lunch with us, but missed our granddaughter, Emily, who couldn’t come home that day, also our daughter, Carleen, and husband who were spending Thanksgiving with his family. Since they all live in Nashville, she invited Emily to have Thanksgiving with them, which she did. I was so glad she thought of her.
Edna Drane entertained 27 of her family for Thanksgiving. The furthest from home came from Missouri and Goshen. She was saddened by the fact that her nephew, Phil, and his wife, Cindy, are moving to Denver to live near their daughter and her family.
Twelve family members were in attendance Thanksgiving at the home of Billy and Mary Parker. I’m sure they had a great day together, but missed those who couldn’t be there.
JoAnn Taul spent thanksgiving in Versailes with her daughter, Phyllis, and family, who also entertained her husband’s family.
BENEFIT. Brad Holbert will be auctioneering a benefit auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Lakewood Elementary School cafeteria, behind West Hardin Middle School, to help pay the funeral expenses of Norma June Nugent Taylor, who passed away Oct. 24. Anyone wishing to donate food for the meal, soup, hot dogs or cake, or candy or cakes for the auction or gently used items will be appreciated. There will be food, auction and a gospel singing. For information, please call Rhonda McGrew, 862-5564, Sue Nugent, 369-9516, Betty Daugherty, 862-3314, or Brenda Bradley, 862-9392. If you wish to make a donation but can’t attend the auction, please do so at Magnolia Bank, 651 W. Dixie Ave. Elizabethtown, KY 42701 or at Manakee Funeral Home, 2098 Leitchfield Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701 in care of Billy Nugent, in memory of Norma June Taylor. Thank you for your generosity.
SYMPATHY. We paid our respects to the family of our dear friend and neighbor Naomi May Ready, who passed away Friday evening after having a severe stroke several weeks ago. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. But rejoice that she is no longer suffering, with no doubt she is with her Lord.
HOLIDAY EVENTS. We attended the annual Cecilia parade and Christmas tree lighting Saturday evening. There was a nice crowd there. The Honorary Mayor Jonathan French had the honor of lighting the train caboose behind the bank. Six-year-old Anthony Gray lit the tree. Hot drinks and cookies were served at the Ruritan Building, where Santa later arrived upon a fire truck and gave out treats to the children.
ORGANIZATION NEWS. The Howevalley Homemakers met in the Cecilia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Tuesday with 26 in attendance. We will enjoy a catered meal next month, for which we paid $7 in advance, with the club paying the balance.
Pirtle Chapter No. 449 Order of the Eastern Star will meet for the Christmas meeting Saturday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck meal. Each member who wishes to participate will bring a $5 gift to exchange. Men bring a man’s gift and Ladies bring a ladies gift.
On Dec. 7, Stephensburg Lodge No. 212 members will have the regular monthly fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. at the lodge hall. Come on out and enjoy the delicious, fish, shrimp or chicken strips, sandwich or whole meal, as you choose.
The Brother’s and Sister’s Club will host its annual Christmas Party for those in need Dec. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Stephensburg Lodge Hall. I believe there are seven families and 17 children this year, for whom we will buy groceries and clothing for the children whose names are drawn from the angel tree. We will serve hot dogs, cookies and drinks and Santa will be there to give toys to the children.
BIRTHDAYS. Happy December birthdays to John Holmes and Elvin Smith, Dec. 2; Wesley Houser, Dec. 4; Carly Higdon, Dec. 5; Nina Garrison, Dec. 6; Paul Williams and Brian Hunley, Dec. 7; Wyatt Atcher, Dec. 8; Marshall Johnson, Dec. 9; Jane Lyons, Dec. 10; Sylvia Hill, Dec. 13; Sonja Roberts, Colton Smith, Sandy Humphrey and Chip Freeman, Dec. 15; Nicole Humphrey Coogle, Dec. 16; Judy Edwards, Dec. 17; Bruce Saymour and Tammy Edwards, Dec. 18; Caleb Roberts, Dec. 19; Harriette Ball, Dec. 22; Martha Richardson, Dec. 23; Donald Alexander, Dec. 24; Glenna Warren, Dec. 27; Mariah Higdon, Dec. 28; and Ernie Bagley, Josh McKenzie, DeAnna Woods and Dean Sexton, Dec. 30.
GET-WELL WISHES. Health concerns include Danissa Lewis, Billy Parker, Martha Sappenfield, Hobart Nantz, Ken Goodman, Phyllis Ruff, Floyd Dodson and myself, Linda Peasley Winters, Olzetta Firquin, Bill Fitzgerald, Doris Pile, Buddy Cardwell, Saylor Lane Perry, Delva Priddy, Bud, Margie and Terry Henderson, Wanda McCoy, Lois Morrissey, Cynthia Fullen, Connie Hatfield, Wilma Jean Cundiff, Jackie McGuffin, Elsie Couch, Laverne Nugget, Bonnie Lee, Bart Ponder, Matt Bush, Shannon Keene, Mattie Jennie Clayton, Joe Sessum, Doris Howard, Adele Andrisen, Mary Lou Given and Thelma Dunn. If you have recovered and wish your name removed from the list or need it added, please call the number below. Continue to remember our military and our country in your prayers.
CHURCH NEWS. Today is the first Sunday of Advent; can you actually believe that Christmas is so close?
Everyone I talked to thought Pastor Adam preached an outstanding sermon last Sunday. He had a beautiful table set with “the bread of life” in the center with each empty chair representing a certain group of people. It was very inspiring. I’m sure he spends much time preparing his sermons.
The United Methodist Women are collecting lap quilts to present to Kensington Manor Nursing Home to present to its patients. They need many for the fast turn over they have of patients.
Dart ball was to be played Monday evening at Stephensburg Baptist, but I was unable to contact some of the players to find out who won.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY. “Christ is the reason for the Season.” — Author unknown.
HELPFUL HINT. When magazines pile up around the home, take them to a nursing home where the residents may greatly enjoy reading them.
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