Bless­ing of the sea­son

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Please move right into the New Year with good cheer and I wish ev­ery­one a happy, healthy and pros­per­ous 2017!

Let me say again how much I ap­pre­ci­ate the many kind words from read­er­friends I see on the street and around town who tell me they en­joy read­ing this weekly visit. It cer­tainly keeps me go­ing week af­ter week with what must be the long­est-run­ning weekly news­pa­per col­umn in the Sate of Mary­land. Well it has to be one of the long­est if not, be­cause I started writ­ing “Dots and Dashes” by Dan when I was in high school, age 15. It hasn’t been ev­ery week since then, but the col­umn has been go­ing on most of the years in between and at 92 it has out­lasted many others I am sure.

So, keep read­ing folks, and I’ll try to make it in­ter­est­ing each and ev­ery week, as long as the good Lord keeps me up­right!

••• GIVE A BOOK I know ev­ery­one has fin­ished with the Christ­mas shop­ping, but I just learned of a na­tional lit­er­acy project called Reach Out and Read. It means to give a book to your young child at Christ­mas or any hol­i­day. Read­ing helps a young child’s brain de­velop and ma­ture. Read­ing for plea­sure is a life­long gift.

On my Tues­days in the li­brary here in town I can see how im­por­tant books are and it makes my heart feel so good when I go into the chil­dren’s sec­tion to Miss Jenny or just look around, it is great to see so many young­sters look­ing for books, work­ing at the com­put­ers or just play­ing with some of the toys Miss Jenny has. And she has so many dif­fer­ent pro­grams for young­sters — be sure to look for them when you read the li­brar y col­umn in the pa­per or go into the Chil­dren’s Sec­tion at the li­brary.

••• THE TUCKER HOUSE Re­ceived a let­ter from the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety the other day in an ap­peal for funds to help with some work at both the Tucker House and Wright’ Chance here on Com­merce Street. Way back when Miss Pinky Tucker lived in the Tucker House, I lived there for a year in the ‘40s when Mother and Dad moved on to Hager­stown as Dad had been named vice-pres­i­dent of the Ni­code­mus Bank in that Western Mary­land city. One thing that I en­joyed dur­ing my time there was sit­ting on the front porch and watch­ing the pass­ing traf­fic. At that time, the house had a large front porch that car­ried over the en­tire front sec­tion. I am not sure when the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety took it down, but it is no longer there.

I hope the So­ci­ety mem­ber­ship can lend a help­ing hand to have needed work done for both head­quar­ters’ homes of the county so­ci­ety.

••• WANT A LIT­TLE CAR? We are still clean­ing out draw­ers and clos­ets as we get around to it and here in one of my desk draw­ers in the back were three tiny metal cars.

They have got to be mighty old. One of them is a car and one a truck, both in the Match­box Se­ries and made in Eng­land. The third is a sta­tion wagon, a Hot Wheels made by Mat­tel, and the tiny print looks like 1968 USA.

Any­way, I’ll put them back in this top drawer in my desk, and if any of my reader-friends would like to have them, please give me a call.

••• IN­AU­GU­RAL ODD­I­TIES

The lat­est edi­tion of the AARP mag­a­zine had a page of what they called “Pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ral odd­i­ties.”

One of the “odd­i­ties” hap­pened in 1953 when in­com­ing Pres­i­dent Eisen­hower was las­soed by a rodeo rider while sit­ting in the re­view­ing stand dur­ing the pa­rade. And did you know that the U.S. Ma­rine Band was formed in 1798 and has per­formed at ev­ery pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ral since Thomas Jef­fer­son’s time in 1801? Very in­ter­est­ing!

••• ONE MORE GREET­ING Again, my friends, please have won­der­ful Christ­mas and a very Happy New Year. Re­mem­ber, en­joy your­self, but please, don’t drink too much and tr y to drive!!!

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