Blessing of the season
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!!!