5 ways the year 2017 will be bet­ter than 2016

Serve Daily - - MERIT ACADEMY - By Joe Capell

It’sa brand new year! 2017 is here to res­cue us from all the de­spair and mis­ery that 2016 wrought. 2017 will be fan­tas­tic! 2017 will be full of sun­shine, lol­lipops and rain­bows! 2017 will be ap­ple frit­ters, jelly donuts and home­made choco­late chip can­di­dates. It was a year-long process cook­ies! of neg­a­tiv­ity that dom­i­nated the news.

It’s a brand new year! 2017 is here to There’ll be none of that in 2017. res­cue us from all the de­spair and mis­ery 2. There won’t be as many celebrity that 2016 wrought. 2017 will be fan­tas­tic! deaths. I don’t know this for a fact, but 2017 will be full of sun­shine, lol­lipops there can’t be, can there? There were so and rain­bows! 2017 will be ap­ple frit­ters, many fa­mous peo­ple who passed away jelly donuts and home­made choco­late this year that it is hard to re­mem­ber (or chip cook­ies! list) them all. From David Bowie, Prince

It’s go­ing to be a great year. And if not, and Ge­orge Michael to Gene Wilder, Car­rie it’s at least gotta be bet­ter than the hor­ri­ble Fisher and Deb­bie Reynolds. From 2016. Here are a few rea­sons why: An­tonin Scalia, Nancy Rea­gan and Fidel

1. There is no pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Cas­tro to Muham­mad Ali, Arnold Palmer No mat­ter where you fall on the po­lit­i­cal and LaVell Ed­wards. Even that one guy spec­trum, chances are you re­ally de­spised from that one show died in 2016. Chances one (or maybe both) of the top pres­i­den­tial are 2017 won’t be as bad.

3. There will be a lot of great movies in 2017. The slate of new-ish movies com­ing out this year in­cludes se­quels of “Star Wars,” “Fast and the Fu­ri­ous,” “Guardians of the Gal­axy,” “De­spi­ca­ble Me” and “Pi­rates of the Caribbean.” Plus, there’ll be movies about tele­vi­sion shows like “Bay­watch,” “Smurfs,” “Power Rangers” and “Won­der Woman.” And, if that’s not awe­some enough, about half of those movies will star Dwayne “The Rock” John­son!

4. This might be the year your team wins the cham­pi­onship. Are you sad be­cause your fa­vorite sports team didn’t win the cham­pi­onship this year? Well, if 2016 and the Chicago Cubs have taught us any­thing, it’s that ANY­ONE might win it all this year, even the sad team that you root for.

5. It will be a bet­ter year if we MAKE it a bet­ter year. Of course, the best way to make 2017 a bet­ter year than 2016 is to all work hard to make it bet­ter our­selves. Be nice to ev­ery­one you meet. Help oth­ers when­ever you have a chance. Don’t be of­fended by every seem­ing slight that comes your way. Choose to be happy in­stead of look­ing at the neg­a­tive side of ev­ery­thing!

And if that doesn’t work, you can al­ways just watch a movie star­ring Dwayne “The Rock” John­son. (I hear he’s pretty good.)

Venice O. West­man cel­e­brated her 99th birth­day Nov. 26, 2016. She was born in Ne­ola to Jesse and May Nielsen. She had one brother and three sis­ters, one who is still liv­ing and who she is very close to. She lived in Springville for 66 years be­fore mov­ing to the Ab­bing­ton in Maple­ton. She was a school lunch lady and did sewing al­ter­ations. She loves to cro­chet and laugh. She mar­ried Wil­ford “Bill” West­man af­ter meet­ing him in Las Ve­gas at a roller skat­ing rink. He passed away 25 years ago. To­gether they had three chil­dren: son David and Con­nie Rowan and daugh­ters Judy and Gary Chris­man, and Donna and Alan El­lis. They have 11 grand­chil­dren, 26 great-grand­chil­dren and one great-great-grand­child. Venice started col­lect­ing Baviar­ian Vil­lage pieces when her hus­band passed away and her col­lec­tion has grown dur­ing the past 25 years. This year she chose to share it with all the Ab­bing­ton staff and res­i­dents. Her chil­dren set it up and it took most of the day. It is beau­ti­ful to see, es­pe­cially in the evening. Thank you, Venice, for shar­ing.

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