Wish­ing you a healthy, happy, pros­per­ous 2019!

Record Observer - - OPINION - By DAN TABLER Writer’s Note­book Dan Tabler

A BRAND NEW YEAR! I’ve been writ­ing this weekly visit to you since age 15, but I am still stumped as to how you can be­gin a col­umn be­tween a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year!

Prob­a­bly the best way to go about it is to say I hope all of my reader-friends had a merry and won­der­ful Christ­mas Day and that you re­ceived just the right gift from Santa. And just what is the right gift for a woman you have loved and lived with for 70 years?

But again, let me say how much I ap­pre­ci­ate the many read­ers who stop me in the store or on the street to tell me how much they en­joy the col­umn and to please keep on writ­ing. As I tell them, I’ll try to keep it go­ing as long as it is fun and not a chore.

So, as we pre­pare for a new year, let me just take the time to wish all of you a happy, healthy and pros­per­ous 2019!

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STILL BUSY

My good friend Scotty Mac­glash­san, the long­time clerk of the court, now re­tir­ing, tells me our his­toric court­house will re­main a court­house with of­fices still in use. I know the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety peo­ple would not want it to close down just be­cause we are build­ing a new and more mod­ern one across the street.

As Scotty said, Judge Ross told him we now have the old­est court­house in con­tin­u­ous use in Mary­land, but now have the new­est one.

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SNOW ON CHRIST­MAS?

As I write this on Christ­mas Eve, I see by the paper and ra­dio that the weather peo­ple are call­ing for a sunny Christ­mas Day. It makes me won­der just when did we have snow on Christ­mas Day?

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NEARLY MISSED US

Our good church friends, Don­nie and Bar­bara

Gal­loway, handed me a Christ­mas card in church Sun­day, say­ing it had been re­turned to them by the post of­fice as be­ing un­able to de­liver.

That’s funny, the front of the en­ve­lope had our names, our street ad­dress, our post of­fice box of­fice num­ber and Cen­tre­ville, MD, 21617.

Am I miss­ing some­thing, or did the post of­fice peo­ple not read all of the ad­dress cor­rectly?

Oh, well, I know they are ter­ri­bly busy this time of year, so we will for­give this one mis­take.

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BOYS TOWN GIFTS

We re­ceived an­other large en­ve­lope in the mail last week from the Boys Town out there in the Mid­west. It had a cou­ple of 2019 cal­en­dars, ad­dress la­bels (which we al­ready had sev­eral hun­dred), and a copy of the Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2019. Of course, I re­al­ize they want us to send them a nice check with­out re­ally ask­ing for one.

It has been fun glanc­ing through the Farmer’s Almanac. I hadn’t looked at one for years. It has been around since 1792, when Robert B. Thomas, a book seller, school teacher and ama­teur as­tronomer liv­ing near Bos­ton, pub­lished the first is­sue. Mr. Thomas just called his pub­li­ca­tion Farmer’s Almanac, the Old was added in 1832.

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TUCKER BE­LONGS!

This foot­ball nut just can­not be­lieve that the vot­ers for the NFL’S Pro Bowl team could not have voted the Raven’s Justin Tucker on the first team. He is with­out doubt the best field goal kicker in the NFL.

These vot­ing for the team must surely have been bi­ased for play­ers on their own teams and not look­ing at records.

••• FI­NALLY

Again, my friends, please en­joy a most happy, healthy and pros­per­ous New Year!

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