It’s Monday morning and here I’am finishing this column. Got mixed up with the days, this time of year. Finally a little message came to me, that this was not done. Been taking the decorations off the tree and will put that back upstairs later, with the help of my hubby.
12/10, Merle and Linda VanGieson enjoyed an early Christmas gathering at the home of her daughter Sheri in Colchester that was hosted by sister-in-law Karen. Karen is the wife of Charlie Bushey. In attendance were daughter Laurie; Grandchildren Danielle, April, and Nathan; great grandchildren Tanner, Brionna and April. The grown-ups opened their gifts and had fun with the Yankee Swap. A wonderful day came to an end after having a very enjoyable time. 12/24-25. Shari hosted her Christmas Eve Party at her home with family and friends coming and bringing special dishes of goodies to share. It was a fantastic, fun-filled party and games were played, just a wonderful time together.!!!
12/20. Gila Domina and daughter Ruth and hubby Jim Smith returned home after enjoying 10 days in Florida with son/brother Michael. It was hot down there Gila told me.
12/20, Maggie Elkins, sister Grace and husband Bill Jones from Essex, brother Paul and wife Dorothy Lamoureux gathered at the home of their sister Susie and her husband Dick Ewins, of West Berkshire, where they hosted an early Christmas party. Earlier in the year they draw names, during December they get together, bring and share pot-luck, share memories and then its time to go home. Our day just seemed to fly by.
12/19-1/2, Lorraine St.Onge came up from her Florida home to enjoy the Christmas holiday with her families and friends.
12/23, Our Daughters Veronica DeSaintPhalle and Penny came and had lunch with us. Veronica came to bring Christmas gifts before she went to Mass. to visit with her son Tyler Elkins and grandson Zavi. Then on Saturday she was invited to her brother Frank and Karen’s home in N.H. for Christmas dinner. A wonderful time was had, just the time flew by. She returned home on Sunday.
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service held at the United Methodist Church was so beautiful and almost a full house in attendance.
I hope everyone had a wonderful fun-filled Christmas with their Families.
This is the last column from me, the year just flew by, didn’t it? HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOD BLESS!
**The seven ages of humans are, spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills and wills!!** Have a nice ending to this year 2016. Hope you all return to enjoy the Courier in 2017. L.T.A.
With Pastor Ed Sorrell.
The Montgomery United Methodist Church
20 Fuller Bridge Road
Montgomery Village, Vermont
December 24th, 2016
Written by Lois Lumbra – What a Sunday this has been, woke up to the rain coming down real hard, then after Church it started snow real hard, the temperature dropped real fast and then the ice forms. I hate ice!! But like everyone else have to put up with it until more snow comes and covers it all up. As I start this column the people are starting to gather at the Open House at Pratt Hall. I’m sure the Christmas decorations are beautiful as usual. Noella McGroarty and her helpers do a fantastic job of decoration the hall. They do a different theme each year.
12/13, The 500 Card Club met at the “Snowshoe” for our Christmas luncheon and to play cards. We all ordered from the menu and everyone had a delicious lunch served to us by Pete. We started playing cards at 1 p.m. and as usual some have great hands and others just have to follow along and do the best we can with one ace and the rest all low cards. Just once in awhile we get a good hand..Yes, I’m referring to me. Sue Peter’s had most horses, Carmen Scott had second highest score; Connie McFarland had high score and she was our host for December, she had a delicious apple crisp with ice cream made at the Snowshoe for our dessert, YummmmmY!!! Our subs for the afternoon were Roberta Morin, Rita St.Onge from Enosburg, and Marg Cummings from town. We missed our usual players, Jo Cota, Betsy Snider and Jeannette Sylvester. Denise Baker will host the next meeting in January at her home.
12/16, News from Kathy Jewett King: Brother Sherman and Marie Jewett invited his family for his annual prechristmas lunch at the Abbey Restaurant, being brother’s Gerald and Cheryl Jewett, Robert and Donna Jewett, Wayne and Evelyn Jewett; sister’s Geraldine Jewett, Sheila and Dick Dragoon, Kathy and Howard King. A delicious lunch and conversations were enjoyed by everyone. A Special Thanks to Sherm and Marie!!!
12/18.. Now I’m going to finish this column, I had most of it done, but decided to include the event at Pratt Hall. Scott Perry opened the Christmas program of Candles and Carols at 5 p.m.. Andrew Massey was our music director and as always does a fabulous job, he is just the perfect person to do this. We all love his humor and getting just what he wants from his audience, Thanks Andrew!! We had three musicians come and play their instruments, they were Owen and Steve Tatum, and Emily Wiggett, reading the “Grinch” story to the many children was Jay Farnum, he did little Cindy Sue so well, Thank You!!! A special thanks to Kathleen Scott for the presentation by the Montgomery Ballet Arts, folks this was so beautifully done by 12 young girls from grades 2-4. I did not get their names but I know there were girls from our school and over the mountain. I sat beside a fellow from Newport and his daughter was in this class. Scott Perry did a reading for the children about wanting only a hippopotamus for Christmas. There was a wonderful crowd filling the hall to come and celebrate with neighbors and friends. Merry Christmas and Thanks to all of you that work on this event. There was OPEN HOUSE at Pratt Hall before the Candles and Carols took place, to come in and look at the beautiful decorations that Noella McGroarty and Marijki Dollois get together and do in late Fall to have it beautifully decorated for this event. It is a super-duper job, THANK YOU!!
Happy Birthday to Jim Willard 12/25, Lynnda Levine, Eli Gabuzda, Gavin Baker 12/27, Marilyn Baker 12/29, Artie St.Onge and Kelsi Deuso 12/31.
**A fellow was telling his neighbor , I just bought a new hearing aid for $4000. Its a state of art, just perfect!! Really said the neighbor, “What kind is it? Fellow:” twelve-thirty” **
This is the week to be merry and bright, and I want to thank Peter P. for his kind words to me this afternoon, I called Roberta to get some info but she was out and I mentioned my name to him and he told me how much he enjoyed reading this column each week and that is nice to hear, it helps to keep me going.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.
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December 17th, 2016