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A vignette of Christmas past


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis

During the Depression, my Father, Mother and two older sisters, Althea and Evangeline went to live with Mom’s sister, Aunt Ora in a large Victorian house in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. She inherited the house from my grandparents and needed help maintaining it.

We mounted the steps to the veranda and went through the front door where we were confronted with an oak staircase leading to the second floor. To the right was a room on the north side of the house which would be our family living room. There were two upright pianos. My Mother was an accomplished musician and gave piano lessons. There was a fireplace, a large, firm, wine colored sofa and a fake oriental carpet. My mother saved old woolen coats and rags and sent them to the Olsen Rug Company where the wool was processed and woven into carpets. Dad kept a fire burning cold winter evenings in the fireplace. Mom loved to sew and embroider and watch the flames curl around the logs while my father read to her.

On the South side of the hall was Aunt Ora’s living room filled with plants and sunlight and presided over by “Dicky bird,” a yellow canary. The fireplace in that room was used on special occasions.

This home was the perfect setting for our family, for parties and celebrations. Leaves were put in the oak table in the dining room to accommodate extended family and friends.

Thanksgiving, there was a twenty-pound turkey basted to perfection. Stem glassware held fresh fruit salad. The centerpiece was a basket shaped like a cornucopia with pomegranates, oranges, apples and grapes spilling from it in profusion. The light from orange candles reflected on the sterling silver and the white damask table cloth. There were whipped sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows, French cut string beans in cream sauce, crisp flaky rolls, and red port to drink. For dessert there were pumpkin, apple and pecan pies topped with homemade vanilla ice cream.

After Thanksgiving it was time for my sisters and I to stroll with Daddy down the railroad tracks following the Pennypack Creek and winding through the woods. Dad carried a basket on his arm and a small trowel. We searched for flat rocks, bits of ferns, moss and small plants. A favorite tradition, each year, was re-creating the Christmas Representation. Dad built a wooden box about four feet long, open on one side and with another box extended .....
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Civic duty calls for educating yourself with facts

By Andy Prinsen

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
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By Andy Prinsen In a recent letter written by a Mr. Brett Kues, he admits over and over again that he is “confused,” and in reading your letter to the editor Mr. Kues, I will second that idea. First off, I would like to thank Mr. Kues for b ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
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On the front page of the November 19, 2012, edition of the Fillmore County Journal, the caption under the photo should have read: Several members of the Empty Bowls Committee. Pictured from left to right: Marietta Dennstedt, Maureen Gervais, Ann Joh ..... 
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Right outside your door

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
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By Eric Leitzen By the time you read this, you’ll most likely be nursing distended tummies following Thanksgiving… and isn’t it great? It’s a tradition that stretches back longer than there have even been traditions to speak of: lots of f ..... 
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How the district is misleading us with the proposed school funding

By Brett Kues

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
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By Brett Kues Hello, my name is Brett Kues, and I must confess, I am confused about how to vote for the school tax levy. Perhaps it is because I have only lived here a few years or possibly because all my life, neither my education nor my logic pre ..... 
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Maintaining judicial independence

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
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By Karen Reisner With the long election process behind us, the onset of election fatigue has long ago afflicted most of us. However, I was reminded, when I turned my ballot over to look at the back while voting, that I was not prepared to vote for ..... 
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The vital issue congress won’t address

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
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By Lee Hamilton With the elections over, Congress faces a full plate of tough issues when it reconvenes. There will be a lot of talk about fiscal matters, “grand bargains,” and sorting out party caucuses. But there’s one vitally important que ..... 
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Feifdoms and warlords

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
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By Col. Stan Gudmundson By the time this letter is printed we shall know who will be president for the next four years. If it is Romney then this letter will help to reaffirm why he was elected. If it is Obama then it will help explain why the majo ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
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In the Candidate Q&A on October 29, 2012, Dave Culbenson was listed as running for Rushford City Council, when he should have been listed under Peterson City Council.
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