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2018-12-05 / Communities

COLCHESTER

Tis the Season..each person has preferences as to when it should begin. For myself I find it such a festive and beautiful experience I am anxious to get started. I have already enjoyed many Hallmark Christmas movies. I love Christmas music and you will hear that in my house until nearly New Years. I put up my tree and decorated the fireplace mantle. I don’t do much outside decorating, but I love to see other peoples’ and of course I look so forward to the town streets lit by the luminaries each Christmas Eve. To get into the spirit start with the beautification of your door and support Team Clover 4-H Club with a purchase of one of their beautiful wreaths - choose a princess pine, white pine or mixed greens, and they also have kissing balls. Contact Kathy Gardner at 607-363-7248 or stop by the Downsville Diner before they are sold out.

The Class of 2019 has some great ideas for holiday gifts - poinsettia or Christmas cactus orders can be made through Jeannie Langdon at Downsville Central School (DCS) - orders should be placed by Dec. 7, delivery on Dec. 10.

Another very nice gift for someone or for yourself is the 2019 Colchester Historical Society calendar. It contains 44 pages of photographs and some history of farming in Colchester township. The calendars are $20. Pick up your copies at the Historical Society, the town clerk’s office at 72 Tannery Road, the Downsville Diner, Main Street, Downsville, or order online through the historical society website. Proceeds from calendar sales will be used to purchase preservation materials for the society’s collection materials.

Downsville Central School winter concerts have some updates to the schedule that was in the school calendar. Pre-K to fourth grade concert is Friday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. (snow date is Dec. 21), then the grades 5-12 concert is Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the DCS Auditorium.

A Celebration of Life for Father D. will be held Dec. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 55 Lake Delaware Drive, Delhi. Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Delaware Boys’ Camp.

I hope to see you all at the Downsville parade of lights on Dec. 8, lineup is at 4:33 p.m. After the parade stop by the Downsville Fire Hall to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and Christmas cookies made by the DFD Ladies Auxiliary.

It is also the start of snowmobile season and hopefully this winter will provide us with the needed snow for some great rides. You can obtain current trail maps at the Schoolhouse Inn and Restaurant for $6 made payable to Delaware Valley Ridge Riders, and a list of free parking places on the website. Mark your calendars now also for their DVRR breakfast on Jan. 20, 8 a.m. until noon at the Downsville Fire Hall.

Join me in wishing the following best wishes on their birthdays: Laura Ashby - Dec 7; Sandy Elmore - Dec. 8; Jonathan Shields - Dec. 10; Anna Werner - Dec. 11; Ashley Barnes – Dec. 13; Norma Elmore - Dec. 13; Terry Edwards - Dec. 13; Emily Barnes - Dec. 16; Kristen Elmore - Dec. 1, and Anne Czymmek - Dec. 17. Happy Birthday!

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