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Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Dear Dad

First there was a note on my dresser with a message – Dear Dad, see page 242 in the Christmas catalog.

That subtle missive led me to a check mark in the Christmas catalog next to something called “Radio Controlled Fat Wheels.”

A couple of days later copies of an intricately prepared 15-item Christmas list began appearing around the house. Lest prospective readers of that list be discouraged by its length, asterisks led to a supplemental listing whereby each item was given a yes, no or maybe, denoting its importance.

Not surprisingly, the yes column held a healthy lead at last look, strengthened by number 13 – money, with its yes in capital letters.

Another sure sign of the approaching season – a few days ago we were asked for Grandma’s address. No doubt, in a few days Grandma will be receiving one of her annual letters reading something like this: “Dear Grandma, how are you and Grandpa? I am fine. Here are some things I would like for Christmas this year.”

Then will follow Grandma’s own copy of the hallowed list. And, if she’s lucky, it won’t even be a carbon copy. But the crayons will be getting dull by then.

I think I may have found something useful in all of those catalogs and TV commercials, though. Someone is advertising a durable 42-key toy typewriter. Could that lead to a much improved, neater Christmas list next year? Maybe even double-spacing.

-Hodgepodge, Nov. 20, 1979

Other Christmases

I started writing “Hodgepodge” in 1979. In December I wrote my very first “Christmas column.”

That year I wrote about people watching at airports, about letters kids wrote to Santa, and about one special letter I was given to mail that year: On the outside of the envelope was the following note: “Dear Santa (or Dad) please send a copy of this list to Grandma.”

The following year 1980, I wrote this column:

It’s a well-known fact that television watching is down this week before Christmas. I also read somewhere that people, this week when they are deeply involved with last minute holiday preparations, will just browse at the ads and the headlines in the newspapers.

That’s okay with me. If the readers are too busy to read, the writers won’t have to write. And it couldn’t come at a better time. Since I’m not going to write a column this week I won’t have to interrupt watching the 54th television special of the Christmas season.

I’m glad I’m not going to write a column this week. Instead of laughing at and cleverly detailing this last hectic week before Christmas, I can just ignore it and relax.

If I were to write an article this week I’d probably have to think of something cute to say about that last Christmas shopping expedition; the one you make a couple of days before Christmas – long after you have vowed not to spend another cent. That’s when you find yourself face to face with a sweet old grandmother who could probably go eight rounds with Ali and you’re having a tug-of-war over the last pair of stockings in your wife’s size.

Since I’m not doing a column this week I won’t have to go into detail about those Christmas letters we receive from our friends every year. The ones that go on and on about the many accomplishments of themselves and their kids and make you ashamed to look at your kids or into a mirror for a week.

Another good thing about not writing this week: I won’t have to agonize any further by telling readers about my annual five-hour bout during which I transform a beautiful tree growing freely in the great outdoors into a poor bedraggled heap of needles standing in the corner of my living room.

And best of all, if I don’t write a column this week, I won’t have to re-live in type those horrible hours spent every Christmas Eve assembling this year’s new toys.

It’s a real load off my mind now that I decided to take a vacation from writing this week.

If I were writing this week (but I’m not) there is one positive thing I would say:

Have a Merry Christmas.

No “Christmas column”

So for the next several years I didn’t write a “Christmas column” — my column the week before Christmas was about my pledge not to write a Christmas column. But I did and that week I wrote my last “I’m not going to write a column this week” column.

From December 22, 1986:

Some traditions aren’t all that easy to get established, but then again, they don’t die off without a fight either.

A few years ago I started what I thought would be a long standing tradition during the week before Christmas. I decided to write my Christmas week column about how I wouldn’t be writing a Christmas week column.

The problem is that some opposition seems to have grown up around that concept.

“Don’t tell me that you’re going to write that same old column about not writing a column.”

So, it’s time for a change in strategy. This year I’m not only not going to write a column; but I’m certainly not going to take the time to write a column about not writing a column. And that’s final.

Good advice from Dickens

Several years since then I have ended my Christmas week column with this:

Charles Dickens, who wrote and said a lot about Christmas said, “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty founder was a child Himself.”

Merry Christmas.




. . . Roy Hodge


Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

Christmas break is almost here!

It is hard to believe this school year is almost halfway through and we will be entering the year 2014 in just a couple of weeks.

This Friday, 15-week progress reports will be mailed. These reports do not count toward the final 20-week report card, but they are a way for students to see how they are currently doing in their classes.

After you receive it, make sure you make adjustments according to how you would like your grades to look for the final report card.

Don’t forget, to receive honor roll status you must achieve an average of 84.5 or higher. For high honor roll status, you must achieve an average of 89.5 or higher.

You may have seen paper bags in your Guided Study Hall for the past week — they were for donations going toward Kids for Kids, an organization aiming to help children admitted to Golisano Children’s Hospital. Thank you to all those who donated.

The kids’ holiday season is sure to be a bit brighter due to your generosity.

The holiday cheer does not end when we come back to school. The G. Ray Bodley French Club will be having a King’s Day Celebration in honor of the French holiday.

King’s Cake will be provided for anyone who signs up with Madame Honeywell by this Friday.

Today is a busy day in sports at GRB. The varsity girls’ basketball team takes on CBA at home at 5:30. The varsity boys’ basketball team also takes on CBA; however its game will begin at 7 after the girls.

The JV girls’ and boys’ basketball teams take on CBA at CBA high school at 5:30 and 7 respectfully..

Enjoy your recess!

Light In The Darkness — The Blessed Virgin Mary

“Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”  

Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God”

I cannot think of anyone who was more blessed by God than this young virgin. To be chosen by God to be the mother of His only begotten Son is unparalleled.

Such a blessing could occur only once in all of history and Mary was the appointed one.

During this season, it is right for us to remember and honor her. She suffered much for this honor, of course. As I pointed out last week, the blessings of God bring the curses of the world, but His Blessings are always worth the price.

So, we should honor her memory and exalt her as the one chosen for this unique role.

At the same time, we must be careful not to exalt her to a position higher than is proper. Mary, though righteous and blessed as no other, was born of a man and she would need the savior who would be born to her every bit as much as any other human being.

Being chosen to be the mother of the Messiah, the Son of Man, did not change her status as a human being. She would not become as God any more than the Prophets who were appointed by the Lord to their special calling.

Mary was not sinless as  Pope Pius IX proclaimed in his doctrine of  Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, 1854. There is no scriptural basis for The Assumption of Mary into heaven after the manner of Enoch and Elijah nor did she become, “exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things”  as Pope Pius XII proclaimed Nov. 1, 1950. And there is no basis for believing that Mary remained perpetually a virgin.

Let us rejoice with the one God chose to be the mother of the Messiah; respect and honor her and hold her is highest esteem, but do not worship her, or pray to her, or in any other way exalt her to a position equal with her blessed Son.

Pastor David M. Grey

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

Last week I picked up a quote from Patriot friend and columnist, Grace Lynch, from a Christmas time Patriot of many years ago: “The Christmas song says that Christmas comes but once a year – yet it comes with a flood of Christmases long gone by.”

Grace was speaking from experience, and she knew what she was talking about.

Last week when I was unpacking our Christmas decorations and spreading them around the house, there were hundreds of memories packed in the boxes along with the ornaments.

“No decorating before Dec. 15”

My mother loved the Christmas season but she had strict rules about decorating our house at Christmas time.

“No decorating before Dec. 15,” she said.  It was OK for us to bring the boxes of tree ornaments and other decorations downstairs from the attic and put them in one of the upstairs rooms, but, “no decorating until the 15th.”

Mom was even more strict about when the Christmas tree was put in place in the living room each year. For many years my father bought the Christmas tree and on Christmas Eve he put it in its stand in a corner of the living room. My mother decorated it after we kids went to bed – (and, finally, to sleep).

Going with my father to pick out the Christmas tree was a learning experience for us kids – and we weren’t necessarily learning to follow in his footsteps.

My father would go to the tree lot, pick out the first tree that he saw that looked right for our space and start negotiations with the tree salesman.

There were years when, even after all of Mom’s efforts at hiding missing and scraggly branches, Dad had to drill holes in the tree and put branches cut from the bottom of the tree in the empty spots.

A bucket of coal

In later years, Mom let me help her trim the tree that my father had put in the stand in the living room. For many of the earlier years the “stand” was a bucket filled with coal.

My father said the coal in the bucket held the tree firmly in place, and a little water mixed in with the coal kept it fresh.  Maybe, but what a mess if the bucket was dumped over. It was also Dad’s job to put the strings of lights on the tree.

Each year when we brought the decorations down from the attic and after my mother had told us that we had to wait to decorate, she had a little ritual of her own.  She would look into each box, take out several ornaments, and one at a time she would tell us the family history of those ornaments.

She knew which ones were on the tree when she was a young girl – a two or three year old in Ohio – and that was only part of the detailed report.

Many of my mother’s Christmas time and Christmas tree memories were from the years after her mother had died. She came to New York when she was three years old to live with her aunt and uncle.

A place for every ornament

My mother’s Uncle Than particularly enjoyed the holiday season and its customs. He spent many hours each year putting up the family’s Christmas tree. My mother said she was pretty sure that each ornament – many of them had been on many family trees in earlier years – was put in the same spot on every year’s Christmas tree by her uncle.

Unfortunately, our family’s genera-tions of children, along with the various cats and dogs which were part of the family, weren’t always kind to Uncle Than’s ornaments. However, some beautiful ones survived and are on our tree every year.

My mother had a unique way of finishing the tree decorating process each year – by throwing a layer of the tinsel strings that we called icicles on the tree.

And, she really did throw them on the tree, taking the box in one hand, several strands of the icicles in the other hand, and literally throwing them at the tree – and without any help from the younger members of the family – they really did, along with the lights, add a very festive look to the tree.

Each year our Christmas tree was the highlight of our festive holiday season – until Christmas morning when Christmas presents were piled high around it, spreading throughout our living room.

A history lesson

In addition to helping draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and negotiating the 1783 Treaty of Paris which marked the end of the Revolutionary War, founding father Benjamin Franklin contributed many other things to our American culture.

For instance, Franklin had poor vision and needed glasses to read. He got tired of constantly taking his glasses off and putting them back on, so he figured out a way to make his glasses let him see near and far.  He had two pair of spectacles cut in half and put half of each lens in a single frame – today’s bifocals.

After his kite-flying experiments he invented – not electricity, but the lightning rod. He invented the Franklin stove and the odometer – as postmaster of Philadelphia he needed a way to keep track of distances.

When Ben retired he wanted to spend time reading and studying. Having difficulty reaching books from high shelves he invented a tool called a long arm (a long wooden pole with a grasping claw at the end) to reach the high books. He also organized the first lending library and the first volunteer fire department.

After purchasing “The Pennsylvania Gazette” he was elected the official printer of Pennsylvania. He invented a musical instrument called the glass armonica.  Beethoven and Mozart both wrote music for the instrument.

“Poor Richard’s Almanac” was an annual almanac published by Benjamin Franklin.  He adopted the pseudonyms of “Poor Richard” or “Richard Saunders” for that purpose.

Among the many proverbs printed in “Poor Richard’s Almanac”:

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

“Now that I have a sheep and cow, everybody bids me good morrow.”

Remember, a couple of weeks ago I told you about an idea of Ben’s that didn’t make it past our new nation’s other founding fathers.

“Ben was pushing hard to make the turkey our national symbol. Yes, Ben had some good ideas, but I am thankful to wise minds on this one.”

. . . Roy Hodge

State Senate report, by state Sen. Patty Ritchie

It’s the holiday season, and for many people, that means there are holiday parties to attend.

This time of year, get-togethers are not only a great way to spend quality time with family and friends, they are also an opportunity to treat ourselves to our favorites — whether it be Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, mulled cider, eggnog or any of the season’s specialties.

Much of the food and drink we enjoy during the holidays (and in fact year-round) is produced right here in New York.

If you’d like to taste the best of what our state has to offer — and help support local businesses too — I encourage you to visit the “Pride of New York” website.

Located at, you can use the site to search for locally grown and produced food and beverage products from more than 3,000 “Pride of New York” members.

But it’s not just individuals who are buying locally produced food and drink.  According to a recent, informal survey I conducted, half of our region’s bars, taverns and restaurants serve wine and beverages produced locally in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

Key findings of the survey — which included barkeeps, restaurateurs and chefs from the region — include the following:

** 65 percent said they currently serve New York-made wine, craft beer or distilled spirits;

** 51 percent said they served products from some of the 14 wineries, craft breweries or distilleries in Jefferson, Oswego or St. Lawrence Counties;

** 91 percent said they believed local products were “as good” or “better” than national brands.

While the growth of wineries, craft brewers and distilleries has exploded across New York State in recent years, there’s still a lot more that can be done to foster their growth — as well as the growth of the jobs they will create.

Recently, I sponsored and supported legislation easing taxes and regulation on wineries, craft brewers and distillers. In addition, for the past three years, I have also published an annual Farmers’ Market Guide for consumers.

Most recently, I have been working on drafting legislation to create the region’s newest Wine and Beverage Trail, located in St. Lawrence County, to help promote local businesses and draw new tourists to the region.

As the holiday season continues, I hope you’ll think about buying — and tasting — some of the local food and drink our region has to offer.

As a reminder, if you do decide to enjoy locally made wine, beer, spirits or other alcoholic beverages, I encourage you to do so in moderation and in a way that’s safe.

Remember to pace yourself, make every other drink a nonalcoholic one and be sure to plan on having a designated driver that can get you home safely.

In And Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

I attended the IGA Senior Luncheon today and it was so nice of some of the folks to come up and tell me how much they have enjoyed reading about their old schools.

It’s hard to believe prior to Hannibal school centralization, there were 15 districts.

So onward to District No. 8, the McCausey District.

This school, as it name implies was originally built on the McCausey homestead, probably in the early 1800s. The schoolhouse was just to the east, across a tributary of Nine Mile Creek.

The school’s location was further defined as being near the intersection of a road, long since abandoned, which ran parallel to and west of Dennison Road.

One of the teachers who taught in the first school was Almond Rogers; Bruce Dennison and George Dann served as trustees for many years.

The second schoolhouse was constructed around 1890 and was used until centralization.

It was built near the eastern end of Gifford Road on the north side as it crosses into the Town of Granby and runs into Route 176.

It is interesting to note that both Gifford Road and Route 176 intersect a road on the town line and then intersect themselves to produce a triangle.  In the middle of this figure is a farm which was known for several years as Triangle Dairy.

Some of the earlier teachers in this second school included: Fannie Rogers Cooley, Carrie Coit, Mr. Westcott, Mrs. Grace Atwater and Clara Wiltse.  Teachers dating from 1910 were: 1910-11 Mildred Allen; 1911-12 Donald and Arthur Luke; 1912-14 Mildred Allen; 1916-17 Rose A. Walsh; 1917-18 Florence Cooper; 1918-20 Gertrude C. Lenton; and 1920-21 Bertha M. Whitcomb.

Also: ; 1921-22 Minnie G. True;1922-23 Helen M. Randall; 1923-26 Anna Trowbridge Cain; 1926-27 Florence Blake; 1927-29 Mildred Sharp Howell; 1929-30 Marion E. Doty; 1930-33 M.L. Summerville; 1933-35 Miss E. M. Lindsley; 1935-41 Mildred Sharp Howell; 1941-44 Miss Ruth Keeney; 1944-47 Mrs. Nellie Grant and 1947-49 Mrs. Ruth Keeney Hendricks.

After centralization, Cliff  Stowell, who owned Triangle Dairy at the time, purchased the schoolhouse and converted it into a tenant house for his hired man.

In 1917-18 the roll call contained the names of Arthur, Howard and Dora Williamson, Daniel Randall, Adelbert and Raymond Walker, Ethan Wright, Jakie, Karie and Mary Temple (were Jakie and Karie twins?,) Leon and Mable Roe, Frederick, Lillian and Anna Green, Donald Cooper, Theodore and Howard Almy, Benjamin and Jack Rao, Esther, Evelyn and Marion Guernsey, Winfred and Annie Lenton and Elizabeth Wright.

In 1930-31 the Roll Call represented eight families in the area:

Bernard, Francis, Harold, Robert, Gladys, and Helen Dennison; Guy, Gerald and Jay Guernsey; Arthur, Karl, Kenneth and Roy Harris; Donald, Blanche and Ruth Keeney; Edward Roe; Clair, Erwin, Gordon, Hilda and Linda Stowell; Carl, Edwin, Franklin, George, Geraldine Webber and Anna Bowley.

By 1947-48, three families appear in the roll call:

Louise Dennison; Eleanor Dugar and George, James, Patricia and Rose Reynolds.

I’d be interested in hearing from any descendants or if anyone can add a married name to some of the maiden lady teachers.  Fill us in on the rest of the story.

Info from Hannibal’s Historical Highlights by Gordon Sturge and Hannibal History in “pictures and prose.’


The congregation of the Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church is preparing for their annual Live Nativity and Nativities by Candlelight event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Church members will present a tableau of the special night at Bethlehem when Christ was born in the manger. The scene, which also includes live animals, will take place outside in the shed.

Inside the church sanctuary a variety of Nativity sets will be on display in candlelight. The Nativity sets, on loan from church families and friends, have in past years ranged in size from a scene in a walnut shell to a large white ceramic set. Last year there were over 100 sets on display.

There are new additions every year as some church members have started collecting Nativity sets.

There will be some new additions to the Live Nativity this year, but they will remain a surprise. The gazebo will be decorated with trees and lights, making it a perfect spot for family pictures, so be sure to bring a camera.

Children attending will receive a special Nativity gift from Ernie the donkey. Cookies and cocoa will be served.                                                                                                                                             The church is located at 7721 State Route 104 West. For more information, phone 343-0996 on the day of the event.

Hannibal Senior Dining Center meets at noon for dinner at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Come early for coffee and news or to work on a jigsaw puzzle or  play games or engage in some idle chit-chat.  Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation, 564-5471.

This week’s menu is:

Monday: Homemade soup and sandwich, juice, jello

Wednesday: Glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, lemon-dill carrots, juice, special dessert

Friday: Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fruit cup

Activities: Monday — Wii bowling;    Wednesday — Christmas party with Deanna; Friday —  Christmas sing-along with Bob Simmons

Christmas Bureau drivers are needed. Be an elf and help deliver packages for Santa. Give the high school or district office a call if you can help.

It is a great deal of fun and some high school students help so there is no heavy lifting for you to do. Give them a call today.

Please pretty please folks, send me the info for your church’s Christmas worship schedule…I’d rather receive it from 10 people than no one.

Rita Hooper


View from the Assembly — let’s fix the tax code

It is widely understood that New York state is a high-tax state.

New York state citizens are acutely aware of this fact. It is hardly surprising then that the governor, being the politician that he is, has appointed not one, but two, commissions to examine how to reform New York’s tax system.

The first commission he appointed, with the Orwellian name, “New York State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission,” released its report last month. Notwithstanding its name, the report contains some good ideas on how New York should reform its tax structure.

The report begins by acknowledging we are a high-tax state.  In the 2012-13 fiscal year, state and local governments levied about $146 billion in taxes.

Of that $146 billion, $64 billion is attributable to state taxes and the remaining $82 billion came from local tax collections.

Of the $82 billion raised in local taxes, $49 billion was raised through property taxes.

Although the report raises the issue of local taxes, the majority of its suggested changes deal with reforming our state’s tax system, not our local tax systems.

First, the report acknowledges the state’s use and sales tax system is antiquated and needs to be modernized. I agree with this conclusion.

At the very least, we need to simplify the system. I have heard from many small businesses about how difficult it is for them to understand exactly on what they need to collect sales tax.

For example, if you sell bagels, you do not charge sales tax on plain bagels, but if you toast it, slice it and put butter on it, then you must charge sales tax.

There are all sorts of inane examples along these lines that businesses encounter on a regular basis. The report states the structure is “unduly complex” and makes “voluntary compliance more difficult, increasing the cost of doing business in the state and creates financial risk for vendors who ‘get it wrong’ and adds to the government’s tax administration costs.”

If nothing else, in the upcoming legislative session, we should make revenue neutral changes to our sales tax system to take out much of the complexity that has arisen over the years.

Second, the report also acknowledges our state’s estate tax has not kept pace with changes made to federal estate tax laws.

As characteristic of our high-tax reputation, New York is one of only 17 states that has an estate tax. Moreover, there are only two states that have estate tax exemption amounts lower than New York’s $1 million amount.

I was pleased the report notes New York’s estate tax may be a factor in taxpayer migration from New York to states without an estate tax.

In Central New York, we have seen many change their residency to Florida (a state without an estate tax) in effort to avoid NY’s estate tax.

It is hard enough competing with Florida on the basis of the weather. We shouldn’t also be giving people an economic incentive to move there.

To try to alleviate this problem, the commission recommends in its report to raise New York’s exemption from $1 million to $3 million.

This is a start.  However, I would rather see us eliminate our estate tax entirely or, at the very least, match the exemption amount to the federal amount which is $5.25 million.

Third, the commission recommends an accelerated phase out of the 18-a surcharge. This surcharge is a 2 percent assessment on electric, gas, water and steam utilities.

Like all taxes on businesses, they are passed on to the consumers. This assessment is no different. It places an additional burden on New York families and businesses because we already pay high utility bills notwithstanding our taxes.

In last year’s budget, the legislature and governor agreed to phase out this charge over a three-and-a-half-year period. As mentioned, the commission recommends phasing this out more quickly because it has such a detrimental effect, particularly on businesses.

I agree and indeed sponsor legislation to fully repeal this surcharge.

The commission also recommends many other changes to our state’s tax code. Some of its other recommendations I agree with, some I do not.

However, I am pleased at least there is some focus being brought to what is a primary economic problem in our state.

As mentioned above, the governor also has appointed a second commission to look at our state’s tax system.

Apparently, this second commission is supposed to focus on coming up with proposals to relieve New Yorkers from our high property tax burden.

I look forward to seeing its proposals and hope that they will be broad based.

Solutions will have to get at the reasons why we have high property taxes in this state and not simply shift the burden of our taxes from one group of citizens to another.

I will provide an update once their report becomes available.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office.

My office can be reached by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, 13069, by email at or by calling 598-5185.

You can also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook.

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

The holiday season is upon us.

On Dec. 16 and 17, GRB will have its annual Band and Orchestra Holiday Concerts, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to attend and support our music groups. You will not be disappointed with the music that celebrates this time of year and all that comes with it.

If you are interested in ordering your yearbook at a discounted price, make sure to turn in your order before the Christmas recess.

Turning it in by this time will save you $10. Additionally, ordering a yearbook ahead of time instead of waiting until the end of the year will guarantee that you receive a copy.

See Mr. Senecal in room 228 for more information.

The Yearbook Club is in need of 2013 spring and fall sports photos. If you have any you feel would be a good addition to the yearbook, you can submit them online at The school code is fultonian.

If you are a senior and would like your yearbook to be personalized, it costs an extra $5. The deadline for personalization is Jan. 17.

Seniors, also be sure to turn in your graduation cards by Dec. 16, stating the name you would like to appear on your diploma. Please no nicknames — only your legal name can be used.

There are numerous scholarships available in the guidance office for anyone who is applying to college this year. Make sure to stop by soon — deadlines are approaching.

Today, the varsity and JV boys wrestling teams have a match at 6 p.m. at J-D High School. Tomorrow, the varsity boys’ and girls’ bowling teams will take on CBA at Strike & Spare Lanes in Mattydale at 3:30 p.m.

I hope everyone has a good week and that some will be able to make it to one or more of GRB events coming up.