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Light In The Darkness: November 28, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” — James 5:14-16

Recently a very fit, active man in our church began to experience severe back pain. Though he sought medical help, nothing changed and the pain continued  for weeks.  He was getting very little sleep and his whole body was beginning to suffer and so he called for the elders of the church to pray over him. Sunday, Nov. 11, he came to the altar along with a half dozen elders. Among those elders was a man who had experienced much the same thing many years ago. I was a witness to both his painful condition at that time and to the healing the Lord provided when elders prayed for him. His back has remained healed since that time.

In the presence of the congregation, each elder anointed the man’s head with oil and prayed for healing. As we left the sanctuary, it was clear that he was not yet healed. However, during the next two days, many of the elders were greatly moved by the Holy Spirit to pray for this man. Such prayer was constantly being offered up. Two days after being anointed, all pain was gone. The man was completely healed and our faith was greatly encouraged.

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Laughing Through Life: November 28, 2012

bigfootAndrew Henderson

What’s tall, hairy, and has big feet?

Well, it’s not the mythical Bigfoot, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

In a letter recently written to Peter H. Wiemer of Chautauqua, a Bigfoot enthusiast who had asked the state to provide endangered species protection to the creature, DEC Chief Wildlife Biologist Gordon R. Batcheller says Bigfoot simply does not exist.

“This mythical animal does not exist in nature or otherwise,” he wrote. “I understand, however, that some well organized hoaxes or pranks have occurred, leading some people to believe that such an animal does live. However, the simple truth of the matter is that there is no such animal anywhere in the world.

“I am sorry to disappoint you, he added. “However, no program or action in relation to mythical animals is warranted.”

Well, that’s a huge relief. I was always wondering if Bigfoot was roaming the Adirondacks. I was concerned that Sasquatch would break in and have a little fun at Water Safari — where the fun never stops!

I really can’t believe this story has been reported throughout the state. What’s next? The Tooth Fairy?

This whole Bigfoot ordeal can be traced to a letter Wiemer first sent to the DEC. He was concerned about the local “Harry from Harry and the Hendersons” (boy, did I get that a lot growing up) and his welfare.

You see, in today’s reality-TV saturated society, Wiemer was concerned that a new television show, SpikeTV’s $10 million dollar bounty for proof of a Bigfoot, would harm the hairy creature with big feet.

All this Bigfoot talk has got me wondering: why in the world would anyone try to play a hoax this like this? Who has the time?

By the way, if you want any information about Bigfoot, Wiemer is your guy. He created the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo. Since then, he found himself to be a confidant for those who had seen a Bigfoot.

“We have had nine eyewitnesses to date of Bigfoot sightings in Chautauqua County come forward resolving themselves of the burden of knowing what they saw and were afraid of or not willing to tell because of fear of ridicule,” he said. “All but one wished to remain anonymous.”

Steve Kulls, a Bigfoot researcher from the Adirondacks, reported at the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo May 6 that the first documented sighting of a Bigfoot in the USA was in Sackets Harbor, N.Y. in 1818. There have been other documented sightings in New York State over the years.

Bigfoot was unavailable to comment on this column.

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Poetry Corner: Do You Want to Know a Secret

Do You Want to Know a Secret

by Jim Farfaglia

Walking the streets of a new morning,

whistling a Beatles tune;

surprised how easily it comes to mind.


Feeling its melody pick me up,

returning me to the soundtrack of my youth;

moved by those songs of long ago.


Recalling John and Paul’s harmony,

uncovering their groovy philosophies;

abandoned as a relic of the ‘60s – now


singing its way into this day,

tapping the shoulder of my settled life;

whispered, like a welcome secret.


Hodgepodge: November 24, 2012

newspaperby Roy Hodge

As I am traveling back and forth in my neighborhood during the course of each day, I am often reminded of my first job in the newspaper business. I was a teenager and I delivered The Syracuse Herald Journal on weekdays and The Herald American on Sundays. My paper route was a couple of short blocks from where I live now.

Every day I went to a barn in back of a house near my route, where the papers were dropped off. I packed them into my paper bag and started delivering them. On Sundays, the papers were much heavier. I needed my wagon to haul them around unless my grandfather showed up to help me – and that was often.

We would load the papers into Grandpa’s car, drive to my route and park the car. Each of us would put a stack of papers under an arm; I would do one side of the street and Grandpa would do the other side.

Back then, along with delivering the newspapers, paper boys also got a taste of the business side of the process. I spent every Saturday morning “collecting” from my customers. A week’s worth of papers cost 45 cents – 30 cents for six afternoon papers and 15 cents for the Sunday edition – 45 cents.

Many of my customers gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. Others gave me 50 cents and put their hand out, waiting for the nickel while I sifted through my pockets.

There were some extracurricular benefits to having a paper route. Since I was often the only young person who came knocking on my customer’s door, I was the logical one to ask to perform various errands.

I was often asked to shovel a path to the back door or from the driveway to the house. Since I was not (as my grandmother would put it) a very “stout” boy, I suppose my customers didn’t think I would be up to shoveling an entire sidewalk or a long driveway. But what I did do for my customers was usually worth at least a quarter or two. I had a customer who lived on my route but owned a business on South Avenue at the bottom of the hill. Since my customer was always at her store on Saturdays she asked me to collect there instead of at her house.

She always gave me an extra amount besides the expected nickel tip for “going out of your way.” I didn’t really go out of my way since I passed by her business on my way home. I didn’t know about “perks” then but I guess that was one.

Paperboys received a bill each week for newspapers delivered during the previous week. That bill had to be paid on Saturday with funds collected from customers. What was left was the carrier’s pay for the week.

The paper cost 45 cents a week and I had customers who asked if they could put me off until next week because they “were a little short.” I guess I knew what that meant because by Friday I didn’t always have a nickel for a candy bar. Steve, the corner grocer, didn’t give credit for candy bars.

Each newspaper pick-up station (remember the barn behind the house near my route) had a supervisor and paper boys were told to go to them for advice if there was a problem. My supervisor, who I still remember well as a kind man – his name was Mort Gallivan – told me I did okay but I should be sure to tell him if it happened again.

For paper boys, there were some quick revelations of how business worked.

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Bodley Bulletins: November 21, 2012

Bodleyby Kate Rothrock

Finally a short break! I know myself as well as my classmates are excited to have a five-day weekend.

Some good news for students and parents is that School Tool is now available for viewing! School Tool is the new student information program being used for parents and students to view their student’s assignments, grades and progress.

In order to access School Tool, parents and guardians will need to have an active e-mail address. If you are not computer savvy, don’t worry! The Computer Lab 114 will be available to students Tuesday nights from 5 to 7 p.m. Not only will students and parents be able to learn how to access School Tool, but it is also to make sure that all families have access to a computer and printer.

Want to travel but never have the chance? The French Club is organizing a trip for all students! The trip will be to Montreal and Quebec, Canada April 26-25. Students will go on many fun and educational adventures such as learning to salsa dance and visiting the historic district of Old Montreal.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to travel with your classmates. See Mrs. Coleman in room 125 for details!

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Light In The Darkness: November 21, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” — James 4:7-9

James issues this call to all believers, reminding us that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven we must strive to be rid of all vestiges of our old life in the world.

We have been born into a family headed by a holy Father and are expected to grow into sons and daughters whose character is the same. It is the essential family trait we are to desire and actively seek. We are called to be holy for He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).  In order to do this, James says, we must first humble ourselves before God and then to resist the devil. How often instead do we find ourselves resisting Father, and yielding to the enemy?

Without this humbling of ourselves before God and personal effort to resist the temptations and snares of the enemy there can be no victorious life. But He has promised that if we will approach Him humbly, in the name of Jesus, by faith and prayer, we will find Him coming to meet us.

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Poetry Corner: Painting a Picture

by Jim Farfaglia

Painting a Picture


Thank you, honking geese,

for interrupting the routine of my busyness;

inviting me to lift my eyes from this computer

and witness something greater:


the grace of your V-shaped story line,

the neighbor’s dog leaping for you in chase,

the trees that reach to tickle your bellies

and the clouds that cushion your journey.


All which inspire me, far below,

to frame this moment of beauty,

so it might forever hang

in my memory.