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North Volney Methodist Church to hold ‘Make a Gift Day’

North Volney Methodist Church will be holding a “Make a Gift Day” Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon.

There will be a variety of crafts available for the children to complete as well as materials to make cards for their family members. It is all free to those who attend with no charge for materials. Refreshments will be served.

The church is also sponsoring a “Lights of Christmas” tree for the upcoming Christmas season.

Lights will be sold and can be dedicated to a friend or family member, both living and deceased.

A listing of names will placed alongside the lit tree. The tree will be lit through the Christmas season on the church grounds at the corner of County Routes 4 and 6 in the Town of Volney.

Those seeking more information may call 593-6825.


Hodgepodge: November 17, 2012

Christmasby Roy Hodge

This is a very busy time of the year. When the year is turning from November to December, I sometimes have a difficult time putting my mind together to write a column. There are just too many things to think about.

I am thinking about snow; it is time to start wondering about what kind of winter it’s going to be. Sometimes, as Thanksgiving is approaching, it seems that there is nothing more important to think about than snow.  Usually, we have already dealt with several inches of that lovely white stuff and we know that is only the beginning.

This year we may not be as concerned about being hammered with early storms as in other years. Last year as we approached Thanksgiving, there wasn’t any snow in the air, on the ground, or in piles at the end of the driveway. We had only received about 11 inches of snow by Jan. 1 and for the entire winter there were only about 50 inches of snow.

In other years, we have had almost that much during a weekend storm.  Because of last year, it might be okay to entertain thoughts of expecting that mild version of winter to continue, but I guess I should at least be thinking about getting the snow shovel out of the basement.

I could write about the upcoming Christmas season. It seems like it used to be that we turned our thoughts towards Christmas trees, Christmas shopping, and Christmas presents sometime shortly after the Thanksgiving turkey was on its way to becoming a pile of bones. Now, we don’t wait to get summer out of the way.

I’m pretty sure that we started getting holiday catalogs in our mailbox in September. I have already received one of my favorite holiday gift catalogs. That’s the one from the folks at Hammacher-Schlemmer. I have a hard time pronouncing their company name, but I really enjoy the catalog.

If you have been looking for an iPhone controlled, ball dropping bomber, look no further. This is a flying vehicle that drops a table tennis ball at the command of a controlling iPhone. So, if you need a ball dropping bomber — and the catalog description doesn’t detail why you might — this is the place to get it. Or, if you’ve been looking for a voice activated R2-D2, a motorized replica of the headstrong little droid from the “Star Wars” films, it’s yours for under $200.

But don’t get discouraged; there are a lot more practical items in the H-S catalog. For instance, the world’s largest (it’s 10 feet long) toe tapping piano for your kids – it allows your “budding virtuosos” to compose their music as they dance, run, or jump on the keys. It’s only $79.95 (extra for batteries).

To read the rest of the column, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

Poetry Corner: March Gladness

by Jim Farfaglia

The first green fingers poke through,
testing conditions on this side of thawing ground,
happy to report back: The coast is clear!

Basketball team flags wave from porches.
No one has seen the neighborhood this cheerful
since Christmas.

The track team takes their practice outside,
first day in shorts & T-shirts, their bare knees
punching out a race route.

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