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Along the Winding Roads 12/13/12
Written by Martha Ackerman   
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:31 PM

Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. It’s almost the end of another year. The months and the years are flying by so fast.

Christmas was alive and well in Woodsfield last weekend with the annual Christmas festival. The weather didn’t cooperate but people didn’t seem to mind. At least it wasn’t snow. The courthouse vendors saw lots of shoppers. There were three floors of vendors again this year. Kerry Farmer, K Lynn Dance Studio, and her dancers sponsored a bake sale and an opportunity for folks to make a difference in the lives of our local servicemen who will not be home for the holidays. For just a small donation you could choose one of the local names and pick out a card which will be sent before Christmas. I’m sure each recipient will be glad to hear from someone back home whether they know them or not. Wonderful idea!

And then there was the annual parade and concert. Again, the parade was smiled upon with a break in the rain. A little smaller this year but I think everyone enjoyed it. The concert, Monroe Singers under the direction of Paula Ring, was wonderful. Paula played the organ and Lois Starr, piano and the Monroe Singers did such a wonderful job. It was held at St. Paul’s U.C.C. and the church was packed. The spirit of Christmas was felt in the great song and music and the poems by Dorothy Ricer. Lots of those attending enjoyed cookies and punch after the performance. Refreshments were provided by the festival committee, which did a great job of bringing some Christmas magic to Woodsfield. Fantastic job!

We returned from another trip along those winding roads, south this time. We spent a couple of weeks in Florida with my sister and her husband Tony. It was fun in the sun. We enjoyed spending time at the beach picking up seashells, sightseeing, shopping and great company. Fr. Walter Heinz, who helps Fr. David Gaydosik out at St. Sylvester’s during the summer months, lives in the Palmetto community where we were visiting. We enjoyed his company a couple nights at dinner and attended several of his Masses. It was like home away from home.