Most children look forward to Christmas with great anticipation. They can’t wait to be off school, to visit family members they don’t often see, and, most of all, they like to open presents.

Several organizations were the beneficiaries of Woodsfield Moose Lodge #2247’s annual generosity.  (First photo) Front row, from left to right, are: Governor Todd Hooper, April Parden, cheerleading, track; Missy Hooper, softball; Terry Winter, Antioch Fire Dept.

Marv’s Place in Sardis is supporting the Monroe County Health Department tobacco prevention awareness program by using Savor Every Bite place mats at their restaurant.  

Christmas Pudding

The forerunner of the Christmas pudding (aka. plum/figgy pudding), a rich fruit pudding, was called Frumenty. It was served in Midieval times. Frumenty was a spiced porridge, enjoyed by both rich and poor. It has its origins in a Celtic legend of harvest god, Dagda, who stirred a porridge made up of all the good things of the earth.

"Gift of the Old One"

As we approach this busy holiday season, I would like to share this story that a good friend of ours shared with us when we first became involved in raising boer goats. Anyone who knows our family can tell you of our love for our animals. For the most part, most of them think they are human!

A Blue Angel Hair Christmas

It was a December in the mid 1960s. (You know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). A Mom, we’ll call her Em, and her children were shopping at the local 5 & 10 Cent Store. The local 5 & 10 for those of you not lucky enough to be alive in that decade, was a combination of today’s Dollar General and a K-mart or Wal-Mart.

Melvin Christman

Melvin B. Christman, 88, of Holmesville, OH died Dec. 16, 2014 at Glendora Health Care Center in Wooster from injuries resulting from a fall in November. He was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Lewisville in Monroe County to the late Elmer G. and Clara Claus Christman and married the former Margaret Blowers on March 4, 1952.  She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2010.  

Carl Athey

Carl Athey, Jr., 92, of Merrillville, IN, formerly of Fly/New Matamoras, passed away December 17, 2014.  Survived by daughters, Nancy (Donnie) Jobe of IN, Joanne Allen of New Matamoras, OH; grandchildren, Lana (Robert) Zajac, Laura Jobe, Terry and Donnie Allen; 3 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Twila, an infant brother and parents, Carl,

George Rufener

George “Keith” Rufener passed away, peacefully, after a short battle with cancer, on Saturday, December 20, 2014. He was born on April 26, 1936, in Martins Ferry, OH.