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December 16, 2013

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good morning dear readers: How’s everyone this week? What a week we just had! I am totally flummoxed, confused, bewildered … you name it! I asked my grandsons (ages 9 and 6) what they wanted Santa to bring them. They started naming electronic items that I never heard of. I told them not to expect any of those things from Grandma because I had no idea what they were talking about. Then our friend Carmen Presti had to go through a terrible ordeal. He just got approval from the Town of Wilson to begin construction of his sanctuary, when some group wants to take Kiko the chimp away from him, after just losing his beloved chimp Charlie just a few weeks ago to a heart attack. Then I have been reading about the “Common Core” for teaching our young people. Say what? So what happened to reading, writing, arithmetic and No. 2 pencils? No wonder what you read in emails, Facebook and Twitter is barely understandable. Several years ago I studied sign language in order to help my granddaughter. The terrible news of Nelson Mandela passing away was further confusing because, as I watched the TV, the sign language interpreter looked like he was doing the hokey-pokey. The world just did not make any sense to me last week. Hash tag: just wondering.

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Pastor Stephen Hay of First Baptist Church and Pastor John Loeser of Exley United Methodist Church are joining together to invite the entire community to Celebrate Christmas at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Wilson High School Auditorium. Wear your favorite ugly sweater and come expecting surprises and prizes.

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Tom Geise tells me that Wednesday’s art history class has been postponed until January due to scheduling conflicts. The classes usually take place the third Wednesday of each month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and they will continue with the Islam presentation on Jan. 15. I’ll remind you next month.

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