While I don’t necessarily subscribe to Al Gore’s theory of global warming, fall was sure a long time coming this year. The warmer temperatures hung on a lot longer than usual and even the fall colors were about a month behind what we normally expect. In case you didn’t notice, the second and third weeks of November saw brilliant fall colors, and the leaves that stayed on the trees during the very windy days last week are still providing a kaleidoscope of color.
I don’t know anything about the melting glaciers in the Arctic (although I have read about them on the Internet that Gore said he created), but I’ve lived here long enough to know that the weather is predictably unpredictable.
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I received some more newspaper clippings from Lois Moore (no relation) in Ledyard, Conn., last week. A Nov. 8 paper had a picture of the Mayflower II, a replica of the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620. The Mayflower II was built in 1957 in England as a gift to the United States in thanks for support during and after World War II. It is an attraction at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass. The ship, it is said, will undergo a 30-month restoration at the Seaport in preparation to sail it again on the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ voyage.
Another photo, on another page, shows the submarine USS Missouri being escorted up the Thames River by a U.S. Navy squadron and a tug on their way to the Naval Submarine Base New London at Groton, Conn.
A note from Lois with the papers said simply, “From my home town to yours.”
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Are you old enough to remember the “Hill and Holler News”?
This little newsletter was put out by White River Valley Electric Co-op 50-60 years ago and highlighted many of the changes brought into our lives by electricity (which has not been around forever!).
A few years ago I found a copy of the “Hill and Holler News” under the linoleum in a house that was being razed and I held onto it. It surfaced last week while I was going through some things. This edition, published in March 1967 features a Gold Medallion Home – an all-electric brick home owned by Mrs. Fredrica Conard southwest of Ozark. Another article features Mr. and Mrs. Russell Brown who lived five miles south of Ava. The Browns were especially proud of their electric clothes dryer and automatic washer, their electric water heater and a large food freezer.
Listed in the paper were people to contact in case of a power outage. In the Ava area they included: Russell Klineline, Lyle Ray, Leonard Sanders and George Roberts.
The average kilowatt-hours used by customers in January 1967 was 527, up from 348 in 1966 and 325 in 1965. The average bill for the month, $11.29.
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“On the Lighter Side” by Sheila Heil (from The Gospel Greats newsletter)
An Ode To Thanksgiving
May your stuffing be tasty.
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Turkey Q&A – Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? The outside.
BE THANKFUL that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?