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Saturday, December 28 2002


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Christmas snow storm

The snow began falling lightly around 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. Forecasters had given plenty of notice of the impending accumulations so the bad weather caught no one by surprise. Road crews for the most part kept ahead of the snow so those who braved the elements to visit friends and relatives or attend Christmas Eve church services did so without getting hung up on slippery roads. By Christmas morning, at least five inches of snow blanketed the Valley with 8 inches or more in the higher elevations. Mother Nature's decorations on the trees and buildings gave a beauty far surpassing the lights and ornaments of mere mortals.

Christmas snowfall in Jackson Township farm. Photo by Judy Rose.

The snow continued, highlighting the beauty and magic of the day. Those brave enough to get out experienced a scene as enchanting as any conjured up by writers and painters of old. The snow continued through the day, causing many to cancel travel plans to grandma's for dinner. Those who did venture forth discovered that the road crews kept the snow removed and the ice melted from the primary roadways and the secondary roads passable. By evening of Christmas day, the snow began collecting on the roads again, making the trek home more hazardous but the snow-covered landscape even more magical.

Faith and resilience

National TV and newspapers continue to report sluggish sales for the 2002 Christmas season. Several newscasters have gone as far as calling it the worst in 30 years. However, when reporters checked with local stores such as Wal-Mart, Boscovs, Sears, and Penney's, they learned that Christmas sales were much better than the national averages. With so many recent layoffs and the region's continuing economic woes, one would think the area stores' sales would be as bad or worse than other areas.

When questioned about the seeming contradiction, many respondents attributed it to the deep religious faith of the area people along with a resilient determination that thrives when life gets tough. The love of giving continues even when it requires personal sacrifice. Even the local Salvation Army reported that their annual Kettle Campaign was very successful.

Gas prices

Along with the rest of the Nation, the Blacklick Valley and Cambria County has endured a steep rise in the price of gasoline during the month of December. Sheetz and CoGo have raised prices from $1.29 to $1.45. Perhaps that is another reason fewer people made it to grandma's for Christmas.

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Ever wonder...?

...why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
...why women can't put on mascara with their mouths closed? ...why you don't ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?
...why "abbreviated" is such a long word?
...why doctors call what they do "practice"?

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

What I see I cannot understand, for it surpasses the human mind.
How is it that the grass carries fire and is not burned?
A lamb carries a lion, a swallow an eagle and the servant her Master.
In a mortal womb, in a manner uncircumscribed,
Mary carries my Savior as he will,
so that everyone will say,
    "A Virgin gives birth, and after childbirth remains still a virgin."

No king thinks it an indignity, when he wishes to worst his enemy,
if he puts on a soldiers uniform,
And so God, seeking to wound the one who wounded Adam,
became incarnate from a Virgin,
and becomes completely a snare for the all?wicked one,
he who is before the ages taking our form,
to whom without seed,
    a Virgin gives birth, and after childbirth remains still a virgin.

Moses writes that an Ark once carried manna and the golden jar.
What does he want us to look for here?
For nothing in Scripture is trivial, nothing unclear, but everything is direct.
The golden jar: Christ's body;
The manna: the divine Word to which it was united.
Who is the Ark?
    A Virgin gives birth, and after childbirth remains still a virgin

—From a hymn on the Mother of God for
December 26 by St. Romanos the Melodist, Syria, 6th century
Sent by Christopher Haas

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