Four more days remain until St. Nicholas arrives. By this time next week, there will be nothing left but leftovers. Last weekend in church, our minister blessed the straw in the manger. The story goes that if a husband/father takes a piece of straw and keeps it in his wallet or pocket, his family will never go hungry. May that be my wish for you and yours.
The Ladies Auxiliary units from Singerly, North East, Rising Sun, Chesapeake City, Perryville and Water Witch fire companies gathered at North East Fire Hall for their quarterly dinner meeting. I heard that Santa made an appearance and that Daria Brown from Singerly Fire Company won the "gift card wreath."
The local Order of Ancient Hibernians from Harford County Division 1 sponsored a holiday Mass at St. Patrick's Chapel in Conowingo Saturday.
The Friends of St. Teresa held a Christmas bake sale Sunday in the basement of St. Teresa's Church, before and after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Thanks to all those early patrons for buying up every last crumb.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Water Witch Fire Company met on Monday, Dec. 17 at House 2 for their regular monthly meeting.
A surprise retirement party was given for Howard "Bud" McFadden on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Rising Sun Fire Hall. Bud's friends in the Rising Sun Lions Club, the members of the American Legion Post 194, the folks from St. Agnes Church, his employees at the Western Auto/True Value/Parts Plus store and his many friends and family members in Cecil County joined to wish him well after he closes his business.
Connie Kapral Galvan, daughter of Frannie and Bill Kapral of Colora, celebrated her birthday Dec. 19. And Courtney Flayhart, daughter of Kim and Rob Flayhart, South Main Street, blew out her candles Dec. 21.
This week's blue ribbon goes to Rev. George Hipkins of Conowingo as he celebrates his 90th birthday today (Friday, Dec. 21), with his family who gathered here just for that purpose. Congrats, Rev!
Coming up: The annual Carol Sing in the Town Square at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. The Port Deposit Lions Club provides goodies for the youngsters while the Water Witch Fire Company provides Santa transportation to the center of town and the Ladies Auxiliary to the fire company provides hot cocoa and homemade cookies.
The Perryville Fire Company is planning a New Year's Eve bingo on Monday, Dec. 31. The doors will open at 4 p.m. and the early bird games will begin at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the regular program will begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person in advance or $60 at the door. Location: Minker Hall, 920 Principio Furnace Road. For tickets or further information call Sue, 443-683-3334.
The Joseph S. Murphy VFW Post 7130, Delta, Pa., announced that Tuesday night bingo will take a break and will resume the games after the holidays, starting back on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!