December is here! For most people, family gatherings, wonderful food, worship opportunities and gifts are part of the festive holiday season.
For some, the holidays are a season that intensifies the loneliness felt on a daily basis. Loss of loved ones, isolation or physical ailments contribute to a feeling of gloominess or seasonal blues.
Sometimes redirecting to focus on others and finding a purpose in helping someone else will relieve some feelings of sadness. It might help to call someone, send a card or find what volunteer opportunities are around our community.
Remember grandma always said, “No matter how bad it seems, someone else has it worse!” We should concentrate on good things and be thankful for what we have.
Middle School Christmas Dance
There will be a school dance in the gym on Friday, Dec. 13. The 8th grade class will sponsor a Christmas Cash ticket; $5 gives you a chance to win $200 and the drawing will take place at the dance. Contact Heather Morris at (304) 612-5254 if interested in purchasing a ticket. Ticket proceeds benefit the 8th grade class graduation.
Christmas In Our Town
Christmas In Our Town events are rapidly approaching. Schedule of Events:
8 a.m. - Noon, Breakfast with Santa at Barrackville United Methodist Church (Sponsored by the Barrackville PTO) $5 per child $3 per adult.
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Craft Show at the Barrackville Elementary/Middle School featuring a Dulcimer Group entertaining.
11 a.m.-1 p.m.,Walk in Bethlehem at Bethesda Baptist Church.
3 p.m., Food Vendors around town at Dummie Dum Cupcakes, Sip Station, Chili Hut.
5:30 p.m., Welcome and Remembrance at Veteran’s Memorial and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
6 p.m., Christmas in Our Town Parade. After the parade, there will be a meet and greet with Santa on the porch at 413 Pike St. Zack Lilley will perform in front of the Bethesda Baptist Church.
Fireworks will conclude the day of celebrations after the final concert. Other activities to enjoy are Horse and Carriage rides and Trolley rides. Vendor items at craft show, including Wooden signs and crafts, glass blocks, Christmas ornaments, soaps, crochet items, Homemade aprons, Scentsy, May Kay, Color Street, Tupperware, Paparazzi, and many more.
Road Closure Dec. 7
Reminder that Pike Street through Barrackville will be closed at 4:30 p.m. in preparation for the Christmas In Our Town parade.
Please follow posted detours to the quickest route around town. Many of our neighbors and children will be on the streets walking to the festivities, so please, be very cautious when on the detour.
Christmas Parade Grand Marshall
The Grand Marshall for the parade will be Frank Plivelish, a World War II veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. Other veterans participating and being honored in the parade will be Arthur Vincent, former teacher at Barrackville School and Purple Heart recipient, Gary Ice and Dave Hunter. Please acknowledge the service of these gentlemen during the parade, which just happens to fall on Remembrance Day. Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor survivors, veterans and visitors from all over the world honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
An additional 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft.
Barrackville Town Council Meeting
Next town council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the community building. Some items on the agenda are zoning and paving. This is an open public meeting and all residents are encouraged to attend.
Contact information: If you have any news to include in our column contact Diana Marple via email Barrackville2019@gmail.com or by phone (304) 376-1759 before 8 p.m. each Friday.