I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and got overly stuffed like we did in my family. As we get older, it feels like the seasons pass so quickly and we need to keep reminding ourselves that each day is a blessing.
The Appalachian Hope Van was scheduled at the Winchester First Stop on Tuesday morning, Dec. 1 . The next date will be Jan. 5. (Remember you can get your cholesterol screening for $5.)
The Adams County Library mobile unit will be at the Village Garden Apartments on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This is a wonderful program where you can borrow books during the winter when it is too cold to do anything else.
W3CU Compassion Ministries will be hosting the December food and clothing distribution on Dec. 10 (instead of Dec. 17) at 2:30 p.m. This is for the month of December only. If you or someone you know normally attends on the third Thursday, please let them know about the change.
Our Christmas with Santa program will be on Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in our Town Hall. The Caramel Festival Committee is working with the Winchester Police Department who will be distributing clothing items to children in need. If you have any coats, sweaters or socks for kids, please leave at the Town Hall by Dec. 7. We will have a small gift bag for the children and serve cookies and hot chocolate. I am pretty certain Santa will be visiting from the North Pole that weekend to help us celebrate. We will have a manger scene and are also inviting our local churches to participate in the caroling on that day. Rebecca Chandler is helping to coordinate this.
Vicki Thompson and Lou Rebensdorf III were united in marriage at the Winchester United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28. A reception followed in the church fellowship hall. Vicki is the daughter of Marlene and the late Virgil Thompson and is a teacher at Eastern. She and her new husband both have draft horses and many of the people attending the wedding were people who raise and show draft horses. She was a beautiful bride and we hope they have many years of happiness together.
Harry and Jo Ann Knechtly were married on Nov. 19, 1955. This year was their 60th Anniversary. They are the parents of six children and many, many grandchildren. Since it was so close to Thanksgiving, the family decided to celebrate the anniversary and Thanksgiving at the same time with a carry in dinner at the W3CU Church Gym on Sunday, Nov. 29 for family, church family and others. They had the room decorated and had a big wedding cake and everyone enjoyed it. Congratulations to a special couple. (I wonder if she made her own very excellent rolls.)
We have been requesting prayers for several folks in our community and need to add more. Patty Naylor is still in the hospital. Linda Thompson recently had surgery and has had some complications. Rochelle Massey is dealing with a chronic illness. Prayers also for Phyllis Harper, Mike Harper, Chris Campbell, Lary Young, Daisy Gill and Leon Ward. This is especially difficult for people during the holidays.
Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): William Long’s son Samuel, born 1847, went to St. Louis in 1885 and started a company manufacturing syrup under the name of S.N. Long Syrup Company. His wife Lou Havens passed away in 1895 and was brought back to Winchester for burial. She has a tall marker on the left side just beyond the cannon. Her parents, Anderson and Margaret Rudisill Havens are buried on the same lot. Samuel started another company, S. N. Long Warehouse Company and he became an active factor in the business circles of St. Louis through a period of 35 years. A son Wilfred born in Winchester in 1879 was associated with his father in the business and took over when Samuel retired. Wilfred was married in Winchester to Mary Elizabeth Fenton in 1902. They were married at the home of her parents, Lucien and Belle Fenton. Samuel remarried but she died in 1917. He passed away in 1937 at the age of 90 and was buried in St. Louis with his second wife.
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