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By the time you read this, Xmas will just about be upon us. I can't believe it is so close. I haven't started shopping yet. I bet you are finished.

We are sorry we missed not attending the Berryville, Virginia Banquet this year. Both of us were looking forward to it but my hubby just wasn't up to making such a trip that week-end. Thank goodness he has improved greatly!

Last Saturday evening we again had the pleasure of feasting and fellowshiping with our friends in Lancaster Co., Penna.-the Rough & Tumbel Banquet We had double enjoyment by having the nice company of our Secretary, Mrs. Irene Gertzen and fine hubby, Gus, accompany us there. To know them both is to love them - they don't come any finer. They have three of the finest children too.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Dayton Nichols stopped on way the day before to visit a short time. We're looking forward to seeing them again on their return home. Since we had our first snow of season this week it may have changed their plans a bit.

Mr. and Mrs. A. N. MacKellas and children from Ontario, Canada stopped to see us this week also. It was nice to meet them and have them take time out of their journey to stop at our home.

Marsha is enjoying her work as Librarian in our school system here in Enola High. It's wonderful having her under our roof once more. With Elmer's interest in books they have an enjoyable time discussing various ones. Then I come into the picture with our discussion from the teacher's mutual view and psyschology of handling children.

Our household is never a dull one, but we wouldn't want to live in any other kind of atmosphere.

We celebrated Elmer's 80th birthday on September 5, by a family gathering. We marvel at his interest and keenness of mind in so many people and things. He now is proud to say he has 4 Great-Grandchildren and one more expected any time.

We all Thank the Good Man for allowing us this privilege of sharing his life with us for so long.

We were sorry to learn of losing our good friend, Gilbert Enders, from West Lodi, Ohio. We had many a nice visit at his home. May God bless Mrs. Enders and give her strength to face the future, as it has to be done. Because to an 'old bug' I got in June we weren't able to leave for Ohio early enough to stop this year and we truly regret it now. It was an annual affair for us.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Peterson from St. Cloud, Florida gave us the pleasure of having them visit with us on their journey back home in September.

Also Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Brown from the same state were with us over night when they were on their way home this early Fall.

It is so nice to have these folks. Hope they make this a habit annually.

We expect to go out again to Ohio to our daughter's family, The David Gilson's for Xmas since Marsha and I both have a nice vacation this year.

May you all have a pleasant Holiday Season with family and friends.

Our New Year Wish for each and every one - 'Health and Happiness with with God's Blessings on you' from all of us.