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Hi Folks!

Old Man Winter is finally poking his cold head around us here. With all the warm friendly fellowship I've had lately with my steam engine friends, I haven't minded.

Two weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Dave Egan accompanied me to the Kinzers Banquet in Lancaster County. The food was served family style and simply delicious. It surely ran true to the Pennsylvania Dutch tasty cooking and all you could eat. This, along with seeing and visiting with friends made our evening complete.

Mrs. Dayton Nichols from New York state celebrated her birthday there with us. I had the pleasure of she and her fine hubby stopping with me over night Thursday on their journey down. It is such a joy to have them.

Before this all happened, I must tell you The Egans and I took a trip to the Western New York Gas and Steam Engine Show in Alexandria, New York in September. It was most rewarding and delightful. It is beautiful country plenty of activities among the machinery and the hospitality couldn't be beat. May I recommend you taking in this show next year if at all possible.

By the way, we did not receive as many written reports from the different shows as we would like. Won't you please make someone responsible in your organization for sending a detailed report to us soon? We realize everyone is exhausted after the shows but we would like the reports as soon after the Reunion as possible. We want to let others know what each organization has and is doing at their own particular event. Even if I do attend, it is impossible for me to give the flavor needed, as a local individual who has the inside track about it.

Mrs. Amos Brandt, three grandsons and I just returned last evening from attending the Shenandoah Valley Assn. Banquet held in Winchester, Virginia.

The Southern hospitality was shown forth there again. We had a delicious meal Saturday evening at the motel. I was greatly surprised and honored with a nice introduction and birthday cake since my Anniversary fell on that day. I believe Mrs. Brandt, Mrs. Wayne God-love and Mrs. Paul Giles were responsible for it all. Thanks to them and anyone else who was so kind and thoughtful.

On Sunday morning, we five were invited to have a southern breakfast with the Mr. Robert Reed's Family. Their lovely children helped to make our visit with them most pleasant.

We traveled from their home to fill our 'tummies' again for dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Giles and their four kiddies.

Within the past year they had purchased a lovely old farm house. Across the road from it sets a mill which will run again once a little work is completed. It was most picturesque and beautiful with the water running over the spill constantly. I could have wished for nothing more, except for Elmer to have been there to enjoy it also.

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of joining the Williams Grove Steam Engine Group. Mr. William Strayer called and invited me up there for a covered dish luncheon. I believe there were about 90 present. Even though the weather was miserable outdoors, it didn't seem to dampen the warm spirits of the jolly crowd.

It was so nice to have Mrs. William Strayer able to be present also. She is improving and we're all happy for her.

I learned Mr. William Berkheimer from Mechanicsburg has been ill, but on the road to recovery. Thought some of you might want to send him a card, if you knew this.

After reading about all these happy activities I've attended, you now can understand my statement in the first paragraph. Thank you kind folks. It has been most delightful and good for my morale this fall.

One more thing you folks can do to make not only me happy, but our office staff also Won't you please try to get your renewals back to us more promptly? If they are one day late, it means we have to process them and send them out separately. This takes not only more money, but time. As a result you may not get your magazine until sometime later or lose one issue completely. Remember we put out a magazine each month, which means when one is completed, we must start immediately on the next one.

My office staff and I wish each and every one of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.