Around Town – December 6

• Thought for the Day

• “Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.”

• — James Reston American journalist 1909-95

Orchids to …

• Tre’ Vione’s at FairOaks Mall for real jambalaya.

• Keepsake Village for a wonderful Christmas party for residents and families as the food and decorations were incredible.

• Brian at Bed, Bath and Beyond for taking time to help me with an online order on a busy Saturday afternoon, from an appreciative customer.

• Norris Automotive for completing a complicated repair for a very reasonable price.

• the Presidential Parks court committee for the excellent Christmas buffet and entertainment, from one of the neighborhood people.

• the governor for the consistency of trying to keep our state safe as you can’t be too careful these days.

• Tyree’s Trim Shop for the great headliner.

• Cathy Custer at Sam’s Club Photo Department for her generosity for staying after her shift to help us complete our Christmas cards, from Mimi.

• Apostolic Hope Tabernacle for an awesome service last Sunday.

• The Republic carrier in Hope who continued to put my paper in my paper box even though it was crooked from someone hitting it.

• Noel Taylor for his enlightening letter in the Dec. 5 newspaper.

• Lonnie at Payton Place Auto for best customer service in finding us a truck.

Happy Birthday to …

• Lana Gearries.

• Carol Cooper, from your family and Donna.

• Richard Wilkerson, from friends and family.

• Shad Lucas, from Mom and Joe Kramer.

• Blythe Burdine, from Pastor Lewis and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Walt Pardieck on No. 80, from your family and friends.

• Jane Sims, from Julie, Eris, Sheila, Pat, Anne, Debbie, Carole, Sheryl, Cindy, Nancy and Valeria.

• Mary Price, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Jason McCarney, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Wyatt Hoover.

• Susan Blackman.

• Benjamin Johnson.

• Briana Young.

• Morgan McKinney.

Happy Anniversary to …

• Will and Roo-Ann on No. 40, from the Brats.

• Bennie Stott on No. 61, from Carolyn.

ANOTHER beautiful morning