Belated wishes to Hilda Brown and Aileen Squires on Dec. 4.

Kathy Voris, Tom Pryer and Jean Oliver-Haynes will celebrate their birthdays on 12-12-12.

John Strause is sent a Happy Dec. 9 birthday.

Chris Thompson is sent birthday wishes on his Dec. 11 birthday.

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Natalie Barton is sent Dec. 13 birthday wishes and lots of love as she turns 22 from her mother, Linda Southall-Barton and her brother, Jeffrey. Love and wishes also from her grandparents Herb and Mary Lou Southall, and her extended family of Uncle Roger and I, cousins Ruth, Karl and Hannah Ventela, cousins Roger and Sarah Southall, Aunt Janet Southall, Aunt Joann Wilson and her cousin, Casey Wilson, and Uncle Don and Aunt Shirley Morse and cousins Donny, Stephanie and Hannah.

Birthday wishes and lots of love to our son, Roger Southall Jr., who will celebrate his birthday on Dec. 9. Love from Dad and I and sister Ruth and her family, Karl, Hannah and Zeke Ventela, as well as grandparents Mary Lou and Herb Southall and the extended family of Aunt Janet Southall, Aunt Joann Wilson and her cousin Casey Wilson, and Uncle Don and Aunt Shirley Morse and cousins Donny, Stephanie and Hannah and Aunt Linda Southall-Barton and cousins Natalie and Jeffrey Barton.

Condolences are extended to the family of Bessie Fetterman, who died Tuesday morning.

Get well wishes and thinking of you wishes go to Thelma Frederick, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Frances Riale, Frank Whitecavage, Louise Fagan, Lynn Schwizer, Marianne Pryer, Gail Ashby, Joann Wilson, Herb Southall, Bonnie Donoho, Peggy Scholl, Wilbur Scholl, Corine Yeagle, June Peddicord, Harriett Schmick, Arthur Holley, Gertrude Fassell, David and Mary Lake, Andy Larkins, Barbara Lucas, Bonnie Wagner, Carolyn Kulp, Brenda Aliff, Joan Elliott, Cheryl Simms, Ann Hillsman, Elbert Swiney, Randi Jenkins, Walt Clifford, Adam Zeller, Jake Bauer, Sheila Funk and Sandy Brooks.

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Remember this – We live in the land of the free – because of the brave!! Thank a soldier today!

Today in Cecil County history: Dec. 7 – Chesapeake and Delaware Canal chartered by legislature in 1799.

U.S. history: Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Day in 1941.