Winners of the Rodgers Forge Door Decorating Contest are as follows: most festive, the von Kessler family; most original, the Quasebarth family; best traditional, the Saylor family; and best Colonial, the Carlino family. Gaywood Glow chaired by Brendan and Christie Moag.

Now that 2014 is in full force , we look back with fondness on Christmas 2013 in Rodgers Forge. Residents of the North Pole felt right at home as they and their helpers jingled through the Forge on those cold and snowy evenings to make the eagerly anticipated visits from Santa. Because of the numerous visits on his list, Santa employed former Forger Tyler Mays to help. Tyler was happy to oblige as his love for the Forge is still very strong. He received rave reviews and certainly gave the "jolly old elf" a run for his money"!

Tyler was whisked from house to house by board members Del Schmidt, on one night, and Jean Duvall on the next night.

All of these visits were made possible by the "inside" connections with the North Pole and the excellent efficiency of Kim Daly. Kim, our terrific Rodgers Forge News Editor, jumped into the breach and smoothly coordinated all the visits. Great job, Kim.

The Christmas season in Rodgers Forge beamed with festive decorations. Doorways, window and yards were dressed with greens and other holiday colors.This made judging "the best" very difficult. But finally decisions were made.

Ryan Wagner, board member, chair of the Holiday Committee and chair of the Door Decorating Contest, made some difficult decisions. Winners for doorways and surrounds in the following categories were as follows: most festive, the von Kessler family; most original, the Quasebarth family; best traditional, the Saylor family; and best Colonial, the Carlino family. Congratulations to all .

Gaywood holiday festivities culminated in the 10h annual Gaywood Glow on Christmas Eve. Begun in 2003 by Jim and Karen Fragetta, who relinquished their chairmanship this year, it was chaired by Brendan and Christie Moag.

Brendan told us that five bags per house were filled with sand, brought in truckloads, and candles. As they walked around distributing the bags to each house on Christmas Eve, neighbors and children joined to help. Gaywoodites were asked to light their candles at 7:30 p.m. and the tiny enclave burst into radiance! Although the Fragettas stepped down this year, they were very much in evidence helping and serving hot cocoa around their bonfire, as they do each year.

Brendan, you certainly took the reins with great aplomb and produced a stunning Glow. Thank you.

Now we may be heading into a very white winter!

On January 20, let us remember the courage and foresight of Dr. King, as we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Stay healthy and stay safe.

Till we meet again —