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Will new year come in like a lion or a lamb? [Column]

Happy New Year! We are now more than one-tenth of the way through the twenty-first century! What lies ahead? Only time will tell.

As we wrote our last column, the weather was frigid, and winter had not officially arrived! As we type this column, the weather is a balmy 70 degrees. No wonder sniffles and sneezes are rampant.

Well, our neighbors in Rodgers Forge and Gaywood have been busy with lots of pre-Christmas festivities —Santa visits, door decorating contests and the Gaywood Glow. Because Santa had so many requests this year, he had to rely on a great many helpers to stand in for him.

In Gaywood, Tom Mooney, who has been assigned to that community for more than 18 years, greeted a houseful of youngsters on Dec. 14. Santa usually visits the Gaywood Green in the afternoon and hears the children's wishes in the gazebo. However, this year he had breakfast with the young Gaywoodites at the home of co-chair Erin Yaggy. Parents brought breakfast treats and joined in the fun. Erin and her special events co-chair Hillary Martell were thrilled with the response and the result. Erin told us that all the children wrote their names on a banner, which was sent to the North Pole, thanking Santa for his visit.

Gaywood is now gearing up for the annual Gaywood Glow on Christmas Eve. We understand that Karen and Jim Fragetta, who conceived the idea and have chaired the event for many, many years, have stepped down. So Gaywood Association board members were busy assembling truckloads of sand and other necessary supplies for that magical night.

We plan to have a full report on the Gaywood Glow and Rodgers Forge Christmas activities in our next column.

May 2014 be a year filled with joy, good health and lots of happiness for everyone.

Till we meet again---

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