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Tree lighting dedicated to the U.S. Armed Forces [Highland/Fulton]

Tree lighting
Tree lighting (Picasa / HANDOUT)

On Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m., a group of about 30 fathers and mothers, kids, veterans and members of the local VFW Post 7472 along with Ann Parlette and her daughter Ann, gathered in the strip of grass in front of Kendall’s Hardware store in Clarksville for the lighting of the Christmas tree dedicated to the U.S. Armed Forces and our veterans. The evening was a little on the cool side. After some brief opening remarks by the VFW Post Deputy Commander Larry Buehler, he introduced Parlette to the group. The Kendalls have been providing the tree and lights and Parlette has been decorating the tree for years. She thanked the Kendall family for their generosity and also thanked the folks who turned out for the short but solemn ceremony. At the conclusion, one of the Post members gave a haunting rendition of Taps. Please stop by the store and have a look.

Local resident Kathy Dymek, a parishioner at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Fulton, sent me a little note about its Senior Fellowship group . The group was looking to expand its social outreach mission and Dymek suggested sending care packages to the military in honor of Veterans Day. They thought it was a great idea. Dymek began working on the logistics of the project in earnest in June and in October, she began putting notices in the weekly church bulletins. Items such as crackers, cookies, granola bars, jerky, canned meats, breakfast items (oatmeal & pop tarts), drinks (coffee, tea, water flavoring packets), candy, gum, Nutella and so-on were requested. Congregation members were also encouraged to “sponsor a package” if they preferred. To help underwrite the cost of shipping, the group received a donation from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. At its Senior Fellowship meeting Nov. 14, the fun activity was packing up 24 large priority mailing boxes to the brim with all kinds of goodies, which are well on their way to our military members. What a wonderful and kind gesture!

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The Fulton Elementary School community recently participated in an event sponsored by the PTA known as Pennies for Puerto Rico. The students learned facts about this island U.S. territory during the morning announcementsand how it was struggling to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Each student donated whatever they could and the grade that collected the most money would have the privilege of moving Freddie the Falcon to their grade level Falcon Chart. Thanks to the generosity of the students and their families, FES collected $1,534.94 and the money was donated to Save the Children, which provides assistance to Puerto Rican children and their families. Want to know which grade collected the most? The kindergartners raised nearly $450 and won. Congratulations to everyone for a job well done. Please remember to keep all of our fellow Puerto Rican citizens in your thoughts and prayers because they are in much need of help.

The Lime Kiln Middle School “Lime Lighter” students of the week were Suhani Patel, Maria Emmons, Garrett Skolkin, Jennifer Kim, Ryan Nelson, Natalie Bukoski, David Jones, Colin Pham, Joseph Squirlock and Ava Robitaille.

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