2008-12-18 / Correspondents' Notes


By Kate Berkstresser

Time is really moving with only 10 days until the special holiday when we celebrate the birth

of Jesus. How great it is to celebrate such a special birth.

Glad to report Gil and Donna Deshong are on the improvement list.

Sorry to hear Mary Ellen Martz is not improving like we would like to hear. Hope that will hange for the better.

It is worthy any of our time to visit those shut-in folks at Fulton County Medical Center. Also, great that we have the Medical Center that gives good care. It's always good to talk to Nellie Shotts and also Thelma Bratton there.

As you travel a lot of folks have their Christmas lights up. It always is great to see the lights all aglow.

The fourth Sunday of Advent services will be Sunday evening, December 21, at 7:00 p.m., at Fairview United Methodist Church.

Christmas Eve program will be at Fairview at 6:30 p.m. and Christmas Eve services at Knobsville United Methodist Church at 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome at both services.

The school children will be having a nice several days vacation starting the Wednesday before Christmas.

According to weather reports, we are going to have a rainy few days, but there is always a chance that could be white flakes. It would be nice to have a white Christmas.

Martha Berkstresser and daughter, Katherine spent a few days with her sister in North Carolina.

The gas price and fuel oil price have dropped some, which is good to hear.

It is not good to hear a lot of folks are being laid off from work due to the economy.

Household recipe: Fruit cookies: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup butter or oleo, 1/2 cut nutmeats, 3 eggs, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. cloves, 1/4 tsp. all spice, 3 1/2 cups flour, 2 cups raisins, 1 cup candied fruit (option). Wash and soak raisins overnight in a small amount of water. Drain well and use 3/4 cup heated juice to dissolve 1 tsp. soda. Cream butter and sugar and eggs, beat well. Add raisin juice and flour. Fold in raisins and nuts. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

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