I love the holidays, the smell of Christmas trees, the lights around town and of course all the different Christmas events. Winlock High School will be having their music concert Wednesday at 7 p.m. Evaline will have their "Babes in Toyland" matinee at 1 p.m. Wednesday. If you are available, support your local schools and attend one or all of these fun filled holiday events. All programs are free and open to the public
The Winlock Senior Center is having their Christmas lunch on Wednesday. They will be serving roast beef, potatoes, vegetables and dessert. Joann and Gary Parkinson volunteer at the Senior Center and have been married 56 years this past Saturday. Congratulations!
As we go through the holiday season, it’s time to remember one of the businesses that will be leaving Winlock at the end of the month. Fred’s Shell and Tires will be closing their doors the end of December after 50 years on the corner of Kerron Ave. and Walnut St. It’s hard to imagine Winlock without Fred’s Shell and Tire; it’s almost like Winlock without the World’s Largest Egg. I spoke with Fred Blum and he wanted to thank the people in the community who have supported him all these years. It’s sad to think that a place where many of us had our bicycle tires filled with air won’t be there to help out the next generation. So, for those of you, who have gone from bicycle tires to automobile tires, don’t forget to stop and tell Fred "thank you" for being a part of Winlock…you will be missed.
The Walk and Knock was a huge success this year. Chuck Sonner, director of the Winlock/Vader Food Bank, told me they exceeded 10,000 lbs of food and monetary donations. He said there were approximately 21 drivers and 25 high school students all volunteering their time. He wanted to give a big shout out to his co-chairman Mr. Lloyd Walker, the FFA students, and everyone who made this year a success.
Finally, as we celebrate the Christmas spirit around the Hoffman home, I stop and smell the catnip. Elvis is the "King of the Catdom" and he can’t help but entertain everyone who enters. My favorite holiday memory is when he was chasing a friend around my home. Yes, you read it right, he was chasing her - It finally dawned on her when I said "stop, he is just a cat"… She stopped and he stopped right on top of her foot and I could hear him yell "one down, thousands to go!" He hasn’t changed; he will chase anything except a mouse…Ooooh those city cats!