Christmas time is upon us and, as we celebrate the holidays with our family and loved ones, we also say goodbye to a Winlock institution. After many years in the community, Sacred Heart Catholic Church will be closing their doors at the end of the month. For those of us who grew up with the many parishioners who attended mass, we can’t help but think about the people who have been helped by the church. It also gave those of us who were not Catholic the opportunity to see the church in all it’s glory. I remember going to Christmas Mass one year and being in awe of the service, the Priest gave a message about Christmas I will never forget. Thank you Sacred Heart Catholic Church for not only being a part of Winlock but also for taking care of the many citizen of our community.
We are also saying goodbye to Lindsay Chatterton. Lindsay is retiring after serving 52 years with the various Fire Districts as a volunteer. Lindsay has been volunteering longer than some of us are old and it takes a person with a warm heart to volunteer as long as Lindsay has, you will be missed dear friend and neighbor. By all standards, Lindsay is still a young man so we look forward to seeing you around Winlock for many years to come!
I want to thank Jeff Dorothy for a great idea, next week I will be starting a "get to know ya" paragraph. If you would like to see a certain person in my column please let me know...I will do my best to include that person.
Finally, what is the column without the mention of Elvis. Christmas and Elvis do not go hand in hand. I bought Elvis a Christmas present once and only once. It was a toy for him to exercise, exercise should have been my clue that he wouldn’t like it. The look was, you go chase that ball and I will watch you run around "exercising". Well needless to say the toy was only good for one day! Now, when I want to see him exercise, I don’t go buy him a toy. I take a piece of paper, scrunch it in to a ball and I throw it to him. He raises his paw, slaps it which is my clue to go get it and do it all over again. Guess, I am the one exercising, not Elvis. Oh, what would we do without our pets to keep us amused or do we keep them amused, you tell me!
As I close, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hug your loved ones and let them know you are happy to be spending your holidays with them!