I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I know I did! I hope my children will continue the family traditions I started and create memories that will outlive me. Some children today receive many gifts; so many that they don’t know which one to play with first. I know I am showing my age when I say this, but I can remember getting a stocking and one large gift. I remember all of them. Like the tricycle, a doll about as big as me that I dragged around and the little red rocking chair. My grandson, Talan, has that rocking chair now. Memories are free; so create many with your loved ones.
Don’t forget the Watch Night Service at Oak Ridge Baptist Church on Thursday, December 31 from 7:00 to 9:30 p. m. The Tuckers of Madison will be singing.
Samantha Brown, Sandy Ridge Elementary School PTA President, gave an update on the food drive for “back pack buddies” and Northern Stokes Food Pantry. The students collected 1,703 food items. What an awesome job!
Jimmy Ellington, outgoing president of The Ruritans, wants to thank the community for all their support during their fundraisers and other events they have sponsored. He served as president from 2014 – 2015. The incoming president for 2016 is Cody Finch.
We recently asked everyone to pray for the family of Charlie Francis as hospice and his family was caring for him. He passed away on December 26 surrounded by his loving family. Continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Also, keep this little girl on your mind. Alexis Dalton is a 5th grade student at Sandy Ridge. She lost her father on December 26.
I have some New Year’s Resolutions from several people in the community. I would like to revisit with them this time next year and see if anyone accomplished their resolutions. My resolution for 2016 is to have a better year than 2015. I will have to work every day on that one.
Angela Corum: I want to work out more, and manage my time more wisely to stop last minute rushing around.
Samantha Brown: I work A LOT, I want to focus on spending more time at home with my kids.
Jimmy Ellington: Lose weight. I have more time now that I am retired.
Jeremiah Deskins: Save money!
Dane Joyce: Stay healthy.
Cody Finch: Lose weight; live healthier.
Debbie Chaney: Take more time for myself.
Jessica Hairston: Save more money.
Donna Mitchell: This is not exactly a resolution as much as it is a goal. I want to start a “blessings jar”. Every day I will place a blessing in the jar beginning New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, 2016, I will read them with my family.
The girls at the bank –
Melanie Hickman: Be more involved at church.
Angie Joyce: Be more organized and live a healthier lifestyle.
Wanda Shelton: Try to win more souls to the Lord.
The girls at Red Top Café –
Courtney Rogers: Finish college.
Wendy Dodson: Manage finances better.
The girls at D & M Mart –
Crystal Smith: Spend more time with family.
Jaclyn Beasley: Have a closer relationship with God.
Now that several want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, think about taking shag or line dance classes at M & M Rec in Mayodan. Did you know that Dane Joyce teaches dance there? For more information, call him at 871-3270, and he will tell you all about it.
CITIZEN OF THE WEEK:
I have known this man for years – Hassell Carter. He was born September 12, 1935. He has lived his whole life in Sandy Ridge on the same farm. He graduated from Sandy Ridge High School in 1954 and married Barbara Riggs the same year. They were married for 60 years. He has two sons and a daughter, and they all live nearby. Hassell farmed until he took a job as custodian at Sandy Ridge Elementary in 1974. He retired in 2000. Hassell has a produce stand at his farm, but during this past year he has taken care of his wife. He said, “she came first.” He was involved in an auto accident before she passed away. He broke his back, and while recovering had to hire someone to help care for his wife. I asked him what he does in his spare time, and he said, “work.” I then asked him if he had a bucket list; is there anything you want to do that you have not done yet. He said, “keep on working.” You will see Hassell around Sandy Ridge at most of the community events. He helped give out candy at the fire department during Halloween, and is almost always at the monthly singings at the community center. He is an admirable citizen; and I am proud to have him as a friend.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.” – Taylor Swift
TRIED AND TASTED RECIPES:
Buffalo Chicken Dip
1 2-pack Tyson (or brand of your choice) Premium Chunk White Chicken Breast (25 oz)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup buffalo sauce
½ cup ranch style salad dressing
Heat oven to 350.
Mix cream cheese, buffalo sauce, salad dressing and chicken. Place in a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, or until mixture is heated through. Stir and serve with crackers or chips.
This is a good recipe for Superbowl week-end.
Easy Country Style Steak (and it is easy, and delicious)
1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
Small onion, chopped
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 small can evaporated milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ soup can of water
3 tbsp. margarine
Flour (for dredging meat)
Combine first 5 ingredients in mixing bowl. Form meat into patties. This recipe makes 6 – 8 depending on size of patty. Melt butter in heavy frying pan. Dredge patties in flour. Brown patties until the outside is nicely browned. Remove from frying pan and place in casserole dish. Mix soup and water and pour over patties. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Everyone please have a safe New Year’s holiday. If you have a resolution for next week’s paper, give me a call. I would like to do this one more week.
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