The holiday spirit at Good Samaritan
Last year at this Christmas season, I found myself sort of down in spirit.
I had no reason to be. I have a loving family, everything I need and had just returned from two well-rehearsed Christmas plays.
I decided to go to Good Samaritan nursing home to visit an elderly friend.
After dinner, they wheeled themselves into the TV room for what was their time of devotions. I looked around at these elderly ones drooped over in their wheelchairs, some of them wearing wrinkled red shirts and sweaters. I also notice the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, so unlike th e beautiful trees that decorate our homes and businesses. I sat there next to my friend, not expecting to receive anything for myself.
As the middle-aged man, who came to minister to these people opened the word of God and started reading, (I realized he had a speech impediment. (I learned later that he had sufferd a stroke.) I had to really listen as he labored to read. Yet, strangely and unexpectedly I found life flowing into me and lifting my spirit. From looking around at my surroundings it was the least likely place I would have expected encouragement.
"But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence" andndash; 1 Corinthians 1-27-29.
Christmas brunch a wonderful event
To anyone who missed the Christmas Brunch at Sea View Senior Living Community last Sunday, they really missed out!
The tickets were only $10 each and $5 was donated to the Community Food Bank for every ticket purchased. A friend that joined us lives in the San Francisco Bay area and she said the food was on par with the Fairmont Hotel. Rob Krebs and his cooking crew are commended for their excellent preparation as well as the smiling faces of every staff member who participated in this fabulous brunch. Sea View also collected barrels of canned food for the food bank and we are so very grateful to Sea View as well as the many wonderful people who opened their hearts and their wallets during this holiday season. All of you are the reason we continue our quest to ensure that all our families will have food on their shelves. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to each of you!
Jan Fox, Chair
Community Food Bank
Made in Ameri andndash; oops, wrong again
In response to J.J. Hyatt's letter (Pilot, Dec. 15): Mr. Hyatt, I think you may be too late.
I am also against the Bi-Mart store, but it sounds as if the thing is a "done deal" and the owner(s) of those types of stores don't care about quality or "Made in America" anymore than most consumers do.
Anyone disagree? Just look around. I just bought some shrink-to-fit Levi 501s that were made in Haiti and I have some pre-shrunk 501s made in Egypt, for crying out loud. Both jeans are junk! Not even close to the quality some of us remember. Go to any large department store and most, if not all, Christmas decorations are made by "Holiday Time," a company based in China! Look at the tags on some, if not all, of the items sold by veteran groups, both national and local, which read Made in China andndash; Honduras andndash; Vietnam, etc. I am a Vietnam era veteran so that last example hurts a great deal. We don't make hardly a thing in the United States anymore.
Good grief, even Mexico's largest export is new Americans. I think I'll go back to Wranglers. They're still made in Ameandndash; (oops) andndash; Honduras.
God help America!
Many make artisan holiday market a hit
The first Artisan's Holiday Market was a great success. We spent many days planning, speculating, worrying and hoping that if we build it, will they come? Well, come they did. Our vendors had a great day. We collected nearly 450 pounds of food and over $100 in cash donations for the Brookings-Harbor Food Bank.
The Brookings-Harbor Community Theater also benefitted from sales of Dori Blodgett's award-winning chili to the tune of $220! The "Blue Man" was our unofficial greeter, and Karen Warwick provided wonderful ambient music.
A big thank you to the tireless volunteers of the Food Bank who worked all day, and to our vendors who not only took a chance on a new event, but donated some of their beautiful handcrafted items to our raffle. We send heartfelt thanks to John Lassen, the McPherson family and Vi and Len Burton. Thanks to Judy May Lopez, Julie Davis and Irene Papke for their ideas and brainstorming and many others who helped plan, advertise, give advice, cheer us on and tell their friends, and also to all those who came to support us.
Another huge thank you to Marge Woodfin of the Pilot for the wonderful article she wrote about us.
Finally, thanks to the Brookings-Harbor community at large for their generosity and encouragement.
Last but not least, I want to thank my awesome wife Liz, who kept me sane and on track during times of madness andndash; I could not have done it without her help. We both look forward to next year and an even bigger and better event. Happy Holidays!
Pennies for Pooches benefits shelter dogs
The Curry County Animal Shelter would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Jeff Tribble of Brookings-Harbor Veterinary Hospital and his staff for the wonderful fund-raiser they did on Dec. 11 at the clinic. Dr. Jeff planned, put together , paid for all materials and provided a great Santa and Mrs. Claus for the photo-with-Santa fund-raiser. Dr. Jeff took the pictures himself and did all the printing of the photos. It brought in $530 for our spay/neuter program.
Pennies for Pooches andndash; the 501(c)3 that supports the shelter and pays for all the medical needs, food, and the spays and neuters andndash; is very thankful for the money raised at the photo shoot.
The shelter is offering to the public memorial pavers that will enhance the new facelift for the front of the shelter that we have been working on. A paver is a perfect gift for that someone who has everything, or to honor the memory of your human or four-pawed canine or feline friend.
Pennies for Pooches' goal is to someday put an end to homeless pets, and with your generous donations we are moving closer to that achievement. Pennies has helped several pit-bull owners alter their dogs, as this is a tough breed to place. Again, a huge thank you to Dr. Tribble and his staff.
Curry County Animal Shelter
Gold BeachDog walkers in short supply
In my love and concern for animals, a situation has come up that concerns me and hopefully others too.
Most of us know where the Humane Society shelter is located; it is amongst businesses, except for one house that is behind it. The gentleman that lives there has complained to the city of Brookings that when the dogs are let out of their kennels to be cleaned and to play ball and just to run around, they bark.
I understand what the gentlemen is saying, but I only wish he would compromise with the shelter, for the sake of the animals. This is the only time they are outside, and without this time they will not see the outside at all, and will spend all their time in the kennels.
Our dog walkers are greatly appreciated, but still the doggies like to be a little free without a leash to run and chase a ball. I would hope the gentleman would have a change of heart and consider what a difference he could make for the animals. Maybe we can work something out so we can respect his request, and maybe he would understand our request and be willing to work something out. I'm just asking for the love of the animals, and certainly I understand not everyone has the love of animals as deeply as I do, but I hope we all understand that they are beautiful creatures with deep feelings and devotion that is hard to deny.
Until, hopefully, something can be worked out, we need so many more dog walkers to help in this situation. Stop by the shelter if you are interested and the friendly staff will set you up. They're open at noon Tuesday through Saturday. Thank you very much.
Community should welcome Bi-Mart
On a recent trip to my old hometown of Brookings, I read a letter to the editor comparing Bi-Mart to Walmart.
The author of that letter is either misinformed or purposely deceitful. Bi-Mart is an Oregon company headquartered in Eugene. It is employee-owned and serves small to mid-sized communities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
I have been a member for over 40 years and shop there because of the selection and price value.
The Bookings-Harbor community should welcome them.
History about the John Birch Society
In reference to previous letters about the John Birch Society, (JBS) I would like to address why it is called The John Birch Society by founder Robert Welch.
John Morrison Birch (May 8, 1918 to Aug. 25, 1945) was an American military intelligence officer and a Baptist missionary in World War II who was shot by armed supporters of the Communist Party of China.
Some political conservative groups in the U.S. consider him to be a martyr and the first victim of the Cold War. His name, with others who lost their lives, is on the bronze plaque of a World War II monument at the top of Coleman Hill Park in Macon, Ga. The JBS, an American right-wing conservative organization formed 13 years after his death, is named in his honor.
Birch was a missionary in China when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan. In April 1942, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and crew were rescued by Birch and helped to friendly territory. Later, Col. Claire Chennault, leader of the Flying Tigers, commissioned Birch as a 1st Lt. Birch built a formidable intelligence network of sympathetic Chinese informants, supplying Chennault with information on Japanese movements.
Birch, 27 years old, was on his way to accept surrender of a Japanese base, when a group of Chinese communists refused to let him pass and executed him on Aug. 25, 1945. He had spent the war working behind enemy lines serving both God and country. He was a true patriot, fighting for freedoms that we all enjoy today, which are slowly being eroded by our government.
It has been the society's mission to inform citizens about why the Constitution and Declaration of Independence was written and ratified. Anyone reading or listening to radio and TV news can see how far we have moved from a republic form of government. Government is getting bigger and spending us into bankruptcy. Become more informed on where in the Constitution Congress has the authority to fund and pass bills that regulate and tax citizens, telling us how to live, eat, work and pray. A right-wing conservative will ask, where is the authority and funding, on every bill put before congress.