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By Staff | Dec 12, 2008

Jan Wheal Blank

Steve and I were in the paint aisle at Lowe’s the other day, trying to choose a stain color for some new shelves. A cheery, young store employee approached to offer her assistance. Looking at my husband, she said, “What are you looking for, sweetheart?”

What a minute! Did she really say “sweetheart”? I could feel the hair on the back of my neck stand up as I turned to glare at this girl who seemed so unaware of her inappropriate and unprofessional behavior. Was I over-reacting? I don’t think so, after watching Steve quickly pick up a can of Minwax Mahogany and head toward the front checkout. Sure, he appreciates efficient, friendly service. But just don’t call him “sweetheart.”

Santa’s mailbox has appeared once again near the Montgomery Post Office. If your little one is anxious to send a letter to Santa, this is where it can be delivered. His elves are waiting to make special mail deliveries to the big guy at the North Pole!

If you know a low-income family who would appreciate receiving a Christmas food basket, call Nancy Gruver at 547-6777 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. by this Sunday, Dec. 14. You will be asked to provide the family’s name, address, the number of adults and number of children and their ages. Baskets will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Thursday, Dec. 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company will host a “Soup and Sandwich” fundraiser. Come, sit down and relax at this all-you-can-eat meal after a long day at work or before you head off to the mall. Adults: $5.00; children age 6 to 12: $2.50; and 5 and under get to eat for free. Soups: chicken noodle or vegetable. Sandwich: your choice of cold meat or barbecue.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., the annual Candlelight Christmas Service will be held at the historic Warrior Run Church. The Rev. Paul Smith will re-enact Rev. Bryson, an early pastor at the church. The service will utilize the antique pump organ and include the choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Watsontown. Please dress warm if you are planning to attend; call 538-1417 for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a FREE Community Christmas Celebration at New Covenant Assembly of God, 1270 Pinchtown Rd. It will include a lasagna dinner with all the fixings, carol singing, entertainment, and small gifts. Everyone in the Montgomery area is welcome but you must reserve your seat by calling 547-1503 or by e-mail at newcovaog@cs.com.

Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 2 p.m., the Montgomery Area Historical Society will host their annual Open House at the Stone Church, located on the grounds of the Allenwood Prison and at 6 p.m., a public Candlelight Service will be held. Directions: from Route 15, turn onto Allenwood Camp Lane, drive past White Deer Golf Course and into Bureau of Prison grounds; then follow signs to the church.

Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., the Montgomery High School chorus and band concert will be held at the high school.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, is the final pick-up date for Toys for Tots donations.

Wednesday, Dec. 24, the Montgomery Borough Office will be closing at 11:30 a.m. and will be closed Christmas Day.

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m., Watsontown United Methodist Church, 11 E. Third St., Watsontown, will host a Children’s Service with music by the Sunday School Kids Khoir and the Lighthouse Choir. At 7 p.m. a Family Service will be held with music by Chimes for Christ Choir, Intergenerational Choir, and Praise Band. At 11 p.m., the Traditional Service with Communion, plus music by the Adult Choir and Covenant Bells.

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. the Clinton Baptist Church will hold their Candlelight Service.