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‘Souper Bowl Sunday’

By Staff | Jan 21, 2014

I don’t think there are many among us who can claim to be bored with the weather, at least as it has been for the past few weeks! Hughesville has been fortunate that most of our wintry precipitation has been light snowfalls, with little sleet or accumulating ice. I think most of us find snow easier to deal with, as long as it isn’t too deep or heavy.

A large percentage of the population of the Hughesville area has known Mr. Jim Ritter as a music teacher or in his 40 plus years as organist and Minister of Music at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Now that he has passed his 89th birthday, Mr. Ritter has decided to retire after the coming Easter celebration. If you are one of his many students, you know what a wonderful gift he has shared with so many over his career. Congratulations, Jim, on a fabulous “run”! Your music has touched the lives of thousands of area residents and visitors and we all thank you for sharing your talent and yourself with us all for these many years!

How about those HHS Spartan Wrestlers?! The team is having a great season, and it appears that there will be much to celebrate as the season, and post-season progress. If you haven’t attended a match yet, there is still time check your schedule and go cheer on the team! You might also enjoy spending time at the gym to watch the boys’ and girls’ Varsity basketball teams. They are always fun to watch and they will always appreciate your support.

May I make a plea to all borough homeowners to take a close look at their sidewalks (or the sidewalk right-of-way on their front yards)? I don’t like to see people having to walk in the street due to impassable snow banks or unpaved and uncleared areas where it is logical to assume that there should be a sidewalk. Did you know that there are residential areas in town without sidewalks, and many areas where the existing walks are in poor condition? A community of our size should be able to offer safe pathways for residents of all ages to be able to walk to any part of town without resorting to the streets. While there is not any borough ordinance requiring sidewalks, I think the very definition of “community” includes working together for the betterment of all.

Stay warm! Take a moment to check on any elderly or solitary neighbors, and make sure your pets can be indoors during these cold days and nights.

On Sunday, February 2 “Souper Bowl” observance at many local churches. Congregations will be collecting canned soups and other food items for local food banks as part of a national effort to restock food pantries. Some area churches also enjoy a meal together, and collect donations for the privilege of wearing favorite sports jerseys! Call or visit your favorite church for times and details about their plans.