Hughesville locals Jan. 27, 2016
We dodged a blizzard last weekend, didn’t we? It’s amazing that such a difference can be seen in only a few miles. I was out of town, having traveled to visit family in western Pennsylvania, and we saw only a few flurries. Thank goodness for all the snowplow drivers and road workers who made sure that everyone was able to get back to normal routines as quickly as possible.
January has been so dry and clear that I fear the worst of wintry conditions will occur in February and March. I don’t mind it so much if blizzards and ice storms come in December or January, or even early February, but my very subjective opinion is that by March we should be seeing the end of all that, and the beginnings of spring and a warmer season. Yes, I can hear everyone chuckling when they see that I still have such “romantic” ideas about Pennsylvania weather!
The next week will see some changes in routine for Christian churches and their members. Wednesday, February 10 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Some of our local churches will observe Fasnacht or Shrove Tuesday, the traditional day for using up all those things that are to be avoided during the penitential season. Our modern culture has stepped back from much of the self-constraint of past generations and we generally indulge in our abundant food supplies all through the year.
If you haven’t attended any of the high school winter sports events, there is still time to get to a few games or matches. HHS teams are demonstrating their skills in basketball and wrestling and there will be some post-season action to enjoy.
On these winter days when you need a break from your routine, stop in at the Hughesville Area Public Library and see what is new, or check out one of those books you’ve been meaning to read.
Fri. Jan. 29 preschool story hour at the Hughesville Area Public Library, 146 S. 5th St. Call to register at 570-584-3762. Starts at 10:30 a.m. with the theme of ‘Time’.
The American Red Cross needs blood donors. Give blood on Mon. Feb. 1 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 South Main Street, Hughesville.
Sat. Feb. 6, 4-7 p.m. spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the HHS Drama Club to help with costs of the annual musical production. Tickets are available from any cast member or at the door.
Tues. Feb. 9, 4-7 p.m. Fasnacht dinner at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 120 South Main Street, Hughesville. This traditional meal of pork and sauerkraut, with spaetzel, mashed potatoes, and applesauce, is a fund-raising event, open to the public.