Hughesville Locals December 18, 2019
May I wish all our readers the Merriest Christmas and most Joyous New Year. I hope that 2020 will be a year of blessings and contentment for everyone. I am hoping to do some travel this year, to visit family as well as to see some sites and sights that I have never experienced. Opening up my schedule, and eliminating some deadlines from my life will allow us to tackle some items on our “bucket list.” Consequently, I expect that this will be my final column as writer for the Hughesville Locals in our Luminary. It has been a great experience and I have had a lot of fun with it, but it is time to hand the “pen” to the next contributor.
First, congratulations to the HHS 7th grade Girls Basketball team for their exemplary season! They finished this year’s season with a record of 18 wins, zero losses! What a phenomenal example of great teamwork! Congrats too, to their coach Jessica McCoy!
There are many opportunities for Christmas Eve, as well as Sunday, worship services here in Hughesville. This weekend we have the fourth, and last, Sunday of Advent. The time of preparation is nearly over, and Tuesday will see many candlelight celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. I hope that all Christians will have an opportunity to share in one of these meaningful gatherings of friends and family, and will leave there filled with God’s blessings.
Many of our younger residents will be blessed by the actions of a true angel-among-us, Meagan Murray, originator of Meagan’s Box. She has spearheaded the collection and distribution of gifts for children in our area for several years and is a marvel in her accomplishment! God bless you, Meagan, and keep you in His care.
The beautiful lights throughout the borough are such a welcome sight in these dark evenings as we reach the winter solstice at 11:19 p.m. on Dec. 21. Sunday will be the first day of astronomical winter, but also marks the beginning of the lengthening of our daylight hours. I think winter would be much easier if we just had a few more hours of daylight, even if it is cold!
A nice Christmas poem to end this year:
The Joy of Giving?~ John Greenleaf Whittier
Somehow, not only for Christmas,?But all the long year through,?The joy that you give to others?Is the joy that comes back to you;?And the more you spend in blessing?The poor and lonely and sad,?The more of your heart’s possessing?Returns to make you glad.
Thursday, Dec. 19-HHS Wrestling teams compete at Home vs. South Williamsport, Jr. High 6 p.m., Varsity 7 p.m. in the HHS Gym. Next home match will be Thursday, Jan. 9.
Friday, Dec. 20-“Wee Explore Holidays” program at Hughesville Area Public Library, 146 South Fifth Street (HAPL), for youngsters and the young-at-heart, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21-22 East Lycoming Historical Society (ELHS) museum, 66 South Main Street, Hughesville, is open from 12 noon to 3 p.m. (regular weekend hours). The museum will be closed after Dec. 22 until re-opening for the 2020 season in April. The museum gift shop has some great gifts available, including local art and handcrafted items.
Friday, Dec 27-28 HHS Varsity Basketball hosts their annual “Classic” in the HHS Gym, 7:30 p.m. Next regular home game will be on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Friday, Jan. 3-HHS Varsity and JV Girls Basketball teams play at home vs. Montoursville, 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the gym.