Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Liven up your holiday décor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season.

Start by gathering greenery from your landscape. Use needled evergreens like pines and firs, broadleaf evergreens like boxwood, holly and evergreen magnolia as well as junipers and arborvitaes to create wreaths, swags, centerpieces and garland. And don't forget to include cones, holly berries, crabapples and the bluish-colored fruit of junipers.

Be selective as you prune your trees and shrubs when...

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There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly...

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On Saturday, June 5, 1976, my younger sister came running out to where I was fixing a fence our cows had broken down. It was lunch time and I thought she might be coming to call me to come eat. But I quickly realized by the way she was running that something was wrong.

"Daris," she said, panting, her voice sounding panicked, "the radio said the Teton Dam broke, and that St. Anthony has been destroyed!"

My parents and some of my brothers and sisters were in St. Anthony. I threw down my tools...

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There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead ... and a time for dreams.

And at night... ah, that's the time, isn't it? Outside it's dark, December dark, and we're inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night.

But we have our dreams.

For Janice Thomas, our art teacher at the high school, it's that painting she's planning. She makes starts at it, from time to...

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For our family vacation this year, I wanted to go east to see some American history first hand. My husband was game with that, so we loaded our 6 year old son, Isaac, into the car and made a seven day journey from our home in Fort Wayne, IN to the eastern part of the U.S. We went to eight places in seven days; we saw lots of history. Gettysberg, Antietam, Ford's Theater, Mount Vernon, and more; it really was an education.

It was time to head over to one of my most anticipated destinations...

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It is a brown and white November day, with patches of snow scattered over a brown landscape. It is bitter cold; the warm sunshiny days have retreated into the past. With regret, I discard the last bouquet of summer roses and replace them with a sprig of hemlock with their miniature pine cones.

As the weather changes, Thanksgiving approaches, and minds naturally stray to past holidays and the memories they invoke. Echoes of yesterday---years that run together, break into bright blossoms of...

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