Saturday, Dec. 13 will be the last sequential date of the 21st century: 12-13-14. The next numerical alignment won't be for another 89 years. There is no 13-14-15 and there won't be anything like it until 2101.
Wedding planners, casinos and numerologists are among those celebrating the special date.
“You meet the nicest people on a Honda.” Remember that advertising slogan? That was before Hondas had four wheels in America. The commercials always featured happy people scooting around on their motor bikes. I’ve never owned a Honda with two or four wheels but I’ve discovered some mighty nice people where they park those big red fire trucks.
There’s something about firemen that fascinates kids. I’ve never met a firefighter – man or woman – who wouldn’t take time to let a little one explore his or her fire hall and climb up into one of those shiny trucks. When our younger son Eric was barely talking, he’d tell you, “I’m two fire engines old.”
That’s why I could relate to Carter Sanborn’s love of everything to do with firefighting.
In October I introduced you to Carter, who lives in Ashburnham, Mass.
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Vicki Forsyth and other Empty Stocking Fund volunteers became a part of the Black Thursday shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving, starting at 4 p.m. and finishing at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. At the Business After Hours on Thursday, turnout numbered around 100 people at United Bank for food, fun and fellowship while they supported the charity with cash donations and toys at the annual ESF event.
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The Hope Tree Ministry Foundation is reaching out to all the churches, local vendors and other prospective donors in Lamar and neighboring counties for donations for its annual Christmas event.
Thanksgiving dinner at Barnesville First Baptist Church fed several families but residents are helped with groceries at home too. A recent donation from Gordon State College is helping fill larders, but more food is needed.
The charity is seeking donations of dry, canned and boxed goods and perishable items. Food drives are being held at First Baptist and the Barnesville-Lamar County Library through Dec. 20. Hope Tree is also requesting donations of new and slightly used toys and clothing for children ages 3-10 for Christmas gifts. All donations may be dropped off at First Baptist Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be hand delivered or mailed to Rev. Fambro in care of First Baptist at 200 Zebulon St., Barnesville, 30204. Monetary donations are tax deductible and a statement will be provided upon receipt.
Households in need of aid for Christmas should contact Mrs. B.J. Fambro at 770-358-2792 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. so she will know how many children need help.