Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard
Happy New Year!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas this year! A dusting of snow seemed to whiten thing up a bit. We were in Mt Holly for brunch on Sunday & they had more snow than we did. I understand that was the case up the Kingdom Rd, so perhaps it all had to do with elevation. That would certainly be good for the ski areas. Karen Evans skied at Okemo on Saturday & said they listed 35 trails as being open. She said by mid-morning it was getting rather crowded!
Tom & I enjoyed the service at Bethany Mennonite Church on Christmas Eve – the singing of the story of Amahl was absolutely wonderful. Of course, we love to see our friends over there as well! Lynds Hill was well represented by Marcia (the music organizer) & Scott & family; Naomi & Steve; and Pat & Bob.
With so many folks away or entertaining, we had a small group at church on Christmas. We enjoyed having some guests, among them Bonnie Allen’s parents, who live in Adirondack, NY & were here for a few days.
Well, not much to report today, but I did want to mention that Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort will have fireworks at midnight on the 31st. Their restaurant is now open. The Echo Lake Inn restaurant is also open, taking reservations for dinner starting at 6:00 PM. They also serve breakfast from 7:30 until 9:00 AM, but call to let them know you are coming!
I have heard many folks say that they are hoping 2012 will be a better year, presumably thinking about Hurricane Irene. Yes, we are still struggling with some of the after-effects, but what sticks in my mind about that time is the way people responded – neighbors helping neighbors. There were some good things that happened during that difficult time & I pray the feeling of community – the caring & compassion, will remain & even strengthen in the coming year. Blessings to everyone for the New Year!