Good morning from the sunny south! While we are enjoying the season immensely here in Florida, I doubt it will ever feel the same as it did at home coats buttoned tightly against the wind, mittens and scarves necessary in order to venture out. Do I miss it? Yup, as silly as that might sound! We spent an evening last week at a huge retirement complex just north of us, "The Villages," attending the lighting of the Menorah which ushers in the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. This was a most interesting ceremony and one I had never witnessed before. We are looking at the possibility of high speed internet availability for the entire North Country and how wonderful that would be! I know the service makes both work and pleasure computing much easier and more fun. The Plattsburgh YMCA is offering a swim stroke clinic for those 14 and older and the clinic will focus on the crawl and the breaststroke to help prepare for the upcoming lifeguard test and also the upcoming lifeguard class. The clinic will be held Sunday, Dec. 16, from 4:30-6 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person. To register, call 561-4290 or e-mail Bunny Adler at email@example.com . On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce will hold their "Business After Hours" at Geoffrey's Pub, 5453 Peru St., Plattsburgh, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will be catered by co-sponsored by Geoffreys Pub. Other co-sponsors include WJOY 1230 AM, WBTZ "The Buzz" 99.9 FM, WIZN 106.7 FM, WOKO 98.9 FM, KOOL 105.1 FM and WCAX-TV. The cost is $3 with a reservation and $4 without. Call 563-1000 for a reservation. This is always a nice event to help celebrate the holiday season.. Garry Douglas, president of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, will be sharing his original Christmas story, The Story of the Little Reindeer on WIRY AM Radio on two separate occasions. You may listen in Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. or on Christmas Day, at 5:15 p.m. These programs are sponsored by the chamber of commerce. Beartown Ski Center will open Saturday, Dec. 22, at 9 a.m. for its 50th season. Slopes will be open, weather permitting of course, from 9-4 p.m. on Saturdays, 10-4 p.m. on Sundays, Fridays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and on school vacation days from 9-4 p.m.. Call Tim Howley for information at 846-8154. It looks like the weather will cooperate this year and the ski season just might be a good one. The Salvation Army is still in need of bell ringers, especially during the daytime slots. With so many people working now, those times are difficult. If you should have a few hours available, give them a call. It is a nice way to celebrate the season and to meet and greet many many people. I just read of the Northeast Radio Reading Service that airs in most of Clinton County for those who cant read or need the service. The program, coordinated by Alan Bechard through the North Country Center for Independence, still needs a couple more volunteers. If you are interested in the service or want to volunteer, call him at 562-1732 for more information. I realize all North Country folks need to shovel their snow throughout the winter months. Please all of you out there, be careful and do it intelligently! For those of you not in good physical condition or not used to doing physical labor, shoveling snow can be one of the most dangerous things you can do. I know I lecture my son and my sons-in-law on a regular basis and they are all in their 40s! Just be careful! Thank you to Terri Cioppa for your kind words about the family photograph that Denton was kind enough to print in last weeks issue. My children were less than impressed with their mother for getting the photo published, but I thought it was kind of neat! Ok, to all of my readerstake a deep breath. Now, take another one. As busy as this season is, especially for you working moms, try and enjoy it to its fullest. Until next week, peace on earth, good will toward men!