Christmas is upon us! As this goes to press, I believe we are at three days and counting. My wish is that all of your shopping is done, presents are all wrapped, baking is done and now you have time to breathe and enjoy the feeling only this season brings. It is appearing that we might have temporary cell coverage on the Northway before the winter is out and that would be a wonderful thing! The weather of this past week certainly stresses the need for improved coverage. Thankfully, there were no major accidents that I have heard of, in any case. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family of Mike Mannix who lost his long battle with cancer this past week. If there ever was a North Country icon, Mike was certainly it and he will be sorely missed. Congratulations to all recent December college graduates! While some had a ceremony and some did not, the accomplishment remains the same and the road there is not always easy. Now you can relax and enjoy the holidays before real life kicks in once again. Mountain Lake PBS is looking for items for their annual arts auction. The artwork will be juried and the auction features many very well known local artists. The Mountain Lake Web site will give instructions as to how to submit your work. American Legion Post 20 on Quarry Road in Plattsburgh is having difficulties. Whatever the problem is here, it is quite indicative of what is happening with clubs and service organizations everywhere. Our young people are just not as involved as we were in our time. If you can help them out at all, give them a call. OK, a bit of a diversion for you all in this holiday season. There was an article in the Press Republican this week about whether or not the Crown Point bridge, going from Crown Point to Vermont, should be repaired as it is on the National Historic Register or whether it should be replaced. What do you think? I have an emotional response since my paternal grandfather was a charter member of the original bridge commission and his name is on a plaque there, but realistically, let me know what you think. The email address hasn't changed firstname.lastname@example.org . As you all just lived through a nor'easter, we just lived through a whole night of tornado warnings. The strong thunderstorms were all around us and let me tell you, the thought of a nor'easter is much more pleasant than one of a tornado. Since we live in a single-wide mobile home, they are terrifying to this North County woman! Congratulations to the local chamber of commerce, recently reaccredited by the United States Chamber of Commerce. The chamber was also recognized as a Four Star Chamber, ranking among the top one percent of all chambers in the country. Good job well done by Garry and his staff. The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department is sponsoring an New York State certified snowmobile safety course beginning Wednesday, Dec. 26. The law requires any driver between the ages of 10-18 must take the course to drive a snowmobile off his/her parent's property. The dates for the course are Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 562-6860 during business hours during the week to register. When our friends query us as to how we spend our time in our retirement, envisioning long afternoons of reading (there are some of those), walks (those too) we don't think they ever dreamt that we would attend an event to break the Guinness World Record. The event was held on the polo field of The Villages, a huge retirement community here. For $5, we all were given a kazoo and after being entertained and enjoying the sunshine for a couple of hours, all 3,000 plus of us gathered on the field and played Jingle Bells on this difficult instrument for five minutes and a second. Needless to say, there were many laughs and who knows, we may even get into the record books. So, folks, don't ever worry about me being bored here in my "golden" years. There is certainly more fun where that came from and it is all in the attitude! Until next week, I wish you all the merriest of Christmases with warmth, family and friends!