Gab Over the Fence by Pete G. Ossip

Well, just like I said last week, the real winter’s coming on, at least with the cold and bitter winds.  No snow yet, but if there’s any moisture out there we’re gonna get that, too.  Just went outside for a few minutes on Monday and I thought my hands would have frostbite.  Weather folks called for it to be 18 degrees that night.

At 10:30 I checked our outside thermometer and it read nine degrees!  Gloves, hats and two or three layers of clothing are what to wear now for sure. Blue Mountain, Camelback, Jack Frost-Big Boulder, Shawnee and the other slopes in our neck of the woods should be able to make plenty of snow now, and even when the sun’s shining, it won’t melt.  Those who love winter should be dancing the jig.

Me, I’m sticking indoors with Elmira and our potbelly stove. That’s what we did on New Year’s Eve, when it started to get colder. Watched the fireworks from inside, instead of going down to Bethlehem or Dorney Park. We’ve never been to New York’s Times Square, but a huge crowd showed up and enjoyed their rock music. . . .

I didn’t see Billy Uhrich, but he musta been in from Pittsburgh with the family on the Christmas weekend, ‘cause he took that front-page picture last week in the paper of the candlelight Christmas Eve service at the U.C.C. church in town. He’s following in his dad Don’s footsteps as a photographer, no doubt. Just comes natural . . . .

I see their church is gonna have a variety bingo on February 27, probably run by the gal who sells gift cards. I hear they’re raising funds for a new roof and carpets. St. John’s Lutheran, Salem U.C.C., and Emmanuel Lutheran have done pretty good at raising funds for improving their facilities, too. All our churches need support, and the more people in the pews the better. . . .

I see on my Game Commission calendar that black bears give birth to cubs in January.  And lots of times it’s in caves. Too bad that father of scouts went into one and stirred up a hibernating bear. He was lucky to get out alive. . . .  Also on the calendar I take notice it’s the famed Aldo Leopold’s birth date on the 11th of January.  He’s a favorite role model of Andy Curtis and the junior conservation school leaders and they should celebrate it at their meeting that night up at the DCNR environmental education center in Jacobsburg. . .

The Eagles beat the Giants with their new interim coach Pat Shurmur now that Chip Kelly’s gone. First game next season, Seattle. Good luck!! . . . .Hats off to the Lehigh Township Lions for all those fruit baskets they delivered to the folks over 60. They’ve been doing it for 42 years. Wow!! . . . . New sign, new name for the storage place on 512. Wonder why? . . . .Local drivers are still questioning if 512 will get a new surface in the spring. It’s a bumpy ride. . . .Elmira just heated up some cider, so we’ll cuddle up and keep warm as we can. You do the same, okay?   Brr-r-r-r-r!!!!

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