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We decided to pull the trigger on painting the house since the weather has been nice and the new roof makes the house less than it is. Come spring the painter may not be available, or weather might be too wet, so now is the time. Purchased all the paint and now the weather has turned. Seems to be just how life is for me since moving to Equality.
I hope it will be dry enough before Christmas to at least paint the front dormers. I have already planted snapdragons, pansies, and violas for some winter and spring color in the front beds.
The Equality Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) is dependent on community involvement just as much as the community depends on the EVFD. If you would like to get involved with the EVFD you are welcome to attend their first and third Monday training meetings, even if only to just watch the firemen do their training. The next meeting will be on Monday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m.
As a reminder they hold fundraisers every first Saturday to keep things running and is another way to get involved with donations and shopping the bake sale, rummage sale, and purchase a meal. The first EVFD “First Saturday” for 2023 will be on the seventh of January, where they are planning on offering homemade chili and grilled cheese sandwiches instead of the regular grilled burgers and hot dogs.
EVFD Board meetings are held every third Sunday at 3 p.m. at the EVFD fire hall and community center on Highway 9 in downtown Equality. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, December 18.
The next Food Drop at Equality Methodist Church will be on Friday, December 30.
And we have an anonymous member of the “Self Clan” that has a birthday on December 20, so wish her a happy birthday even though she didn’t want her name in the paper. Birthdays close to Christmas are so easily forgotten.
Tonight, December 16, EPAC has karaoke from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; come out for some family friendly fun and entertainment. I have suggested also holding a Christmas Caroling night in if anyone is interested Sunday, December 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring cookies to eat, to share, to exchange for some added holiday festivity.
EPAC has a returning artist, David Pace, playing Friday, December 23. Many will recall him as he is uncle to Pastor Dillion Scott, and he is planning an evening of Christmas music. Also, once my van is back in running condition I will be able to provide transportation for those locals who are without a vehicle or unable to drive in the evenings. Contact me for more information.
Williamson Way Farm has USDA processed pork sausage (hot and mild), pork chops, Boston butts, and uncured fatback for $3 per pound and uncured trotters (pig’s feet) for $12 a pair. Please contact me for more information.
I hope all have a joyous holiday season. Please be kind to those who are alone or have lost loved ones which makes this time of year a struggle. There are many who try to hide their pain to not dampen others’ joy, and your greetings of Merry Christmas may bring tears to their eyes as they recall driving all night Christmas Eve to spend Christmas Day in a hospital saying goodbye to a loved one. Or this may be the first Christmas without a loved who had been an important part of Christmas traditions and merry making.
I depend on all readers to share with me what is happening within your organizations, churches, neighborhoods, groups, or family to share in next week’s column. Please contact me; call or text 256-531-6460 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.