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Here We Are Again by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “Christmas season for this cowboy is always a time of reflection, even in the chaotic dash from the First Sunday of Advent to the Blessed Day itself, with all of the sensory overload we heap on ourselves.”

That Which Is Unseen by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “If humans do not believe that life is more than it seems, their view of life has to be pretty superficial.  The depth of life is what gives it meaning.”

Up On the Housetop by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “The Numero Uno Holiday of the Year was seemingly a big Santa and Parent plot designed to keep kids not naughty but nice and it was pure hell, not heaven, for the kids.”

From the Developer’s Desk by Terry Hartman, Victoria Land Development.  “The current plan for the Lakeside commercial building on Stieger Lake Lane is to start construction in late December 2013 or January 2014.  The parties that have reserved space include a quaint new ice cream/deli shop …”

Addressing Holiday Anxiety by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Counseling Corner.  “This past month a brave soul write in to say that as it gets closer to the holidays, they can feel their blood pressure rising higher and higher to the point they could become a basket case ready to explode with anxiety.”

From the Lions Den by Brian Tjenstrom, President, Victoria Lions Club.  “Thank you to four of our Lion members who represented our club during a Veteran’s Day/Yellow Ribbon event, where a Purple Heart Recipient from St. Boni was presented a vehicle donated by LaMettry’s of Bloomington.”

Victoria Puzzlers by Jo-Anne and Steve Young, Victoria.  “If someone would like to play around with the software to make a puzzle, we could help them get the software onto their computer and guide them through the process.”

Why Are We in Afghanistan? by Jim Hay, the Colonel’s Account.  “Why we are still in Afghanistan is the 90 to 110 nuclear warheads that are in Pakistan.  We are in Afghanistan enabling us to move freely in and out of areas of Pakistan that are held by the al-Queda to keep them at bay.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured  Victoria’s Lake Auburn Moravian Church in “Golden Moments.”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Bud and Muriel Haedike in “The Borning Cry.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured the CAP Agency Food Shelf serving three local counties.

On the Way to Christmas Dinner by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette.  “On the way to Christmas dinner, we might want to try some of these appetizer recipes that come as gifts from some members of my favorite choir.  Click on Front Page.

Recalling Far Back Memories by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “From as far back as I can remember, and I’ve begun to notice there are a lot more ‘far back memories’ in my head, but as far back as I can remember, I’ve always liked Thanksgiving.”

Picking the Mayor’s Mind by Sue Orsen, Victoria Gazette.  “The men in our family have a long standing tradition over very successful last minute shopping on Christmas Eve day,” said Mayor Tom O’Connor.  “We pile into a car and in a few hours have the shopping done.  Somehow it always turns out okay.”

The Sacrifice of Veterans by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “We owe our veterans our deepest and most sincere appreciation for their commitment to defending our nation.  They sacrificed time with family and friends, lifetime opportunities, and family moments that cannot be experienced again.”

When it Rains, it Pours by Bill Olson, Manager MCWD.  “Changing weather patterns have given new meaning to the old phrase, ‘When it rains, it pours.’  Rainstorms are becoming more intense, and those intense storms are happening more frequently, posing new challenges to the way we manage water.”

Ray Schmieg and Our Manger Scene by Father Bob White, St. Victoria Catholic Church.  “St. Victoria’s manger scene was built in December of 1953 by a good parishioner by the name of Ray Schmieg.”

Father Elstan and Maude in Bethlehem by Fr. Elstan Coghill, St. Victoria 1985-1996.  “I picture Maude, my toy dachshund, present at the events surrounding the most significant occurrence in the history of the universe — the birth of Christ.”

Congratulations, Lisa by Author.  “Lisa Hilgers-Brueggemeier, daughter of Jerry and Ruth Hilgers of Victoria, was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in November.”

One Biker’s Perspective Editor’s Note:  “For the first time in many years, Thom Derr is not able to give us a biker’s perspective.  He had surgery at the Mayo Clinic to remove an infected part of his colon and is still recuperating.”

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December 2013