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The Victoria GAZETTE

December 2015

Sue’s Album

A symphony of photos

and fewer than a thousand words

at www.VictoriaGazette.com

Outside the Window by Chuck Freiberg, Up North Cabin Guy“I’m sitting at my computer desk typing up this column, at the same time looking out the window down towards the lake.  The temps have already dropped here Up North so the lakes have thin sheets of ice over them.”

An Unbroken Song of Hope by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent“I heard the bells on Christmas day, their old familiar carols play.  And wild and sweet, the words repeat; of peace on earth, good will to me.”  A Christmas carol from my past, it rests in fond memories of a choir long ago and far away where my papa and I sang bass and the harmonies were almost always perfect.”

When There was Danger in Victoria Hamlet by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria“Try to imagine a labyrinth and maze of tunnels up and down the giant snow pile, horizontal and lateral and vertical and parallel, with kids screaming in delight on a very unstable and unsupported snow mountain.”

Consider Donating to Victoria’s Centennial Sculpture by Randy Miller, President, Victoria Business Association“Artist and sculptor Deb Zeller has donated her time in designing our Centennial Sculpture.  We have been fortunate to have raised significant in-kind giving.  The remaining amount that needs to be raised is $11,000.”

Picking the Mayor’s Mind by Sue Orsen/The Victoria GazetteReplied Mayor Tom O’Connor, “A mixed use building that provides a long term home for Enki and additional commercial space is an exciting possibility for downtown.  As for the Lions, it’s too early in the process to comment specifically about a connection that serves their needs.”

December Delights by Christie Schlueter, Regular Victoria Visitor“Here are some holiday recipes, for Frozen Raspberry Sherbet Dessert, Chocolate Coffee Truffles, The Ultimate Chex Mix, and Bailey’s Irish Cream & Pistachio Fudge.”

Leadership Award for Emerald Creest by Jenna Zark, Communications“Emerald Crest by Augustana Care in Victoria is pleased to announce its inclusion in the Not-for-Profit Leadership Award from LeadingAge.”

Raise the Barn at Ney Nature Center by Becky Pollack, Henderson, MN“One major concern is a new roof and some structural stabilization for the barn built in 1901.”

Lions First Spaghetti Feed by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“From all accounts, it was a rousing success, having served about 350 people.”

Victoria’s Library Log by Kathy Perschmann, Carver County Library System“From family storytimes to winter crafts, from lego lab to teen tech club, there’s something for everyone.”

A Christmas Gift from Sue@VictoriaGazette.com by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“The next time you visit www.VictoriaGazette.com, you will find a Christmas tree on the Home Page and a present under the tree.  The tree is shimmering with colorful lights and the present is perfectly wrapped in red Christmas paper and tied with green ribbon.  When you click on the present, it will open.  Merry Christmas.  Click on Front Page to continue.

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, How Lovely Are Your Branches by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“The planning for a real Christmas tree in downtown Victoria began some time ago.  In past years, a large evergreen tree has been cut and hauled to Victoria where it was ‘planted’ with the assistance of a crane, big ropes, and several hand.

Life is More Than it Seems 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, what makes it make sense.  It is that which is unseen.”

Proposed for Victoria:  New Victoria Square by Erin Mathe, Media Relations Manager“Enki Brewing and Hartman Communities have inked a deal to buy the former HEI headquarters property in Victoria to develop Brewery Square, a new brewery, taproom, and retail destination.”

Storms Ain’t What They Used to Be by Bill Olson, Victoria, MCWD Board of Managers“One of the reasons I love living in Minnesota is the change of seasons.  But the seasons have been less predictable lately, with more rain than snow ushering in the holiday season this year.”

If Maude Had Visited Bethlehem by Father Elstan Coghill, OFM, at St. Victoria from 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.”

Doe, a Deer, a Female Deer by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“We share our property border with Carver Park and it sort of reminds me of the Rio Grande between Mexico and Texas, and so I’ve come to call the four-legged white-tailed, grazing, prancing beauties, ‘illegal aliens.’  They come without invitation and without papers and take without asking.”

Building and Decorating a Christmas tree at the Arboretum by Barb DeGroot, MN Landscape Arboretum“The live poinsettia tree is awesome.”

Preparing and Moving a Christmas Tree Growing Near Carver by Sue Orsen/The Victoria GazetteJerry Hartman donated Victoria brand new Official Centennial Tree.