The Yield of a Year by Sue Orsen.  “Looking back at 2007 in Victoria yields a year that can be summarized with five headlines:  Anniversaries, New Business, Community, War, and Peace …”  Click on Front Page.

One Year Closer by Pastor Thomas Braun, Christ Victorious Lutheran Church.  “As you close out the year 2007 and begin the year 2008, are you better off now than you were 365 days ago? …”

Caroling, Caroling by Lynn Gabriel, Resident of Victoria.  “I was very proud of my kids wanting so badly to go caroling again.  “It was surreal as we sang riding along in the carriage.  The beauty of the experience was breathtaking for us.  There was something so peaceful and overwhelming about it …”

Get your SCHIP Together by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Reporter.  “Most Senior Citizens perhaps have not heard of SCHIP, and quite possibly some parents haven’t heard of it either.  Actually, these letters stand for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program …”

Feet First in 1989; Beheaded in 2007 by Sue Orsen.  “Labor  pains for Victoria’s first-ever municipal water tower began with footings on April 10th, 1989.  It met its demise on Thursday, December 21st, 2007, at the youthful age of 18.  It no longer fulfilled the purpose for which it was born …”

Appropriate Gifts by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  “I got what I wanted for Christmas, a vacuum cleaner.  Claudia got what she really wanted also, a chainsaw …”

Remember Last Year?  by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “There are a couple of wisecracks such as ‘Wherever I go, there I am’ and talk about ‘clean page’ and the ‘fresh field of snow with no tracks, the truth comes crashing back.’  But a memory of what we have done is fairly important as a guidance system …”

2007:  A Year of Community.  A photo story by Sue Orsen featuring the Victoria Concerts in the Park, the Victoria Lions Weekend, the Victoria Ice Fishing Contest, and the Victoria Volksfest.”

In the Beginning by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria.  “There is a new slate of opportunities before us in 2008, as the new year offers us prospects to expand on our 2007 successes, of which I believe there were many …”

Auschwitz by Taylor Hamilton, Resident of Victoria.  “When the tiny country of Poland was announced to be the next greatest adventure of our high school band group, everyone wanted to know what we would be doing there that was worth paying the $1,500 to go.  It took only one word to make up my mind:  Auschwitz.” 

Bobby Jones by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “The other night, while not being able to sleep because of too much Christmas cheer, I opened up Golf is My Game by Robert Tyre Jones …”

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Old Victoria Holiday Perks by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Victoria holidays of old were unique and festive occasions.  Main Street was adorned with real one-color bulbs strung across the street from the corners of local businesses.  And the shop owners were especially generous with their gifts to the Victoria citizenry for their patronage in the past year …”

Got Gas?  by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “The cowboy does not like to think in terms of a calendar starting or stopping point for some type of behavior, at least not for yours truly.  However, he has never been adverse to making helpful suggestions for just about everyone else …”

Hog Heaven by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  “I grew up experiencing many different traditions.  I miss those days where friends could cross all sorts of lines and be friends without apology for their beliefs.  My wish with ‘Merry Christmas” is not to divide or proclaim differences but to hope for others the very best …”

Happy Loving New Year by Pastor Maureen Bonner, Waterbrooke Fellowship.  “I would suspect that you have now had your fill of spending time with people that you maybe wished you had not, or could have avoided during the holidays …”

Victoria Lions by Sue Orsen  “Whether it’s the Spirit of Christmas or the Spirit of the New Year, the Spirit of Community or the Spirit of Generosity, the Spirit of Wine or the Spirit of Ale, the Victoria  Lions have it …”

Spirits Alive by Sue Orsen.  “The most recent gathering of the Victoria Lions was their annual Christmas Party at the Hall.  As usual it included food, friendship, and fun.  No other group within the City of Victoria demands less of others and more of themselves than the Victoria Lions …”

As 2007 Drew to an End by Debi Ylitalo, Parent Involvement Coordinator at Victoria Elementary School.  “At our holiday parties, some grades made gingerbread houses out of recycled milk cartons.  Ms Mandel read a book on Ecuador to her class, since they learned that one of their classmates was going to be moving back to his country of Ecuador …”

Victoria:  A Changing City by Tom Gray, Victoria Building Official.  “During my seven-plus year tenure with the City of Victoria, we have built a field house, a water treatment plant, water booster station, and expanded the fire station …”

20 Years Ago the Gazette featured Lillian Kemkes, a resident at Lake Auburn Home for the Aged in Victoria, who is celebrating her 100th birthday …”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured photos and story from the past year “Through the Looking Glass.”

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