From Our House to Yours by Sue Orsen.  "It's that wonderful time of the year when our hearts open wider than normal.  This year, as my heart opened for this Christmas issue of the Gazette, my favorite recipes began pouring out, one after the other "  Click on Front Page.
To Grandmother's House by Thom Derr, Rough Rider.  "Oh, for the good old days when holiday travel was simple.  You know, "over the river and through the woods " and "The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh "
Many Blessings by Mayor Mary Thun, City of Victoria.  "A very good friend of my father's passed away Another good friend of mine has been diagnosed with cancer but all in all, I believe we have many blessings to count "
Open Letter to Congressmen by Mayor Mary Thun.  "The City of Victoria is very supportive and thankful for ongoing assistance with the tremendous congestion that we continue to face "
The Deadly Power of Radon by Gloria Linnertz, Waterloo, Illinois.  "Everyone's home needs to be tested for radon.  Schools, daycare centers, and nursing homes also need required testing  Radon is an invisible killer "
Ovid Northrop, R.I.P. by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  "I hope you knew Ovid Northrop.  " Whenever I was embroiled in some battle at Deer Run, Ovid would always send me notes to remind me to keep my chin up and to not let the battle get me down "
Victoria Lions Need Used Eyeglasses.  "The Victoria Lions has a collection box at KleinBank in Victoria.  You can crop them off anytime during business hours "
Living the Christmas Story by Ethel Ausink, Senior Citizens Repporter.  "I have just returned from a trip to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan with a group of 114 adventurous Americans.  There is a tremendous amount of history in these countries "
Arts, Academics, and Culture by Debi Ylitalo, Parent Coordinator at Victoria Elementary School.  "Our school year is off and sailing.  There's no slowing down.  Onward we go!  One of the fun things at Victoria Elementary School, since our maiden yeaer of 2005, is the Birthday Lunch with Principal Nancy Wittman "
Too Good to be True by Pastor Thomas Braun, Christ Victorious Lutheran Church.  "You've probably had one of those moments where you've encountered something that sounded just too good to be true, and it turned out to be anything but the truth "
Twenty Years Ago the Gazette featured Tony and Catherine Aretz in "No Time to be Old."
Ten Years Ago the Gazette featured Jerry and Jane Michel in "For Love, Not Money."

All is Calm by Tom Stumpf, Victoria Cowboy Correspondent.  "It can all get to be too much, to the point where some people consider January 2nd their favorite time of the year.  But, for goodness sake, have yourselves a merry little Christmas "
More Than Book Learning by Ron Holtmeier, Resident of Victoria.  "A few weeks ago I was asked if would be interested in talking to the first, second, and third graders at the Victoria Elementary School about the Victoria area, especially about Lake Auburn and Stieger Lake "
Counting Down to Christmas by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  "Without a doubt, Christmas and Easter were the best of the holidays invented for the kids o Victoria.  Santa, Brazil nuts, and snowflake sweaters reminded us it was Christmas "
California Dreaming   by Father Bob White, St. Victoria Catholic Church.  "More than twenty of us are crammed into the room, eyes glued to the wide screen TV.  This is college football at its best.  It's David and Goliath on the gridiron "
It Sneaks Up On Me by Pastor Frank Jones, Lake Auburn Moravian Church.  "It seems impossible that we are now getting ready for Christmas.  Should there not still be lawns to mow, flowers to tend, and a garden to deal with "
Victoria in the Right Place at the Right Time by Jim Paulsen, Victoria City Councilmember.  "We are making progress, albeit at a pace that is not at all to my liking.  We are dealing with some difficult issues that I am certain challenges every councilmember's patience "
So Listen Up Now Then by Tom Gray, Victoria Building Official.  "Class!  Class!  Please take your seats so we can get started on today's civics lesson.  Take careful notes.  This information will be on the final exam "
Maude at Bethlehem by Father Elstan Coghill, Pastor at 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 "
That Stocking Hat by Jenny Orsen in 1987.  "Starting in September I left for the school bus each morning with the feat of being attacked by a stocking hat and I could tell when that day was getting close because we started eating oatmeal for breakfast "
Turning of the Season by Dianne Rowse, Lowry Nature Center, Victoria.  "The longest night of this year, the Winter Solstice, is fast approaching, a time to recognize the darkness and prepare for the coming of the spring light and warmth "
Terry Wilhoit, 63, died Nov. 4.
Myrtle Falk, 90, died Nov. 7th.
Marian Gay, 88, died Nov. 10.
Harold Hesse, 84, Nov. 14.
Ovid Northrop, 95, Nov. 17.