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Happy New Year Auburn and surrounding area. It came roaring in with a blast of arctic air. The twelth day of Christmas has past and we are now marching into the year 2014. Hope it is a happy, healthy, and prosperous year for one and all.

Some of us, myself included welcomed in the New Year with friends, beginning with food, a most unusual dinner menu. The host and hostess somehow discovered the favorite dishes of their invited guest and planned a meal around those. There were raw oysters and scalloped oysters, tomato aspic, peel and eat shrimp and Cajun shrimp over rice, corn beef to die for, a huge Waldorf salad and a smoked cheese ball. One person’s favorite food was scrambled eggs and fried potatoes, and she was served them, as well as rolls and side dishes.

Following dinner we played the parlor game Pictionary taking a dessert break between games. Great fun and a good way to usher in the New Year.

The Hughes, Ray and Delaine held their annual New Year’s Day brunch for numerous friends and family.

The Senior Center is up and running again after the holidays. It’s nice to see a few brave souls venturing out in the cold, those whose car doors have thawed enough to open.

Director April Pawley is back from maternity leave and list the following events to get 2014 off to a good start.

Yesterday, Thursday, crafting began with making a dry erase message board with a picture frame from home, and dominoes beginning at 11 a.m.

The regular schedule will be maintained throughout the month, including puzzles and couponing on Mondays, Bingo and potluck lunch on Wednesdays, corn hole and movies and popcorn in front of the fireplace wing are on Fridays.

Still in progress are arrangements for the exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As of this writing plans had not been finalized. Also, the band Old Habits had suggested Friday night Jan. 17 for a winter dance. This too, has not been finalized.

If you do not care to participate in the above activities but are getting cabin fever, just come up, get a cup of coffee, sit around the fire and visit.

Auburn natives enjoying Florida sunshine are the Brownings as usual this time of year. Terry Blythe has taken a few days off and Federal Grove is closed for a winter respite, while she soaks up the Florida warmth. Will let you know when she reopens.

The following are recuperating from either accidents or illness. Rosa Catherine Hughes from a freak fall, Carrie Rowe, bronchitis, and Jenny Stratton, the flu. The flu season seems to have hit hard this year. So avoid crowds and if ill, stay home. If going out for any reason be sure and layer your clothing. Cover as much skin as possible. With these low temperatures frostbite will begin in a very few minutes.

So sorry we will no longer be greeted by the special smile and sparkling eyes of Evelyn Jernigan. What a lady, she is already missed.

For my Adairville friends just heard that Kevin Ellis, son of Faye Joyce died suddenly on Monday in Knoxville, Tenn. Cause of death us unknown at present. Please keep Faye in your thoughts and prayers, along with my other buds, Imogene and Jacque.

Farewell to Nannette King. She fought the good fight and was always willing to give of herself toward the welfare of the community.

Have a blessed day everyone!

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