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During this season of the year our thoughts often turn to the coming new year and all that it might hold for us. While we can only hope for the traditional new year wishes of health, peace and prosperity, we can look back to reflect on the year which is now ending.

A new year is upon us – 2020. For those of us baby boomers who grew up in the 1960s, the year 2020 seemed so very far away back then.

When people gather around the Christmas tree to open their gifts, too many times they look only at the gifts that are under the tree, and not the gifts that are around the tree.

Christmas is upon us and before the new year arrives we are taking a look back through the year at some of the stories that graced our news pages this year.

Christmas is less than a week away, and has been our tradition, we will once again be publishing “Dear Santa” letters in this week’s edition. While they came from several sources including the local elementary school, some were shared by jolly old St. Nick himself.

We are now between Thanksgiving, the day we give thanks for our many blessings, and Christmas, a time when we celebrate the greatest gift ever given. These seasons also bring other gifts for which we give thanks.