December 2016

The Spirit of Christmas

Down the hill we go I had started a new job in September, 1976, and while there was a Christmas tree in the recreation area for the residents, there didn’t appear to be one in the administrative offices. Since my dad had a farm, he always kept an eye out for the perfect tree for […]


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The Spirit of Christmas

Down the hill we go I had started a new job in September, 1976, and while there was a Christmas tree in the recreation area for the residents, there didn’t appear to be one in the administrative offices. Since my dad had a farm, he always kept an eye out for the perfect tree for […]

The search for the perfect tree

Whenever I think about the annual search for a perfect Christmas tree, the image from Christmas Vacation of the Griswold family heading out into the country in their station wagon, while Clark and Ellen sing Christmas carols, always comes to mind. Clark says, “We’re kicking off our fun old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out into […]

White triumphs in Women’s National Hot Air Balloon Championship

Cheri White, general manager of Illinois-based Cooperative Balloon Associates, LLC (CBA), won the U.S. Women’s National Hot Air Balloon Championship title during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM in October. White, who hails from Austin, Tex., has held the title since she won the first national women’s championship 17 years ago. White is […]

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