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A Point of View: Season’s greetings to all

SPRINGVILLE — I want to wish you a happy new year! Also, I extend grateful appreciation to so many of my readers for their outpouring of thoughtful comments received, during the 9 1/2 years that this column has been in print.

Your generous words, thoughtful ideas and warm holiday greetings meant much to me.

The following holiday thoughts are tempered by my background. I was brought up during the Great Depression in the 1930s, in the rural, farm hills of Western New York.

We did not have much material abundance, but what was liberal was the sharing of friendly greetings with and for one another. Hand-me-downs were common gifts. We were taught that the warmth of a greeting and the kindness of a good deed were the most important gifts of all.

Today, the frigid winds are moderated by the warmth of peoples’ hearts. This is a season to rejoice, to renew contacts with friends and to bring joy to those who are in need of friendship.

We need to remember those people who are lonely, this time of year. Most of us, if not all, have experienced the joyous ups and the lonely downs. We know the joy which comes from giving and the need to receive a friendly genuine human touch. We know the pleasure of helping to fulfill the cherished needs of others, as others have so kindly done for us.

And so, from my heart to your home, “Good friends are like stars.You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” Greetings, friends and neighbors everywhere. Happy new year and holiday greetings to all.
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