Christmas Gift Ideas for the Gardener

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent: Christmas day is almost here and if you have a gardener on your shopping list, here are some gift ideas that might help you out and best of all, most suggestions can be found locally, so you still have time to get them before the big day. Gardeners can never have enough books.  Make sure it is written for our area and it is educational, not one just trying to sell items.  A magazine subscription also falls in this category. Many gardeners are excellent…

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Shop and help Tri State Railroaders for Free!

If you currently shop (or plan to start) at Amazon.com you can financially assist this organization in a very painless way (meaning at no cost to you). Amazon will donate .5% (that’s one-half of one percent) of the value of your purchases to Tri-State Model Railroaders if you will do the following: 1. Go to any Amazon website and register. (Skip this step if you are already registered at any Amazon website). 2. The next time you shop, go to www.smile.amazon.com and you will be asked to enter a non-profit…

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Service of the Longest Night

On Wednesday, December 21, First United Methodist Church, Copperhill, will offer a Service of the Longest Night.  Sometimes called Blue Christmas, this service has a long tradition related to the date of Christmas itself. No one knows the exact date of Jesus’ birth.  Only the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke contain stories related to his birth and childhood.  The Gospel according to John, tells us that Jesus was with God, was God in the very beginning when life began. The earliest dates of Christmas celebrations were January 6 and…

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Great Holiday Gifts for Hunters and Outdoor Enthusiasts

(StatePoint) Will you be shopping for any hunters or outdoor enthusiasts this holiday season? Thoughtful, useful gifts will be well-appreciated.“When it comes to hunters, think lightweight and packable,” says Louis Chalfant, director of product development at Smith’s Consumer Products. Here are a few ideas to consider: Sharpen their Game Those who hunt, fish and go on outdoor expeditions know just how important it is to keep tools sharp. You can hone gamesmanship with essential gear like a knife sharpener. For instance, a versatile tool like the Jiffy-Pro Handheld Sharpener is…

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