Grand River Roundup

Another week of warm fall weather, but the wind on Wednesday was horrible. I’m writing this really early because of the Christmas holiday so I’ll have to fill you in about the Christmas celebrations next week.

BETTY OLSON
Guest Columnist

  Last Saturday, December 15, was a busy day in Buffalo. Amanda went over that morning for the Merry Prairie Christmas at the Civic Center and Taz and Casey and Missy went in for the festivities that evening. There was a movie at the old gym and a dance at the HC REC center that night. Pennee Clanton also had her Grand Opening of Quilt Connection 2 that day. December 15 was also Copper and Great Grandpa Reub’s birthdays, so Amanda and Taz had a birthday party for them on Sunday after church. Copper turned two and I won’t tell you how old Reub is, but there is a reason his hair is white.

  Sunday was a really busy day. The bridal shower for Rosie Douglas, bride-elect of Ty Hotchkiss was that afternoon at the church, so I was a little late for the birthday party. The Beckman Memorial Church in Prairie City held their Sunday School Christmas program that evening and I ran into another deer on the way down there, smashing the headlight, front fender and the door on the driver’s side and damaging the hood and grill. I’m pretty sure the deer is dead though. Wyatt Sabo came to take pictures of the car for the accident report and the adjuster came on Wednesday.

  I had a good visit this week with Stephanie Rissler from SD Public Broadcasting about the vanished town documentary they made in Harding and Perkins Counties. Because of all the political stuff Stephanie had to cover this fall the documentary has been moved to August 2019 instead of after Christmas as originally planned. They are looking at having a 30 minute screening of part of the film taken in this area and if they can do that, it will be shown at the Reva Hall in either February or March. Stephanie was very impressed with her interview with the mayor of Harding Steve Hight for the documentary that she did a little later in Spearfish. She also said that the most beautiful scenery they filmed in the state was taken in Harding and Perkins Counties. If they get something set up for here, Stephanie will let me know and I’ll spread the word to all of you.

  We live in a very “politically correct” time and since we have to be very careful how we word things, I’ll leave you with this:   

  To All My Liberal Friends:

  Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of  the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2019, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.

   To My Conservative Friends:

   Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019.