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Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Christmas

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 17th, 2020
Christmas is a time that you expect to see twinkling lights and Christmas displays in the yards around town. When pulling into town, or any town for that matter, the street lights are decorated with wreaths or garland or in Vinton snowflakes.When you turn on the radio you hear Christmas music from every genre of music country, gospel, and rock.

Add a Wine and Cheese platter and help your brain

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 17th, 2020
According to a recent study, cheese is good for you. Pair it with some red wine and you are improving your cognitive skills. "Cognitive skills are the skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. They take incoming information and move it into the bank of knowledge you use every day at school, at work, and in life.

COVID, Computers, Connections and Council

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 15th, 2020
"It's time to watch the City Council in session," the reminder on my phone said. "Perfect!""Your connection is unstable," my computer said, over, and over. Then Zoom appeared and disappeared. However, from the bits and pieces that I COULD hear and see, from my connection on satellite, it sounded like the City Council had indeed been enjoying that Christmas Eggnog.

May all your Christmases be...well, better than 2020

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 15th, 2020
I have to admit, after this year, I think I feel a bit more Grinch-ish than normal. I am so tired of hearing, mask up, socially distance or how I could kill Grandma before she gets run over by a reindeer if I don't wear a mask! (Now I'm not debating the should or shouldn'ts of any of that, but seriously, we're all weary)However, NOW is the time to make the day of those that serve us year around a bit brighter.

7 Years, and one day

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 9th, 2020
I was reminded by relatives via Facebook that I'd lost my dad 7 years ago, yesterday. But really, I'd lost him about 5 or 6 years before when he went into a care center. He was a man's man. Not a wuss, and not afraid of anything, except blood. At the sight of blood, well, he'd hit the floor. The very idea makes me chuckle.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you

By Vinton Today · December 7th, 2020
To the Editor, The Family of Evelyn Bland sincerely thanks our dear family and friends for the kind words and the expressions of sympathy and comfort after the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.  She will forever be in our hearts. 

What day is it again?

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 4th, 2020
COVID messes with everything. Especially the calendar. I needed to get my car fixed as well as cover a photo op on the same day. I looked at my calendar, got the car ready, told the mechanic where it would be for pick up and prepared for the rest of my day. I had to get the bills ready to deliver this week, something I don't normally do anymore because of time.

Letter to the Editor: The Electoral College

By Vinton Today · December 4th, 2020
The debate has started again as to whether the US Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process. Some promote eliminating the Electoral College in favor of a direct popular vote for president while others believe the Electoral College should remainunchanged. Just as compromise solved the initial problems of the framers so it is that compromise can solve this problem.

Letter to the Editor: Heroes Among Us

By Vinton Today · December 3rd, 2020
Heroes Among UsSeveral months ago I wrote a public pulse about the “angels among us” who work in nursing homes and care centers. I want to recognize another group of selfless people who are always willing to help. When the funeral home or the police department or the ambulance service need extra equipment, muscle or extra hands, who you gonna call? Not ghost busters.

Tolochko and Margo Tie the Knot

By Valerie Close, Editor · December 3rd, 2020
Face it. We're living in a world that is sometimes just crazy. I know, I know, it's not politically correct to say that something someone does, that you wouldn't do is crazy, but face it. There are just crazy people out there. Let's talk about Tolochko. He is a bodybuilder from Kazakhstan. I don't know a lot about Kazakhstan, nor do I really care to.

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