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r Ill Nil- Christmas If Memories l! Edition Ronnie and the Everly Brothers' Christmas Curse By Kristal Sheets, However, my mother had a stashhave been engaged, had recently bro- Columnist of 45s she'd collected over the years, ken up with him. This was alluded to 77ranks for Christrnas and she dug them out of storage for again, perhaps in a whisper, and a Thank you for the love and happiness me later on the day I received my little sadly, after he arrived in his That's snowing down record player, less-than-sober condition. All arourM_. This meant I had a fair amount of Looking back, I'm sure everyone music to choose from. albeit of a was hoping that nobody would for- XTC, "Thanks for Christmas" rather limned style. Donna Farg~/s get and casually mention Ronnie's "Funny Face." Charley Pride's former girlfriend When I was a kid, if I were awake. "Kiss an Angel Good Morning." After we unwrapped our presents. I probably had the radio on. If the Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden."talk commenced among the guests. I radio was on. it was probably set to You get the idea: honky-tonk sat by the Christmas tree ptaying disc WMMN, an AM radio station in tunes, jockey and watching Ronnie's inter- Fairmont which played, in retrospect, Secreted among these country action with our grandmother, whom an amazing variety of music. I can hits of the 70s were a few chart- we called Danie. It was a classic ex- remember hearing"RhinestoneCow- toppers from the 60s, most notably changeofthe"knee-walkingdrunk v. boy" right after "Rapper's Delight," "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly Iong-suffering grandmother" variety. and this right after "Hotel Califor- Brothers. "I really love you. Danie. I do,' nia." For some reason, maybe the odd, Ronnie said for the fifth time. "You My big sister, during childhood, galumphing beat of the tune, I liked and Dee Dee (her husband), I really kept herself ,,ery concerned with this one enough to put it on the little do love you two." making sure my hands stayed off her plastic turntable of my record player Sitting stiffly with a mixed drink Partridge Family and Bay City Roll- more than once on Christmas Eve. in her hand, Danie said, "Yes, ersLPs. So when I got my first record That evening we had our familyRonald, you've told us already." player, at age eight or nine, my sister's over for a meat, for more gift open- Then, disgusted, she made for the not being around was upsetting for ing and for the obligatory holiday kitchen, which left Ronnie and me, several small, and two major, rea- drinking. My stepbrother Ronfiie just the two of us. I was playing, sons. showed up late, but that was no probably for the last time, theEverly Major reason number one: I nowsurprise. Ronnie was the kind of Brothers song had my own record player, and I guywhoalwayswaiteduntilChrist-I thanked Ronnie again for the wanted desperately to be able to mas Eve to shop Shaun Cassidy Scrapbook he'd tell her to stick her stupid record When there were no more storesbought me, but he was lost in player where the sun could not reach open, Ronnie had apparently stopped thought, staring at something on it. " by a bar and wrapped our gifts while the floor near me. He slowly raised Major reason number two: we drinking boilermakers. He arrived his hand and let one finger move were kind of poor? And I was lucky with many funnily wrapped pack- outward to point at my record enough to get the record player? ages, clearly five sheets to the wind player. Finding even a few actual records and smelling very much like a shot "That's me. Yep," he said, squeez- under the Christmas tree, as well, glassfullofwhiskeyinsideaglassof ing his eyes shut and shaking his seemed out of the question? beer. head. He continued in the mono- Since my sister had moved and I'd heard talk (the way children tone of a drunk about to pass out taken all her belongings, the record hear talk: by tip-toeing around and with Christmas lights twinkling all player seemed a pretty useless gift hiding behind doors) that Ronr~ie's around him. "Yep. That's me. to recel', e ~irlfriend Cathy, to whom he might Cattle's clown..," rlstmas reeh m o nw. ByS. John Whitehill, Legislature~ We told the story of the has asked us to visit with her to discuss Project Originator, Glenville network and the Committee how she can help spread wireless ac- CANA has invited us back to address a fuller cess across her state and our region. Happy Holiday, Glenville and body of representatives on January 21, Thank you, Glenville for being the Gilmer County from the Center for 2004. Maybe, ifitisappropriate, some pioneers. Appalachian Network Access. of the readers would like to join us on CANA is philanthropic; as votun- "I'is the season to hang ornaments that day in Charleston. teers, we give freely of our time and and mistletoe and not Canopy network Also, that same week, CANA at- expertise. There is no greater pay back access points and subscriber modules, tended'the inauguration of Delhi, New , than to be able to work with people But, wireless Santa is coming to town York's community network. Delhi is such as you. We know that this work and as soon as the weather permiLs, the like Glenvill , arural community with isgoing tomakeabigdifference.There system will be strung up like Christ- a state college and a commitment to maybeindividualsinyourcommunity mas lights shedding good fortune to create a bright future. Delhi's wireless "who out of ignorance or self-interest all. -- canopy network is also sponsored by say that Glenville doesn't need modern Glenville has been in CANA's greet- the good people of the Appalachian telecommunications. The future will ings to all. Two weeks ago, we went RegionalCommission. SenatorHilary prove them wrong. with Larry Baker and Neil Benson. two Clinton, friend of the ARC and cham- High speed internet access is one of wise men, to address the Committee on pion of rural telecommunication, offi- the best presents in Santa's bag. That, Technology of the West Virginia State cially flipped the Delhi switch. She plus good health and family. I i,,i Life-styles---The Christmas Section & Other News Glenville Democrat lenville er IGlen ville Rotary- Woman's Club ChristmasParty1 READY TO SERVE --- Martha (Mrs. Charlie) Harold (far right), of Glenville, gets ready to go through the dinner line at the Gilmer County Senior Center where the Glenville Rotary and Glenville Woman's Club had their combined Annual Ch ristmas Party on December 8. The festive occasion was attended by approximately 30 guests representing both local clubs. Senior Center Executive Director Mar,/Oldaker (second from right, behind counter) and her cheerful kitchen crew were well prepared to serve the crowd that evening. (staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) GOING TO THE TABLE --- Annie (Mrs. Jerry) Glover (far left), of Glenville, is taking her meal to a colorful table of friends for the holiday dinner. Coming after her through the line was Mrs. Charlotte Shaffner and Paul Hartmann. Letters to Santa Dear My name is Whitney and I am 5 years old. My teacher is helping me write this letter at Normantown Elementary. I have been very good (or at least I have tried to be)! Please bring me a walkie talkie dog, doll baby and a barbie doll for Christmas. Also, please bring a walkie talkie dog for my sister. Thank you for all the good you do. Love, Whitney Dear Santa, My name is Kala and I am 4 years old. My teacher is helping me write this letter at Normantown Elementaa-y. I have been very good (or at least I have tried to be)! Please bring me a doll baby, new bike and a teddy bear for Christmas. Also, please bring a Spiderman toy for my brother. Thank you for all the good you do. Love, Kala HAPPY HOLIDAYS -- Enjoying the Christmas spirit are the people at this table at the Rotary-Woman's Club Christmas Dinner and Party: (from left to right) Clark and Helen James, Lenita Reale, Fran Schmetzer and John Bennett. Helen comments that she can usually really get into the Christmas spirit because her birthday is also on December 25, making the holiday a doubly festive time for her. Dear Santa, My name is David and f am 4 years old. My teacher is helping me write this letter at Normantown Elementary. I have been very good (or at least I have tried to be)! Please bring me a bear for Christmas. Also, please bring a Power Ranger for me. Thank you for all the good you do. Love, David i ! +,, Happy " Holidays z ,'ondorfui Our prescription i.or :' l "qv,ersl great holiday ioy, !ova,