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The Adams County Record Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Page 7 Cambridge Senior Chatter by ]anice Vuich Cawyer 257-3358 I'm sitting here in shock this morning. As I .tried to walk on the ice covered pavement it occurred to me that I should get studded tires for my new "old" car I called Les Schwab for a quote and was told that a set of studded tires and rims would be about $1390 out the door. I think I will be driving my old "old "car in the worst of the weather ahead. [ had no idea that tires and rims for a Subaru Forester would be so expensive. It's just another of life's unexpected surprises. The last Wednesday in December is the date we hold elections here at the center, except that this year we will hold elections the week before, on Wednesday December 19th, as the center will be closed on the 26th for our Christmas holiday. We have three positions open on the board and three people running for those positions. They are, Charlie Caruso, Paul Radasch and Beth Bramble. I will be making the ballots today, with a space for a write in candidate as well. It's important that we have as many voting members present on the 19th as possible to ensure a quorum is present. Please mark your calendars. Plan on joining us for dinner that day and take part in electing your board members for the coming year. This month's pantry will be on Thursday, December 27th. Peg Tiedemann, who was in charge, had to resign her position due to health issues in her family. Thank you Peg, for all your efforts at keeping our pantry runrilng smoothly these past months. Pam Carpenter, of*- Midvale has agreed to step m and run things starting m January. Until then I will have to be in charge. We do have a problem this month as the delivery is scheduled for Wednesday December 26th and the center is closed that day. I will be here at 9:30 AM, and if any others of you can come and help unload the truck it will be much appreciated. I've been racking my brain for the past few minutes and I can't think of anything else that needs to be said this week. Until next time I hope you are well and happy. Continued from frontpage start-talking about, where we go from hi, re" They want the state to know that if they are looking for participation in forming a plan to move forward with school funding, there are people ready to work on it. The district has been looking for someone to improve and maintain their web site. Barb Dixon and Ray Stoker have volunteered to work on this. This week was the final week of instruction at the schools. Next week will be finals for the semester. A survey soliciting parent and student feedback "on school issues, including how the four-day week is working, is almost ready and will be distributed soon. A staff survey is also being developed. Local TEA Party leader, Ania Van Grunsven has been talking to Superintendent Dalgleish about problems she sees with the government textbook that he is using for his American Government classes. She claims the Magruder's American Government textbook is slanted and "full of lies." This textbook has been in use since 1917 and is the only state adopted textbook that is 100% aligned to state standards. Van Grunsven has asked to help Dalgleish teach the classes so that it is done correctly. Dalgleish said he is .open to some form of community involvement in the class, adding: "I will not, and never have, let my class get political. I am very leery of where this might end up. Should we let anyone come in and challenge our curriculum? My fear is that this may create a precedent. At the same time I want to be accommodating and feel that community involvement is important. It has,, potential to be productive if done in a nonpartisan way. I will agree to try this once (I wilt build the lesson and it will be tied to the curriculum) and see how it goesY A representative from Roman Roofs performed an annual inspection of "the High School's roof recently. The east part of the roof that was redone two years ago is in fine shape, but the gym roof has serious deficiencies. The inspector spent the entire day examining the roof and patching over 100 spots. The roof needs to be replaced as soon as possible, and Dalgleish emphasized that money needs to be put aside now to build a fund toward this. The district has already put aside $30,000, which Dalgleish estimates is only about 15% of what it is going to cost ($175,000 to $200,000). Elementary School Principal Bonne Thompson reported that Becky Clark, an occupational therapist from Vale, came to the school on Friday and conducted professional development instruction for the teachers and aids. The school does not currently have an occupational therapist, although it is looking for one. Thompson said the instruction "was amazing," adding, "it was one of the best professional developments we have had for a long time7 Teachers have already started using the strategies Clark showed them. Much of the instruction involved getting students focused and ready to learn. For instance, when Pastor's Corner "Veiled In Flesh The Godhead See" qp. by Wayne Freedman Does this phrase sound familiar? It might since it comes from the Christmas carol "IAark The Herald Angels Sing." But what does it mean, not just the words, but what does it mean to us? "Veiled" carries with it a sense of mystery, of concealed beauty or meaning. Just as every baby when it is born disguises the adult potential that the parents can't wait to unveil, so the hymn writer invites us to look beyond the tiny features and view the majesty of deity. That's why the message of Christmas is so unique. On one hand if you're like a Buddhist or Hindu, you might say that God is in everything. You make Him so common that there's no one special to look for behind the veil of flesh, There is no God to see or no reality to experience beyond what we can see or touch. On the other hand, you might think that God is so transcendent over all things, like Islam and Judaism, that His hiding behind the flesh of an infant is impossible. He is so big, so "out there" that He is unknowable and unapproachable. But here is where~ considering Christmas is so unique. It doesn't say the incarnation (God veiled in flesh) is normal, but it doesn't say it's impossible either. It says God is so personal that it is possible, but He is so incredible that the birth of God in the person of Jesus Christ is a history-altering, life-transforming event. If the all powerful God stepped out Of eternity and humbled Himself to the extent that He was willing to be "veiled in flesh" as an infant so we could not only unwrap Him but have a personal relationship with Him, then this Christmas Gift is the best One we could ever unwrap. This experience of personally unwrapping Christ is maybe best described in the lyrics of another song, He's Everything To Me: In the stars His handiwork I see, On the wind He speaks with majesty. Sure He ruleth over land and sea, What is that to me? I will celebrate Nativity, For it has a place in history, Sure He came to set His people free, What is that to me? Til by faith I met Him face to face, And I felt the wonder of His grace, Then I knew that He was more than just a God Who didn't care, Who lived away up there, And now He walks beside me day by day, Ever watching o'er me lest I stray, Helping me to find that narrow way, He'S Everything To Me! Correction Last week's Pastor's Corner article about Christmas Lights was incorrectly attributed to Les Sheneberger. It was actually written by Wayne Freedman. kids come in from recess, their attention is scattered. Certain physical and mental activities help them settle down and focus on the work they need to do. The teachers have said that the instruction was very worthwhile. In a written report, Athletic DirectorDave Howe said the girls' basketball coach,Rodd Baxter is doing a great job and" the girls are doing very well. The Meadows Valley JV girls team canceled the rest of the team's season. There have been a number of canceled games by other teams as well, and it has been a challenge to readjust the schedule. The football schedule for next year is done, and there are 0nly eight scheduled games at present. The highlight of the season will be going to Moscow to play in the Kibbie Dome against Troy on September 6. The volleyball schedule is shaping up and should be done in January. The board approved the districts Wellness policy revision. It was mentioned that the federal regulators have changed the protein and carbohydrate requirements for school meals in response to complaints. A discussion followed about how complex the cook's job is now. An analysis has to be done on each meal to show that requirements have been. met. Bonnie Thompson said, "It is amazing the amount of paperwork she has to do, and the figuring and the recipe development and the conversions. It's crazy." Dalgleish added, "She has to prove to the state that there are these many calories, this much weight, and measurements on everything. She has to break it down for different age groups:' Requirements are broken into 4 grade levels: grades 1-3, grades 4-6, Junior High and High School. Thompson and Dalgleish agreed that the paperwork is ridiculous, but that's what is required to get the federal funding they need for the meals, so there is little choice. Thompson said the school has received five applications for the Special Education Aide position. The board authorized Dalgleish and Thompson to hire the applicant they decide is best. Council Valley Free Libra +ry Book Shelf New Books at the Council Library Adult Fiction My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr The Black Box by Michael Connelly Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich An Outlaw's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller City of Whispers by Marcia Muller Looking for Yesterday by Marcia Muller Merry Christmas Alex Cross by James Patterson The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts A Dublin Student Doctor by Patrick Taylor where Azaleas Bloom by Sherryl Woods Non-fiction Go West by C. J. Hadley Windows Vista by Shelly O'Hara Braid Designs by Jaclyn d'Arcy Juvenile fiction The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare