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A life-sized nativity scene displayed at the home of Arnold and Marie Blessinger in Holland. The display was built more than 50 years ago by Arnold’s father, Gilbert Blessinger. Arnold said he has fond memories of helping to put up the display each year since he was a child.

Churches plan Christmas services Churches in Dubois County and the surrounding area are planning special services in observance of Christmas. The Herald invited more than 50 of them to list their services in this edition. Those who responded are:

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ST. JOHN LUTHERAN Dubois Crossroads Rev. Mary Poston, pastor The Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Communion will be celebrated. Christmas Day worship service will start at 10 a.m. Communion will be celebrated both days. New Year’s Eve Mass will begin at 10 a.m.

NEW HOPE GENERAL BAPTIST Harold Bayer, pastor Regular worship services will be held at 10 a.m. Sundays, Dec. 24 and 31.

Bretzville ST. JOHN UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Dan Sergesketter, lay pastor A Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will start at 6 p.m.

Dale DALE PRESBYTERIAN Rev. Martha Friz-Langer, pastor A Christmas Eve candlelight worship service with the Hispanic congregation will be held at 5 p.m. CST. DALE UNITED METHODIST Mike Turner, pastor A dinner and concert with

ST. PETER UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST John Sterrrett, pastor A worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, with a children’s Christmas program. A worship service with carols and stories will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. A candlelight service starts at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.

tion Church in Ferdinand will begin at 9:30 p.m. with a carol service. Mass will follow immediately. Refreshments will be served in the monastery dining room after Mass. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in the monastery church. The Christmas lights display adorning Grotto Hill on the monastery grounds will be lit nightly through Jan. 7. Guided tours of Monastery Immaculate Conception are regularly given Tuesday through Friday at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Guided tours will not be given from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Self-guided tour booklets will be available from the receptionist during that time period. The Monastery Gift Shop, located on the north side of the monastery event hall, is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The gift shop will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1. The gift shop carries monastery baked goods, including the traditional Springerle cookies and the popular Hildegard cookies.



MONASTERY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Christmas Eve services at Monastery Immaculate Concep-

ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC Fr. Anthony Vinson, OSB, pastor Christmas Eve midnight Mass


will be celebrated at midnight CST. Mass on New Year’s Eve will begin at 4 p.m. CST. New Year’s Day Mass starts at 7:30 a.m. CST.

preaching. New Year’s Eve worship service is at 9 a.m.


AUGUSTANA UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Debbie Roe, pastor The annual Christmas program will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The program title is “A Christmas Letter to the Son.” Augustana and St. Paul United Churches of Christ will have a combined Christmas Day worship service at 9:30 a.m. at Augustana United Church of Christ. Communion will be celebrated. The New Year’s Eve worship service will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ.

CHRIST LUTHERAN Rev. Tim Kraemer, pastor Sunday school will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. The Christmas program will start at 10 a.m. A Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will be held at 7 p.m. The Christmas Day worship service (with St. Paul Lutheran Church) starts at 10 a.m. Communion will be celebrated. Rev. Timothy Holt of St. Paul Lutheran Church is the preacher. ST. PAUL LUTHERAN Rev. Timothy Holt, pastor Worship service on Sunday, Dec. 17, begins at 9 a.m. A Christmas cookie walk will be held from 10:15 a.m. to noon. The chancel choir will practice at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. The children’s Christmas program will be presented at 9 a.m. A Christmas Eve candelight worship service starts at 6 p.m. Christmas Day worship service will be a joint service held at 10 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Timothy Holt


HOLLAND UNITED METHODIST Rev. Keith Chanley, pastor The annual Christmas program will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. The children, youth and adults will be sharing their excitement about the birth of Jesus through the play “’Twas the Evening of Christmas.” The choirs will present “Sounds of Christmas.” The program will conclude with a candlelight service. All are invited to attend. A Christmas morning worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Please turn to Page 2




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ST. JAMES LUTHERAN David Darling, pastor Sunday school will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Communion will be celebrated during the 10 a.m. worship service. A Christmas Eve program will be featured at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. Christmas Day worship service starts at 10 a.m. Communion will be celebrated. Sunday school will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. Worship service will start 10 a.m. ST. PAUL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Debbie Roe, pastor A Christmas program will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Singing Seniors and a children’s number will be featured. St. Paul and Augustana United Churches of Christ will have a combined Christmas Day worship service at 9:30 a.m. at Augustana United Church of Christ. Communion will be celebrated. The New Year’s Eve worship service will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ.


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CENTRAL CHRISTIAN Paul Newland, senior minister Craig Taylor, associate minister Christmas Eve candlelight worship services will start at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Communinon will be celebrated at both worship services. The regular worship service on New Year’s Eve will be celebrated at 10 a.m. CHRIST COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP Jan “Jay Miller, pastor On Friday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., singer Judith Montgomery and family will give a Christmas concert at Christ Community Fellowship in Huntingburg, 302 S. Geiger. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. HUNTINGBURG UNITED METHODIST Rev. Lee Campbell, pastor Logananne McCullough, associate pastor Morning worship service will be held at 9 am. Sunday, Dec. 24. There is no Sunday school. A Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Another candlelight service will start at 11 p.m. at Maple Grove Campground Church, 6685 S. 585W, Huntingburg. A worship service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. There is no Sunday school. ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC Fr. Ryan Hilderbrand, pastor Christmas Eve Masses are at 4, 6 and 10 p.m. Christmas Day Mass starts at 8 a.m. SALEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Mark West, pastor A birthday party for Jesus is planned for 9 a.m. Christmas Eve. A worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Christmas Eve. The Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will be celebrated at 9:30 p.m.

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A Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will begin at 8 p.m. ST. JOHN LUTHERAN Boone Township Catherine Burnette, pastor A Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will start at 4 p.m. Special music will be featured, beginning at 3:45 p.m. ST. MARY CATHOLIC Fr. Joseph F. Erbacher, pastor John Huether, deacon Private confessions will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 16 and 23. A parish penance service will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Christmas Eve Masses are planned for 4, 6 and 9 p.m. Christmas Day Masses are at 7 and 10 a.m. New Year’s Day Mass is at 8 a.m.



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CATHEDRAL HEALTH CARE CENTER Fr. Timothy Tenbarge will hold Mass at 4 p.m. Dec. 23 and 30. Fr. Angelo Quadrini will hold Mass at 9 a.m. Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Fr. Angelo will hold Mass at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 20 to Jan. 3. A holiday reception is planned for Fr. Angelo at Cathedral Health Care Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 28. The public is welcome to attend. JASPER APOSTOLIC Rev. Howard Geck, pastor A Christmas program will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Jasper Christian Academy, 231 Hillside Drive. A candlelight worship service will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. Christmas Eve worship service is at noon. All services will be Jasper Christian Academy, 231 Hillside Drive. CROSSPOINT FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST Rev. David King, pastor Rev. Dennis Dale, assistant pastor Christmas breakfast will be served Sunday, Dec. 18, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to eat the food and take part in fellowship before the children’s Christmas program. This free breakfast is open to the entire community and the parish would love to have all its neighbors, friends and family join in. The CrossPoint Choir, led by Wayne Roberts, will be performing the Christmas special, “Christmas is in the Heart,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. For both the young and the young at heart, Christmas is truly a time like no other. Each year it offers the opportunity to look deeper — beyond the stockings, the snowmen and the tinsel — and it bids everyone to come and follow the star of Bethlehem as it leads to the Light of the World. It invites everyone to bow their hearts as they draw near the manger to worship the newborn King. Christmas is all around. The fullness of joy that people find in the presence of Jesus can be theirs, not just for a day in December but every day of the year. The peace found in Christ doesn’t fade when the season departs — not if Christmas is truly in the heart. Christmas caroling will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to join in as carolers go to local assisted-living facilities and select homes and share the good news of Jesus’ birth by singing Christmas carols. Fill the halls with the sounds of joyous voices. Carolers will leave the parking lot of

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HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC Fr. John Boeglin, pastor Michael Helfter, deacon David McDaniel, deacon A children’s Mass, which will be broadcast live on WBDC 100.09, will begin at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. The program on the celebration of Jesus’ birth will be presented by the children with music provided by the children’s choir. Midnight Mass will start at 11 p.m. The choir will sing and lead Christmas carols 30 minutes before Mass. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Music will be led by the combined guitar groups. New Year’s Eve Mass will begin at 5 p.m. Mass on New Year’s Day starts at 9 a.m. PRECIOUS BLOOD Rev. Adongo Crispine, administrator Jerry Gagne, deacon Regular Saturday evening Mass will start at 4 p.m. Regular Sunday morning Masses are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. A children’s Christmas Eve Mass, with children in the Holy Trinity Catholic School Youth Choir leading the music, will be held at 4 p.m. Special prelude music and carols will be sung and played beginning at 3:30 p.m. Another Christmas Eve Mass will begin at 10 p.m. The Precious Blood Adult Choir, under the direction of Ann Nagy and accompanied by Jane Persohn, will lead the assembly in song as well as sing inspirational Christmas choral selections. Preludes will begin at 9:30 p.m. followed by the proclamation of Christ’s birth and procession to the crib for the blessing as the choir leads its traditional “Adeste Fidelis” or “Come All Ye Faithful.” Piano, organ, drums, flute and bell kit will add variety to the accompaniments. Christmas Day Mass, which is at 9 a.m., will be led by a trio of cantors including Morgan and Danna Decker and Brad Tretter. They will be accompanied by Glen Schepers on guitar and Jane Persohn on piano. A prelude of traditional Christmas carols will begin at 8:45 a.m. A regular Saturday evening Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Regular Sunday Masses are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve Mass begins at 5 p.m. A special musical ensemble and instruments will be featured. Mass on New Year’s Day starts at 9 a.m.

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TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Rev. Jane Hillman, pastor No matter who or where people are on their life journey, they are welcome to celebrate Christmas Eve worship with Trinity UCC. The church will gather to reflect upon the meaning of the birth of Jesus at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Both of its services are family friendly; kids and youth are an important part of its celebration. The church is celebrating communion at both services. The communion table is open to all; together we shall share the bread and wine as a symbol of Christ’s love. On Christmas Eve morning, attendees can start their day by pondering a special message from the heart of Mary, Mother of Jesus. The joy of young disciples portraying the nativity story will bring a smile and the hope of love to all. The music will fill everyone with the Christmas spirit, allowing them to spread the Christmas joy the remainder their day and throughout the holiday season. The candlelight worship service begins at 9 p.m. with preservice music starting at 8:50 p.m. Sharing in song, Word and prayer, the service includes flickering candles leading to the joyous bright light of the birth of Jesus. Music will be shared by the chime, adult and children’s choirs. There will be a special time with children as they explore the “Colors of Christmas.” The story of the birth of Christ will be read from the Gospel of Luke, with reflections by Pastor Jane. Following Communion, “Silent Night” will be sung by candlelight. The worship will conclude with announcing the Good News as “Joy to the World” is sung. Trinity UCC is located in downtown at the corner of Eighth and Clay St. (310 W. Eighth St.). The church has two main parking areas with street parking available. The church is handicapped accessible. The church is a diverse community; people can expect to see people dressed in everything from blue jeans to suits and ties; even some with bells. People can wear whatever makes them comfortable and join i for a joyous Christmas Eve celebration. VICTORY TEMPLE ASSEMBLY OF GOD Joel Rivera, pastor An Emoji Christmas program will be presented at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 6 p.m.


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Meinrad Archabbey as they celebrate Christmas in the Archabbey Church. Vigils will begin at 7 p.m. CST Christmas Eve. Mass will be celebrated at 10 p.m. CST. Christmas Day Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. Mass is celebrated each day in the Archabbey Church at 7:30 a.m. CST Monday through Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. CST Sunday and feast days. However, during the Christmas season, Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. CST Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 26 and 27. Mass on New Year’s Day will begin at 9:30 a.m. CST. The Archabbey Library will be closed Dec. 23 through 26 and Dec. 30 and Jan. 1. The Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop will be closed Dec. 24 through 26 and Jan. 1. The Scholar Shop will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1.



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ST. MEINRAD CATHOLIC St. Anthony Vinson, OSB, pastor Christmas Eve Masses are at 3:30 and 10 p.m. CST. Christmas hymns and carols will begin 30 minutes before Masses.

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ST. PETER LUTHERAN Rev. Edwin Wicks, pastor The children’s Christmas program is at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. A candlelight Christmas Eve worship service is at 7:30 p.m. Communion will be celebrated.

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ZOAR UNITED METHODIST Rev. Keith Chanley, pastor A “Blue Christmas” service of reflection, remembrance and healing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Those looking for comfort, hope, wholeness and renewal are invited to come for a time of quiet reflection and meaningful words and music. The annual Christmas Eve program is at 7 p.m. The children and youth of the church will present “A Christmas to Believe In.” The evening will conclude with a Communion and candlelight service.

Christ the King Catholic Parish ST. FERDINAND CATHOLIC Fr. Jack Durchholz, pastor Deacon James King, pastoral asssociate Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Midnight Mass will begin at 11 p.m. The choir will sing at 10:30 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day starts at 10 a.m. New Year’s Day Mass begins at 9 a.m.


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ST. HENRY CATHOLIC Fr. Jack Durchholz, pastor Deacon James King, pastoral associate Christmas Eve Mass will start at 6 p.m. Christmas Day Mass begins at 7:30 a.m.


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SACRED HEART OF JESUS CATHOLIC Fr. Christopher Droste, pastor Charlie Johnson, deacon The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) — Vigil Mass begins at 4:30 p.m. The Nativity of the Lord — Mass at Dawn will begin at 7:30 a.m. ST. ANTHONY CATHOLIC Fr. Christopher Droste, pastor Charlie Johnson, deacon The Nativity of the Lord — Mass during the Night begins at 10 p.m. The Nativity of the Lord — Mass during the Day will begin at 10 a.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC (Dale) Fr. John Brosmer, pastor James Woebkenberg, deacon Christmas Eve Mass is at 4 p.m. CST. A bilingual Mass will be held at 10 p.m. CST. ST. NICHOLAS (Santa Claus) Fr. John Brosmer, pastor James Woebkenberg, deacon Christmas Eve Mass will start at 6 p.m. CST. MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS (Mariah Hill) Fr. John Brosmer, pastor James Woebkenberg, deacon Christmas Day Mass begins at 8 a.m. CST. New Year’s Day Mass will start at 8 a.m. CST.

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St. Isidore Catholic Parish Masses after 4 p.m. will be for the Christmas Holy Day of Obligation. Masses before 4 p.m. are for Sunday obligation. ST. PETER CELESTINE Fr. Eugene Schmitt, pastor Michael Seibert, deacon Mass on Sunday, Dec. 23, will be held at 8 a.m. Christmas Eve Masses are at 4 and 10 p.m. Music will be played and the children’s play will be presented before Mass, beginning at 3:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve Mass, which is not a Holy Day of Obligation, is at 5:30 p.m. ST. RAPHAEL CATHOLIC Fr. Eugene Schmitt, pastor Michael Seibert, deacon Masses on Sunday, Dec. 23, are at 4:30 and 10 a.m. Mass on Christmas Eve will start at 5:30 p.m. The children’s play before Mass will start at 5:15 p.m. Christmas Day Mass begins at 9 a.m. New Year’s Day Mass, which is not a Holy Day of Obligation, will begin at 9 a.m.

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Patty Eckert of Birdseye, clockwise from front left, Michelle Bauer, Dubois County Special Olympics County Coordinator Stephani Lane, Destiny Lane and Kathy Schroering, all of Jasper, chatted while walking laps as part of the Special Olympics’ Unified Fitness Club at Vincennes University Jasper Campus. The club meets once a week to walk at Ruxer Gym to help keep the athletes active when sports aren’t taking place. Editor’s note: Many organizations in the area help others enjoy the holidays or need help with fundraising and volunteer efforts. Here are some of those groups and a summary of how you can help them. Anderson Woods Since 1978, Anderson Woods Summer Camp in northern Perry County has been providing summer camp experiences to both children and adults with special needs. During four-day, three-night sessions, campers learn self-confidence, trust and responsibility through working together, caring for animals, tending the garden and enjoying the beauty of nature. It is an opportunity for them to experience fellowship with other campers and the staff while enjoying such recreational activities as fishing, hiking, hayrides, kickball, crafts and more. Full-time counselors and volunteers work alongside the campers to encourage and empower them to fulfill their maximum potential. During the months of April and May, local businesses and groups are invited to volunteer time to help prepare the grounds for the upcoming camp season. For more information on volunteering time or making a donation, visit www.andersonwoods. org or call Megan (Keusch) Gatwood

at 812-639-1079. Astra Theatre Renovation Next Act, Inc., the 501(c)(3) renovating the historic Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper, has launched its 2018 membership campaign. Launched while the building is currently undergoing a complete and total renovation and remodel lead by general contractor Seufert Construction, proceeds from the campaign will be used to pay for final design elements in the theater (including sound, lights, and new seating), as well as to fund programming for an abbreviated 2018 season of events (grand reopening is set for April 14, 2018). Tax deductible donations can be made conveniently online at www., or by mailing a check (payable to Next Act) to P.O. Box 23, Jasper, Indiana 47547. Incentive levels for giving can be found at www. Camp CARE The City of Jasper has offered a summer camp program — Camp CARE, Campers Are Really Exceptional — for children and adults with disabilities for more than 40 years. The camp’s ability to provide free transportation depends on the funds

and donations received. You can help by mailing a check made out to Camp CARE to the Jasper Park Department, 1301 St. Charles St., Jasper IN 47546. For more information, call the park department at 812-482-5959 and ask for Janessa Wolf. CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates are community volunteers who are trained to represent the best interests of children who are part of the court system due to abuse or neglect. CASAs are the child’s voice during this uncertain time in their lives. Volunteers are needed. More information about the program and volunteering can be found at www. and donations can be made to the CASA Endowment through the Dubois County Foundation. Churches Embracing Offenders Churches Embracing Offenders is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on aiding the successful re-entry of non-violent offenders into society. We believe that when Christ becomes the center of an individual’s life and the church becomes the foundation for social activities, lasting positive changes are made.

The group works with Dubois County Community Corrections to match work release offenders with committees in the offender’s chosen church to create a support system to help the offender transition to a normal life. The committees are made of active church members in good standing who meet regularly with and guide the offender through a Bible-based program. People are needed to join church committees and donations are needed to help the gorup cover operating expenses. Tax deductible donations can be mailed to Churches Embracing Offenders, P.O. Box 364, Jasper, Indiana 47547. For more information, call board of directors members Karina and Scott Buse at 812-481-2017 or Carl and Sue Ellen Wening at 812-631-4810. Crisis Connection Donations are needed for families affected by domestic and sexual violence in Dubois, Spencer, Pike, Crawford, Orange, Perry, Martin and Daviess counties. Specifically needed are grocery store, office supply store and gasoline gift cards, journals and gel pens, copier paper, postage stamps, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, school

supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, 39-gallon trash bags and tall kitchen trash bags. Monetary donations are always welcome. Donations may be delivered to the Crisis Connection office at 1500 S. Meridian Road in Jasper between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Kathy Gutgsell at 812-482-1555. Disabled American Veterans Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 77 is collecting sweatshirts, sweatpants, coats, sock hats, gloves, underwear, socks and toiletries for veterans in need. Popular sizes are L through XXL. All donations will be distributed in southern Indiana. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be mailed to Commander Donna Brittingham, 4295 N. Portersville Road, Jasper, IN 47546. Checks should be made payable to DAVA #77. Arrangements for other items to be picked up can be made by calling Brittingham at 812-630-3029. Dubois County 4-H Dubois County 4-H is a nonprofit program that serves approximately 900 youths living in Dubois County. Enrollment is open to youth in grades three through 12. Youth in kinder-

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT garten through second grade can participate in the Mini 4-H Program. The Dubois County 4-H Program offers youths a unique growth opportunity. The Indiana 4-H Youth Development mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who will have a positive impact in their communities and the world. The program provides a wide variety of interest with projects, specialized clubs, trips, camps and workshop opportunities while planting the seeds of selflearning, confidence, decision making, communication skills, teamwork and problem solving to build life and job skills. 4-H offers more than 100 projects including speech and demonstration, Junior Leaders, farm scene, animal projects and sewing. Additional opportunities for development are present at special activities like 4-H trips, the 4-H Performing Arts talent show, livestock judging, and junior leaders. Financial donations support yearround 4-H involvement by helping send 4-H members on trips and to camps and competitions and supporting the Dubois County 4-H Fair and fairgrounds. 4-H is also always in need of people who are willing to donate their time and service. There are long-term opportunities for involvement such as the 4-H Council, livestock committee members or club leaders. Short-term volunteer opportunities, such as fair volunteering or leading a SPARK club, are also available. A SPARK club is a short-term 4-H learning experience that focuses on a particular topic, is required to meet for six hours and can teach kids about almost anything. New volunteers who would love to share their passions with the youth of Dubois County are needed.  Interested in becoming part of the 4-H community? Enrollment is going on now and will last until Jan. 15, 2018. Members can enroll by visiting To learn more about the program, 4-H enrollment, providing monetary or volunteer donations, visit www.extension.purdue. edu/dubois. You can also contact the Purdue Extension Dubois County office at 812-482-178 or by email at Dubois County Community Foundation The Dubois County Community Foundation is a public charitable foundation that supports donors in their charitable giving and awards grants to nonprofit organizations serving Dubois County. The community foundation’s goal is to connect community members with the needs they care about most and empower them to make a difference in Dubois County through philanthropy. The foundation accomplishes this goal through endowment building and grantmaking. To support the work of Dubois County Community Foundation, call 812.482.5295 or visit Dubois County Community Meal The Dubois County Community Meal is a cooperative work of several area churches and community groups to combat hunger. Hot and balanced meals are prepared in the kitchens at Ozanam Hall, 1402 S. Meridian Road, Jasper. Meals are served from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The free meal is open to anyone facing a challenge who needs a nutritious meal. In addition to providing three free meals every week, Dubois County Community Meals also sponsors Backpack Buddies for all school systems in Dubois County. Weekly, during the school year, a gallon-size, zippered bag is provided with food items that can be prepared by a second grader. During the summer

break, supplies are provided to the Community CHEW program. In addition, Dubois County Community Meal underwrites the Thanksgiving Day Feast, providing food to families on a dine-in, carry-out or delivery basis in every corner of Dubois County. Each year, an estimated 15,000 plus meals are provided at the meal site, 8,200 plus inserts are provided for Backpack Buddies and nearly 2,000 meals are distributed on Thanksgiving Day. For additional information, call Mike Hagerdon at 812-482-1802, ext 210. Support can be directed to Dubois County Community Meals, 1029 Kundek St., Jasper, IN 47546. Dubois County Humane Society The Dubois County Humane Society, at 426 Wernsing Road in Jasper, is committed to reducing the pet overpopulation in the community, finding homes for abandoned and homeless animals and preventing animal neglect and cruelty through community education programs. Throughout the season, a tree at the pet adoption center will be decorated with ornaments listing items that each dog and cat at the shelter would like to have. Community members are invited to take one of the ornaments, purchase one or more of the items and bring the items to the pet adoption center by Wednesday, Dec. 20. The 32nd Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive runs through Thursday, Dec. 21. Especially needed are Purina Kitten Chow, clumping cat litter, Clorox germicidal bleach, Lavender Pine Sol, and stamps. Items also may be dropped off at the pet adoption center, which is open for Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The donations from this drive help feed the shelter animals for much of the year. The Humane Society also has 2018 calendars available from its Pet Photo Calendar Contest for $15. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday to assist with cleaning, laundry, feeding and walking the dogs. The shelter is also looking for dedicated volunteers to train to be part of its adoption and abuse/neglect team; must be 18 years or older for these duties. Volunteers 16 and older are needed to assist with walking dogs, cleaning, fundraising, groundskeeping and other shelter duties. If interested in volunteering, email Monetary donations may be mailed to the Humane Society at P.O. Box 408, Jasper IN 47547-0408 or may be made through PayPal at Dubois County Leukemia Association The primary purpose of the Dubois County Leukemia Association is to offer counseling, support and vital information to newly diagnosed leukemia and lymphoma patients in the area and their families. This is done through a network of local volunteers familiar with leukemia, its treatments and the emotional effects of this type of cancer. The association also offers financial assistance to newly diagnosed patients and their families that is not normally covered by insurance during treatments. These expenses may include travel, food, lodging and loss of short-term income. Checks made payable to the Dubois County Leukemia Association should be mailed to P.O. Box 75, Huntingburg IN 47542. For more information, call Mike Uebelhor at 812-683-2833 during the workday or 812-630-0221 on evenings and weekends.

Dubois County Motorcycle Club The Dubois County Motorcycle Club is made up of approximately 50 local motorcyclists that strive to provide some Christmas joy to the less fortunate during the holiday season. Throughout the year, the group raises money by hosting several functions at the Jasper Strassenfest — the chili cookoff, barbecue contest and motorcycle and Jeep shows — selling advertising on the back of the DCMC Toys for Tikes T-shirts and hosting a poker run open to all motorcyclists. All money raised is used to support the local food banks and to purchase toys and clothing for Tri-Cap’s family and children services. DCMC meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1175, 2507 N. Newton St., Jasper. Those interested in joining DCMC can attend any meeting. To make a donation to DCMC, contact Faron Lasher at 812-309-8389, Sylvester Voegerl at 812-326-2232 or Mike Oeding at 812-639-7214. Dubois County Museum The Dubois County Museum is an all-volunteer organization with many opportunities for service. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors and collect admissions, to work in the gift shop, to give and assist with tours, to help with special events, to assist with exhibits or seasonal decorations, to work in collections (Tuesdays), to operate the model trains (a background in trains is desirable, but not necessary), to keep an area clean and to be part of marketing. Most volunteers give about 4 hours of service a month. If you love the history of Dubois County, you would love volunteering at the largest county museum in Indiana. Admissions charged and donations given are a large part of keeping the museum operating. If you wish to donate to the museum or purchase a yearly membership, checks made out to the Dubois County Museum may be mailed to 2704 N. Newton St., Suite A, Jasper IN 47546 or stop in at the lobby. See the website at for a volunteer or membership form or call 634-7733 and ask for Kathy Bachman. Dubois County Special Olympics Special Olympics provides yearround sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympictype sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities who are 8 and older. Dubois County Special Olympics offers swimming, track and field, bocce, cycling, bowling and corn toss. Recently, the group added a Unified Fitness Club to our program which promotes healthy habits and an exercise program outside of our regular practice and competition schedule. The Dubois County program offers participants continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share their gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the area. Dubois County Special Olympics offers all programs to participants and families at no charge and relies solely on donations and fundraising to run the local program. Volunteers are needed, as are monetary donations to help provide uniforms, equipment and transportation and assist with overall training expenses for the athletes. Please feel free to check out the Dubois County Special Olympics Facebook page for more information about the local organization. Checks payable to Dubois County Special Olympics may be mailed to the organization at P.O. Box 355,

Jasper IN 47547-0355. To find out about volunteer opportunities, call 812-630-4292 or email Food banks Items including canned soups, canned fruit and vegetables, pastas, cereal, Hamburger Helper, saltine crackers, stuffing mix, macaroni and cheese, sugar, vegetable oil, cake mix, feminine hygiene products, diapers, liquid laundry soap and bar soap are needed. Checks made to Community Food Bank of Jasper, 1404 S. Meridian Rd., may be dropped off at or mailed to the food bank. Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Shared Abundance food pantry in Huntingburg is at 321 E. Fourth St. Checks made to Christian Ministries of Huntingburg may be dropped off at the pantry or mailed to P.O. Box 282, Huntingburg IN 47532. In Dale, the North Spencer Community Action Center is at 24 S. Washington St., and donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT weekdays. Checks made out to the center may be dropped off at the food bank or mailed to P.O. Box 79, Dale IN 47523. Fraternal Order of Police Fraternal Order of Police Wood Capitol Lodge 138 sponsors Cops and Kids. This year’s event will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, when officers from all the law enforcement and corrections agencies in Dubois County and some from surrounding counties will take 60 to 65 children shopping at Walmart Supercenter. Walmart is a financial partner in this project, along with other donors throughout the community. When shopping is complete, the officers will form a parade of police cars, complete with lights and sirens, from Walmart to the Jasper Moose Family Center. The children will ride on buses. The Jasper Moose donates lunch for the officers, children and families. Children who participate are from the Head Start program. The FOP also receives requests for assistance from families not enrolled in the Head Start program. Checks should be made to Cops and Kids FOP No. 138 and mailed to the attention of Officer Adam Bower at the Jasper Police Department, 309 E. Sixth St., Jasper IN 47546. Toys may be dropped off at the police station. For more information, call Bower at the police department at 812-482-2288. Freedom Reins Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization and an accredited center for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, aims to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through the use of horse therapy. The program currently serves 35 riders. The goals of the riding program include improving balance, relaxing muscle tone, improving body control and building selfesteem, trust and self-confidence as well as growth in the areas of social skills, listening skills and the ability to learn new skills. Volunteers are key to the program. Those interested in volunteering should call Linda Klem at 812-6311725. Monetary contributions should be sent to the Freedom Reins riding center at 1077 N. Meridian Road, Jasper IN 47546. American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society will host the 23rd annual Relay For Life of Dubois County from noon to midnight Saturday, May 5, 2018, at

Jasper Middle School (the location may change). The Event Leadership Committee is still accepting members to help plan 2018 event. To learn more about becoming part of the planning team, contact Cori Sturgeon at 812-309-2755 or Erica Rummel at 812-661-0396. Teams can register at duboiscountyin or attend a Relay meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. January through August at the Jasper Moose Lodge. Donations may be mailed to the American Cancer Society, 5250 Vogel Road, Suite A, Evansville IN 47715. Generations Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, serves Dubois, Pike, Daviess, Greene, Knox and Martin counties. The agency offers older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life. To learn more about Generations’ services, call Generations or visit Donations may be sent to Generations, P.O. Box 314, Vincennes IN 47591. Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County seeks to provide strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter in the form of affordable housing for hard-working families who do not qualify for a traditional mortgage, but who are willing to partner with us through sweat equity to help build their house and pay for it through affordable monthly mortgage payments. Because of generous donors, we were able to build our sixteenth house in Dubois County this past summer, and a single mother and her two young children will be able to enjoy this Christmas in their new home. Donors finance the house, which is still a costly endeavor, despite donated labor, lumber, and other materials. Donations are always the most beneficial way to support Habitat. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 149 Jasper, IN 47547 or delivered in person to the ReStore at 4232 S 170 E in Huntingburg. Every dollar goes to finance our 2018 home build. Corporate sponsorship packages are available. If you’re looking to partner with Habitat for Humanity, or have any questions about the programming, contact Executive Director Sarah Weatherwax at 812-482-5995 or Home Instead Care Each year Home Instead Senior Care office in Jasper spreads holiday cheer to lonely or financiallychallenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program has provided upward of 8,000 gifts to deserving seniors over the past 14 years. The goal this year is to meet the needs of more than 300 local seniors. The program kicked off Nov. 1 and the wrapping party will be Dec. 13. The success of the program is achieved through many professionals in health care working with long-term care facilities, in-home agencies, and senior centers who seek out those seniors who are lonely or financially-challenged. Anyone wanting to make contributions or volunteer can contact Delana Johannemann at 812-482-3311, fax 888-511-5518 or email Delana. Hunters for the Hungry Area hunters who would like to donate legally harvested deer to the Hunters for the Hungry Program can take them to Ferdinand Processing, Sanders Processing in Celestine, Cannelburg Processing or Ohio Valley Custom Deer Processing in English.


The processing fee will be paid for by the Dubois County Sportsman’s Club through a grant from the Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund. Every hunter who donates a deer is eligible to win a gun, compliments of Dr. Greg Gordon and Jasper Optical Lab. Participating hunters should sign a deer donation log when having a deer processed. Last year, 119 deer were donated. Since the program began in 2005, 1,020 deer have been donated to the program and distributed to area food banks resulting in over 47,034 pounds of meat for needy families. For more information, contact Gene Kuntz at 812-482-2131. Lincoln Amphitheatre After a successful 2017 campaign, the Lincoln Amphitheatre’s offseason is filled with programming planning, capital improvement implementation, and fundraising initiatives. The 1,500-seat, fully-covered Amphitheatre’s programming and facility management efforts are all driven by a unique financial makeup comprised of public, private, corporate, and charitable giving dollars. Your support is much needed to help offset programming, utility, and maintenance costs for the 31-year-old facility. An online donor portal, as well as traditional downloadable donor forms, can be found at Checks (made payable to Lincoln Amphitheatre) can be sent to Lincoln Amphitheatre, P.O. Box 216, Lincoln City, IN 47552. All donations to the Lincoln Amphitheatre are tax deductible. Marine Corps League The Southern Indiana Leatherneck Detachment of the Marine Corps League is again conducting the Toys for Tots campaign, through Dec. 16. Toys that are collected will go to disadvantaged children in Dubois and four adjacent counties. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off in Jasper at Nonte Chiropractic, Rural King, The Sun Station, all Old National Bank locations, both Dollar General stores, German American Insurance, Mad Batter Bakery, Kid City USA, all Springs Valley Bank locations, Kmart, Uebelhor Toyota and American Legion Post 147; in Huntingburg at Dollar General, Family Dollar, Optimal Performance Chiropractic, Dr. Pam Buss at All in One Chiropractic and Wellness Center Chiropractic; in Ferdinand at Dr. Bruce Nonte and Holiday Foods; in French Lick at American Legion Post 76, Dollar General and CVS; and in Santa Claus at Christmas Lake Village main gate. The Toys for Tots Train Cut-Out Program also will take place again this year. Customers visiting participating convenience stores will have the opportunity to purchase a train cutout for $1 when they check out. They then write their name on the cut-out, and it is displayed in the store. The program has money boxes placed at various locations in the county, including Circle A and Marathon stations in Jasper and Casey’s in Huntingburg. Monetary donations also are accepted. Checks made out to Toys for Tots should be mailed to Marine Corps League, c/o Toys for Tots, P.O. Box 184, Jasper IN 47547-0184. For information on how to obtain or donate toys, call the Toys for Tots hotline at 812-309-4321; visit www. or and look for the Toys For Tots link; or visit www.facebook. com/SILDMarines and find the link to the Toys for Tots site. Matrix Lifeline of Dubois County Matrix Lifeline of Dubois County is an all-volunteer, pro-life organization founded to assist women and families experiencing a stressful pregnancy. Services offered include a telephone hotline at 812-683-2111, crisis counseling, pregnancy testing,

prenatal care, food and nutritional counseling, legal counseling, shortterm emergency housing and adoption assistance. Matrix Lifeline also makes available through its storeroom at no cost to the client maternity and baby clothing, diapers and layette items for children up to 2 years old. Monetary donations may be mailed to Matrix Lifeline, P.O. Box 75, Huntingburg IN 47542. Material donations for the storeroom may be taken to the St. Vincent de Paul store at 1402 S. Meridian Road, Jasper. Memorial Hospital Foundation The Memorial Hospital Foundation offers an opportunity for the public to help support the work of the hospital in providing health care for area residents unable to afford it. Monetary donations may be made to a specific cause, such as heart, skilled, pediatric or cancer care, for example, or may be unrestricted. Contributions should be sent to Memorial Hospital Foundation, 800 W. Ninth St., Jasper IN 47546. Credit card contributions may be made by downloading the donation form on the hospital’s website at www.mhhcc. org; click on “Foundation” and select “Donation Form.” For more information, call the Memorial Hospital Foundation office at 812-996-8426. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Volunteers Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is continually seeking volunteers to continue to live out the hospital mission and the mission and vision of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary. This can be done by sitting with patients, praying with patients, assisting patients at the information desk, helping serve patients in clinical settings, assisting with transportation from the parking lot, and so much more. For more information about volunteering, call 812-996-0504 or email dboyles@ Mentors for Youth of Dubois County There are currently youth in Dubois County on a waiting list to be matched with a mentor. Volunteer mentors are asked to spend four hours each month with the youth they are paired with for one year. Additionally, Mentors for Youth of Dubois County is asking for cash donations, office supplies, such as printer paper, stamps, three-prong glossy folders with pockets, mailing labels or Walmart gift cards. Gift cards for mentors to use with youth activities would also be appreciated. For more information, call the Mentors for Youth office at 812-482-2227 or visit the website at www.mentors4youth. com. Donations, payable to Mentors for Youth of Dubois County, may be sent to P.O. Box 86, Jasper, IN 47547-0086. Patoka 2000 Patoka 2000 is the beautification committee for the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. As the welcoming area for the city of Jasper, the Patoka River Bridge is a prime area that Patoka 2000 maintains and beautifies. Decorative flags have been added to the beautification project, along with plants during the various seasons. The group’s motto is “Plant. Preserve. Educate. Promote.” Donations may be mailed to the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 307, Jasper IN 47547-0307. Paraclete CEO Ministries (Catholic Evangelization Outreach) Paraclete is a lay ministry whose mission is to do the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy in the Jasper Deanery and surrounding areas. The group has an active Prison Ministry at Branchville Correctional Facility. Spiritually it provides spiritual retreats on Divine Mercy and the Holy Spirit as well as helping provide


opportunities for healing and growth in the Catholic faith. To donate, visit the ministry’s website at evangelization-and-outreach or make checks payable to Paraclete CEO Ministries and mail to 650 W. 1st St. Huntingburg, IN 47542. Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition The Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition formed in 2003 to develop the area along Patoka River, building economic development through tourism. At present, a historic one-room schoolhouse has been moved to be near the Schaeffer Barn area and will be adjacent to the future Cultural Center. The Jasper City Mill, Spirit of Jasper Train, Jasper Train Depot, and Schaeffer Barn are the cornerstones of ROJAC Development. Support by German American Boulevard, Eagle Scout Projects, and Labyrinth by Jasper Desk show continued enhancements to improve a once blighted area. A pioneer sculpture by local artist Zach Dawkins is located by Schaeffer Barn. Future plans are to support Jasper’s Downtown Revitalization Plans by connecting the Courthouse Square to the Riverwalk through landscape, streetscape, and infrastructure. Checks are payable to ROJAC and should be mailed to Jasper Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 307, Jasper, IN 47547-0307. Southern Hills Counseling Center Southern Hills Counseling Center is a not-for-profit community mental health center serving residents of Dubois, Spencer, Crawford, Orange and Perry counties. The center offers a full range of mental health and counseling services to children, adolescents and adults. Afterhours emergency services also are provided, as are psychiatric and nurse practitioner, case management and homemaker services as well as youth programs. Southern Hills supports four group homes in Dubois County. To contribute to the mental health needs of residents of Dubois County, contact the center’s executive assistant at 482-3020, ext. 1213, or mail contributions to The Friends of Southern Hills, P.O. Box 769, Jasper, IN 47547-0769. Additional information about Southern Hills can be found at Southern Indiana Resource Solutions (SIRS) SIRS provides community and therapeutic services to children and adult with disabilities. At the core of its mission is the belief that all people have the right to live where they want, work where they want, and live how they choose. It supports the individuals it serves in making their own decisions and creating the lives they want. Part of what makes the transformation possible is the generosity of people and business in the local community. You are invited to support children and the thousands of individuals who benefit from SIRS services and programs by making a donation. Visit to be part of transformation. For more information on volunteering of your time or making a donation contact Mary James at 812305-8711 or Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition The Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition (SWICACC) is a non-profit organization that provides services to children who are victims of abuse and the professionals tasked with investigating such cases. The organization has four sites serving Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry, and Spencer counties through its mission to provide a safe reporting location for vic-

tims of crime and their families with community based multidisciplinary teams that provide support, promote justice, and help prevent violence. SWICACC is the only organization to provide such services to children in the seven county region. The organization also provides training for team members including prosecutors, Department of Child Services, law enforcement, medical, and victim advocates to ensure children receive quality services from trained professionals. The child advocacy centers are in need of supplies such as office supplies, coloring books, crayons, puzzles, subscriptions to magazines for ages 2-18, cleaning supplies, and cash donations. SWICACC is also seeking volunteers to serve on the board of Directors and assist with awareness projects. Donations can be mailed to SWICACC at P.O. Box 252, Jasper IN 47547-0252 or online www.swicacc. com. For additional information in volunteering or donation of items, contact Director Tammy Lampert via email at Strings Inc. Strings Inc. is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing professional personalized violin instruction according to the Suzuki method for students in south-central Indiana. Although located primarily in the Jasper/Huntingburg area, during its history Strings has served students from Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike, Daviess, Gibson, Martin and Crawford counties. Strings Inc. was formed in part because local school districts in these counties do not offer stringed instrument instruction in their schools. Through professional, self-paced Suzuki violin instruction, Strings’ mission is to develop the natural musical ability, self-confidence and personal achievement of area youth. Strings strives to share with the community the talents of these youth and to encourage an appreciation and enjoyment of music through performances and demonstrations at local schools and public events. In 2017, thanks to donations and grant funds, Strings Inc. was able to offer scholarships to children of lowincome families. For more additonal information about the program or to make a donation, contact Rafaela Schaick, director of Strings Inc., at 505-6154956 or Teen Outback The Teen Outback in Huntingburg provides opportunities for youth in Dubois County to socialize in a drugand alcohol-free environment. The mission of the Huntingburg Youth Board, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is to serve the youth of the community by offering alcoholand drug-free programming that promotes healthy lifestyles through education, recreation and spiritual activities in a safe, modern, fully functional facility known as the Teen Outback. Volunteers are needed from Dubois County to serve as committee members for the youth organization. The committees meet monthly to discuss programming, facility maintenance and the strategic direction for the organization. Volunteers also are needed to chaperone special events and the recreation nights. Individuals interested in being on committees or otherwise volunteering should call Youth Director Allison Bounds at 812-683-TEEN (8336). Checks to help supplement programming costs and improvement needs should be made to Huntingburg Teenage Canteen and mailed to P.O. Box 4, Huntingburg IN 47542. Donations can also be given to their endowment at the Dubois County Foundation in support of Teen Outback.

Tri-Cap Tri-Cap empowers people in the community to accept responsibility for achieving personal and economic well-being by offering health, housing and educational services. For the fourth annual Tri-Cap Holiday Shoppe, clients who are working to improve their lives, are given the opportunity to earn “credit” that can be spent on high-quality items that have been donated. By doing this, families are able to feel that they earned these items and are able to “shop” for their children this holiday season. The format matches Tri-Cap’s goal of having our families reach and enjoy the benefits of self-sufficiency. For those who want to help but don’t have time to shop, donations may be made directly to the Tri-Cap Family Assistance Fund at any German American bank in Dubois, Pike or Warrick counties. Tax-deductible donations in the form of checks payable to Tri-Cap and with “Holiday Shoppe” in the memo line may be mailed to Tri-Cap, P.O. Box 729, Jasper IN 47547-0729.  To be a sponsor of the Holiday Shoppe or donate items, email or call 812-482-2233 and ask for Nikki at ext. 117. For more information about Tri-Cap programs and current events, see the website or visit the Facebook page at Tri-County YMCA Tri-County YMCA, serving Dubois, Spencer and Perry counties, seeks to build better communities by putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Through financial assistance, the Y allows families that may not be able to afford it the opportunity to participate in membership and programs. These scholarships are supported by an annual campaign. To make a donation, contact Mike at the Y at 812-367-2323 or mike@ The Y also is seeking volunteers to help staff at the courtesy desk and a child watch program. Volunteers are asked to work a two- to three-hour shift one day a week. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call the Y. For more information on the Y in general, visit www. Tri-State Alliance The Tri-State Alliance serves lowincome families and households impacted by HIV and AIDS in a three-state area that includes Dubois County and surrounding counties. The group’s holiday project includes filling gift requests of individuals signed up for assistance. To sponsor a family, to help wrap gifts, to help make deliveries or for more information, contact Wally Paynter at 812-480-0204 or A check payable to the TSA Holiday Project may be sent to TSA Holiday Project, P.O. Box 2901, Evansville, IN 47728. Donations may be made online at Vincennes University Jasper Campus Vincennes University Jasper Campus is sponsoring its 16th annual Mitten Tree. All donations will be distributed through local charitable organizations and social service agencies this season to needy families in the area. New mittens, gloves, hats and scarves, for children and adults, may be added to the tree in the lobby of the VUJC Administration Building through Dec. 21. The lobby is accessible from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 812- 481-5909 or send an email to The Herald will run this list again on Dec. 26. If your nonprofit organization has an addition, email it to or call 812482-2626 and ask for Dawn Mazur.



It’s holiday cookie time: 7 recipes to try By DANIEL NEMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch The merriment of the holidays is built on many things: Cheerful wishes of happiness and goodwill from strangers. Cultural memories of sleigh rides across fields of sparkling snow. Even the joy to be found in giving gifts to friends and loved ones. But really, what makes the holidays merry and bright are all the cookies. How could they not? Cookies are the ornaments that we hang on the Christmas tree of life. This season, I made seven batches of cookies (so far). That’s a lot of sugar and butter, some of which ended up on the floor, but it was worth it. I started, ominously, with a mistake. I was paging through a French cookbook, saw a recipe for croquets and thought, in my inattentiveness, that it was a recipe for croquantes. In my defense, it was right above a recipe for creamfilled croquantes, so you can understand the confusion. Croquantes are thin, rolled, buttery cookies, which is why you can fill them with cream. Croquets are thick, hard, crispy cookies that are France’s version of biscotti and cannot be filled with cream or anything else. So I made the croquets, which have a lovely almond flavor kissed with a hint of lemon. They were light enough that they were easy to eat, which was fortunate because they tasted so good I couldn’t stop at just one. Or two. Or three. Next, I went ahead and made the cream-filled croquantes, which were more of a treat than I had even hoped. I began with my favorite recipe for a simple tuile (croquantes are somewhat thicker than tuiles, and therefore crunchier). The trick to rolling tuiles, and also croquantes, is knowing when to begin. If you start to roll them as soon as they come out of the oven, they will tear. If you wait too long, they will cool down and become too stiff to wrap around a pencil or the handle of a wooden spoon, which is what I used. You will find success if you place them on the parchment paper onto a wire rack immediately after taking them from the oven, and waiting one minute before starting to roll them. You have to act quickly, though, because they will soon start to harden. That is why I never cook more than four at a time. Filling them was easy. I made a ganache with crème fraîche instead of cream, and it was a simple matter to pipe it into the rolled cookies. Then I dipped each end into a bowl of chocolate sprinkles to make them more festive. It wouldn’t be the holidays without chocolate chip cookies, and I simply had to make a batch when I found a recipe with this name: Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread, or Why Would I Make Another Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever Again? Astonishingly, the cookies actually lived up to their name. I think the secret is that they are made with shortbread — crisp, buttery shortbread that is somehow just sweet enough. The fact that it is loaded with chocolate certainly helps. And don’t forget the salt on top; it helps to make the flavor explode. Will I ever make another chocolate chip cookie ever again? Probably. But right now I see no particular reason to. The most sophisticated cookies I made are so elegant that they were originally called “biscuits.”

Note: To make superfine sugar, place granulated sugar in a blender and process on high for about 15 seconds, until almost powdery. 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with additional butter. Pile the flour in a mound on the counter and make a well in the center. Beat 3 of the eggs in a small bowl. Place the sugar, beaten eggs and lemon zest in the flour well and stir with your handheld like a paddle, gradually incorporating a little of the flour. Stir in the softened butter and almonds and, finally, incorporate the rest of the flour. Work the dough briefly. You can also accomplish this process with an electric mixer on its lowest speed. 2. Turn the dough onto a floured counter and use a large, heavy kitchen knife to roughly “chop” it until you have broken up the almonds. Knead the dough until it is thoroughly combined; divide in half, and shape it into two thick cylinders. Place these on the prepared sheet and flatten slightly. Beat the remaining egg and use to glaze the dough. 3. Bake 15 minutes, then raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Using a sharp, serrated knife, immediately cut both “loaves” into 1⁄2-inch-thick slices. Carefully lay the slices flat on the baking sheet and return to the oven for a few more minutes, turning them once so that they brown lightly on both sides. Per piece: 76 calories; 4 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 22 mg cholesterol; 2 g protein; 8 g carbohydrate; 2 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 7 mg sodium; 15 mg calcium. Recipe from “The Art of French Baking” by Ginette Mathiot.


A Holiday tree made with a base of Sweet Slices followed by Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread, Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Berlin Rings, French Biscotti and top with a star made Chocolate Cream-Filled Croquantes. Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (I changed the name from the British term) come to us from Claridge’s, England’s toniest hotel. Fancy hotels have fancy restaurants, and fancy restaurants make very fancy cookies. This particular variety takes two light and moderately chewy chocolate cookies, not unlike a chewy meringue, and puts them around a rich layer of silken ganache. They are simply exquisite and, of course, in impeccable taste. The next cookie I made was more of a crowd-pleaser, more democratic and every bit as desirable. They are called Sweet Slices, and they are a remarkable demonstration of what can be done with just a few simple, basic ingredients. All you need are butter, flour, sugar, eggs and a touch of baking soda, plus sanding sugar for decoration (sanding sugar is just sugar in large, pretty crystals and can be found in the baking aisle of grocery stores). When combined in the proper proportion (i.e., lots and lots of

butter), these make surprisingly light, surprisingly crisp cookies with a subtly wholesome flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness. Those same ingredients, minus the baking soda, are all that are used in the very different Berlin Rings that I made next. These have a European sensibility to them, with a highly refined flavor born from hundreds of years of cookie evolution. By themselves, they are a little dry. But serve them with ice cream or tea or coffee, and watch how great they can be as an enhancer rather than a solo dessert. For my final batch, I turned to Thomas Keller, who is considered by many to be the finest chef in America. His recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies won’t make anyone think less of him. Yes, they are only oatmeal raisin cookies. But then again, they are oatmeal raisin cookies as perfected by perhaps the finest chef in America. And they are utterly spectacular. They are also huge. I’m not going to lie. They are the size of

a small Frisbee. You could make them smaller if you want to, but why would you want to? Baking, like much alchemy, is a matter of precision. Keller and his staff have devised the precise formula for the most satisfying oatmeal raisin cookie, ever. The cinnamon, sugar and butter are balanced in perfect harmony with the oats, flour and eggs. Vanilla brings the flavors together, while the raisins serve as sweet, delightful jewels to treasure throughout the cookie. Just a bite or two, and you will be looking forward to the holidays as that time of year when you make oatmeal raisin cookies. French Biscotti (Croquets de Carcassonne) Yield: About 36 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting 4 medium eggs, divided 1⁄2 cup superfine sugar, see note Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened Generous 1 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped

Chocolate Cream-Filled Croquantes Yield: About 14 1⁄2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (41⁄2 ounces) granulated sugar 1⁄2 cup sifted cake flour or allpurpose flour 2 large egg whites 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate 1⁄2 cup crème fraîche, see note 1⁄4 cup chocolate sprinkles Note: Crème fraîche is available in the dairy section of fine grocery stores. If you cannot find it, use heavy cream. 1. Place the sugar and flour in a medium bowl and whisk to blend. Whisk in the egg whites and vanilla until well-blended. Whisk in the melted butter until a smooth, thin batter is formed. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position an oven rack in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Drop about 1 tablespoon of the batter onto the mat. Use a thin spatula, preferably offset, to spread the batter into a thin circle about 4 inches in diameter. Make 3 more circles, spacing them 3 to 4 inches apart. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, until the edges are golden brown but the center is still pale. 3. Transfer cookies to a rack and let cool for 1 minute, until they can be loosened and lifted from the sheet without tearing. Wrap the cookies loosely around a clean pencil, small dowel or the handle of a wooden spoon until they harden. Allow to cool completely before adding filling. 4. Place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from heat and


add the crème fraîche, stirring well. If using heavy cream, place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl, heat the cream to just under boiling and pour it over the chocolate. Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute, then stir until smooth. 5. Let the filling cool slightly and place into a pastry bag or resealable plastic bag fitted with a large plain tip. Pipe the filling as far as possible into both ends of all the cookies, and then coat the rims of each cookie on the outside with the filling. Dip the ends of each cookie into a bowl of the chocolate sprinkles. As the filling cools, they will adhere firmly. Per piece: 208 calories; 12 g fat; 8 g saturated fat; 20 mg cholesterol; 2 g protein; 26 g carbohydrate; 20 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 14 mg sodium; 13 mg calcium. Cookie recipe from “The Art and Soul of Baking” by Cindy Mushet. Filling recipe from “The Art of French Baking,” by Ginette Mathiot. Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Yield: About 32 cookies 18 tablespoons (21⁄4 sticks) salted butter, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 21⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 8 ounces semi- or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped into chunks (do not chop too fine) 1 large egg, beaten Demerara or turbinado sugar, for rolling Flaky sea salt, or kosher salt 1. Line one or two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. Using an electric mixer and a medium bowl or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, both sugars and vanilla on medium-high until it’s very light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on low, add the flour, followed by the chocolate chunks, and beat just to blend. 3. Divide the dough in half, placing each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic over so that it covers the dough (this will protect your hands from getting sticky). Use your hands to form the dough into a log shape about 2 to 21⁄2 inches in diameter. Rolling it on the counter will help smooth it out; it does not have to be perfect. Refrigerate until very firm, about 2 hours. 4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush the outside of the logs with the beaten egg and roll them in the demerara or turbinado sugar. 5. Slice each log into 1⁄2-inchthick rounds, place them on the prepared baking sheets about 1

inch apart and sprinkle with flaky or kosher salt. Bake until the edges are just beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack. Per cookie: 147 calories; 9 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 23 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 17 g carbohydrate; 9 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 55 mg sodium; 8 mg calcium. Recipe from “Dining In” by Alison Roman. Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Yield: 30 cookie sandwiches 113⁄4 ounces dark chocolate (at least 55 percent cocoa solids) broken into pieces, divided 3 ounces heavy cream 1⁄2 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 eggs 3⁄4 cup demerara or turbinado sugar 31⁄2 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon bread flour or all-purpose flour 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 1. Make the ganache: Melt 23⁄4 ounces of the chocolate in a double boiler (heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water) or simply in the microwave. In a small saucepan, bring the cream and honey to a boil over medium heat, then remove from the heat. Pour a third of the hot cream into the melted chocolate. Using a spatula, stir briskly to incorporate the cream. The chocolate might look grainy and split at this point — don’t worry if it does. Repeat twice more, adding another third of the cream at a time. The chocolate should be smooth and glossy. Add the 2 tablespoons of softened butter and stir well. 2. Use the spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the ganache to prevent a skin from forming. Leave to sit at room temperature for at least 6 hours, preferably 12 to 24 hours. 3. Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until just combined. Leave this to rest for 20 minutes. 4. Over low heat, melt the remaining 9 ounces chocolate and the 31⁄2 tablespoons of butter together in a pan, stirring until well-combined. Whisk the melted chocolate into the egg and sugar mixture. Once incorporated, stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Cover with plastic wrap directly touching the surface until the mixture sets, about 10 to 20 minutes (the cooler the spot the less time it takes, but do not be tempted to refrigerate it). 5. While the dough is resting,


use a pencil to draw 30 circles 11⁄4 inches in diameter (about the size of a 50-cent piece) on each of 2 sheets of parchment paper, allowing room between them for the cookies to spread. Flip parchment over on 2 baking sheets, so the pencil drawings are face down. Use a piping bag and tip (or a resealable plastic bag with a small hole cut in one corner for the tip) and pipe out the mixture to cover each of the circles. Use a wet finger or the back of a spoon to smooth the tops of these mounds, as needed. 6. Bake 10 minutes, or until the cookies feel crisp on the edges but are still soft in the middle. The surfaces will look cracked. Leave to cool completely on the baking sheets. 7. To assemble, match the cookies in equal-sized pairs. Use a piping bag and tip, a plastic bag and tip, or just a small spoon to portion out about 1 teaspoon of the ganache on to the center of the flat side of half the cookies. Then top with the remaining cookies and gently press the ganache to the edges. The cookies will keep for 3 days at room temperature in an airtight container. Per cookie sandwich: 127 calories; 8 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 22 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 12 g carbohydrate; 8 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 19 mg sodium; 19 mg calcium. Recipe from “Claridge’s: The Cookbook” by Martyn Nail and Meredith Erickson. Sweet Slices (Tranches Sucrées) Yield: About 36 cookies 7 tablespoons butter, chilled and diced 12⁄3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting 3⁄4 cup superfine sugar, see note 2 eggs, divided 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons sanding sugar (decorating sugar) Note: To make superfine sugar, place granulated sugar in a blender and process on high for about 15 seconds, until almost powdery. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment, or grease it with additional butter. 2. Place the chilled butter and flour in a mixing bowl and rub together until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar, 1 egg and the baking soda. Do not add water, because the dough should be firm. Knead the dough briefly until it all comes together. 3. Dust the counter with flour and roll out the dough to a thickness of 1⁄4 inch. Beat the remaining egg and brush over the dough to glaze. Cut into rectangles, approximately 21⁄2-by-11⁄4 inches. Sprinkle generously with the

sanding sugar, then place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes (watch carefully, because they quickly burn). Per cookie: 58 calories; 3 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 16 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 8 g carbohydrate; 3 g sugar; no fiber; 22 mg sodium; 3 mg calcium. Recipe from “The Art of French Baking” by Ginette Mathiot. Berlin Rings (Couronnes De Berlin) Yield: About 18 cookies 4 eggs, divided 1⁄2 cup superfine sugar, see note 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 10 tablespoons (11⁄4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 tablespoons sanding sugar (decorating sugar) Note: To make superfine sugar, place granulated sugar in a blender and process on high for about 15 seconds, until almost powdery. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment, or grease with additional butter. 2. Hard cook 2 of the eggs. Remove their yolks and mix these thoroughly with the yolks of the 2 remaining raw eggs, retaining the raw egg whites. Discard the cooked egg whites. Stir the superfine sugar into the yolk mixture, and then, adding a little at a time, the flour and butter. Knead the dough until it is smooth. 3. Break off large, walnut-sized pieces and roll these out, using the palms of your hands, to form cylinders. Join their ends to form rings and place on the prepared sheet. Whisk the remaining raw egg whites until they form soft peaks and brush over the cookies to glaze. Sprinkle with the sanding sugar and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Per cookie: 164 calories; 10 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 3 g protein; 15 g carbohydrate; 5 g sugar; 0 g fiber; 17 mg sodium; 11 mg calcium. Recipe from “The Art of French Baking” by Ginette Mathiot. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Yield: 6 enormous cookies or 12 large cookies 1 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 11⁄4 teaspoons kosher salt 11⁄2 teaspoons baking soda 1⁄4 cup plus 11⁄2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1⁄2 cup plus 31⁄2 tablespoons lightly packed light brown sugar 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1⁄4 cup (beaten eggs 11⁄4 teaspoons vanilla extract or paste 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1 cup raisins or mix of black and golden raisins

1. Place the flour in a medium bowl. Sift in the cinnamon and baking soda, add the salt and whisk together. Whisk together the granulated and brown sugars in a small bowl, breaking up any lumps. 2. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Turn to medium-low speed and cream the butter until it is the consistency of mayonnaise and holds a peak when the paddle is lifted. Add the sugars and mix for 3 to 4 minutes, until fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed for 15 to 30 seconds, until just combined. The mixture may look broken, but that is fine (overwhipping the eggs could cause the cookies to expand too much during baking and then deflate). 3. Add the flour mixture in 2 additions, mixing on low speed for 15 to 30 seconds after each, until just combined. Scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate any dry ingredients that have settled there. Stir in the oats and raisins until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. 4. Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. 5. For gigantic cookies, use a 21⁄2-inch ice-cream scoop to divide the dough into 6 equal portions. For large cookies, divide dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball between your hands. 6. For gigantic cookies, place 3 of these dough balls on each prepared baking sheet, placing each one as far away from the others and the sides as possible. For large cookies, place 6 balls on each prepared sheet. 7. Bake until golden brown, 21 to 23 minutes for gigantic cookies (15 to 17 minutes in a convection oven) or 18 to 20 minutes for large cookies (14 to 16 minutes in a convection oven). Reverse the positions of the pans halfway through baking. Set the pans on a cooling rack and cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely. 8. The cookies are best the day they are baked, but can be stored in a covered container for up to 3 days. Per cookie (based on 12): 301 calories; 12 g fat; 7 g saturated fat; 47 mg cholesterol; 4 g protein; 46 g carbohydrate; 26 g sugar; 2 g fiber; 257 mg sodium; 38 mg calcium. Recipe from “Bouchon Bakery” by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel.

Combatting homesickness during holidays By KRISTEN CASTILLO Whether you live across the state, the country or the world, it can be tough fending off homesickness any time of the year. But it’s especially challenging during the holidays, when you’re likely to yearn for family time and reminisce about holidays past. Hearing a song on the radio might make you teary because you won’t be home for Christmas; gift shopping might feel overwhelming. You might not feel like decorating, because it doesn’t feel the way you remembered it. But don’t despair. Homesickness is very normal. “If you feel sad, alone, overwhelmed, acknowledge and honor your feelings,” says grief coach Rachel Ricketts, founder of loss&found, a company that helps

people minimize the pain of loss and grief of all kinds, including homesickness. “Get quiet and check in with how you really feel then take a moment to send some love and compassion to yourself.” Get support Even if you’re at a distance from loved ones, you’re not alone. “Homesickness is about feeling isolated in some way, so finding support is key to fighting that feeling,” says Ricketts. Reach out to others for support. “This can be as simple as talking to friends in your new location, or a Skype call with someone from home, or finding a coach or therapist to help you through,” she says. Don’t dwell It’s OK to acknowledge your feelings, but don’t sit around and

sulk throughout the season. Refreshed Perspectives blogger Heike McNally says it’s OK to call to chat with loved ones on the holiday. But she advises not allowing the phone call to bring you down. Instead make the call right before you’re going to do something fun or interesting, “This way you can’t dwell too long on your misery of missing home, because you have something to look forward (to),” she writes. Create new rituals “When we’re homesick, we are usually grieving over the people, place and traditions that we miss,” says Ricketts, who suggests creating new rituals in your current location to connect you with home. Start your own holiday traditions, even if it’s just for the short term. For example, instead of missing Mom’s holiday desserts,

try a new recipe or two on your own. Get together with your local friends and share the holidays with them. Chances are, some of them get homesick from time to time, too. Stay active Instead of staying home and feeling sorry for yourself, get out and get involved. Go for a walk or sign up for exercise classes. Join a club or take up a hobby that will keep you busy and distracted from your sad feelings. Unplug Stay off social media this time of year as much as possible. That’s because you’ll most likely be flooded with images and videos of friends and family back home reveling in seasonal celebrations. Unplugging during the holiday can be a good thing, especially if

checking posts, tweets and messages will only make you miss home even more than usual. If you can’t completely sign out, limit your social media interactions to once or twice a day and be prepared; even a little social media could trigger homesickness. Forgive yourself Homesickness is a lot about emotions and missing the people and experiences you associate with the holidays. In addition to feelings of sadness, you might feel a little guilty, too, for not spending this time with your loved ones. Give yourself a break. Instead of wallowing in guilt for living far away from family and friends, forgive yourself. In essence, you’re giving yourself permission to make the most of your new surroundings and enjoy the season, even though you’re missing loved ones.



Bring faraway loved ones closer for Christmas By CHELLE CORDERO In our high-tech world, families are more spread out across the miles than ever, yet it’s never been so easy to stay connected. Sharing holidays and family events doesn’t have to be limited to in-person contact. There are many ways to share occasions, spread the happiness and celebrate together from afar. In spite of, or perhaps because of, all the high-tech ways of communicating today, people truly appreciate handwritten letters. Let children compose their own letters to grandparents; if they can’t write you can help them, but let them tell you what they want

to say. Encourage them to draw a picture or two, as well. Family newsletters are another wonderful way to stay in touch. Send copies to everyone in the family, and let them know what’s going on in your life. Try a fresh take on the family newsletter by going digital with email templates from MailChimp, Smilebox or an independent graphic designer (a search with the terms “digital Christmas letter template” will yield dozens of options). A group chat on social media or shared photo album, through Google Photos, SmugMug, iCloud or another web-based platform, are also great ways to share events

in real time, so Grandma and Grandpa feel as if they’re not missing a thing. Some retailers offer online photo centers through which you can upload pictures for printing at a location near your relative for them to pick up. Photo cards are a wonderful way to send holiday greetings and let longdistance relatives watch as your children grow up. Unique holiday gifts that will bring your family a little closer to grandparents and other relatives who live far away include photo-personalized Christmas ornaments, blankets, throw pillows, mouse pads, mugs and even puzzles. Visit the photo departments at CVS, Walmart

and Walgreens stores, or go online to sites such as Shutterfly, Amazon Prints, Snapfish and VistaPrint. Hallmark offers a photo album with a built-in audio-recording device so you can record yourself telling a favorite story that can be played back. You aren’t prohibited when buying your favorite people the perfect gifts just because you are on the other side of the country — or ocean. When you need Santa’s delivery to be made overseas, you can choose from several retailers dedicated to international deliveries. Next time you are having a get-together, make sure that you invite the whole family, even if they can’t make the commute. Ev-

eryone, near and far, can gather around the Christmas tree, reminisce and enjoy watching loved ones’ open presents. Using free and low-cost apps such as Messenger, Google Duo, imo, Tango Messenger, ooVoo, FaceTime and Skype, you can watch, speak and enjoy “being together” even if miles separate you. Some of these apps are specific for certain devices; also not all apps will work in every country. It’s best if you schedule the online meeting beforehand to make sure everyone will be available. The holidays are a time for family togetherness, and with today’s technology, you needn’t feel so far apart.

From your Herald route driver!





























2017 Christmas Greetings  
2017 Christmas Greetings