The Putnam Standard
St. Francis School Students donate Christmas Gifts to Needy Children
Students at St. Francis School in St. Albans participated in Operation Christmas Child and collected 52 shoe boxes filled with gifts for needy children in countries around the world. Students, in grades preschool through fifth, donated toys, personal hygiene items, jewelry, clothing items and candy
that were boxed and delivered to the collection station at Highlawn Baptist Church in St. Albans. St. Francis principal, Erin Sikora said, “Our goal was for each class to donate one box for a girl and one box for a boy, for a total of 16 boxes. The response was overwhelming.”
AEP John Amos Plant hosting Chamber Business After Hours Tuesday, December 4, 2012 The next Business After Hours sponsored by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce will take place at the Valley Park Community Center from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th sponsored by AEP John Amos Plant. Business After Hours provides a social, but professional venue for business people to make new contacts and expand their presence in the business community. The Valley Park Community Center is located at 1 Valley Park Drive in Hurricane. Participation is open to all Chamber members and their guests. The cost to attend is $15 per person, RSVPs are required and pre-payment is appreciated.
There will be a cash drawing sponsored by BB&T valued at $1200, but you must be present to win. The Chamber will continue to draw until there is a winner present! Food and refreshments will also be included in a relaxed social setting. Additionally, the Chamber identifies future Business of the Month winners from the calling cards of those in attendance. RSVPs are required by Monday, December 3rd. To obtain membership information or to make reservations, please contact the Chamber at 304.757.6510 or email@example.com. You can also visit the website at www.putnamchamber.org.
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Christin’s Corner By Christin Daugherty Dear Christin, Holidays are always a little depressing for me. My kids are older, with families of their own, and now this will be the first season I have been single in five years. I know that there is no way to avoid the holidays altogether, but do you have any suggestions as to how I can make it a little more bearable? Sincerely, Blue Christmas Dear Blue, Being single during the holidays can be tough, especially if you have spent them with a significant other in recent years. If you find yourself unable to deal with the memories of holidays' past, there are ways to deal with it. First, use this time to create new memories and traditions, instead of dwelling on the old ones. Go out and get yourself some new decorations, try a new recipe, or go to a local holiday event that you have never been to before. I don’t care what it is, just try something new! Change can be a wonderful thing if you let it. Transforming your holiday routine could not only help to chase away your blues, but it
could ultimately change the way you perceive the season entirely. Second, do something nice for yourself. Go to a concert, read a book, take an exercise class, maybe even go on a mini “vacay.” Whatever makes you happy, do it! Anytime I feel down in the dumps during the holidays, I remember to put myself on the “gift list.” What girl doesn’t feel better after receiving a nice gift, even if it is from herself? People spend so much time during the holidays trying to please everyone else; they often forget to enjoy it themselves. My third and final suggestion is probably the most important, so pay attention. Stay away from negative people and negative situations. There are millions of people out there that are affected by depression during this time of year. You are not alone! However, try your best to stay away from those people! I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with feeling sad from time to time. But I know from first-hand experience that misery loves company; and anyone who is feeling miserable will make sure that the people around them are feeling it
too. I must also add, for all my readers, that not only do people tend to become more depressed during this time of year, but they also are more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol in order cope with stress, and the pain of loneliness. Because holiday parties seem to be around every corner, the temptation to drink may be overwhelming. Do yourself a favor and try to limit your drinking during these social gatherings. Not only could this save you the embarrassment of being wasted in front of friends, family, or co-workers, (drunk + sad = disaster), but it could also help prevent you from getting a DUI, which is also common during this time of year. Just think of it this way, if you think you're depressed now, try spending the holidays in jail. And if you do choose to have a little too much, always, always, ALWAYS have a designated driver! “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” - Carl Bard Got a problem? Need some answers? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org m. **The opinions of this column are solely the opinions of this individual writer and are not the opinions of the Putnam Standard or Cabell Standard newspapers.**
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