2019-12-20 E-Edition

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Memories of Christmas 1960

Janet watches for Santa and receives a special doll


Janet’s 2019 holiday photo was taken with Daisy next to Janet’s Pikkujoulu tree. Submitted photos.Christmas is right around the corner, and I am caught up in a rush of memories… images, smells, expectations, family and feeling the joys of Christmas p… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Letters To Santa

 Dear Readers, We are happy to share more letters to Santa and other student writings in this edition of Hometown Focus. Thank you to the many schools, teachers and students who participated in this project that started with the Dec. 6 and Dec. … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Himmeli: a traditional Finnish craft

Learning about geometric straw construction in Finland


Mary Erickson created this traditional-style himmeli in Finland. It is created by stringing together pieces of straw in different shapes. Submitted photos.It was in Miss Moberg’s art class at Virginia High School that I first was introduced to the ge… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Reindeer get green light for Christmas flight

 Children around the world received some good news, with officials from the North Pole confirming that Santa’s reindeer have been approved for their Christmas Eve flight, following a health checkup from Santa’s veterinarian. Dr. John Howe, pres… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Consider guests and pets when entertaining in your home

Cats and dogs are cherished family members, earning gifts and premiere spots for lounging around the house. But even in pet-friendly homes, certain concessions may need to be made when entertaining. And don’t forget about safety in regard to your pet… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Yes, Santa Claus, there is a Virginia

Roosevelt High School holiday happenings, 1939 – 1957

 EDITOR’S NOTE: Student Christmas stories from the past continue this week with articles from December issues of the Roosevelt High School newsletter Star of the North, which can be found in the Virginia Area Historical Society’s archives. I inc… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

VA submits proposal to improve dental care access for veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced it has submitted to Congress a waiver request and pilot program under Section 152 of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

VA extends benefits to offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam vets

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to veterans who served in the of… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Santa peekin’ through the window quilt on display at the VPL



This holiday-themed Window Pane Wall Hanging was created by Cindy Lind of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. Submitted photo.VIRGINIA — The December quilt selection on display at the Virginia Public Library was created by Cindy Lind of the Going to Pie… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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