The famous Cedars of Lebanon are still just as the Bible describes them, but older still are Bristlecomb pines, which are native to the American Southwest, and have been dated back about 5,000 years.
People have been fascinated for hundreds of years with bonsai, the tiny trees and miniature landscapes considered to be a living art. Bonsai, the smallest trees in the world, were developed in the Orient generations ago.
For the first two weekends of December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.
He will be aboard the excursion rides on Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 and is sure to delight children as he and Mrs. Claus make their way through the coaches passing out Christmas gift bags and posing for pictures.
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum volunteers will have the train all decked out in true holiday style to add to the enjoyment of the trips and the season.
25 Years Ago
According to hospital personnel at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood, the cost of having a baby had increased, but services had also improved. For a normal delivery and three-day hospital stay, new parents could expect to pay up to $1,560 or up to $2,400 for a Caesarean section. Some of the improvements include a cheery-looking hospital room with televisions, sibling visiting hours, a relative allowed to assist in the delivery room, and a complimentary steak dinner for the parents before the mother’s discharge.
The South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization continues its community involvement with the recent installation of a permanent flag pole complete with a new U.S. flag and a banner depicting the former county school’s “Pirate” logo with the declaration “The Spirit Lives On.”
The Alumni paired the flags with a “Thanks Veterans” sign saluting all veterans for their service and sacrifice during the week around Veterans Day.
Visiting me from Chesapeake were Dr. Joe and Kathleen McKinney. Dr. McKinney received his veterinarian degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. They plan to move into the house here on Lakemont Drive in the near future.
The Red Hat Society had an enjoyable luncheon here at Victorian Square. Each resident received a beautiful bouquet of silk spring flowers.
I had two very nice young ladies clean my room. Thanks to Joy Ward and Kathy Ward, who did a real nice job of cleaning.