Early January

I’m working out of Diamond’s offices this week — publishing deadlines. I happened to walk through the lobby area yesterday, and what did I find?

Christmas tree in Diamond's lobby, January 2021

A Christmas tree.

Even though there’s only a small staff — less than twenty most days — on site, even though almost no one would see it, they still put up a Christmas tree.

It was gone today.

Alas.

It might be hard to tell, but there’s a large passenger jet in the upper right quadrant of the photo below. Looks a bit like a smudge.

Airplane over Yoe, Pennsylvania, lost in the gray clouds

I stopped at the mailbox to pick up my mail before I left for work. It was a murky morning — overcast, a light, chilly rain — and I decided to take photos of the watchtower on the far hill.

Then I heard the plane.

It was flying quite low. I imagine it was on its descent to Harrisburg International, about twenty miles away.

I tried taking a couple of pictures, but most were blurry.

In the mail, besides my electric bill, I had a newspaper.

Final issues of the Community Courier

There’s a free, local, weekly newspaper that comes by mail, the Community Courier. It’s not an especially interesting newspaper — most of the articles are about local church services — and their headline writers uses a vastly different definition of “slated” that I do. (They mean it as “scheduled.” I read it as “criticized sharply.” Thus, a headline like “Church Pot Luck Slated” reads to me like it was really bad, while they mean it’s something coming up.)

This, the Christmas Week issue, which arrived a week and a half after Christmas, was the final issue. Due to COVID and various economic uncertainly, they were ceasing their publications in York County after forty-five years, while similar papers in Lancaster and Chester Counties would continue.

I can’t say I’ll miss it, but it’s still something worthy a momentary twinge of sadness.

At least I won’t have to read about really bad church pot lucks again.

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