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In the southwest sky–‘Christmas Star’ appears December 21

On the night of the Winter Solstice, Monday, December 21, an incredibly bright star of wonder, or what is known as the “Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem” will appear. 

Jupiter and Saturn will align so closely together that they will appear as a giant star. 

The last time these two planets were visible like this was almost 800 years ago, the year 1226. 

Stargazers in this area should turn their heads and telescopes to the southwest portion of the sky about 45 minutes after sunset to see these two planets align. Sightings should be seen throughout the entire week.

Of course, the first “Christmas Star” of “Star of Bethlehem” appeared to the Magi, wise men, Astrologers, from the East, in search of the baby Jesus who had been born King of the Jews. The star went before the Magi, until it stood over where the Child was. When they saw the young Child with Mary, His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him, and presented gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

We, here at the Shopper News Note, hope our readers are able to witness this appearance of the “Christmas Star,” and that it brings the same wonder, peace, and pure joy that it did to those travelers so long ago.

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Donations accepted for upkeep of Mansion

The Lindsay Community Historical Society had to cancel their annual fundraiser event, Christmas at the Mansion this December, due to COVID-19, according to Thelma Love.  

“Donations are still being accepted and welcomed. If you or your organization would like to make a donation to the Mansion, please send donations to Lindsay Community Historical Society, P. O. Box 282, Lindsay, OK 73052,” Ms. Love added.

  “The Mansion is beautifully decorated with lighted Christmas trees and is ready for friends and small family groups who would like to visit the Mansion on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 to 1:00 to take photos with family members.  We hope to have Christmas at the Mansion on the first Sunday of December in 2021, Ms. Love concluded.

The Mansion is located at 13510 E. County Rd. 1520 in Lindsay, which is west of Hwy. 76S in Erin Springs.

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School Board filings begin Mon., Dec. 7

Candidates for the Board of Education in area school districts will file their Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Mon., Dec. 7, and continuing Tues., Dec. 8 and Wed., Dec. 9, according to Election Board Secretaries. 

The official filing period ends at 5:00 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 9. All candidate filings will occur at the County Election Board offices.

The Board of Education positions at stake will be filled at the Board of Education Primary Election scheduled Tues., Feb. 9, 2021 and the Board of Education General Election on Tues., Apr. 6, 2021. If only two candidates file, the position will be filled at the General Election. If more than two candidates file, a Primary Election will be held. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in the Primary Election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will meet in the General Election.

Questions may be directed to the Election Board Secretaries. The board secretaries and phone numbers in the Shopper’s distribution area are:  Garvin County, Doylene Cunningham, 405-238-3303; McClain County, Karen Haley, 405-527-3121; Grady County, Katrina Hughes, 405-224-1430.

The Garvin County Election Board is located inside the Garvin County Courthouse in Pauls Valley, First Floor, Room 8.  

The McClain County Election Board office is in Room 101, at 121 N. 2nd Ave. in Purcell (inside the McClain County Courthouse).

The Grady County Election Board office is located in the District Attorney Complex at 307 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Chickasha.

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Holiday Hop is HERE!!!

Hop on into the Christmas holidays with Lindsay’s Christmas promotion, the Holiday Hop! The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce sponsors the festive promotion that runs through Thurs., Dec. 10, according to Chamber manager Clara Doan.  

A basket full of gift items from participating businesses will be awarded to the winner on Sat., Dec. 12 at 6:45 p.m., just before the Christmas parade. Participants must be present to win.

Participating businesses include AN Nail & Spa, Ann’s Grill, American Exchange Bank, Antique Connection, Backroads Boutique, Boomarang, Canna Station, Car Care, DeSign-It, Donut Palace, Dutton Farm & Supply, First National Bank, Geffre’s, Gonzalez Mexican REstaurant, Hot Mess Coffee, IBC Bank, J&J Liquor Store, Jake’s Short Stop, KBLP Radio, Lindsay Family Dentistry, Lindsay Medical Plaza, Lindsay Veterinary Hospital, Lorri Ann’s, Love’s, Okie Cleaners, Physical Therapy Central, Pizza Hut, Rowdy Riddles Boutique, Sassy Sparkles, Shopper News Note, Sonic Sunshine Suds, State Farm, Super C Mart, Sweet Pea’s Flowers & Gifts, Tabor’s Drug, Tanglz SH Boutique, TH Rogers, Walmart, and The Wright Cut.

Holiday Hop cards are available at participating businesses and at the Chamber office. 

Patrons will be able to visit participating businesses to have their Holiday Hop card stamped. Once the card is full, with six different stamps, the patron turns it in to the Chamber office. No purchase is necessary to have the Holiday Hop cards stamped, and there can be only one card per day.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Doan at the Chamber office at 405-756-4312.

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Thanksgiving dinner set in Lindsay

The annual Lindsay Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for Thurs., Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., according to John Collins.

The dinner will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 410 W. Chickasaw in Lindsay, BUT it will be handled a little differently this year.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 issues, this year’s Community Thanksgiving dinner will be delivery and carry-out only. 

“While we do enjoy your company, your safety means even more to us,” Mr. Collins explained.

“Donations are greatly appreciated. Usually 500 or more people are being fed at this event; some years many more,” Mr. Collins went on to say. 

An account has been set up at the American Exchange Bank of Lindsay for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Donations can be taken to American Exchange Bank, at 402 S. Main in Lindsay, or arrangements can be made to pick them up, as well.

“We will need volunteers to help Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving in prepping the food, along with volunteers for Thanksgiving Day,” Mr. Collins continued.

Those wanting to volunteer their time or donate food or money may contact Mr. Collins at 405-756-7217. Orders may be placed the day of the dinner by contacting Mr. Collins, or the church at 405-756-2781.