By Alvin Engelke

Rev. Keith Belt filled his regular appointment at the Burning Springs M. E. Church and served Holy Communion.

Assuming there are no deep snows, high floods, periods of freezing rain and such the Creston auction is scheduled for Saturday, January 8, starting at 6 P. M. at the Creston Community Building.

A warm spell came along with rain and melted the most of the snow locally although in the process certain areas were very icy & treacherous. The global warming folks said the snow and cold was the result of "global warming". Of course one of the big gurus in the climate change hoax recently was forced to admit that during the last 15 years there had been no warming even though the Big Eared One's NASA (formerly the space agency) said 2010 was the hottest ever.

Last winter, as many may recall there was deep snow and the highway department had serious problems in some sections as the "wise ones" had sold off the big heavy snow removal equipment "because the earth was warming and snow would be rare south of Fairbanks". This year those traveling to Parkersburg noted that the lack of snow fence created problems on Beulah Hill where drifts are common. The snow fence was another of those things "no longer needed", at least in Al Gore's world.

Mary Bell, age 70, widow of Harold "Bud" Bell passed away. Burial was at Pine Alley.

Charles Melvin Hall, age 88, a WW II veteran passed away. He was a son of Charles & Lilly Grace Williams Hall. His family formerly lived across the river from W. Va. 5 below Creston.

Edna Florence Raznoff, age 91, passed away at the home of her daughter & son-in-law, Mary & Carl Rogers of Annamoriah. Burial will be in Tampa Florida.

Carl Ferrell and a number of other area residents took turns suffering from a nasty virus that has been making the rounds. Those visiting at the Ferrell residence included Brandon Ferrell.

Sue Farnsworth, comely daughter & friend were calling in the Burning Springs area.

Anna Yates, Nancy & Jane Engelke went shopping in Columbus.

While the price of locally produced natural gas is mostly in the $3 range (some sells for from 12 cents to 20 cents) the price of Pennsylvania grade crude oil has gone up reflecting the world price which has factored in the decreased worth of the U S dollar. Year end price for local crude was $85.50/bbl and locally gasoline has gone to $3.26/gal. The deliveryman said it would hit $4 before Decoration Day and a former Royal Dutch Shell executive said it would be $5 by 2012.

The "so called quantitative easing" done by the Big Eared One at the request of Mr. Soros has caused, in addition to the rise in fuel prices, increased costs for groceries which, of course is directly related to the cost of energy for feed, fertilizer, transportation, etc. The folks down in the swamps at the Mouth of the Potomac can still say, with a straight face that "inflation is low" since they redefined the calculations by taking out the costs of food and energy. After all, the value of most houses continues to decline as a result of the actions and result bubble burst caused by Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and the federal folks at Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.

There will be no services January 9 at the Burning Springs M. E. Church. Former local Methodist minister Rick Swearingen is going on a trip to the Holy Land.

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