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  • Christmas... here again, and right on time

    The holiday season seems to come in the front door just as we push the last of the hoses and garden tools to the garage. And here it is again, right on time. We have the turkey and fixin’s behind us and now it’s time to settle in for the long, festive Christmas season.

  • Viewpoint

    In just a few short weeks the news staff will be wrapping up 2017 with the top stories of the year.
    When former WCYN Coffee Break host Rick Chasteen was on the air, he and I liked to compare notes for the top stories of the year. Generally, we were pretty close.
    Admittedly, I had the upper hand because I had the entire year’s worth of Cynthiana Democrat’s to look back on. He had to do it by memory.
    That year in review will be published the first week in January.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Oscar, e.g.
    6. Debate position
    9. Judicial document
    13. Hawaiian veranda
    14. Deadeye’s forte
    15. Capital of Egypt
    16. Lumps of something soft
    17. Beluga yield
    18. Ar on table of elements
    19. *First state to officially recognize Christmas
    21. *Country which produced first artificial Christmas trees
    23. Boiling emotion
    24. Grain in “The House That Jack Built”
    25. Equinox mo.
    28. *On Christmas it often includes ham or goose

  • Christmas tree lighting on Friday night, Dec. 1

         This holiday season, I am thankful for my community. Thankful for all the support that has been given to me this year, for all the support of the Cynthiana Main Street Program.
         Our community is making a comeback and for that I am thankful!
    There has been a sense of community this year.
         Many events have been successful, many families have been downtown together. Our community has started many traditions.

  • Viewpoint

    I attended a Lion’s Club meeting on Tuesday at noon and interviewed Shon Walker that evening. Those two events made me realize something that is probably true for most of us.
    Our middle school and high school years probably were the best years of our lives.
    At least, those are the years that are most nostalgic for us and created memories that have endured for a lifetime.

  • Viewpoint

    Times they are a changin’.
    Kelly and I have been married for 32 years and had established some long-standing traditions for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    I say “had,” because at least one of those traditions has changed this year.
    For the first few years of our marriage, we punished ourselves on Thanksgiving Day by taking in two Thanksgiving feasts. One in Maysville with the Calverts and one in Cynthiana with the Kendalls.

  • Viewpoint

    It’s Thanksgiving. There is much to be thankful for all year round, but we always culminate that into one weekend. Because our forefathers chose this Thursday to collectively be thankful, this is when we gather with family and friends.
    We cook, we eat, we (at least some) watch football and the rest allow the tryptophan to do its damage.
    I have these observations from years of experience.

  • Ice skating in Cynthiana and Shop Small

    Have you ever been ice skating?
    Is this something on your bucket list?
    Well, guess what!
    Cynthiana Main Street has exciting news, we are bringing an ice skating rink to downtown Cynthiana. In December, we are hosting an Ice Skating Extravaganza.
    As you know, I am all for bringing people into downtown and offering things for kids to do. This year, with the support of several businesses and organizations, we were able to make this happen.

  • Viewpoint

    Many thanks to Betsy Smith for filling in for me during my latest health “issue.”
    Betsy is a talented writer and penned some really interesting articles!
    She has set the bar much higher for me...gee thanks, Betsy!
    Thanks also to my workmates and bosses at the Cynthiana Democrat for being patient with me while I continue to recover.
    It would have been very easy for them to simply replace me with someone else, and they didn’t do that.
    They have gone over and above the call of duty.