Winter seems to have come early to the Northeast.  Out here in the openness of our country community, it is particularly chilly - always a few degrees colder than in town.  But, lest we become downhearted over these dreary November days with early snowfalls, we should perhaps reflect on a poem by that great American poet, Robert Frost:  


Winter seems to have come early to the Northeast.  Out here in the openness of our country community, it is particularly chilly - always a few degrees colder than in town.  But, lest we become downhearted over these dreary November days with early snowfalls, we should perhaps reflect on a poem by that great American poet, Robert Frost:                                      
Dust of Snow

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

That dusting (or more!) of snow will probably be welcomed by the local deer hunters when the season opens on Monday.  We wish a safe season to all who are out there in the woods.
Apparently, it was a successful turkey hunting season for first year hunter Dougie Botchman of nearby Boyds Mills. It has been reported that Dougie shot “a nice big turkey!”
Another young man from Boyds Mills, Hunter Sheard, is proving himself to be quite the young artist.  Hunter's “Memom”, Irma Sheard, tells us that her student is excelling in his oil painting. (It's rumored that Grandpa Garry Sheard may be turning part of his airplane hangar into an art gallery!)
Congratulations to Nathan and Amy Gries on the birth of their son, Colton George.  Colton arrived on November 12, over two months early.  He is, however, making fine progress as he remains in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
On Friday, November 14, Carrie Bomgardner, daughter of William and Debra Bryant of Valley Ridge Road, was the recipient of the Penn State Alumni Association's Recent Alumna Award. Her parents were both in attendance at Penn State for the presentation.  This prestigious award is given to only one of the association's 160,000 plus members each year.  It honors the recipient's outstanding service to the Penn State Alumni Association. Carrie, who grew up on the Bryant farm here in Calkins, is currently the President-Elect of the Penn State Agriciultural Sciences Alumni Society Board.
Recently, our local Alzheimer's Memory Walk team received the final report of their fund raising efforts this fall. “Alma's Allies” was able to contribute $1,236 to the Greater Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Association in Wilkes-Barre.  Quite an accomplishment for our first year! Many thanks to all who donated to this cause.
Last week a former longtime resident of the Calkins area, Mae Kays, passed away at the age of 95 years. Mae and husband Harry lived for many years on Calkins Road, though she had most recently resided at Ellen Memorial.
Many local Calkins folks are connected in various ways with the Beach Lake Fire Company.  This Saturday, November 29, the Ladies Auxiliary sponsors a craft fair at the fire hall.  With many fine crafters from the surrounding area present, this fair is a great place for Christmas shopping!
As Christmas approaches, be sure to put the weekend of December 13-14 on your calendar: these are the dates for this year's Christmas Cantata at the Calkins Baptist Church.  “The Greatest Gift” will be performed both evenings at 7 p.m.
In these tough economic times, we often hear our present crisis being compared to the era of the Great Depression.  Referring once again to Betty Sheard's book Calkins Consolidated,  one realizes that the hard times of the late 1920's and early 1930's consisted not only of trying every way possible to make a living, but also contending with muddy, unpaved roads, little or no electricity, and no indoor plumbing!  Apparently, the local folks in Calkins held dinners as fund raisers to finance the paving of what is now Calkins Road.  A little historical perspective is always interesting.
Thanks to those of you who have contributed to the column this time; please keep the news coming!