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An Ordinary Day
By Tanya Pike

By the time I arrive home it is dark. Winter Solstice is upon us and I am grateful that natural light will soon be returning, tick by tick.

I pull into the driveway as dusk is falling. The flowers in the gardens that we worked so hard in all summer are gone. There are brown leaves covering the small patch of grass that has finally moved from green to rest in brownness.


Concentus Christmas concert Dec. 17 in Yoder Recital Hall

Concentus will perform a benefit Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall.

This choir, formed in the fall of 2003, will perform John Rutter's "Gloria" and numerous Christmas carols. Joining Concentus this year will be a brass and percussion ensemble, performing with the choir on the Rutter piece.

A free-will offering will be taken. Half of the offering will go to support the recent earthquake and flood victims in southern Asia. The other half will cover the program expenses.


White bean and pasta soup with basil

White Bean and Pasta Soup with Basil

1 T. olive oil
2 carrots, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 C. vegetable stock
1 T. chopped fresh basil
16 oz. chopped tomatoes
3 cans white beans, rinsed and drained
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 C. small pasta shapes or broken spaghetti
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, grated


Hot lentil soup for a cold night

Lentil Soup

3 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
1 onion, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 t. fresh thyme, minced
1 cup lentils
1 t. salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry, white wine
5 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 t. balsamic vinegar
5 oz. baby spinach


Read about "The Prince and the Frog" in Icon movie reviews

The Princess and the Frog
Running Time:
1 hr. 35 min.
Release Date: Dec. 11, 2009
MPAA Rating: G

Starring: Keith Anthony, Kwesi Boakye, Roger Aaron Brown, June Christopher, David Cowgill, Peter Del Vecho
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

12 Reviews
1680 Ratings


Variance granted at 218 S. Main St.

The Bluffton board of zoning and appeals granted a rear yard variance in a hearing held Dec. 14.

The variance of eight feet was requested by petitioners Sean and JoLynn Burrell and Meg Burrell for a property at 218 S. Main St.

The purpose of hearing was to consider the variance for an addition to the house at the address. A garage and second story will be added to the back of the house into the rear yard.