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By Denise Bly Published:

Happy New Year! I hope everyone's new year is off to a good start. Winter has arrived, but do not let it get you down. Get outside, even if it is only for a short walk in the fresh air and sunshine, if you can find it. A walk will boost your spirits and keep you from getting the winter blues. If you are afraid of the cold and ice, head over to the Renaissance Family Center and walk indoors and meet other folks as well.

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Speaking of the RFC, mark your calendars. The RFC will hold its annual indoor garage sale at 9 a.m. Feb. 16. It is an awesome sale that you will not want to miss.

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Jordan Small has been collecting letters to Santa for five years. He delivers them to Macy's, and they donate $1 per letter to the Make a Wish Foundation. He does this in memory of his cousin, Demetrius Small, who died five years ago at the age of 12 from brain cancer.

Jordan and his brother write "For Meter" in the corner of each letter they receive. This year, he collected 2,200 letters. But something happened this year that made this even more special.

Windham students and teachers always write letters to help Jordan. This year, Ravenna High School and LaBrae High School also wrote letters. The Windham Drama Club took time to write an extra stack for him. So did Portage County Head Start. We also had several families have "Santa Letter Night." Many of these families dropped stacks of letters off at my door last week.

It amazes me the sense of community that was shown during this event. I just thought that with all the sadness in the news today, maybe people would like to hear about my son and all the kids and families who helped him honor his cousin. This year, they collected a total of 2,200 letters, or $2,200 donated to the Make a Wish Foundation. Thanks, everyone!

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Windham United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, coleslaw, bread, homemade dessert and beverage. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. Carry-out service will be available.

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Teens for Jeans, Windham students Mia and Madison Berardinelli, are once again collecting gently worn jeans for the homeless. Collection boxes are located in all Windham schools and Sparkle Market. The collection will run from now until February.

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Windham Bombers Boys Basketball is off to a good start. They are undefeated in the Portage Trail Conference County Division and will take on their arch rivals, the Garfield G-Men, at James A. Garfield High School on Friday, with Junior Varsity starting at 6 p.m.

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Thank you once again to the ladies and gentlemen of Harbisson Walker who struck again this Christmas! They collected and donated their personal money to the Windham Bombers Parent Teacher Organization to help us allow kids who do not have money to shop. Their generous donation allowed every student at Katherine Thomas Elementary to shop for their families.

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For Windham news, contact Denise Bly at 330-958-2280 or dbly993@yahoo.com.

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