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By Cathy Klein Published:

A "Farmer's Breakfast" benefit was held for Steve Earnest on Dec. 30 at the Deerfield Town Hall. More than 2,500 people came out to show their support for the family at the event, which raised a generous amount of money for the family and Steve's medical bills.

A big thanks to the countless number of people who donated their time putting the event together and making sure it was the success it became and to everyone who came to enjoy breakfast with Steve, who was able to be there the entire time.

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Edinburg Hot Stove sign-ups will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Edinburg Town Hall. Any baseball questions can be directed to Jason Proctor at 330-281-1466, and any softball questions can be directed to Saudi Pettigrew at 330-221-5077. Registration for the 2013 season is open to all boys and girls ages 4 to 14 years old.

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Congratulations to the Southeast Middle School Students of the Month for December. They were selected by their teachers based on the theme of Positive Attitudes and include, from left, Anthony Hanna (sixth grade), Morgan Babcock (eighth grade), Elliott Thomas (seventh grade), Shelby Ovian (seventh grade), Ashley Hench (eighth grade), and Sydney Severt (sixth grade).

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This time of year always seems to be a bit slow on community news, so I always enjoy writing about books, as they are definitely one of my passions. I feel like I had been in somewhat of a "reading slump" in recent months.

Every book I picked up just didn't hold my attention, and I wouldn't even feel it worth my limited pleasure time to finish them until I read "The Wishing Trees" by John Shors and "Chosen" by D.T. Neal. Believe me when I tell you that these two books could not be more different, but I enjoyed both of them immensely.

"The Wishing Trees" is a literary book based on the tale of a father and his daughter who are still dealing with the death of their wife and mother nearly a year ago from when the book opens. Before Ian and Kate started a family and had their daughter, Mattie, they would travel to many countries together volunteering for different organizations. Before Kate passed on from cancer, she wrote letters to them both and wanted them to open the messages on a journey they would take together visiting many of the same countries as well as a few new ones. Throughout their trip, Mattie would draw her mother pictures, leaving them in the trees for her "to see."

Shors' writing is always comforting and beautiful to me. It was a great book to just relax with and enjoy.

"Chosen" is from the horror genre and tells about the town of Ludlow, Pa., which is suddenly being taken over by the undead. As the book quickly unfolds the demise of Malcom Warner, who has fallen into the Mercy River, it also brings him "back to life." With his newfound life given to him by what he considers to be the Angel in the Depths, Malcom forms a new identity as Mal Lazurus, dubbing himself as the Messenger and forming the Brethren to increase his power in the community. He quickly brings several people into his fold, but there are a select few who decide to fight the changes occurring in Ludlow, making for several anticipatory scenes along this frightful tale.

What I enjoy most about Neal's writing is his finite descriptions bringing every situation vividly to life in my imagination.

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Please continue contacting Cathy Klein with any community news or announcements by the second Wednesday of the month at 330-325-8072 or CM101495@aol.com.

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