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The coming holidays: Get out & enjoy

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'Tis the season — to become those Whos down in Whoville.

Contrary to the general assumption, fall and impending winter are not times to hide within our houses or within ourselves, but to get out (even if into other indoor venues) and participate in community life.

Keep an eye on the Leader Times' News to Use for places to go, from the local library and choral concerts to plays and athletic events at schools, and rejoice like those happy Whos no matter how down we may get over our personal or collective economy or about the news out of our state and national capitals.

We are a resilient people, and getting together for events in our churches and schools and at events sponsored by other civic groups shows the world that Armstrong County is not to be ignored.

What does such behavior do for us?

It is part of our collective resume that tells others that this county is a good place in which to live, to recreate and — if we keep creatively at the effort — a good place in which to settle down, to work or to set up shop.

If you have an idea about how to improve the lifesyle in Armstrong, start sharing it with others — perhaps with someone at a band concert, or a basketball game, or with fellow parishioners at church.

The approach of Christmas and the New Year is good time to start thinking creatively and positively.

Sure, the Whos of Dr. Seuss' “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” may be kids' stuff. But if we can inspire our kids, just think of the places we will go.

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