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Move to 'town' not planned

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By Vince Luecke

After a simple life on the farm, I'm finally moving to town and can't wait to enjoy the fast, exciting adventures of the big city.

Well, sort of.

Over the next week or two, I'll be hauling the contents of my house a tad over a mile to the metropolis of New Boston. I recently bought a house there and while it's nothing fancy, it more than meets my bachelor needs.

My parents will be making the even shorter-distance move into my current house this winter, giving them a smaller, easier-to-care-for home that will keep them on the farm. Meanwhile, I'll be kicking up my heels on the highest hill in New Boston.

My move is due to the crazy economy. Luckily, I'm a beneficiary, not a victim of the nation's financial hardships. The house I purchased went back to the bank this fall, something happening more and more often these days as people struggle to make mortgage payments in the face of layoffs and factory closings.

I purchased four lots next to the house a few years ago as an investment but never figured I'd end up with the place next door.

Growing up, the thought of  having to "move to town" reminded me of hard times from the past, when farm families were forced to town during the Great Depression or decades later, how the lousy economy of the 1970s and 1980s pushed many farmers out of business. Thankfully, our family farm survived.

Growing Needs

Economic fears hurt even more around the holidays when we're expected to spend more on gifts, parties and even food. Of course, those who have children face more pressure than people like me.  

Those who have been regular savers and avoided credit-card debt are better able to cope with the downturn but lost jobs and closed plants can wipe out years of savings.

That's where the rest of us can help. There's never been more of a need to help others this holiday. A lot of us will be helping family members, co-workers or those we go to church with, but some of us have the means to help others we don't know.

Over the past couple of weeks, we've received calls from parents looking for assistance in buying gifts for their family and have passed those calls on to United Way of Perry County and its Holiday Helpers program that provides modest gifts to children.

If you can afford to help brighten the Christmas for another family, give the United Way office a call at 547-2577 to find out how you can help. Or find other ways to give to others, such as the blanket drive sponsored by Tell City Optimist Club. Blankets can be dropped off through Friday at any First State Bank location or at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Tell City.

Thanks to everyone who dropped off food items over the past few weeks as part of a News-sponsored food drive. Several boxes of canned and other non-perishable items were delivered to Catholic Charities Friday. Thanks again.

Angel Food Ministries

As a reminder, The News has menus for the Angel Food Ministries' discount-food program organized locally by Branchville United Methodist Church. The program offers $30 boxes of food valued at $60 or more, as well as senior boxes of 10 fully cooked meals for $28.

Nearly 500 orders were placed in December and I suspect the demand will continue to grow. There are no age or income guidelines to participate. Orders are due Jan. 11 with food delivered Jan. 24 at the church.

For more information on the program, call Kenny Ambrose at 843-4685 or e-mail him at bumcministry@ hotmail.com. The current month's menus are available online at www.angelfoodministries.com.