First: I'd like to brag a bit. When you consider the very
humble beginnings of this version of the Aldersonian, I'm
amazed of how far its come. From just a few pages to 1500
plus pages, it has a class page for each year of graduation,
a list of the Alumni,
history of both the school and the town, news and photos.
Its even got the weather. And to think this all happened
because of your involvement. Even more amazing, it
happened with most of us living all over the U. S., not
knowing or seeing each other. I hope you will take some
pride in what we've built here.
Second: The Alderson community lost a lot of people this
year. Following is a list of those that was posted on the
These were people that we knew
and spent time and parts of our lives with. I still find it hard to
believe that David Shields and Dan Duff are no longer with us.
Third: The city of Alderson had several
special news events this year. Here are a few of them.
1. The July wind storm that
hit the area did
significant damage to property and the landscape. It also postponed
most of the 4th of July Celebration.
2012 marks the 200th
anniversary of that 1812 survey expedition led by
Supreme Court Justice John Marshall. The expedition trip
was re-created by Andrew Shaw, and his crew of batteau
enthusiasts with their hand built 43 foot by 7 foot
batteau named the Mary Marshal. They stopped in Alderson
on the way to their destination.
Greenbrier Interpretive Center was finally finished, a tribute to
the fine folks of Alderson Main Street. I think Harry Meredith would
have been pleased with what was made of his old Gulf station.
I've probably miss something and
your invited to tell me about it in the comments below.
I purposely used the Christmas header from
the front page for this Christmas newsletter. It's such a pretty
scene and it's almost like being there for Christmas. I love to sit
and watch it. If you can not see the scene, it means your browser is
not set to view "Java Scripts". I can help with that. Just let me
know. It's no bother. It is my goal to make your viewing and reading
experience the best possible in hopes that it brings us all closer
for this Christmas.
One other thing. Just as we did
last year, use the comment box to send your Christmas greeting to
whomever you wish. If you forget some one, post another one. Don't
forget to visit this page often to see all the additional comments. Some
one may answer yours.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year. May you be with those you love this Christmas,