Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 27, 2014

Nancy M. Young: February 26, 2014

ELLAVILLE — Locals enjoy Christmas trip in New York mountains

William McCorkle and his daughter Emily had a very special Christmas trip. Santa Claus gave Emily a trip to the mountains of New York.

Emily loves snow and they selected Frost Valley, N.Y., YMCA, has their choice since it focuses on Christian family values, fitness and healthy eating, and there was snow. Frost Valley hosts family camps year-round to provide families opportunities to play, learn and share winter activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, ice skating, sledding, snow tubing and winter  team sports.

They arrived on Dec. 27 and left on Jan. 1. Emily enjoyed many activities as well as making new friends. The highlight was the family oriented New Year’s Eve Party. They participated in family games that lead up to the Frost Valley's big ball drop.

They truly enjoyed this Christmas resort in their focus on eating habits and healthy lifestyles. Meals included fresh vegetables, fruits and a well stocked salad bar. All meals were healthy and family oriented.

After their stay in the mountains, they went to Baltimore where they spent some time at the Inner Harbor. Emily selected the Maryland Science Center to visit. She was interested in the Mummies of the World Exhibit, but they enjoyed the  Dinosaur Exhibit and other galleries.

On the way home they stopped briefly in Washington, D.C., to walk along the National Mall. They saw the Capital, the Washington Monument and toured the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.

They had a great Christmas break filled with learning, exercising, good food, and made new friends.


Happy birthday to a special person

On Feb. 18 Earlene Guy Greene celebrated her 97th birthday at home with her family, John and Lisa Greene and granddaughter Hanner Greene.

On Feb. 17 Earlene’s two nieces, Gaynelle Wall Williams and Dycee Wall Pope,  came to see her, especially to visit their aunt and to help her celebrate and honor her with gifts of love. The honoree and family had a good meal  and lemon pound cake.

Earlene has seen and heard so much throughout her life and can tell you a lot of history. What a blessing it is to live this long and always be well and happy.

“Keep on stepping high,” Earlene, and you will teach us all how to live to become 97 years old. Congratulations!

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