Life’s Reflections: Colorful leaves, Halloween making this autumn special

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This house in Ansonia is always decorated for respective holidays. Linda Moody photo)

ANSONIA—I may have said this before, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the leaves as colorful as I have this year, especially the local ones. Wonder why?
I always like driving the roadways in the fall and seeing the leaves that have changed colors, so I knew they did that. But, for some reason, they seem more brilliant this year…especially in our area of town.

It has seemed to make the Halloween season more eventful.

Yes, the parades, masquerade parties and the trick-or-treat events are over, and we all know what that means. Wintry weather is in the offing, and hopefully it will be as pleasant as autumn is thus far.

I covered, in part, the Ansonia Fire Department’s Chili Supper last Thursday night, arriving late as I had another mission before that, yet I got there in time to see the masqueraders getting judged.

Cory Meadows did such a good job as emcee again, and has a way of relating to the children, so much that I think it keeps them from being afraid in front of people. He also announces the raffle winners at the end of this event, and he’s very entertaining there as well.

I would like to thank, at this time, the fire department and all who were involved in the evening’s happenings. Had a great time again.

I saw some really spooky decorations on Bradford properties this year when I drove through it the day I interviewed the parade marshal before Bradford Pumpkin Show even began.

Here in Ansonia, I especially like to see how people decorate for Christmas as well.

At least one household in Ansonia decorated their property once again for Halloween and that same duo goes all-out with Christmas decorations as well. I can’t wait to see what they come up with this year. For me, that makes the yule season enjoyable too.

Yes, we have three, and if you want to call New year’s Eve, a holiday observance, there are three other special dates left to celebrate before the year ends… Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

American families sure know how to celebrate all holidays and we’re fortunate to live here where people are proud.

Hope you have a Happy Halloween!

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of David Farst, DVM, Larry Cockerham, David Cleveland, Sherry Lutz Wiley, Betty (Okey) Archie, Miranda Sue Roberts and Karen M. Wietholter.
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Please pray for these people: Angie Brown, Melikka Riffell, Amanda Mote, Tom Moody, Gary Francis, Karen Criswell, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kara Harter, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Clinton Randall, Sherry Klingshirn, Zach Urbancic, Sharon Gamster, Connie Stachler, Susie Francis, Rick Libert, Harold Libert, Randy Heck, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Bob Drees, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Debbie Mayse, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Ralph Byrd, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Buemi Hodson, Jim Kammer, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
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Happy birthday:
Nov. 3 to Tom Stevenson, Ryan Riffell, Hillary Moody, Shelly Nieport, Marla Fourman and Vicky Pfledderer.
Nov. 4 to Connie Beach-Mills, Scott Rowland, Roger Oliver, Frank Lenker, Shirma Pence, Vickie Martin, Mandy Martin, Sharon Jones, Josie Deaton and Rachel Morrison Jenkins.
Nov. 5 to Mike Koverman, Corey Bickel, Mike McClurg, Duane Edwards, Linda Stoltz and Autumn Everman.
Nov. 6 to Melissa Riffell Mansfield, Nathan Gray, Chris Muhlenkamp, Darla Batten Printz, Roy Dohme, Colin Moody, Jeff Amick and Mary Saintignon.
Nov. 7 to Pam Carney Hale, Darick Rose, Sharon Shelley, Phil Hetzler, Amy Midlam, Holly Grow Hill and Kevin Fullroth.
Nov. 8 to Vicki Easterling, John Rismiller, Kay Camacho, Brady Dowler, Connie Apple, Tony Best, Rita Drew-Neff, Sherryl Mead, Vicki Whatley, Jason Crist, Carlena Snead and Drew Meadows.
Nov. 9 to Tom Magoto, Danielle Keiser, Don Delaplane, Linda Johnston, Mary Francis, Mikey Shoenleben and Rob Widener Sr.
Happy anniversary to: Dennis and Paula Moody on Nov.5.
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Think about it: “Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character.”– Author Unknown