Nothing means more during this great holiday season than having families together to celebrate. And, while James and Joyce Dalton of Southern Chesterfield will be much like many ‘blended’ households scrambling to keep the word ‘happy’ in the phrase Happy Holidays, there will be new challenges for the Dalton family to embrace this Christmas.
The war officially ended in Iraq last week with most of the troops home for Christmas, but for the troops in Afghanistan, the war continues and deployment is longer than six months.
Sgt. Jason Glidden, 36, was originally set for a one year deployment in Iraq, leaving behind a heavyhearted family knowing dad would miss Christmas. Last Tuesday, his three children were given a Christmas to remember; dad came home early.
There we stood in the clearing dust, face to face with a crowd of complete strangers who had staged a surprise party for us. In all the clamor of the bongo drums, vocal chants, and wooden xylophones, we didn’t notice the drone of the engine driving away, not to pick us up again for two years.
On Thursday, December 1, Chesterfield 4-H hosted its annual Achievement Night at L.C. Bird High School to celebrate the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of the 4-H’ers. It was a very special event for the youth and the dedicated adult volunteers who make 4-H possible.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, three hundred guests attended the fifth annual Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother auction at the Cultural Center of India. They were welcomed with the music of the Jack-Win-TET and the beautiful seasonal table decorations by Petals and Bows.
Wednesday, December 21
Cornerstone Business Builders Meeting. 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Salem Baptist Church. Details: 748-5533.
Al-Anon Family Group Meeting/Simultaneous AA Meeting. 8 p.m. Ivey Memorial Methodist Church, 17120 Jeff Davis Hwy. Details: 861-2620.
Future Alternatives Networking Group. 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Capital Region Workforce Center, 7333 White Pine Rd., Richmond. Details: 271-8510.
Thursday, December 22
No events scheduled.
Friday, December 23