Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 30, 1968 · Page 3
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Monday, December 30, 1968
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1968 MT. VERNON, 3—A Dear AMby • • • Gentle Reminder To Thoughtless Teacher Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: What do you think of a teacher who asks her students to stand up before the whole class and tell what they got for Christmas? Abby, some children are lucky to get an orange and a few pieces of candy in their stocking. And you know how children are — if they didn't get much they sometimes are so embarrassed they make up things —A MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: I'm sure the guilty teacher meant no offense, but I'll print your letter as a gentle reminder for next year. You make a good' point. DEAR ABBY: Please lambast the utter conceit of people who send mimeographed "newsletters" to friends as a special "Christmas treat." They all sound like this: "'Dear Friends. George is now chairman of the board, having passed the presidency fof his company on to Melvin, our new son-in-law, who won the club golf championship last year. Mel was so proud of our Peg vhen she was elected treasurer of the Junior League that lie surprised her with a new Mercedes. Out little beauty, Judy, was runner- up for Homecoming Queen and also made national Honor society. Timmy was accepted at Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Princeton, but he thinks he'll go to a little Junior college up state. I took the part oi' the mother in "The Graduate" for our Annual Hospital Charity show. We got a director in from New York and he said I was as good as Ann Bancroft." Blah, blah, Mali, nothing but bras, brag, brag. It's nauseating! Wext year, Bob and I are goin>; to send these bores our own Christmas letters, and it will go like this: "Hi Everybody, well another year has passed. Grandpa fell clown the cellar steps and broke hig hip. (Good thing we kept Bob's crutches after his ski accident.) Our Bobby tried to get into the peace corps but couldn't make it, so I guess he'll be going to Viet Nam. Susie's boyfriend called off the engagement and we don't know what to tell people. My sister's daughter didn't go back to school this quarter. They claim it's mononucleosis, but she has suddenly put on a lot of weight, and looks slightly p. g. to mc. Buddy, my brother's pride and joy, was kicked out of school. T'i<?v said it was on account of his hair, but I think he was one of those who were caught smoking pot. Looks like Bob will have to borrow on his life insurance again to pay his taxes. Well, things could he worse. If his mother sells her house and moves in with us I'll kill m>- self. Gotta run. The whole family is down with lions Konn flu, and guess who the nurse is? Merry Christmas! ELAINE" CONFIDENTIAL TO R.F. land at leasl one hundred others). Yes, two blue- eyed parents can produce <i brown-eyed child when an unusual — or "freakish" combination of genes is present. It docs not frequently occur, but it is possible, so to all whom I have offended by my positive blanket statement to the contrary , my apologies. And color ME RED! Everybody has a problem. What's yours? For a personal reply write to Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal.. 90069 and enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope. Hate to Write letters? Send SI to Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal., 90069 For Abby's Booklet "How To Write Letters For All Occasions." POLLY'S POINTERS Homemade Bolsters -O- -0- ..o- Make It Now Make your dog's sweater now to have him cozy in this dashing set of warm worsted. Walk your dog in smart style — knit cozy turtleneck sweater and cap with pompan. Pattern 7415: sizes 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 included. FIFTY CENTS (coins) for each pattern — add 15 cents for each pattern for first-class mailing and special handling. Send to Alice Brooks Mt. Vernon Register-News, Needlecraft Dept., Box 163, Old Chelsea Station, New York, N.Y. 10011. Print Name, Address, Zip, Pattern Number. Giant, new 1969 Needlecraft Catalog — over 200 designs to choose, 3 free patterns printed inside. Send 50c now. NEW! "50 INSTANT GIFTS" — fabulous fashions, toys, decorator accessories. Make it today, give it tomorrow! Ideal for all occasions. 50c. "16 Jiffy Rugs" to knit, crochet, weave, sew, hook. 50c. Book of 12 Prize Afghans. 50c. Bargain! Quilt Book 1 has 16 beautiful patterns. 50c. "Museum Quilt Book 2 — patterns for 12 superb quilts. 50c Book 3. "Quilts for Today's Living". 15 patterns. 50c. FASHION NOTES Brought To Yon By Albert Parker do and If you're a sphlitlcate . dlspenie with the skirt . replace It with Cltypsnts . . . They're available In a cholco of fabrlet and are meant to bo paired with long, long tops. Entertaining can be SUCH fun If you greet your guest In a |ump suit designed In evening febnes. Speaking of night fun . . . don't be caught without your handbag . . . designed elthei In satins or metals. Want to know how to cause • reel stir for gala evenings? . . . Try wearing beige underthlngs with your see-through blouses end dresses . . . Smile softly when you hear the whispers ... but don't tell. Remember, fsiihlon I* your By POLLY CRAMER DEAR POLLY — I made darling small bolsters from large oatmeal boxes to use at the arms of my couch. I left the lid : on a box, taped it on securely, covered the box (but not the ends) with one- inch thick foam rubber I had saved from an old mattress topper. The ends of the foam were held together with a few stitches. I covered it with fabric that had been cut to extend over the ends of the box about two inches. This was gathered to cover the lid and ends. Large fabric covered buttons were stitched 1 onto this to cover where the ends were drawn together. A friend used checked gingham and smocked her cover for a very tailored look. I am using the plastic tray that came in my overnight case for a drawer organizer. It fits nicely in a top drawer and the sections are great for various toilet items, such as hairpins, nail polish, files, etc. When packing for a trip, most of this stuff goes along anyway. I just lift up the tray and put it back in my overnight case and it is half packed. —M.J.T. DEAR POLLY — Our old card table has a very sturdy frame but the cardboard top needs replacing. Could someone please tell me how to go about replac- ig or recovering it? It has been water- soaked and is terribly Brighten Couch's Looks warped. A table cover not do any good. —MRS. K.E.S. DEAR POLLY — My toddler kept catching his overall buttons on his net playpen until I reversed the buttons and buttoned the strap from the outside SOCIALLY YOURS By NADINE Society Editor Mr. and Mrs. Alden Fairchild of Waltonville and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fuller of Woodlawn spent the Christmas holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gilbert and son, Brian of Streamwood, 111. -o- -o -o- Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pasley Christmas Day were, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leggett and daughters, Jan and Paula, and son, Chuck and Mrs. Arm Ragan all of EVansville, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hayes of St. Charles, Mo., tad Mrs. Elsie Hayes of Leanon, HI. O- -O- -O- Mr. and Mrs. William D. Thompson and daughters have returned to their home in Warrensburg, Mo., after spending the past week with Mt. Vernon relatives and friends. -o- -o- -o- Mr. and Mrs. Vern Egbert have returned to their home after spending the Christmas Holidays with their son and family, M.-Sgt. and Mrs. Jack Egbert and children, Jacquelin*, Michael, Robert and Christopher, at Blytheville Air Force Base, Ark. -o- •©- -o- Mrs. Arline Boyd has returned home after art eight day visit with her sons and families, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Boyd and son, Mark and James Boyd all of Joliet. would i in . If your toddler spends quite a bit of time indoors, take his first shoes and rub the soles adross the cement or any other rough surface to scratch them. This saves a lot of falls. —MRS. C.M.B. DEAR POLLY — Terry cloth fingertip towels make very good napkins. They do no slide off the lap, are easily laundered and require no ironing. Great for mopping up spilled milk, etc. They can be selected in various colors and patterns. —MRS. E. You will receive a dollar if Polly uses your favorite homemaking idea, Polly's Problem or solution to a problem. Write to Polly in' care of this newspaper. Christmas is just around the corner and" Polly has a special gift offer for you — now you can get her 224- page "Polly's Homemaking Pointers" and 1 her 30-page "Polly's Christmas Pointers," both for only $1. (Send your name, address, zip code and check 'Pair of Polly's Pointers," c/o (Name Newspaper), P. O. Box 495S Dept. (first three digits your zip code), Chicago, HI. 60680. Allow three weeks for delivery. BETTY CANARY New Year's Eve Teen Dance Be It Resolved A Good 1969 Another new year? SOON enough, surely. I make New Year's resolutions in August, hoping that perhaps, just perhaps, I might get started on them sometime in January. Several times yearly, I realize that as an organizer I am a ccmplete failure — end at exercising self- control, I'm a washout. Actually, I'm a washout when it comes to any kind of exercising. I know 1969 will bring me some of the same things I've had to cope with in other years. For one thing, it will bring me more questions like, "Does my l>ard sweat, mom?" Come to think of it — questions like that probably account for my lack of control. I am quite sure that, along with my dull, old, ordinary failures, there is more than & good chance some brand new o<ies will pop up. However, I'm not going to worry about that nr>w. For heaven's sake, I can wait. There is one lesson I'm thankful I have learned and that is mere is absolutely no point in feeling guilty about things in advance. At our house we celebrate Now Year's Day with a sort of mini-open house. It seems mose people celebrate only New Year's Eve and not the day. Children are invited as well as adults and it gives us a happy *tart, I think. The converstatiois on that day always come around to the same hopes for serenity and pleace in mis tense and frightened world. The parents look to their children and want to give them the love that soothes and heals and also guides and the children have hopes and ideals, too. There lives are not pop, pot and pornography. Some of my most pleasant personal memories of 1968 have een given to me in letters from leaders. I'm not exactly- sure what was meant in one of my favorite letters. A young man in Califor­ nia wrote to say, "After reading your articles, I can really believe it when my wife says kids are driving her crazy." I think fondly of a woman in New Jersey who wrote a beautiful letter about her son, who is serving in the Marine Corps, and about how her family celebrates Thanksgiving Day. She says she was not born in this country, and her letter makes me proud and thankful we are in America. Then, there's the Lady Nighthawk in Mobile. She says she is "an old lady," but she fairly bubbled through to me via her letter and I know she is one of those who, no matter how long they live, never grow old. Late at night, when I am sometimes working and sometimes merely sitting and dreaming, I like to think of her. What I wish for this friend nnd for everone is a happy ending to this year. But, more than that, I hope we all have some beginnings on hand. "The Sting Rays, from left to right are. Charles Smithpeters, bass guitarist; Dennis Boyer, organist; Al Bruzan, drummer; Terry Kent, vocalist; Steve Allen, leader and lead guitarist; and Rick Feaney, equipment and light technician. Party included in the YMCA's | skirt contest too. with record They will be on stage tomorrow night, December 31st, at the Mt. Vernon YMCA's Gala New Year's Eve Dance, for the teens of Mt. Vernon and the surrounding area. This will be the first teen New Year's Eve dance schedule. To make tin- evening complete, there will be plenty of hats and noise-makers to bring in 1969. Of special interest to albums to be presented to the winners. Any girl wearing a mini-skirt will be eligible. Dancing will be from 9 until 12:30 and everyone is invited to bring in the New Year at everyone, there will be a mini- the YMCA. Casual Twenties Clnb The Casual Twenties Club held its annual Christmas party arid gift exchange, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill King. Husbands of members were guests of honor. The King home was mostap- propriately decorated throughout with the Christmas theme. Everyone was greeted in the living room with a large Christmas tree and a hearty fire in the fireplace. The dining room was also decorated in keeping with the holiday season, with miniature Christmas trees, greenery, bells holly and poinsettia. One buffet table was decorated in white lace over green and a large antique crystal candlabra in the center, two crystal punch bowls and a most generous supply of hors d'oeuvres and Christmas candies and cookies. The other buffet was similarly decorated a;id held turkey and dressing are all the trimmings, furnish ed by club members. After dinner, everyone received very throughtful gifts in the exchange and games were played. Members and guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. Bill King , host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brieseacher, Mr. and Mrs. Jtrry Clemens, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Clifton, Mr. and Mrs. David Flota, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Flota and. Mr. and Mrs. Myrle Jennings. •O* ^0* *0** HIU Top Unit The Hill Top Uitt of Home Extension will meet Thursday, January 2 at the home of Mrs. nilHsni* wftk.Wlnnto Mis. Loyal Workers Clue The Loyal Workers Sunday school class of the Church of God, 7th and Conger held a Christmas Party December 13 in the church basement, with 20 members and guests present The decorations were in keeping with Christmas. A tree and huge paper pictures draped! the walls. Games were played and prizes awarded to Jane Biggerstaff, Christina Johnson and Gladys A buffet dinner was served with dessert of Christmas cookies and candy. Gifts were exchanged after the dinner. A lovely gift Was presented to the class teacher, Lola McCormick. At the closing of the party prayer was offered! by the church pastor, Rev. J. J. Boggs. -o- -c- -o- Amerlcan Legion Auxiliary The American Legion Auxiliary held the annual Christinas party last Week with a covered dish dinner and gift exchange at the Legion home, with 43 members present. Following the dinner games were played and prizes awarded. Mrs. Norma Jones, auxiliary president, Linda Allison and Barbara Prize were in charge: The room was beautifully decorated in keping with Christmas. Mrs. Jones thanked all present for helping to make this an unusually good year and expressed hope that the auxiliary will be 100 per cent before 1969. •O* -O- Dlx Evening Unit The Dix Evening Unit of home Veronica's Views... By VERONICA VOSS As the old year reaches toward the beginning of the end, many things are uppermost In my mind. There were tragedys, many. The hard earthquake, originating not many miles southeast of McLeansboro, gave us a shaking up we will long remember. The Apollo 8 flight was so exciting and so unbelieveable it is still a marvel of this decade. The last night they were to orbit the moon, I stood at our window and looked at it, trying to envision three men that far from home,. . . in another world actually, in such a small space capsule, circling the bright but dead globe, it was till too much for this earthlings mind to comprehend. On their last TV moon orbit, as they circled, each reading a passage of scripture, from Genesis, was so touching I doubt if there were many dry eyes anywhere. The return of the crew of the Pueblo was certainly a fine gilt with another reason for tears, because of their mistreatment received In their 11 months captivity. . . and! at the courage they all displayed. As their Commander said, they were so completely different from the North Koreans, that they had them baffled. In looking back, I am reminded of friends. There were many new ones acquired over the year, and these I appreciate. , , remembrances of flowers, homemade goodies, unexpected gifts.. Sadly enough, one loses with the same suddeness, and this ! i a hard thing to reconcile with iason, especially when you can nd none; Webster says a friend is, "a person whom one knows well S flight, was a perfect ending. It seems they "fell" all the way home, reaching a velocity never before flown. And so, it is. with a great sense of relief we have them home. . . and how relieved must their parents and wives, and! children be. Back to the GOOD earth, for which Borman says we should be so proud of, and cherish. They realize this more than any other human, from the statements they have made since being so far from it. Thus, 1968 comes to its close like a flaming star, and to all my good friends, I wish the very best in the days to come. And the hope that 1969 will bring Peace to the "good earth." PERSONALS Clyde L. Davis of 1020 South 20th street, is a patient in Barnes Hospital, Room 7205-C, St. Louis, Mo. — He would appreciate cards and letters from his relative and friends. HUMOR Card, Wasn't He? The famous psychologist had finished his lecture and was answering questions. A meek little man asked: "Did you say that a good poker player could hold down any kind of executive job?" "That's right," answered the lecturer. "Does that raise a question in your mind?" "Yes," was the reply. "What would a good poker player want with a job?" MISS FRANC1NE Y. LOWERY Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Lowery are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Francine Y. Lowery, to William Lee Pritchett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbeil L. Tolley, all of this city. Wedding plans are incomplete. TIMELY QUOTK One lady wants me to guarantee 15 leaves on every artichoke. I don't think I can do that. -Betty Furness, special as-1 sistant to the President for consumer affairs, on the var- ! ied complaints she has re- 1 ceived. I SERVE THE BEST Of GOURMET FOODS From The Prime Beef (People Every Sale Cut And Trimmed To Tonur Particular Needs A 1 No Precut Packages CALL 242-6411 Smoked Oysters Kippered Snacks Herring In Wine Sauce Reese Cocktail Sausages Underwood Liverwurst Paste Marinated Artichoke Hearts Imported Italian Peppers Cocktail Mushrooms HOME DECORATING NEWS FAMILY ROOMS have been one of the most popular features of newer homes in recent years . . . even though many a person has said, "Why, that's just what we had when I was a kid . . . a parlor for company and another room for family living." Well, the living room needn 't be an unused parlor . . . but the family room does take a tremendous burden off the living room. Placed close to the kitchen, it's wonderful as an aren for the youngsters' activities, where Mom can keep an eye on them. It 's fine for hobbies, television and many other family activities. The family room tends to be an informal room, and it should be furnished in that mood. Bright cheerful colors are fine here. Fabrics and furnishings that don't demand delicate care should be chosen. Hard-surface floorings, or readily cleaned area rugs are practical. Be sure you plan storage for your family room. , where: toys, hobby equipment and, the like can be stowed away. And, of course, a family 'eat* ing area. Our display'* feature a. host of ideas for the moat forme) or Informal- living; area* 'i§. your home. We'll be" gte4 w help you plop your feJeetiom^ for quality and beauty;'«-«•"* In your budget. II

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