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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Wellsville arts supporter seeks donation for Tabernacle Arts Center

By Chari Ingraham

November 11, 2008 | WELLSVILLE -- When Dawnene Wilson moved to Wellsville a little over three years ago, she wanted to start a children's choir. She had no idea she would be asked to direct a play, or become involved in a fund-raising campaign for the Wellsville Tabernacle Center for the Arts.

Wilson said she teamed up with local resident Delpha Hall and soon turned an old building into a community art center.

Now, Wilson not only directs a children's choir, she directed a melodrama for Wellsville's Founder's Day last summer and has found numerous volunteers within the community to teach classes and help with clubs. The center has concerts, summer art classes, literature classes, dance classes, and even a quilting club, Wilson said. The choir alone includes 30 to 45 children.

Wilson said many of her family members have a great interest in music, including her son, Ben, who is in a rock band and also played the piano in a concert last weekend.

"I'm very passionate about the arts," she said. "I think they add such dimension to a community."

With several enthusiastic volunteers and participants, it looks as though the arts program is on its way to becoming a great success, and so far, it already has been.

However, Hall and Wilson ran into a little problem along the way.

"The building is historic, over 100 years old," Wilson said. "We definitely need new heating and air conditioning."

Wilson said she went to the City Council last week to ask for a donation of $225, which would go towards flyers advertising the program's new fundraiser. Wilson told the council she wants to raise enough money so the WTCA will become self-sufficient. The fund-raising will be donated not only to a new heating and air conditioning system, but for more activities as well.

Wilson said she is planning a Winter Ball and a silent auction which will be held Dec. 12 at the Wellsville Tabernacle.

"It is very important to let kids perform," Wilson said. "Without performance, you can't educate."

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