Calling Around Bradford:‘Tis the season to be thankful


It’s that time of year where most people reflect on the things they are thankful for. Unfortunately, it has become easy for us to focus on the negative things in life instead of truly taking a look at all the blessings we do have. If we turn our focus on our blessings and being grateful for them, we will find ourselves feeling lighter and even happier. Our time together is precious. If we choose to lift each other up instead of tearing each other down, so much more can be accomplished.

If you have driven by the ball fields lately, you will see the start of a new concession area. All that has been accomplished by the hard work of volunteers for the Athletic Boosters. I hope seeing such amazing things happen encourages everyone to step up and take a part in our community. Wonderful things can happen even with just a donation of a couple hours of your time.

How many of you enjoyed the new Christmas lighting display in Iddings Park last year? Sue Vickroy is hoping to expand that park this year! Vickroy is hoping to raise more money or to have more lawn ornaments, decorations and extension cords donated this year. One item definitely on her wish list is light up deer. If you have any that you would like to donate, she would love to hear from you. Please call Sue at (937) 448-2844.

Bradford Public Library

There are so many upcoming events at the library there has to be something fun for you! Cherie Roeth and library staffers and volunteers have been working hard to bring all kinds of activities to locals. If you are interested in any of these upcoming events, please stop by the library or give them a call at (937) 448-2612.

• Nov. 19 – Kraft Evening with Kathy’s Creations – Learn to make a beautiful replica of a “Frozen” wreath.

• Nov. 23 – Friends & Volunteers of the library to meet at 3:30 p.m.

• Nov. 24 – Crochet & Knitting Classes to start at 6:30 p.m. (Every fourth Tuesday of the month)

• Nov. 26 – Closed for Thanksgiving

• Nov. 28 – Together, Let’s Build our Christmas Lego Village!

• Dec. 8 – Decorating Your Home with Joanie’s Floral Design Workshop “Take it With you!” 6 p.m.

• Dec. 12 – Annual Chrismtas Cookie Exchange! 11:30 a.m.

Some of these events have fees and will need advance sign-ups.

Bradford Schools

Congratulations to these students:

6th Grade: Hope Byrd, Devin Carine, Abbygail Fike, Tevin Felver, Jordyn Hines, Kaylynn Key, Devin Miller, Allie Penkal, Madison Simons

7th Grade: Allviyah Boggs, Alyssa Burton, Austin Crickmore, Sebastian Hall, Simon Hicks, Courtney Monnin, and Jadyn Thacker and Gage Wills

8th Grade: Corey Cotrell, Erica Gaynor, Caroline Gleason, Corie Hamilton, EJ Jones, Zach Lee, Isaiah Painter, Courtney Smidutz and Gaven Trevino

9th Grade: Jarrett Boggs, Allyson Grow, Deja Lear, Joe Roth, and Alexis Wackler

10th Grade: Hayden Dickerson, Johnny Fike, Cole Gambill,Konnor Locker, Hannah Osborn, Destiny Otte, Josh Phillips, Adam Rostkowski, Parker Smith, Brian Weber, and Aspen Weldy

11th Grade: Mandi Bates, Amanda Brewer, Bryant Byers, Brandon Deemer,Hunter Elleman, Logan Harrison, Emily Huggins, Mason Justice, and Bryant Lear

12th Grade: Bryant Apple, Austin Bubeck, Morgan Carder, Jessica Darner, Kirsten Harmon, Tyler King, Zach Kissinger, Chyna Nicks and Rhyan Turner

If you have any information you would like to share with the village, please email me at [email protected] or text or call and leave a message at (937) 417-4317.

By Heather Canan

Contributing Columnist

Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford with her husband and twin daughters. Reach her at [email protected] or 937-417-4317.

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