■ It's exciting to see the new library all unwrapped. What a beautiful addition to downtown it is. I'm sure the library staff is anxious to get out of their cramped quarters at city hall and moved into the new space. Packing up for the last time will be much more exciting than the several other pack-ups they have had to endure this year. Big thanks to everyone who worked on the fundraising and planning . . . you did a fantastic job. I hear a fireplace has been included in the decor. How cool is that! - Betsy F.
■ For those of you who are craving a Twinkie, give Little Debbie's Cloud Cakes a shot. - Cal F.
■ About a year ago I discovered that I could play Wheel of Fortune on facebook and promptly had daughter Maggie set me up in facebook. Since then, I am up to level 277, have solved 5,978 puzzles and "won" $39,486,500 in pretend money. Fun stuff. - Cal F.
■ It's pretty easy to eagle watch around here lately. Hardly a day goes by without seeing at least one of those magnificent creatures. - Cal F.
■ Hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration. My family has a long-standing tradition of watching a movie with lots of "nibbles." It began when the kids were small and we had some cookies and candies left from Christmas, along with summer sausages and cheese Dad received as a gift. I made carmel corn and bought L'il Smokies and sometimes made meatballs, put them in crock pots with BBQ sauce, and we all watched movies the kids had received. This year the fare was smaller and the movies selected by the adult kids who participate. We have morphed from cartoons to action movies but we still enjoy lighting a fire in the stove and nibbling throughout the evening. - Sue S.
■ The great "take-down" is now in progress. Christmas wreaths taken down from the downtown lamp posts were stacked carefully by Public Works as they collected them to store for another year. Until the flowers go up, it looks a little bare.We opened gifts at our house last Sunday (Epiphany) so it looks like a gift wrap bomb exploded in the living room. Our take-down won't be as organized as the city's. Kudos to the Public Works for all their work.- Sue S.
n Sad story on our front page, on the closing of two of the "View" buildings. I feel bad for those displaced residents, but one question keeps nagging at me: why did it get to this point? The investigation started in 2010; surely there's been enough time to get whatever deficiencies that were cited up to snuff.-Mike D.
n One of the toys I got for Christmas was a dehydrator, and I've already made two batches of jerky. Still trying to get my process down, but I've had some success. At $5 or $6 a bag in the grocery store, it's worth it to make our own, especially with the way my son eats the stuff.-Mike D.