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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at Christmas

HISTORY: True or false Christmas statements

It is true that, in 1925, Albany’s postmaster announced that, for the first time in the history of the U.S. Postal Service, there would be no mail delivered on Christmas Day.

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RONDA RICH: It's hard to quit your raisin'

THE DIXIE DIVA: I admit I love to go barefoot

I have a story to tell and it requires that I own up to the fact that when I’m home, I’m barefoot in summertime and socks only in winter.

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JULIE WELLS: Christmas breakfast casserole a time-saving meal for the holidays

THE RECIPE BOX: Christmas casserole can take one thing off your plate

A casserole can be the perfect menu item at a busy time like Christmas.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - Dec. 11-18, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices Dec. 11-18.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Dec. 24-30, 2014

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliate in Albany offering family education program

NAMI Family to Family Education Program coming to Albany Jan. 12

The class will meet weekly on Monday evenings from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m, and is open to family members and close friends who have a loved one living with mental illness.

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Albany Almanac - Dec. 20, 2014

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

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Joe Farris making trip to St. Jude Children's Hospital with contributions from Deerfield-Windsor Lower Campus

Farris, known as Santa Joe, is travel to the Memphis hospital with toys and monetary donations

Joe Farris was at the Deerfield 35th annual holiday program to receive donations from the student body to take with him for what will be his 104th trip to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital to give to the children who are spending Christmas there instead of in their own homes.

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Good Life Social Club to host New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball

Event will raise money for Red Cross, Flint RiverQuarium

A local LGBT social club is hosting a charity masquerade ball, offering revelers a chance to “party with a purpose.”

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Kylie 'Sonique' Love transitioning into woman she was born to be

Albany-born exotic dancer grew up in Southwest Georgia as Jason Edwards

An Albany-born transgender performer will headline the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at the Flint RiverQuarium.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: How do you rank your giving and receiving this season?

FAITH: Miamonides had eight levels of charitable giving

Miamonides’ scale had nothing to do with Hanukkah or Christmas gifts; his hierarchy describes giving to persons in need. The lowest level is a gift given grudgingly while the highest level enables a person to stand without need for further gifts.

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HAL BRADY: What is Christmas all about?

FAITH: Christmas is about love being the solution

As someone suggested, “Charlie Brown isn’t the only one who asked, ‘what’s Christmas all about.” Real people also ask it.

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Albany Almanac - Dec. 19, 2014

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

Albany Almanac - Dec. 18, 2014

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

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December 2014 Metro Albany Yard of the Month

The Johnston residence at 3512 W. Surrey Road is selected top yard

The Daffodil Garden Club selects the home of Ray and Martha Johnston for its Demcember honor.

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JULIE WELLS: Assemble these quick, easy treats to help celebrate the season with your family

THE RECIPE BOX: Christmas treats for the holiday rush

Christmastime is here and that is good enough reason for me get in the kitchen and whip up a bunch of sweet treats.

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Michael Buble brings Christmas special back to the Big Apple

The opening number for the show tonight was an impromptu decision

Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and the Rockettes will be guests on “Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York” TV special tonight.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Poinsettias take center stage at Christmas

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: The showy colored parts of poinsettias are actually modified leaves

Of the many home and office arrangements, the poinsettias take center stage at Christmas. These brightly colored plants are a definite indication that the Christmas season has arrived and are very much a part of our Christmas decor.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Dec. 17-23, 2014

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

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LORAN SMITH: Food for thought from New York City

OPINION: Family took advantage of opportunities, not handouts

You only have to learn the story of Myra and Mel Bauta to be reminded once again that you can pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you underscore the work ethic and make do — never asking for help, only opportunity.