Hilltowns

DELANSON — This year, Art Ogsbury’s daughters heard him give a blessing before the family’s Thanksgiving meal for the first time.

Kenneth Crawford and his grandson, Corbin Repscher, work the hayfields surrounding their Long Road farm, where Crawford has spent most of his life doing what he loves.

WRIGHT — Carl E. Slater, a veteran and a farmer, died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Ellis Hospital after having pneumonia for a long time. He was 84.

The holidays are here and I am learning to ask for help when I really need it.

Virginia Lorraine Schwenk, the one-time Knox postmaster whose family owned the Knox Country Store, died on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla. She was 93.

The Hilltown Community Resource Center has had a surge of demand in its food pantry this year. To sponsor a family for the holidays or to make an appointment to shop in the food pantry, call the resource center at 797-5256.

Despite the disabilities and injury that have kept Kathleen Conn and her husband from steady work, they've held on to their home, and she keeps going by giving back to others.

The land above the Helderberg escarpment was settled by German speakers from the river-bottom land along the Rhine, forced out by religious wars. Their story is as rich as the mythic story of the Pilgrims and should be told.

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