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Churchill left indelible mark on history

Most of us, if asked, can name someone from history we particularly admire.  Maybe several.  
Topping my list has always been Winston Churchill.  He died 50 years ago in January 1965. There was nothing particularly tragic in his passing. He was 90 years old and had lived a full life. But, his death represented the passing an era.  Maybe, given the tremendous scope of his life, several eras.

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So much to do; so little time to do it in

When it comes to running a legislative calendar, the Virginia General Assembly functions like clockwork.
It has too.
The “long” session is 60 legislative days and the short session, which we’re in this year, is 45 legislative days.  Given various holidays and interruptions that’s about two months in Richmond. That would be fine if the delegates and senators only had to work through a handful of bills.  That’s far from the case. Often they have hundreds of bills to consider.

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Christmas dinner means much more to some

They might be wearing tropical whites or desert khaki with floppy hats, but true to a long-standing tradition, the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force will do their best to make sure every person on active duty has Christmas dinner.

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Forging a Christmas miracle at Valley Forge

During its long history, the American military has celebrated many wartime Christmases.
However, perhaps the most desperate Christmas ever celebrated by members of the armed forces occurred early in our history.  In December of 1778, the Continental Army was retreating in the face of a British advance on Philadelphia, but they also needed a place, as Aamies did back then, to make winter quarters.  

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Hanukkah has ancient and special meaning

Because the actual date for the celebration of the Jewish Holiday, Hanukkah is tracked on the ancient Gregorian calendar, and not our modern Julian calendar, the time of its actual occurrence varies a bit from year to year.  This can be confusing.  Last year, it was in November and this year it begins Dec. 16.  For most non-Jews, Hanukkah is perceived as something of a “Jewish Christmas.” This isn’t accurate.  Rather, Hanukkah’s significance, in spite of the gift-giving tradition, concerns rededication and a miracle that occurred approximately a century and a half before the birth of Jesus.  

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A small ship played a big role on fateful day

She was once a rum runner’s yacht or so the old timers told arriving new sailors.  
The new arrivals didn’t know whether to believe it or not. She had a sleek design with a long prow and didn’t fit the image of a conventional navy vessel. The reality, however, was she was built in 1915 as a submarine tender and switched identities in 1940 to become a hydrographic survey vessel.  During her active service, she earned three battle stars, but with only one exception, she never successfully fired on the enemy. That one exception, however, was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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