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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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Is the fracking boom in Virginia in for a bust?

There is no business quite as boom and bust as the oil and gas industry.  A trend develops, high prices seem to be the wave of the future, massive investments are made, and then oops, things change and for a little while at least it’s a bust.  This has happened so many times that it’s possible to lose count.  

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Pilgrims show America at its best

The only mention of Pilgrims in my house when I was growing up were the two little figurines sitting on either side of the turkey. They wore black and white outfits and funny hats. However, that’s a bum rap.

What’s Thanksgiving about?  

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