~ Dates to Remember ~

December

18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
18th ~ Band Concert at WCMS
19th ~ PJ Day at WCPS
19th ~ Last Day of School for Worth County Schools for Christmas Break
19th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
19th ~ Good Behavior Break at WCMS
19th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
20th ~ Intervention Day at WCMS
20th ~ Worth County Schools Out
21st ~ Worth County Schools Out
22nd ~ Worth County Schools Out
25th ~ Merry Christmas from The Martin News
26th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
26th ~ Disaster Relief Support Group at The Margaret Jones public Library
26th ~ Worth County Schools Out
27th ~ Worth County Schools Out
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
28th ~ Worth County Schools Out
29th ~ Worth County Schools Out

January

1st ~ Happy New Year from The Martin News
3rd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
4th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
9th ~ Leadership Worth Class
10th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
15th ~ City f Sylvester Council Meeting
16th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
17th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
24th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
31st ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester

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~ Dates to Remember ~

December

11th ~ Downtown Sylvester Christmas Parade
11th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
11th ~ Math Inventory – WCMS
11th ~ Hunter Safety Courses at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Hunter Safety Courses at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Choral Concert at Unity – Worth Schools
12th ~ After School Program at WCMS
13th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
13th ~ Free Legal Help at The Margaret Jones Public Library
14th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
18th ~ Band Concert at WCMS
19th ~ PJ Day at WCPS
19th ~ Last Day of School for Worth County Schools for Christmas Break
19th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
19th ~ Good Behavior Break at WCMS
19th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
20th ~ Intervention Day at WCMS
20th ~ Worth County Schools Out
21st ~ Worth County Schools Out
22nd ~ Worth County Schools Out
25th ~ Merry Christmas from The Martin News
26th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
26th ~ Disaster Relief Support Group at The Margaret Jones public Library
26th ~ Worth County Schools Out
27th ~ Worth County Schools Out
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
28th ~ Worth County Schools Out
29th ~ Worth County Schools Out

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~ Dates to Remember ~

December

4th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
5th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
5th ~ Season of Celebration WCPS Chorus Concert & PTO Meeting
6th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
6th ~ School wide Writing Prompt—WCMS
7th ~ Sylvester Christmas Parade
7th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
8th ~ Reading Inventory – WCMS
9th ~ Poulan Christmas Parade
11th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
11th ~ Math Inventory – WCMS
11th ~ Hunter Safety Courses at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Hunter Safety Courses at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Choral Concert at Unity – Worth Schools
13th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
13th ~ Free Legal Help at The Margaret Jones Public Library
14th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
18th ~ Band Concert at WCMS
19th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
19th ~ Good Behavior Break at WCMS
19th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
25th ~ Merry Christmas from The Martin News
26th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
26th ~ Disaster Relief Support Group at The Margaret Jones public Library
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester

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One to Keep, One To Eat

I can’t help but smile real big when I look at these pictures! It shows a young girl hard at work volunteering in the garden but also shows her having to take a break and enjoy the crops too! Who can blame her? Not me! When you work so hard to grow your garden and you see what hard work and the Good Lord above can produce, it makes you want to just have a small taste. Janya has been hard at work in the gardens getting the winter crops ready.

Janya enjoys volunteering in her community and being a part of the events. She encourages you to join us all at the Sylvester Christmas Parade this coming Thursday night. It will be fun for all ages. Everyone is excited to see Santa and enjoy all the Christmas lights and music!

Janya along with The Martin News, Men United, Inc and The Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections is collecting coats for the less fortunate this winter season. If you have a new or slightly used coat or jacket that you would like to donate, please email us at info@themartinnews.com and we will be happy to pick them up. Janya appreciates everyone’s help.

Thank you all for your support to the community and for supporting The Martin News, Janya’s Journey.

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

This time of year is so much fun to me. I love the Spirit that the Holidays bring. I love all the Christmas lights to see and love hearing all the Christmas Carol’s. Another thing I enjoy doing is watching the Christmas programs with events that we cannot actually attend. One of them is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. The 2017 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29th with live performances from 7-9pm at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The ceremony is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Tens of thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions will watch the live broadcast around the globe. The tree will remain lit and open to the public until 9pm on January 7, 2018. I will be one of the hundreds of millions watching on television. I have watched it several times over the years but after Larry was born, I have made it an annual tradition with him. We love the singing and of course the lighting of the Christmas tree. One thing I didn’t know but I think is a great thing is for the eleventh consecutive year, the Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Once the holidays have passed and crowds have dispersed, the tree comes down and is milled, treated and made into lumber that is used for home building. Each year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree continues to be a symbol of hope, and inspired the children’s book, “The Carpenter’s Gift”, written by David Rubel and illustrated by Jim LaMarche in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. This information and more on this story is on rockerfellercenter.com. For over eight decades, the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and the holiday decorations adorning and surrounding have stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. From the beginning, the Tree was a gathering place and reflection of what was happening in the world around it. Even before the first formal tree went up, workers lined up beneath a Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Plaza construction site to collect their paychecks during the height of the Great Depression. People from around the world came after September 11th to see the Tree decorated in a patriotic red, white and blue. Today, more than half a million people pass by the Tree very day, making Rockefeller Center the epicenter of New York City’s holiday celebrations. It is on my bucket list to go there one day and just may happen.

Kerry Helms, 2017 Tree Lighter, Phoebe Worth Medical Center

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Phoebe Worth Medical Center – Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Kerry Helms has always worked with his hands. In 1977, he and his father started Helms Welding & Machine in Sylvester. “I love building stuff, taking a drawing or picture and building something out of it,” Kerry said. Unfortunately, the difficult treatment from a terrifying cancer diagnosis forced him to retire. “On October 14, 2013 I was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal and metastatic liver cancer. My whole world was turned upside down,” Kerry said. “I asked Dr. Mendenhall if I could beat it, what are my chances? He said 5 percent.” Thanks to the team at the Phoebe Cancer Center, Kerry is beating those odds. “I love every one of them. They’ve been nothing but great to me. The most compassionate people I’ve met in my life,” he said. Because his diagnosis was so serious, Kerry’s doctors gave him the opportunity to consult with physicians at some of the top cancer centers in the country. Instead, he chose to start his treatment immediately in Albany. “Phoebe has got the best cancer center anywhere around, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “It’s been a godsend just being local and not having to travel to Atlanta.” Kerry’s journey has been tough. After getting great results from his cancer treatment, he developed a rare kind of pneumonia. “I was in ICU, and I quit breathing. Luckily, the doctors were right there and they got me back breathing,” Kerry said. He spent more than two months in the hospital and another 30 days in rehab learning to walk again. Then, his cancer returned. “At times it’s hard to stay optimistic, but I know the Lord has got a reason for me to be here. I think it’s to educate people on the importance of screenings.” Kerry nearly waited too long to get screened, and that’s a mistake he doesn’t want others to make. “Being the typical man, I’m not one to go to the doctor unless I get sick, and I never got sick. Once I started having problems, I just ignored it. It just kept getting worse,” he said. Kerry is back on a chemotherapy regimen and battling his cancer with strength and determination. He still works with his hands, too. In retirement, he taught himself the art of leatherwork. He spends his free time now making belts, holsters, keychains and journal covers. “I draw everything out and cut it out by hand and sew it by hand. It is labor intensive. It takes about 8 hours to sew one. Not many people do it all by hand like that,” he said. Kerry is proud of his leatherwork, but he’s more proud of his work to spread a lifesaving message. “If I can tell you my story and express the importance of getting checked and it saves your life, then I’ve done my job.” Please make plans to join The Martin News at this year’s event on Tuesday.
Source: Phoebe Worth Medical Center