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Posted: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:00 am

Don't send birthday presents: Here's a somewhat unusual holiday story: Katie Brockman, who turned 11 on Saturday, told her mother she doesn't want any birthday presents this year. Instead, anyone who is so inclined may contribute items such as non-perishable food, shoes, blankets and clothing to First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Oak St., Lodi. The church will then distribute the items to low-income Lodi residents.

Window display spreads Christmas cheer: At Reo's Appliance Center on 7 W. Oak St., a window display reading "Happy Birthday, Jesus" is attracting people into the shop to remark about how much they enjoy seeing it.

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  • posted at 4:15 pm on Mon, Dec 21, 2009.


    There may not be anyone *officially* living at 125 N. Church St, but I know a lot of you keep hours as if you did. Go home! And happy holidays. :P

  • posted at 6:31 am on Mon, Dec 21, 2009.


    Re: Katie Brockman, Happy Birthday. What a sweet and thoughtful thing to do. Re: REO's display. What a wonderful thing to do. We will have to make sure to see it. Without Christ in Christmas, we don't have a reason to celebrate. Re: Barbara Alby. Perhaps she is saying she has only been married once and faithful to her spouse. A rare thing it seems these days. Faithful, no divorce in the family. Sticking with the one you made a vow to through thick or thin. If that's the case, I applaud her. Re: The grandparent scam. That's big on Facebook and other social networks. A person gets online and says something very similar, "Hey, I'm stuck overseas, I was mugged/robbed and I don't have any money to get back home." It's definitely a scam and sadly, people are falling for it to the tune of big bucks only to find out that so and so wasn't overseas at all. Beware of elderly scams also. If somebody calls wanting money from you and you don't know them, hang up. Don't give out any personal information over the phone if you don't know the person.



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