"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

                                           
President Abraham Lincoln
After a quick Facebook lesson and a weekend of contemplating how I should proceed with my Facebook pages, I have come to the following conclusions. I currently have two ”Mountain Echo Newspaper” pages (even though one is missing the ‘r’ in the user name.

I found that there is no way to correct the missing R problem without doing a new page. It left me with no choice. A page with errors like that is unprofessional and I have to change it.

Effective immediately, I will delete one of the newspaper Facebook pages, I will delete the new one without the ‘r’ and stay with my original page. That page has over 1100 likes and it doesn’t really make sense to try to start over. I thank all those of you who signed up on the new page and I really appreciate your audience. Now that I have found I have to make the changes to delete that page please make sure you are following the original “Mountain Echo Newspaper” Facebook page (the one that is spelled right).

If this is confusing to you, believe me, it is confusing to me also, but I think this is the best if not only real solution now that I better understand how Facebook works. The newspaper Facebook page will be much more active than in the past. It will be kept up to date and we are excited to use this avenue to communicate with both our readers and our local communities.

Loretta Carrico-Russell, an excellent reporter will be editing the page and both she and I will contribute regularly. Our goal is to provide local and regional updates.

 

Thanksgiving is over and we are headed straight into the Christmas season. Traditions are big during the holidays; but traditions can change. Things have been different for us since our son got married and is living in Nebraska and since my mother in law passed. Even though things change, I have learned that it is great to make new traditions.

I have taken over the cooking. I used to help my mother in law, now it is my privilege. The fun part is having our daughter help. I have been able to teach her and pass on tips I have learned from my grandmothers, my mom and my mother in law.

This year for Thanksgiving we were going to be small in numbers, so we changed things up and had some friends and their family for Thanksgiving Dinner. It was a wonderful day with many people around the Thanksgiving table. The day was shared with new stories, new conversation and many laughs and smiles. It was a day to be thankful.

I kept my tradition of putting up my tree on Thanksgiving weekend. I also brought my massive snowmen collection out of hibernation. I like to get things decorated right away so we can enjoy it seems that December goes by so fast! The more organized I can be early, the more time we have to enjoy getting together with family and friends.

Christmas shopping? That’s another story. I am still trying to build the list. I didn’t do Black Friday shopping out of town, but did visit a few of our local stores. I love shopping for other people and really want to make sure I find the perfect gift. So shopping is always a bit of a challenge.

So through my random chatter about holidays and traditions, I guess I just want to wish you all a heartfelt wish of joy, love and peace this holiday season. There is so much to be thankful for and we have so many blessings right here around us. Take the time to enjoy the important things and remember what Christmas is all about. Don’t stress about not getting that gingerbread house made or getting hundreds of lights on the house.

Wishing you a blessed December and Christmas Season!

Thank You
Tammy Stannage underwent surgery for throat cancer and a tracheotomy. A number of medical items were required for her survival. They haven’t been able to do chemo because of the size of her voice box. The doctors have decided to remove it December 9.

Their daughter, Crystal had cerebral palsy and had to have 24-hour care. She died peacefully in her sleep at home this last week.

Tammy’s mother, Darlene McArdie, did so much, but couldn’t do the heavy lifting required by both Tammy and Crystal so Tom had to stay home and care for both of them. That meant that the family had no income coming in.

ADL of Sacramento refused to ship the supplies unless they paid Anthem Blue Cross’s deductible of $6,000 up front.

Mountain Echo ran the story of our plight October 18 and the Intermountain Community stepped up, giving us $1,600 which resulted in having enough money to get the needed supplies, literally saving Tammy’s life.

Words can’t begin to express our gratitude everyone’s generosity literally saved Tammy’s life!

Thank you all so much!
Tom and Tammy Stannage and Darlene McArdie

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