Category Archives: Feature

Christmas food traditions north and south of the border

Candy canes, mistletoe, wreaths, presents, and “Ho, Ho, Ho!” Wisemen, stockings hung by the chimney with care, manger scenes, fruit cake, and decorated cookies! Christmas trees, outdoor lights, pipers piping, partridges in pear trees, Charlie Brown, and the Grinch! And even a “Bah Humbug” or two! Oh, how well we know, anticipate, and dearly love...
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Stan Hoogeveen recalls stories as WWII tail gunner

Stan Hoogeveen of Pella is certainly well known around the community as a retired principal of Sully Christian School, having served there for 26 years. But he also earned another title much earlier in his life: World War II veteran. Hoogeveen, 92, began his service with the U.S. military on Oct. 23, 1943, when he was...
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From the Kitchen: Sharla Van Wyk

This week’s featured cook is Sharla Van Wyk. Sharla grew up on a farm north of Killduff with her parents Marilyn and the late Norm Van Maanen. Her husband, Rusty, grew up south of Sully on a farm with his parents, the late Vernon and Carolyn Van Wyk, and two siblings. Rusty and Sharla both...
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The DeeZee Spirit by Darrell Zegers – 12-7-17

Christmas is once again just around the corner. I surely believe in the reason for the season, but the commercial things that go with it are beginning to wear me down. There are many things about Christmas craziness that I don’t like. But, the two outstanding ones are wrapping presents and the doggone tree. I know...
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Micah and Briana Heartsill

Newlyweds Micah and Briana Heartsill moved to their new home at 104 5th Avenue in Sully in September and are enjoying living in a close-knit, conservative small town. Micah came to Sully from his family farm south of Knoxville, and Briana is happy to have moved from an apartment in Altoona to a more familiar...
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Thanksgiving Recipes by Julie Van Manen

Last Wednesday, when the SFRC STARS children sang “Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart,” it became real that Thanksgiving was quickly approaching. We all need to take some time to reflect on the many blessings we have to be thankful for each and every day as we gather around our tables this week. One thing...
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – 11/16/17

Dear Readers, Did you know as of right now, I can't begin to remember the recipe I was going to bring you all? It's completely eluding me, and I know it was a good one! Hopefully, by the time I'm done bending your ear off, it'll come to me. I guess if not, we're all going...
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