As I sit here in the sunny south, I read the weather on-line for the North Country and shiver even in the warmth! Hopefully there wont be too much snow to shovel and the roads will be passable. One thing our road crews do very well is to clear the road quickly and well in most places. Stay inside and stay warm! Isnt it humorous that here, at times, one must stay inside to stay cool? I realize this is a late report, as I missed last week due to traveling, but I have to share with you all we had one of the best Thanksgivings on record with our entire family in attendance! So you will know of what I speak when I mention my crew," I have attached a photo. You can now have a visual of the entire Bierce Bunch! We were at our daughters and all four of our children arrived on Wednesday afternoon it was a mighty crowded, noisy, but happy bunch. We all had enough time to chat with each other individually and of course, a lot of discussions and world problems were solved as a group, also. My only hope would be you all enjoyed your holiday as we did. It was exciting for me to hear that after Feb. 1, there will be a nonstop flight from Plattsburgh to Orlando; we are only 45 minutes from the Orlando airport and with my mother up north, this relieves me a bit, knowing I can get there quickly, should I need to. The Heart Center at CVPH Medical Center has moved part of their operation to the second floor of the new Miner Medical Arts Building. This will be much more convenient to their patients. Our trip south was uneventful, though the traffic was very heavy. As I said to my roommate, it was what we deserved, traveling on a holiday weekend. We left Baldwinsville, outside of Syracuse, on Friday morning around 11 a.m. and arrived in Leesburg, Fla., on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Our place here was in wonderful shape and we are now mostly organized, but not quite! On Sunday, Dec. 9, the mens and womens Cardinal hockey teams will attend the Skate with the Cards event from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Stafford Ice arena. Santa and Burghy will also be in attendance and the cost is $2 for the public and $1 for students, faculty and staff of the college. All proceeds will be donated to the Clinton County Christmas Bureau. On Friday, Dec. 14, Santa Night will be held to also benefit the Clinton County Christmas Bureau. At 5 p.m., 60 community-minded citizens will dress in costume and visit local restaurants and bars where they will serenade patrons with happy Christmas carols and fun. Thanks to Chris Huchro, who started this fun event in 2000 and each year has been better than the last. The Burke Gallery on the PSUC campus in the Miner Fine Arts Building will be showing Nina Winkel Clay Drawings through Jan. 20. The hours are 12-4 p.m. daily except for legal holidays. For more information, call 564-2474. On Saturday, Jan. 19, the 4th annual Campus Dining Services/Cardinal Hockey Charity Dinner will be held at the Angell Center on the PSUC campus. The dinner will benefit the Make-a-Wish-Foundation of Northeastern New York and patrons will be served by the mens and womens hockey teams who will also be performing skits, singing songs and entertaining the crowd. Tips collected will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation as well. For more information, call Steve Moffat at 564-3607 or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sympathy is extended to the family of Stuart Frum, an attorney from Westport who recently passed away. Is your shopping done? Is it even started? This is our second year in the south and I still struggle to get used to the Christmas decorations in 70-degree weather! I do miss the snow and the preparations necessary when our family was home, but this isnt bad either, I have to admit. My e-mail address is the same; if anyone would like anything included in this column, please let me know at email@example.com. Enjoy the season and always remember that each day is Gods gift to you make it blossom and grow into a thing of beauty. Until next week.