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‘A wonderful life’

‘A wonderful life’

Manistee couple recalls sharing first Christmas gifts 75 years ago From the opposite side of the room, Irene Sparks kept a keen ear on the conversation her husband was having with their guests. Did he remember the first Christmas gift he received from his teenage girlfriend 75 years ago? Of course he remembered, Harry Sparks […]

Trinity Lutheran Church’s handbell choir rings in the holiday season

Trinity Lutheran Church’s handbell choir rings in the holiday season

MANISTEE — As silence enveloped the expansive and echoing church, the hands of Virginia “Ginny” Masengarb, draped with white gloves, slowly and gently held up a golden bell, which beamed brightly from the Trinity Lutheran Church’s light above. “One-and-two-and-three-and-four-and,” Masengarb counted as her hands swayed, beginning to conduct the members of the Trinity Manistee Handbell […]

Turkey talk: Local cooks dish on Thanksgiving

Turkey talk: Local cooks dish on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Christmas isn’t too far behind. The origins of Thanksgiving date back to the 1500s. Today, a traditional American Thanksgiving revolves around a turkey, all the trimmings, pumpkin pie and being with family. For many Michiganders, that also involves Lions football. With that in mind, the News Advocate talked […]