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Page A2 The Sentinel December 19, 2012 I T Editor's notes..... Surprise! We like to do things before we are forced to. The Sentinel has been a "hold out" by staying with the oversize paper we were used to as children. What you are holding in your hand today, is the "NEW" standard size. Although "NEW" can be difficult for us... Here we go: As soon as we get the hang of it we will give you more pages.., more news. We have two sec- tions this week (getting ready for those extra pages) and with that, more color pages. We have wanted to have our sports in color for some time. Wishing you the best this Holiday Season, Jean Ivey Ross Signs 503 Spruce Street Myrtle point, OR 97458 541.572-5137 RossDanielC(a' "Where only the Appearance is Expensive" Classified advertising is FREE to our subscribers call 541-396-3191 Subscribe for only $25. per year Or call ONPA at (503) 624-6397 and ask about the Oregon 2x2 Network! The 00sentlnei The County Seat Newspaper Establlshtd 18#2 Like a letter from home Publisher - Jean Ivey Office MAnager - Dim Courttight Accounts - Cheryl Strope Advertising sales - Dawn Panda Photographer - Thomas Konomos "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." First Amendment, U.S. Constitution The Sentinel Distribution Locations Coquille: The Sentinel Office Lazy Dog Antiques McKay's Market Coquille Liquor Store Safeway Safeway Pharmacy Coquille Visitors Center Highway Dell Mart Coquille Smoke Shop Coquille Produce Coos County Courthouse Coquille Valley Laundromat Colleen's Fast Mart Myrtle Point: McKay's Market Myrtle Point Liquor Store Highway Deli Mart Bandon: Ray's Food Place Run-In Mini Mart & Dell Ray's Food Place The Station Restaurant Asian Garden Restaurant The Wheelhouse Restaurant Tiffany's Green Acres: Confusion Hill Market Coos Bay: 7-11 Fred Meyer Safeway SAV on Smokes McKays on Central Bay Area Hospital Blue Heron Bistro Empire: 7-11 Grocery Outlet Charleston: Charleston Old General, Store Sea Basket Restaurant North Bend: SAV on Smokes Glasgow Market Ashworth's Market & Dell The Pony Village Mall Nexdor Smokes The Bungalow Market The Kozy Kitchen Safeway Yeong's Place 7-11 Dishner's Restaurant Baily's Health Food Cen- ter Airport Heights Market Hauser Hauser General Store Wagon Wheel I Let's Talk This is a forum set up to ask and answer questions about how our County is run. Former Coos County Commissioner Bev Owen has agreed to find answers and give her opinion to help us be more informed voters. This is the best Christmas Miracle one could want. Santa & Sarah Three years ago, a little boy and his grandmother came to see Santa at the Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin. The child climbed up on his lap, holding a picture of a little girl. "Who is this?" asked Santa, smiling. "Your friend?" Your sister? "Yes, Santa," he replied. "My sister, Sarah, who is very sick," he said sadly. Santa glanced over at the grandmother who was waiting nearby, and saw her dabbing her eyes with a tissue. "She wanted to come with me to see you, oh, so very much, Santa!" The child exclaimed. "She misses you," he added softly. Santa tried to be cheerful and encouraged'a smile to the boy's face, asking him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas. When they finished their visit, the Grand- mother came over to help the child off his lap, and started to say something to Santa, but halted. "What is it?" Santa asked warmly. "Well, I know it's really too much to ask you, Santa, but ..." the old woman began, shooing her grandson over to one of Santa's elves to collect the little gift which Santa gave all his young visitors. "The girl in the photograph .. My granddaughter .. well, you see .. she has leukemia and isn't expected to make it even through the Holidays," she said through tear-filled eyes. "Is there any way, Santa .... any possible way that you could come see Sarah? That's all she's asked for, for Christ- mas, is to see Santa." Santa blinked and swallowed hard and told the woman to leave information with his elves as to where Sarah was, and he would see what he could do. Santa thought of little else the rest of that afternoon. He knew what he had to do. "What if it were MY child lying in that Hospital bed, dying," he thought with a sinking heart, "this is the Least I can do." When Santa finished visiting with all the boys and girls that evening, he retrieved from his helper the name of the hospital where Sarah was staying. He asked the assistant lo- cation manager how to get to Children's Hospital. "why?" Rick asked, with a puzzled look on his face. Santa relayed to him the conversation with Sarah's grandmother earlier that day. "C'mon .... rll take you there," Rick said softly. Rick drove them to the hospital and came inside with Santa. They found out which room Sarah was in. A pale Rick said he would wait out in the hall. Santa quietly peeked into the room through the half- closed door and saw little Sarah on the bed. The room was full of what appeared to be her family; there was the Grand- mother and the girl's brother he had met earlier that day. A woman whom he guessed was Sarah's mother stood by the bed, gently pushing Sarah's thin hair off her forehead. And another woman who he discovered later was Sarah's aunt, sat in a chair near the bed with a weary, sad look on her face. They were talking quietly, and Santa could sense the warmth and closeness of the family, and their love and concern for Sarah. Taking a dee p breath, and forcing a smile on his face, Santa entered the room, bellowing a hearty, "He, he, he!" "Santa!" shrieked little Sarah weakly, as she tried to es- cape her bed to run to him, IV tubes in tact. Santa rushed to her side and gave her a warm hug. A child the tender age of his own son -- 9 years old --gazed up at him with wonder and excitement. Her skin was pale and her short tresses bore telltale bald patches from the ef- fects of chemotherapy. But all he saw when he looked at her was a pair of huge, blue eyes. His heart melted, and he had to force himself to choke back tears. Though his eyes were riveted upon Sarah's face, he could hear the gasps and quiet sobbing of the women in the room. As he and Sarah began talking, the family crept quietly to the bedside one by one, squeezing Santa's shoulder or his hand gratefully, whispering "thank you" as they gazed sin-- cerely at him with shining eyes. Santa and Sarah talked and talked, and she told him ex- . citedly all the toys she wanted for Christmas, assuring him she'd been a very good girl that year. As their time together dwindled, Santa felt led in his spirit to pray for Sarah, and asked for permission from the girl's mother. She nodded in agreement and the entire family circled around Sarah's bed, holding hands. Santa looked in- tensely at Sarah and asked her if she believed in angels. "Oh, yes, Santa ... I do!" she exclaimed. "Well, I'm going to ask that angels watch over you, "he said. Laying one hand on the child's head, Santa closed his: eyes and prayed. He asked that God touch little Sarah, and heal her bed); from this disease. He asked that angels minis-. ter to her, watch and keep her. And when he finished pray- ing, still with eyes closed, he started singing softly, "Silent Night, Holy Night - all is calm, all is bright." The family joined in, still holding hands, smiling at Sarah, and crying tears of hope, tears of joy for this moment, as Sarah beamed at them all. When the song ended, Santa sat on the side of the bed again and held Sarah's frail, small hands in his own. "Now, Sarah," he said authoritatively, "you have a job to' do, and that is to concentrate on getting well. I want you to- have fun playing with your friends this summer, and I ex- pect to see you at my house at Mayfair Mall this time next i year!" He knew it was risky proclaiming that, to this little girl who had terminal cancer, but he "had" to. He had to give her the greatest gift he could -- not dolls or games or toys -- but the gift of HOPE. "Yes, Santa!" Sarah exclaimed, her eyes bright. He leaned down and kissed her on the forehead and left the room. Out in the hall, the minute Santa's eyes met Rick's, a look passed between them and they wept unashamed. Sarah's mother and grandmother slipped out of the room quickly and rushed to Santa's side to thank him. "My only child is the same age as Sarah," he explained quietly. "This is the least I could do." They nodded with under- standing and hugged him. One year later, Santa Mark was again back on the set in Milwaukee for his six-week, seasonal job which he so loves to do. Several weeks went by and then one day a child came u p to sit on his lap. "Hi, Santa! Remember me?!" "Of course, I do," Santa proclaimed (as he always does), smiling down at her. After all, the secret to being a "good" Santa is to always make each child feel as if they are the "only" child in the world at that moment. "You came to see me in the hospital last year!" Santa's jaw dropped. Tears immediately sprang in his eyes, and he grabbed . this little miracle and held her to his chest. "Sarah!" he ex- claimed. He scarcely recognized her, for her hair was long and silky and her cheeks were ,rosy -- much different from the little girl he had visited just a year before. He looked over and saw Sarah's mother and grandmother in the side- lines smiling and waving and wiping their eyes. That was the best Christmas ever for Santa Claus. He had witnessed --and been blessed to be instrumental in bringing about -- this miracle of hope. This precious little child was healed. Cancer-free. Alive and well. He silently looked up to Heaven and humbly whispered,. "Thank You Father. ' Tis a very, Merry Christmas!" it ....... 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