Happy New Year to everyone!

I have not had a column for a few months due to the fact that no one gave me anything to publish. But the new year has changed that. Being forced to stay in due to the extreme cold causes folks to have a little more time to reflect. Thanks to those who have contributed to this article and many others, both future and past.

On Nov. 15, 2017, one of Deerfield’s own — Stacy (Nance) Miller — was the recipient of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association’s "Ralph Jacobson Lifetime Achievement Award." Stacy is the first woman to receive this award and also the youngest.

The following is a quote from her acceptance speech. "No doubt that there is enough brain power in this room to lead a meaningful transition to a clean, reliable, affordable solar energy future that pays dividends in economic development, our health, and our overall quality of life."

Stacy is the daughter of Vern (deceased) and Ruby Nance. She works for the Minnesota Department of Commerce to advance solar energy deployment statewide. Congratulations, Stacy!

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Judy Corley and Larry Legros have been on the move again this past fall. They traveled in October to St. Mary’s, Pa., to see an elk herd in that area. Then they headed to West Virginia to visit Judy’s sisters before going to North Carolina to see Larry’s brother. Then it was on to Florida for an alligator hunt. Judy was successful and caught a 5-foot gator!

After all that excitement, they returned home, packed up the RV and headed to Branson with Judy’s sister, Leona. She was able to see several shows, many of them focusing on Christmas and the birth of Jesus. Great way to celebrate the season. The trip culminated with a visit to Graceland for the tour of the Elvis Presley home.

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The Deerfield Historical Society will continue hosting the Monday night, bi-monthly dances. The next on will be on Jan. 15. As usual the cost it $4 and the time is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (by the way, dancing is a great way to keep warm on a cold January night!)

On Jan. 29, there will be a special fundraiser dance. The proceeds for the evening will go to Ruthie Hunter to help with medical bills. Cost is $5 and there will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, and a pie walk. Basket donations are being accepted now. The benefit is sponsored by the Deerfield Home Band. Contact Sally Sampson for further information at 330-654-3168.

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The Deerfield Cemetery Association will have a re-organization meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the old town hall. This would be a good meeting to attend if you are interested in helping this group that beautifies our three local cemeteries.

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Mr. and Mrs. Jon Rawdon wish to announce the engagement to their son, Henry, to Annie Isaaks. We are thrilled for both of them and look forward to the wedding this summer.

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Try to stay warm throughout this season. See ya next month!

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Contact Sylvia Rawdon with your Deerfield news at 330-654-4324 or syl30jon@centurylink.net.