Free community lunch offered

A free community lunch is being served Saturday, January 25 from 11:30-1:00 at the Beverly United Methodist Church. The menu will include soup, sandwiches, dessert, and a beverage. Everyone is invited to the meal which will be served in the church’s fellowship hall. No reservations are required. For more information, call 740-984-2100.

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Library activities announced

Family Craft Night will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday at the Beverly Library.

Read-To-Me Story Time will be held this Wednesday at 11 a.m. Children ages 2-6 are invited to attend the program. They must be accompanied by an adult that will remain with them throughout the program. This week’s topic is ‘Aardvarks’ and will include a story, craft, movie, and fun. For more information about this free program, contact the library at 740-984-4060.

Keep watching the sign for updates on these and other activities offered at the library each week.

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1950’s predictions

Reading the newspaper or Facebook or hearing any economic news from any media, it seems everything went up in price after the first of the year – stamps, gas, food – or something else is changing with or without the help of the government. I ran across these ‘predictions’ while looking through a newsletter I receive. With recent economic news in mind, these seemed even more ironic. How many of these predictions came true? “I’ll bet you one thing, if things keep going the way they are it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20.” (A week’s worth? Can you get that in one bag nowadays?!) “Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long when $5,000 will only buy a used one.” “If cigarettes keep going up in price I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.” “Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?” (Did I hear $0.49 is the new price?) “The government is wanting to get its hands on everything. Pretty soon it’s going to be impossible to run a family business or farm.” “If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at any of the stores.” “When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 a gallon. Better leave the car in the garage.” Oh, how times have changed

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Contact Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.