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From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel:

UP: To those who bid and voted with donations during the Easter Seals annual Festival of Trees, held at the Blennerhassett Hotel. According to Melissa Marco, Community Relations Director at Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center, the event raised approximately $27,000 for the organization.

UP: To the many tree lighting ceremonies, parades, Christmas festivals and donation drives that get us all into the spirit, here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. From a 20-year-old tree planted in Williamstown to a tradition of lights displays at the local high schools, everyone can see it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

DOWN: To another round of state cuts that will cost Wood County Schools approximately $517, 000 this year. The folks in Charleston had better work to cut the waste — and there is still plenty of it — in the administrative and bureaucratic levels of state government. Our schools cannot afford to pay the price for their unconscionable bloat any longer.

UP: To the 90th performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” by the Marietta College Oratorio Chorus, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The event, in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, is a performance of a beautiful, moving piece of music, yes, but also “it gives a sense of community, which is already strong in a town like this,” according to Jay Dougherty, director of choral activities at Marietta College.

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