Cookie Walk helps feed community

Holiday event supports church food pantry

Fernande Barreto, left, Marie Barreto, center, and Rejane Barreto cookies during Faith Lutheran Church’s Cookie Walk in the church Saturday, Dec. 3. Hundreds of attendees loaded up on Christmas cookies when Faith Lutheran Church held its 13th Annual Cookie Walk and Craft Fair.

The event raised $3,905 for Shepherd of Hope Food Pantry at Faith Lutheran Church, Lynda Primka, event co-chairwoman with Hartley Savitz.

Shepherd Hope Food Pantry, provides food to underprivileged families in the community, Jane Darnell, who oversees the pantry, said.

Attendees found many varieties in the 11,600 made-from-scratch cookies during the event, which took place Saturday morning, Dec. 3, in the church at 225 Jamestowne Blvd., Farragut,

“It starts off the Christmas season. It’s part of a tradition,” West Knoxville attendee Lisa Shipley said. “I have a son in the military and he gets all kinds of cookies.”

“I love this,” Marie Barreto said. “A friend of mine invited me. I love the sugar.”
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Celebrate the Season

Lyzah McClunie, left, Santa and Lyric McClunie Hundreds of children lined up to see Santa Claus during town of Farragut’s 23rd Annual Celebrate the Season in Farragut Town Hall Thursday, Dec. 1.

The event offered visits and photos with Santa; holiday musical performances by TNT Mountain Dulcimer Trio, Bearden United Methodist Church Children’s Bell Choir, Farragut Middle School Chorus and Farragut High School Madrigal Singers; cookie decorating and craft-making.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.

Franklin Square holds annual holiday event

Hayden, left, and Dakota Hadler, enjoy meeting and having their photo taken with Santa during Franklin Square Merchant Association’s 25th annual Holiday on the Square at Franklin Square Shopping Center Saturday, Dec. 3. Children and their families also rode in a horse and carraige and enjoyed a puppet show during the event. Photos with Santa and horse-and-carriage rides were the big draws when Franklin Square held its annual Holiday on the Square.

Franklin Square Merchants Association hosted the event Saturday, Dec. 3, in the shopping center at 9700 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Holiday on the Square also featured a puppet show and Smart Toys and Books provided a balloon artist and children’s crafts.

“We come every year to see Santa, Knoxville resident Sarah Reid said.

“This is our 25th year of holding the event, Colby Leach, managing partner of The Chop House and president of Franklin Square Merchants Association, said. “We’re very pleased, obviously.

“As you can see from the line, Santa is very popular. There was a line an hour before Santa even arrived.”
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Northshore third graders collect socks for homeless

Northshore Elementary School third-grade teacher Dreama Feezell, back row, second from left, involved her class in a Thankful November lesson, during which students collected about 160 socks in November. Northshore Elementary School students in Dreama Feezell’s third-grade class are helping to keep those in need warmthis winter.

“[The students] set a goal to collect 100 pairs of socks to donate to [Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries’] homeless shelter, and they met that goal,” Feezell said. They collected about 160.

"It makes me feel really good that I am doing something to help the homeless, especially in the winter," Northshore Elemen-tary third-grader Garrett Driskill said. "I don't want them to be so cold.”

“I am proud of myself. I knew I was doing something nice for someone else,” third-grader Hailey Holbrook said.

The collection was part of a month-long lesson in thankfulness designed to teach the children about doing for others.

“I think it is huge for these kids to realize, first and foremost, how fortunate they are to have the most basic items,” Feezell said. “I wanted to show them that no matter how small, the simplest gestures could make a big difference in the lives of others.”
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American Red Cross installs smoke alarms in Farragut

Jane Skinner, left, Farragut High School teacher and FIRST Robotics sponsor, stands by to assist Robotics member Aaron Johnson as he installs a smoke alarm in a Farragut Park home. Farragut High School FIRST Robotics Flagship Team 3140 partnered with American Red Cross of East Tennessee to install smoke alarms in Farragut and and teach fire safety.

Four teams of American Red Cross and Robotics volunteers went door to door in Farragut Park Sunday, Nov. 6, installing smoke alarms and talking to the residents about creating an evacuation plan in the event of a home fire.

“We canvassed 115 homes in just two short hours,” Jane Skinner, FHS teacher and FIRST Robotics sponsor, said. “We installed 22 alarms, did 35 fire escape plans and left information for the entire community. What a great day.”

“The state fire marshal has a five-year program in which it identifies high-risk areas, and mobile home parks are all high risk,” Gary Dakolios, ARC Disaster Services volunteer, said. “It’s a pretty valuable project, saving hundreds of lives in East Tennessee.”
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Merry Christmas from the Cheddar Family

Every year as the Christmas season rolls around, I start looking for the Christmas letter from the mouse family that lives in our house. Mrs. Mouse (her name is Mozzarella) is the one who writes it and I’m sure she’s disorganized because she usually leaves it to the last minute. I’m always amazed that she finds the time to write, considering how busy she is.

Well, the letter came today and as usual I love sharing it with everybody (with her permission of course).
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Sores on cats’ tongues should be examined by vet

Q: “Buddy,” my sweet kitty, has these red sores on his tongue.

The sores have been there for a while, but now he is not eating very well, and I’m wondering if that is the reason.

Any thoughts on how to help him? M.C., Farragut

A: I’m sorry to hear about Buddy.

Glossitis, or inflammation of the tongue, isn’t too common in cats, but when it’s present, it absolutely can affect a cat’s ability to eat.

Buddy should be examined by your veterinarian, especially an oral exam.

Lesions could be raised, ulcerated, swollen and/or bleeding. The appearance of the lesions and their location may help your veterinarian try to identify the cause.
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