We are on the eve of a new year and a new decade. We’re all looking forward to moving out of 2020 and hoping for a much better year in 2021. For all of you who will be traveling through the rest of the holidays, we wish you safe and happy journeys.

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of another special Glenwood kid. Buck (Buckley) Smith passed away last week. Buck was in his 90s and had lived in White Salmon and Bingen for much of his adult life, but Glenwood is where he grew up, and he always held a special place in his heart for his hometown. Many of you may remember the great rodeo dances with Buck Smith and his Bunkhouse Buddies up on the stage. With his band or solo, Buck was an amazing musician with a velvet voice and incredible talent on the guitar.

Several years ago, the Glenwood Grange hosted senior lunches, and Buck was persuaded to come up and play a few songs for the Glenwood seniors, many of whom he grew up with here. He continued to play music clear into his last years, while battling cancer. At the Monday and Wednesday lunches at the White Salmon senior center, he could often be coaxed up on stage to play a song or two. Now I can just picture him, reunited with his dear childhood friend Hazel, singing the songs he always sang specially to her. Our deepest condolences go to Buck’s children and to his Steinbach and Dean nieces and nephews in Glenwood. Buck will be greatly missed but remembered fondly by so many of us here.

How about that snow? Just when we thought we weren’t going to have a white Christmas, the snow started falling a little after noon that day. At our house, I measured five inches in four hours, and it continued to come down all day. By Saturday morning we had 10 inches here at Shady Nook Farm, but rain is in the forecast. I hope Glenwood kids of all ages got as much time as they could to play in the snow before it melted away.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration, everyone. Please send any news items for next week’s paper to gmpierce09@gmail.com.