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A fishing Santa Claus is part of an elaborate light display that lit up the Strawberry sky Thanksgiving night at the home of Rick Kubiak.

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Holiday spirit plentiful in Pine and Strawberry

Last Friday was what the retail market calls Black Friday. Christmas shopping that day has never appealed to me, as Black Friday conjures up something dark that doesn’t fit with the spirit of Christmas, which is bright, sparkling and joyful. This year, however, I ventured out to the Pine Mall (the Community Center Thrift Store) as my out-of-town guests wisely wanted to peruse local shops. Small-town businesses may have trouble competing on the busiest shopping day of the year, but the Pine thrift shop, known for great merchandise and bargains, saw a steady flow of customers throughout the day, including many locals who know the best bargains are right here.


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