The good, the bad and the stupid – not in any particular order – on Christmas Eve:
“Mary and Joseph are still there, looking for him, but he’s not there,” Cortright said.
The resin figure is part of a very nice set donated to the church by members, Cortright said. In previous years, they assembled the scene beneath the stars. This year, though, some church members built a small stable to keep them out of the elements, completing it Tuesday. A day later, Jesus vanished.
“Who knows?” Cortright wondered. “Maybe someone was upset that we put it out early, and will return it by Christmas. I want to be positive.”
The thief or thieves can’t destroy the spirit of the season, though.
“They gave me good material for my Christmas sermon,” he said. “They can steal our Baby Jesus, but they can’t steal the gift that God gave us at Christmas.”
In other Grinch news, someone recently stole three Western saddles from the Care-Ousel therapeutic riding program in Modesto, where children with special needs are able to to ride. The program is run by Kim Kent, who lives in Idaho and drives down weekly to Modesto to work with the riders here.
Also, sculptor Betty Saletta of Oakdale emailed to point out that someone recently pried away a plaque describing how the statue “The Paper Boy” came to be in downtown Modesto’s McClatchy Square. She cast the statue for the park, which opened in 1995 and belongs to the city. Brazen? The statue stands at the corner of 15th and I streets, across 15th from the McHenry Mansion and catty-corner across I from the Stanislaus County Library. Right out in the open.
“It was the most ever we have collected and given to kids in this effort,” George Bairey said.
Book donors included the Kiwanis, the Mid Valley Chevy Club and Enslen School.
Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15. Call (209) 588-9128 or stop in at the museum in Columbia to pick up an application. The training sessions will run five straight Saturdays beginning Jan. 25.
Obviously, the perp forgot the old saying: “Never take a screwdriver to a 2-by-4 fight.” Or something like that.