As the new year begins, Theresa Pike hopes she will soon be home.
“My parents are looking forward to getting back to Powell and having their lives return back to normal,” said Erin Pike, her daughter. “If you ask my mom, all she wants is for my brother to get married and have everyone together again.”
With just one week until Christmas, the holiday season is in full swing. For some, it means checking off shopping lists, baking, wrapping gifts and preparing for relatives to arrive. For many, it’s a season of quiet reflection and sacred celebrations of a savior.
In recent years, schools across the nation have ramped up anti-bullying efforts. Instead of focusing only on combatting negative behavior, it’s also important to encourage a positive culture in a school, said Lisa Fitzgerald, a counselor at Powell Middle School.
Nov. 14 was the day Dustin Pike had looked forward to and planned for months: It was to be his wedding day.
Family and friends had gathered at a resort in Cancun, Mexico, to witness and celebrate the occasion. But as the groom prepared his wedding vows that morning, he received terrible news: His mother, Theresa Pike of Powell, had fallen in the resort’s lobby and hit her head. An ambulance was en route.
For the 15th consecutive year, friends, neighbors, families and strangers will gather to enjoy turkey and all the trimmings at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Powell. The holiday meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Park County Fairgrounds Bicentennial Hall.
Residents sometimes mistakenly think the dinner is available only to low-income residents, but that’s not the case.