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Sunny skies and cool, crisp evenings are probably why I love November so much. I was feeling the love of this weather until the weather person on a local TV station entirely ruined my day when they talked about the next weeks weather. "Cloudy with a mixture of rain and snow in the morning."

For some reason, just hearing the words "cloudy" and "snow" ruined me. It's too early to start this ugly rainy/snowy mixture crap. I am not mentally prepared for this. But it is bound to happen sooner or later, so I better be ready for it.   

On a brighter note, I am prepared for some of the other things that November brings. 

November means fireplaces will be on, making your home warm and cozy. It means you get an extra hour of sleep when daylight savings time ends on November 6th. It means the Holiday Season starts up when Moundsville, Wheeling, St. Clairsville and Weirton all have their Christmas Parades scheduled in November. It means Thanksgiving Day, when food is endless, football is non-stop, and families are all gathered. It means Black Friday madness, when only the brave venture out in the early hours of the morning to snag up the best deals and sales. It means Small Business Saturday, when it's time to show the love to all the small local business owners, providing them with the profits instead of the big box stores who probably never support your local events, and owners live elsewhere in the country. 

And guess what? There are other very important dates in November too….

One of those days is November 8th which is Election Day. This is the day that your voice can be heard by voting for the people who you feel can make the best changes that will affect YOU and your family, your business or your job, or your values. This is a very important day, and everyone is urged to exercise their rights by voting.

And by far, probably one of the most important dates in November is Veterans Day, November 11th. Veteran's Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veteran's Day pays tribute to all American Veteran's, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.   

Some of the Veteran's Day activities locally include: 

The American Legion Post. No. 3 Moundsville will be holding an Open House on Veteran's Day.  The ceremony will take place at 11am at the Marshall County Courthouse grounds or at Central Elementary, depending on the weather. There will be a luncheon at the post home after the ceremony for veterans and their families.

In addition, the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard and the Northern Panhandle Veterans Council will be holding a benefit steak fry from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the American Legion Post No. 3, at 800 First St., Moundsville. Entertainment will be provided from 8-11 p.m. by a D.J. Tickets can be purchased at the American Legion.

There are many other cities that honor our Veterans with ceremonies, please check with your local area to get the times. And make sure you attend one. It is a great time to honor and thank them for providing us the freedom that we have today.

In wrapping up, let's remember to take some time this month to give Thanks for all you have. Take the time to be extra nice to someone, because you never know what that person may be dealing with. Donate to a charity. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen or an animal shelter (animals need love too). Be generous with your compliments. Tip your server a little extra. Just try to make a difference. We are all in this together!

Have a wonderful November from all of us at First Choice Realtors.