The scene was idyllic, an almost Currier and Ives morning on Main Street. As I glanced through the large plate glass windows from my comfortable booth at the Country Fare Restaurant on Main Street on Monday morning, the snow-covered library lawn was untouched. It was the perfect picture. My daughter Jenna glanced up from her breakfast and smiled. "These are the best pancakes I've ever had," she said with an appreciative glance. I'm not sure if the appreciation was for the breakfast or for letting her go to school late, but I'll take teenage gratitude at any rate. The morning was a gift, and it got me thinking about this giving time of year - and what I wish under the Falmouth tree for many Falmouthites. So, here is my Christmas wish list:
For Pat Flynn, a Monday night filled with tranquility and cooperation, and for Acting Town Manager Heather Harper, the same, with a big bow of appreciation on top. For Brad Stumpke, a folder full of signatures, and for Joe Netto, a boxful of gratitude for his retirement role as an effective government watchdog. As I search under the tree after the kids have torn open the jeans, Wii games and sports tickets, I hope to find a dash of good health for Eddie Marks, a sprinkle of beginner's luck for newly minted State Rep. Dave Vieira, and a heaping dose of good fortune for new Fire Chief Mark Sullivan.
As Santa hops from rooftop to rooftop in Falmouth, I'm hoping he brings another year of pr02536sperity for Damien Palanza, some warm sunny Florida days for Auntie Paula Kapulka, and the warmth of family and a happy new home for the Senna family. I'm sure hoping that longtime pal Brendan Smith has a horseshoe, four leaf clover, and a rabbit's foot for good luck under his tree. I hope for another year of new home and newfound happiness for Town Clerk Michael Palmer, a comfortable year of shiny new digs for FHS boss Joe Driscoll, and a successful new venture for beanstalker Bob Burke.
Santa and I have a pretty good rapport. Without spoiling too many surprises, I'm pretty sure he'll be dropping off the gift of contentment of a job well done for Paul Brodeur (and maybe a new job on Monday nights), some beautiful photographs for super chef Dave Mutti, and some coffee shop insight for Jim Crossen. He'll be glad to deliver a hole-in-one for Falmouth's #1 barber Phil Stone, another successful motorcycle journey for #2 Andy Dufresne, and perhaps a lucky scratch ticket for #3, Phil's brother Dick.
Santa will surely bring a Stop & Shop smile and a joke for everyone's favorite bagger Susie Callahan, another super Cucina year for Mark and Cindy Ciflone, and many kudos for the guys in the Capabilities "man cave," Jack Loughman, Buzz Friend, and AJ Narbonne, for providing a Cape-able helping hand to Falmouthites in need of a new vocation.
Here's hoping for a ho-ho-ho gift of parquet success for FHS hoops coach Paul Lundberg, gridiron achievement for Coach Steve Femino, and field hockey fabulousness for my favorite FHS coach, Janey Norton. I hope he'll wrap up lots of artistic success for Sean Boyce, bids hats-off accomplishments for Jude Wilber, and gallons of ice-creamy achievements for Robert Volosevich. Might Santa have some electoral success for him as well?
I'm hoping our number one elf sees fit to deliver a super-fast Pinewood car for Chris Alves and son Thomas, another summer of Camp Greenough fun for Bob Sylvia, and another summertime gathering for the Eagles of Troop 42, including the Thrasher brothers Scott and Brian.
These are just a few of the Falmouth entries on Santa's nice list.
Time to go check my stocking for what Santa left me. Merry Christmas to all, to all Falmouthites.
This column is reprinted from the Falmouth Enterprise.