Features http://www.sentinelnews.com/features/todaysfeatures en BEHIND SHELBY’S DOORS: O’ Christmas Trees http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/behind-shelby%E2%80%99s-doors-o%E2%80%99-christmas-trees <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/neiholidayhome-family.jpg" alt="Chrissy Critchfield (at right) and her family Curtis (from left), Katlynne and Tyler, pose in front of the biggest of the four trees in the family&#039;s home." title="Chrissy Critchfield (at right) and her family Curtis (from left), Katlynne and Tyler, pose in front of the biggest of the four trees in the family&#039;s home." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &ldquo;Some of my friends make fun of me, but I just love Christmas!&rdquo; exclaimed Chrissy Critchfield, her glance taking in a huge tree in the living room.</p> BEHIND SHELBY’S DOORS: O’ Christmas Trees http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/behind-shelby%E2%80%99s-doors-o%E2%80%99-christmas-trees <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/neiholidayhome-family.jpg" alt="Chrissy Critchfield (at right) and her family Curtis (from left), Katlynne and Tyler, pose in front of the biggest of the four trees in the family&#039;s home." title="Chrissy Critchfield (at right) and her family Curtis (from left), Katlynne and Tyler, pose in front of the biggest of the four trees in the family&#039;s home." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &ldquo;Some of my friends make fun of me, but I just love Christmas!&rdquo; exclaimed Chrissy Critchfield, her glance taking in a huge tree in the living room.</p> My Father, British Sergeant Reginald G. Bareham (1894-1916), Part 10:Deployment to the Somme http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/my-father-british-sergeant-reginald-g-bareham-1894-1916-part-10deployment-somme <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumalbertbasillica_0.jpg" alt="During World War I, the statue of Mary and the infant Jesus on top of the Albert Basilica was hit by a shell on January 15, 1915, and slumped to a near-horizontal position, where it remained until further shelling in 1918 destroyed the tower. The British said that whoever made the statue fall would lose the war, while the Germans thought the opposite. The Leaning Virgin became an especially familiar image to the thousands of British soldiers who fought at the Battle of the Somme (1916), many of whom passed through Albert, which was situated three miles from the front lines." title="During World War I, the statue of Mary and the infant Jesus on top of the Albert Basilica was hit by a shell on January 15, 1915, and slumped to a near-horizontal position, where it remained until further shelling in 1918 destroyed the tower. The British said that whoever made the statue fall would lose the war, while the Germans thought the opposite. The Leaning Virgin became an especially familiar image to the thousands of British soldiers who fought at the Battle of the Somme (1916), many of whom passed through Albert, which was situated three miles from the front lines." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In the spring of 1916 the 34th Division, of which my father&rsquo;s 11th Suffolks battalion was a component, was relieved from the Armenti&egrave;res front lines and given an extended period of rest and special training. Wrote Lieutenant Wright, who served in the 11th Suffolks:</p> Black Friday is bright in Shelby http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/black-friday-bright-shelby <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/neiblackfri_bargains.jpg" alt="Bargains abounded everywhere on Black Friday in Shelbyville, such as the Tipsy Gyspy Boutique on Main Street." title="Bargains abounded everywhere on Black Friday in Shelbyville, such as the Tipsy Gyspy Boutique on Main Street." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> From experienced shoppers to novice beginners, shop owners and customers alike expressed delight in how Black Friday Sales went, which encompassed the entire weekend.</p> <p> Gina Slechta, vice president of marketing for Horizon Group Properties, said she does not have exact figures yet for sales for the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass&rsquo; first Black Friday experience, but that it went well.</p> Black Friday is bright in Shelby http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/black-friday-bright-shelby <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/neiblackfri_bargains.jpg" alt="Bargains abounded everywhere on Black Friday in Shelbyville, such as the Tipsy Gyspy Boutique on Main Street." title="Bargains abounded everywhere on Black Friday in Shelbyville, such as the Tipsy Gyspy Boutique on Main Street." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> From experienced shoppers to novice beginners, shop owners and customers alike expressed delight in how Black Friday Sales went, which encompassed the entire weekend.</p> <p> Gina Slechta, vice president of marketing for Horizon Group Properties, said she does not have exact figures yet for sales for the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass&rsquo; first Black Friday experience, but that it went well.</p> My Father: British Sergeant Reginald G. Bareham (1894-1916), Part 9: Card of Honour http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/my-father-british-sergeant-reginald-g-bareham-1894-1916-part-9-card-honour <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockum34thdivision.jpg" alt="The Organizational Chart of the 34th Division, of which Sgt. Reginald Bareham was a member." title="The Organizational Chart of the 34th Division, of which Sgt. Reginald Bareham was a member." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The 11<sup>th</sup> Suffolks Battalion, as a component of the 34<sup>th</sup> Division, having completed its indoctrination in trench warfare, was pulled out of the front lines on February 7, 1916. An inspection by Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, followed, which was described in terms that are understandable to most military veterans.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> My Father: British Sergeant Reginald G. Bareham (1894-1916), Part 8: On the Western Front http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/my-father-british-sergeant-reginald-g-bareham-1894-1916-part-8-western-front <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumbareham8cabs.jpg" alt="The “Taxicab Army” leaving Paris for the front – Battle of the Marne, September 1914." title="The “Taxicab Army” leaving Paris for the front – Battle of the Marne, September 1914." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> On January 7, 1916, the 34th Division left for France, crossing the English Channel from Southampton to Le Havre.</p> <p> Martin Middlebrook, in First Day on the Somme [July 1, 1916], a classic study of &ldquo;one of the blackest days in the history of warfare,&rdquo; describes a British Division as follows:</p> Super truck http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/super-truck <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftpwrecker_ownersmanual.jpg" alt="Michael Stephens holds the original owner&#039;s manual for the 1928 Model A Ford truck." title="Michael Stephens holds the original owner&#039;s manual for the 1928 Model A Ford truck." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Not many people can say they have an 85-year-old vehicle that still runs and has only 38,000 miles on it.</p> <p> Not only that, but &ldquo;Mater&rdquo; as the pickup truck has been dubbed by its new owner&rsquo;s kids, is a Shelby County icon, particularly in Simpsonville where it was formerly used by a towing service.</p> <p> Michael Stephens acquired his &ldquo;new&rdquo; truck in September, but he&rsquo;s already repaired it all over.</p>