Get to know the people of Wilmington

On Decemeber15th, Glenn will be performing “America’s First Christmas” from the Murphy Theater in Wilmington, OH, where Glenn will bring us back to the true meaning of Christmas as he encourages us to start over, reset our priorities, and reconnect with what is important. Before joining Glenn, we invite you to get to know the people of Wilmington and the businesses of the local community. Each day before “America’s First Christmas”, we will be profiling a different person or business from the Wilmington community.


Clinton County Services for Homeless, Inc.


Denise Stryker


Executive Director

Denise Stryker never thought a rural area like Clinton County, home of Wilmington, OH, could be deeply affected by homelessness. But after a trip with her family to Los Angeles where she saw many people living out on the streets, Denise returned home and researched the problem in her own area. “[The trip to Los Angeles] really pulled at my heart strings and I said a prayer that some day that I would be able to help somebody permanently that was in that situation.”

Ever since the DHL plant closed in Wilmington, Denise has noticed an increase in the number of people needing services for homelessness. “We used to have an average of about eight to ten people a night when I first started abut seventeen years ago,” she said, “We’re seeing an average of up to twenty-seven people a night now and we’re often at capacity, which is thirty-four.”

More and more people are needing some kind of assistance, but Denise maintains a positive outlook. She said that the community has a pay-it-forward attitude, and many people who have passed through the housing facilities return to volunteer in various projects and fundraising campaigns.

Denise hopes others recognize how easily a person can end up in need of programs like those offered by Clinton County Services for Homeless, Inc. “I would just encourage you to open your heart and your minds and know it can happen to any of us. And without a support system of some kind and having a higher power, having that faith fou need, you never know what can happen, and just try to believe that there are people that need help and continue to pray and support them.”

Every year, former residents come back and celebrate Christmas at the residence. Denise said, “We encourage them to come and just eat with us and share how their lives are changed after being here and catch up.” The tradition allows the former residents to share with the staff and current residents their stories of recovery and getting back on their feet.


Books ‘N’ More


Dan Stewart


Owner, Books ‘N’ More

This Wednesday, Glenn will be signing books at 1pm from Books ‘N’ More in Wilmington, OH as part of “America’s First Christmas”. The owner of the bookstore, Dan Stewart, is a local entrepreneur familiar with concepts of hard work and sacrifice.

Dan founded the bookstore while still an employee at General Motors, and he has worked several jobs in Wilmington since he retired in addition to running the bookstore. Dan says he doesn’t believe people should be picky about what job they take. “You take what’s available,” he said.

“There are jobs you can find. And if you have to work two or three of them to make what you would make with one good paying job, it’s just an extra sacrifice you have to make. And I’d much rather do that than accept handouts from people. And I just feel that, you know, anybody that really wants to succeed, there’s ways to do it.”

Books ‘N’ More has not been spared by the recession, and Dan has found ways to help out other local businesses while supplementing his own income. The owner of the local consignment shop, Next to New, also has a second job, so Dan helps maintain her store so she can work her side job and he can make some additional money to offset reduced sales at the bookstore.

Dan also supports Wilmington’s “Buy Local” campaigns and tries to keep the money he spends in the community. “We’re here to support the community. And the support we get from the community goes back into the community.”



General Denver Hotel


Ms. Molly Dullea


Owner, General Denver Hotel

Molly Dullea owns the beautiful General Denver Hotel in Wilmington, OH. A relative newcomer to the Wilmington area, she purchased the hotel seven years ago. “It’s a beautiful piece of architecture and I don’t really know why I bought the hotel. I just knew that when I came inside, I felt at home and I stayed.”

Wilmington was hit pretty hard by the loss of the DHL hub where many of the town’s residents worked. Molly said, “It was devastating, 8,000 jobs were lost. We’re a town of only 12,000 approximately.” She added, “It affected every single person here and it was literally an economic tsunami.”

Nevertheless, Molly said that the entrepreneurial spirit in the town remains strong and people are constantly finding ways to support the town and each other. “You have smart, intelligent, caring people. You have great ideas, [we] just do them. We have great campaigns. We have ‘Grow Food, Grow Hope’ for growing our own food.” She continued, “We are creating things. We are not waiting for someone to come save us, we are going to save ourselves and we are going to do it together.”

“It could’ve been a sob story,” Molly explained. “But do I wish it didn’t happen? No. Did it restore my faith and what I knew all my life was right? Yes.”

Molly hopes others can learn from the people of Wilmington. “I hope they learn to stand on their own two feet, to work hard, to be nice and to take care of each other and to value what’s really important. Which isn’t the number of things that you have or the stuff that you collect, but what you really keep in your heart and that you have a great place to do it in,” she said.

Molly has been deeply affected by the strength of character the people of Wilmington have and how supportive community members are of one another. She said, “That’s what blows me away, it’s that I found Wilmington, Ohio and I get to live here.”


Sugartree Ministry


Mr. Jeff Tewksbury


Assistant Director and Director of Music at Sugartree Ministry

Faith can be a powerful driving force in anyone’s life, but the power of faith has had a distinct impact on the town of Wilmington through Sugartree Ministry. Jeff Tewsksbury’s life had been profoundly affected by the Sugartree Ministry and the power of faith. A recovering alcoholic and addict, Jeff was living from couch-to-couch when he befriended youths from a Sugartree bible study. They helped him through a period of intense detoxing, but ultimately he got clean and reconnected with his girlfriend at the time, now his wife, and their baby daughter.

“You can’t be involved in this ministry and not experience the power of God,” Jeff said of Sugartree. “Sugartree’s impact on Wilmington, you know -- and I want to say this as humble as I can, but I don’t know where Wilmington would be right now without Sugartree. The way God has poured out food, finances and the way that we’re able to transform that into meeting tangible needs of people to have them.”

Jeff said that Sugartree Ministry allows people to get out of there house so they aren’t just sitting at home thinking about their situation. They have somewhere to go and not only a hot meal, but they get fellowship.

“The people that come are our family. And they’re not just our family. They’re family to each other.”

“The way Sugartree impacted me, there’s lots of little, some tangible, some not so tangible things. But it all boils down to love, you know. You walk in here, you are loved.”



Sugartree is a Christian street ministry dedicated to serving the poor, sick, addicted, homeless and unemployed. Not one to turn anyone in need away, Sugartree finds themselves serving 150 people daily and going through 2,000 non-perishables a week. If you would like to support Sugartree please donate online or send a Kroger Grocery gift card to:

PO Box 606


Wilmington, OH 45177

While donations of non-perishable dry goods are always welcomed, the Sugartree has limited storage space. By donating a gift card, Sugartree is able to make the most of your donation by purchasing food when needed and not letting anything go to waste. To learn more about Sugartree Ministries visit, www.sugartree.org.

 

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.