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‘Blue Christmas’ service all about mending (with photo gallery)

Dusty Putnam, left, and Sarah Goodrich, right, both of Schoharie, embrace during a Christmas Eve mass for flood damaged churches in Schoharie County at the Carrot Barn in Schoharie.
Dusty Putnam, left, and Sarah Goodrich, right, both of Schoharie, embrace during a Christmas Eve mass for flood damaged churches in Schoharie County at the Carrot Barn in Schoharie.
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The posters contained a simple message: “This Christmas is Different.” For residents of Schoharie, this message, used to publicize a “Blue Christmas” service held by Schoharie United Presbyterian Church, rang especially true. Traditionally, Blue Christmas church services are geared toward people who are depressed during the holidays, particularly those grieving the loss of a loved one. But the service at the Presbyterian church was for the entire community, which was devastated by flooding at the ...

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