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Brownstown-Sefton

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By The Staff

Callie,  the Kitty…
…seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.


She seemed to prefer relaxing on the shed roof or on the deck, often in the sun. When we tried to get her in the cool house, she refused.
However, yesterday, she came in looking like she had burrowed in the dirt, something she had never done before. Her face, chest, and both front legs and feet were dirty.
She is always so pristine white and clean, we could hardly believe it, and she was making no effort to “wash up.”
She was still that way when we went to bed, and we decided we would have to bathe her in the morning-not a pleasant thought.
But when we woke up this morning, she was clean as a whistle. I guess maybe she was like us humans … it was just too hot to do anything.
We still haven’t figured out how she got so dirty, because she doesn’t stray far from the house and deck.
Guess we have a few more hot, three-digit days, then hopefully, the rains will come down.
Nadine (and Company) are Coming to Town!
Nadine, the TV personality who came to Brownstown last year for a sell-out performance that kept all present laughing, is returning on Saturday, September 15.
This year, however, she will perform at the Vandalia Moose Lodge (instead of Brownstown High School), at 7 p.m.
Nadine is bringing with her Teea Goans, an upcoming Nashville artist, and Steve Smith, who played lead guitar for the Gatlin Brothers. (remember “There’s No Gold in California?”).
A raffle will be held and prizes will be a grandfather clock, a table-sized jukebox autographed by Larry’s Country Diner artists, Nadine cookbooks and more.
There will be a meet and greet session after the show.
This will be the one big fundraiser for the library this year, so come and enjoy some good old down-home hilarious humor.
Tickets are on sale now at the Brownstown Branch Library,
Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday-1-5 p.m.; and Wednesday-10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Coming & Going
Betty Goes to the Ball  Game
Ted, Sherri and Betty Miller left for Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday morning, July 14 to attend a Cardinals/Reds Baseball game. The only good thing about the ballgame (the Cardinals lost) was that some rain fell during the game.
However, it was a cooler, cloudy day and was very much enjoyed.  The Great American Ballpark is very small, but very clean and beautiful and, Betty reported, everyone is very friendly and helpful.
Sunday was spent touring the Louisville Slugger Museum and factory.
They saw major league baseball bats being made and shipped to players. The museum was very interesting and everything was very family-oriented.
However, there was one small “glitch.” Ted dreamed he was still a teenager and tried his hand in the batting cage.
He did pretty good at batting, but did not catch his breath for about 30 minutes. It was a great time and very much enjoyed.
Ted has a goal to see all the major league ballparks .
Thus far, he has been to St. Louis, Milwaukee’s Miller Park; Kansas City Royal Stadium and Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.
Fayette County HCE Board Meeting
Ten members attended the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board meeting on Monday, July 23.
Flo Allen, who serves as president, open the meeting and led the pledge to the American flag. Dorothy Harpster, treasurer, gave the financial report.  Phyllis Pryor, first vice president, waived her report pending receiving more information. Pryor did request an update of some units’ new officers list.
Anna Jean Rhodes, co-second vice-president, reported the Fayette County HCE now has 116 members. The Sefton unit and St. Elmo unit each reported gaining three new members.
The member-at-large, Bingham/Ramsey Chairman Evelyn Probst, brought three stuffed dolls made by her, with features added by her daughter. The dolls were contributed to the Fayette County Hospital emergency room to comfort young patients.
Handmade Teddy Bears are also made and contributed to the ER by the Fayette County units.
Allen read a letter received from Marilyn Shafer, the District 6 director. Among the several topics mentioned were:
• The HCE annual conference/dinner/workshop on Aug. 23 at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn, with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. Ladies were advised to wear long sleeves, due to the coolness of the air conditioning.
• Declining membership, with the suggestion to the members present that they “Ask on, Get one” new member.
Following the reading and discussion of the letter, the conference-workshop was discussed, and the members who are going paid the fees and signed up for the workshop for their office.  
Shirley Klitzing, international director, announced that the country honored at this year’s international dinner would be Indonesia instead of Trinidad, due to the availability of an excellent source of Indonesia information and material.  
Due to lack of communication concerning the presentation of the FCHCE’s   Perfect Garden skit at the Workshop Dinner, it was decided not to continue preparations.
Panzi Blackwell, public relations director, reviewed recent newspaper articles and photos of Fayette County HCE units’ activities.  Also present were Debbie Segrest, family issues director; Anita Smith-community outreach director, and Karen Hyde, member-at-large.
BHS Class of ’52 60th Reunion
The Brownstown High School Class of 1952 met July 21 at the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria for their 60th reunion.
The day was spent visiting; enjoying the catered lunch, trivia and prizes by Alvin McMillian; and awarding of the door prizes.
Boyd Ledbetter asked the blessing for the lunch, and a moment of silence was observed in memory of 22 deceased class members.
Appreciation was expressed to the elementary school, Brownstown Lumber, First National Bank of Brownstown, Fulk Construction, The Carolsel, DeerPark-Fred and Connie Bingham, Brownstown Floral and Gifts, New Beginnings, Willms and Yakel Insurance, and the DeClutter Gal for door prizes.
The visiting continued at the All-School Alumni Reunion held that evening at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
Present were: from Brownstown-Shirley Smith Goldsborough, Gloria Jean Ledbetter, Shirley Black Mattes, Joyce Craig Garrison, Helen Rine Henrichsmeyer, Marilyn Miller Yakel and Paul Fisher; from St. Elmo-Ina Feezel Abendroth and John Crawford; from Vandalia-Iris Breese Wasser and Boyd Ledbetter; Martha Jaeger, Tampa, Fla.; Phyllis Goldsborough Sarver, Herrick; Iris Lape Dicks, Arthur; Dorris Friese Welch, Casper, Wyo.; Salle Peyroux-McGinis, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Alvin McMillian, Effingham; Betty Crawford Miller, Aurora; Dorothy Bush Alexander, Mattoon; and Charles (Sonny) Tinker, Pensacola, Fla.
Also present were Paul Sarver, Don McMillian, Louella Christensen, Noel Dicks, Ervin Garrison, Jim Wasser, Beverly Agena, Ann McMillian, Bert Miller, Dee Fisher, Elizabeth Kasten, Steve Behrends and Jack Scott.