Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

Sudden Silence Along the North lane
In the past, when we human inhabitants of the Homestead have sat down along Cora’s Corner, we have been serenaded (or fussed at, if we were mowing) by the little wild birds.
We have also enjoyed seeing the little birds taking baths in the rain puddles and watching the little wild rabbits sitting in the lane, then scurrying to the sides as we came along.
However, since we have begun working to clear the area for the arrival of the mobile home, we have noticed a quiet in the trees and the absence of little cottontails. As we had to tear out some of the fencerow and cut down some trees, we were a little concerned about their survival if their homes and nests were destroyed.
The fencerows give shelter and protection to the ground critters, a place to hide from their predators. The trees, of course, give the same benefits to the birds and their nests. (I had already told Bill that if a nest fell, please don’t tell me about it … for God knows when even a little sparrow falls, and I didn’t want to hear about it.) Bill said he didn’t see any nests down.
It was a relief when we sat down to rest from our labors this evening, and everything was still, we heard the sweet sound of a little bird chirping.
And it seems the little rabbits just moved farther south along the lane, where there is still a protective fencerow.
Homesteading Again
The Saga Continues
The decision to move to the north end of the lane was made, mobile home bought and the work began, similar to the work when we first moved here in the woods, about 28 years ago, clearing the way, cutting and dragging brush and trees,
Bill has a chain saw, a tree trimmer, a lawn mower, a weed eater and a tractor. At one time, they all worked.
The tractor gave up first.
Here we were with the pasture to mow for the placement of the home, and the tractor refused to budge in spite Bill everything did to coax it to life.
That was the bad news. The good news was that our good neighbor, Danny Ward, drove over with his tractor and mowed the whole area for us, and refused to be compensated. (We will see about that later.)
Son Todd had come over and helped some, but he is busy with his business, and we appreciated him coming over as much as he could.
The brush and trees were attacked next, with Bill wielding the chain saw and/or the tree saw on a pole, and his helper (?), me, dragging the stuff away and piling it up to burn later.
The burnable wood was stacked neatly for the fireplace or for hot dog roasts.
For several hot and humid days, it was saw, drag, saw, stack, over and over.
Then Kenny, a very nice guy from Dream Homes came to prepare the cement piers to set out home on.
On Wednesday, we needed to run over to Greenville, so I ran into the Thrift Shop and found some really good and needed bargains. I had my cart full when my phone rang.
Mike was scouting out the site from Dream Homes and was at out place right then, and needed to talk with us because (a small matter) the turn into our lane from U.S. Route 40 was too sharp to get the home in.
I left my cart and name, saying I would be back for it, and we rushed home.
The only solution was to prevail upon our good neighbor, Scott White, to use his east drive into his pasture area.
The only problem was his machinery had to be moved and the lot cleared. Like the good neighbor he is, he came home and took care of all of that, and again, compensation was refused.
We ran back over to Greenville and the cart could not be found, not any of the items. The lady working then knew nothing about them. A nice young man (employee) searched all over the store, but the cart was not to be found.
Disappointed, I left the store. When I got home there was a message from Penny Denton, saying they found the items in a bag under the cash register right after I left, and offered to get them for me
 She had recognized my voice, although she didn’t see me at first.
By the time I called her back, she was on her way back to Vandalia, but she turned around, and went back and got the items. Another friend who refused compensation.
Back to work clearing brush and trees, then the chain saw began acting up and it was given a new chain. It worked a little better, but was hard to keep running.  The tree saw then needed a new chain. The weed eater kept running out of string (usually when I was using it).  The lawn mower had actually quit before we really began.
However, Bill and his questionable “helper” did get the job done and the site ready for the new-to-us mobile home.
But we were really blessed with friends who came to our aid so generously and kindly, and although it was terribly hot and humid working, a gentle, refreshing breeze came by from time to time to relieve us.
And it was fun eating our picnic lunches of little bologna, cheese, crackers, bananas, cookies and lots of cool water and Gatorade, just like it was about 28 years ago.
Special Program Honoring a Sefton Township Native
A program this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Emmanuel Methodist Church will honor the late Loyd Carson.
Ben and Billyanna Forbis are coordinating the program. Pastor Don Thomas will lead in prayer. Jim Green will be the song leader, accompanied by Betty Miller. Don Thomas, Jim Green, Marlys Thomas and Carol Henna will provide special music.
Carson’s daughters and families will be present top share stories about his very interesting life of serving others. He was born on a farm near Brownstown in 1910 and died this year.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays: Shayla Stokes, Logan Orr, Rayella Denton, Cindy Holding, Ben Forbis, Eli and Evan Elam, Emily Townsend and Vernus Lytle.
CatchingUup with the Puleos and Debbie
Wanda Puleo’s mother died on July 8 at Odin Care Center. Her visitation was on Thursday, July 11, and funeral on July 12, with burial at Pleasant Hll Baptist Church Cemetery. Wanda’s brother, Byford and wife of Lincoln, Neb., were there, as were several relatives from Indiana, a nephew from California and grandnephew from Nashville, Tenn.
The Puleos and Debbie Visit Springfield
Ken and Wanda Puleo and Debbie McDonald spent some time in Springfield this week.
Wanda did some family research in the state archives. They went to the “Yesterday’s Café on old Route 66, which was near to where they were staying.
The next day, they went to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
They enjoyed eating pizza at an Italian restaurant near the fairgrounds and returned home that evening.
To Dix
On Saturday, the Puleos and Debbie went to Dix to visit with Wanda’s brother, Phillip, and then on to the home of Wanda’s mother, A very heavy rainstorm began while they were there, and when they were able to leave, there was water over the road (Route 37) three places over the next four miles. Heavy rain continued most of the way home.
First Christian Church
July 14
During the First Christian Church’s July 14th Sunday morning services, Tena Gould presented a baby Bible to the newest of the congregation, Kynlay Brooke Adams. Kynlay is the 3-week old daughter of Eric and Tresnee (Willms) Adams. Kynlay’s family also included grandpa and grandma Duane and Laura Willms; great-grandparents, Don and Ellen Willms; aunts and uncles, Shannon Claycomb, and Trevor and Megan Willms; and cousins, Taylor, Alivia, Macy Claycomb and Brylene Willms.
United Methodist Church
Pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning services.
Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles. Hubert Williams and Schwarm served as ushers.
Pastor Don Thomas gave the welcome, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements and prayer requests, and led the prayer. Thomas delivered the sermon.
Betty Williams led the children’s Sunday worship, and Flo Allen led the adult class.
First Baptist Church
Dr. Olen Evans gave the welcome and led in prayer for the mission team leaving this week for South Dakota.  Jerry Reed shared the announcements, and recognized birthdays and anniversaries. Angie Strobel played the organ offertory music.
Ann Robertson led the congregation in songs of praise, followed by the morning message, delivered by Evans.
• Sunday school teacher’s meeting-Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
• Summer Bible study: Aug. 4-8, 7-9 p.m., with Dr. Marvin Jones on the doctrine of salvation with the emphasis on Campbellism.
• Baptist Women will meet on Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m.
• The Clothes Closet will be open on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the church basement.