Egg Production Goes Down (as temperatures go up)
The girls (hens), Anita and Blackie, have cut back on the egg production this week, but that’s OK. If it is too hot to lay the eggs, it is also too hot to cook them.
However, it may be partially our fault that the “factories” shut down. As it has been so hot and, unless we hear them cackle, announcing the arrival of a new egg, we have not been keeping their eggs to eat.
Their nest is not electronically air-conditioned, and we have no way of knowing how long the egg has been in the high temperature.
If “the girls” became aware of this, they probably just had a conference and decided it is not worth the effort if we aren’t cooking and eating them.
However, we’ve noticed that they still enjoy “scratching and bugging,” no matter how hot it is. They also continue to run and meet us at the car when we come home.
The Treasures and Worth of Small Communities…
…do not lie buried in the earth (oil, coal, etc.) nor in the banks and vaults, nor in the assets of property, material possessions, etc., but in the hearts of the people living there.
We had already realized this from the compassion and caring shown to us in the past, but our realization was renewed during the last week.
It continues to amaze us, however, the caring hearts that are revealed to us, even in the loss of our pets, which are so precious to us, but could seem insignificant to others. Not so!
We have received beautiful cards this week, expressing their sympathy and understanding in out unexpected loss of Pricey, our sweet and beautiful great pyrnese.
First, we had received a card from Dr. and Carole Bristow. Shortly afterward, a card arrived from the Greenville Vet Clinic that contained 10 individual expressions of understanding and encouragement from the staff.
We cried, but they were tears of appreciation for their caring hearts. (I always feel guilty for not realizing sooner when our pets become ill.
As much as Pricey and I loved one another, I feel that I should have sensed, somehow, that something was wrong, so the words of those who took care of her mean so much.
The beautiful poem inside their card contained the words, “Take me to where my needs they’ll tend, only stay with me ‘till the end.” It echoed many of the thoughts and feeling we had experienced.
Friends Ronnie and Millie Elam were among the first to send a lovely card with comforting words;. As they had lost “Bumper” and other pets in the past, they understood; Dean, Cheryl and Tracy Bowen sent comforting words, along with two comforting articles about losing a pet; and friend Joyce Mueller sent a pretty card, signed by herself and her pets, “Missy” and “Vanilla.”
We know losing a beloved pet is heartbreaking for everyone who has experienced it. We recently lost our granddog, “Junior” named for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He, too, was like a member of his human family and died a tragic death.
Also, Bev Koberlien lost her little dog recently and our hearts went out to her when we learned of her loss. We also realize that all people do not understand the sorrow in the loss of a pet, but we ask you to understand, to tolerate and be patient with us as we share in one another’s loss of a dear and loyal friend … and thank you to all for your caring and compassionate hearts.
Of Interest to the Community
•”Shine for Jesus” Car Show, rain or shine-Saturday at the Association of Christian Truckers (“Road Angel”), located west of Brownstown, U.S. Route 40 and Interstate 70, hosted by Brownstown First Christian Church. Classes: First, second and third place trophies each class.
Registration is at 8 a.m., and awards at 3 p.m. Entry cost: $10. Contact Brent at 780-9311.
•The Brownstown Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. in the unit office.
Liberty Christian Church will hold a garage sale on Aug. 6, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sports Boosters’ Meeting…
…will be held in the cafeteria Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Pam Gurtner at email@example.com if you are interested in receiving e-mail updates.
Reminder – School again (Already??)
It’s about that time again. Registration day is Aug. 9. The first day of school attendance is August 18, 2011.
Immunizations and physicals must be up-to-date before students attend classes on the first day.
•Physicals given within one year before August 18 are needed by students entering Kindergarten and sixth grade. Physicals will be conducted at school on Aug. 11. Additional information will be given at registration.
•Vision exam required for students entering Kindergarten.
•Dental exam required for students entering kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade. Mobile dentists will be at school on Sept. 27 to offer exams. Additional information will be given at registration.
Birthdays: Tena Gould, Delbert Miller, Jennifer Lovett, Matt Shelton and Colten Hunter. Anniversaries: Earl and Marcia Pemberton, Earl and Deanna Hovious, and Chris and Sherry Meador.
Vandalia Day HCE
Several members of the Vandalia Day Unit of Fayette County Home and Community Education traveled to Centralia on Tuesday, July 12 and met one of their members, Janet Lusch, who now lives in Centralia.
They enjoyed lunch at Java Joe’s and then visited Janet in her apartment, where she served refreshments of cake, watermelon, cantaloupe and various other fruits, coffee and tea. Some of the group went shopping and all reportedly had a good time.
Sefton Unit HCE members Phyllis Pryor, Shirley Klitzing and Flo Allen enjoyed lunch at Ponderosa in Vandalia on Monday, July 25, with fellow Fayette County HCE members Faye Williams, Dorothy Harpster, Anna Jean Rhodes, Anita Smith, Luella Rubin and Marian Rubin.
Fayette County HCE Board Meets
The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education met at the Extension Office in Vandalia at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 25.
President Flo Allen called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance to the American flag. Ten members were present to answer the roll call by the secretary, Mary Smith.
Present were: Karen Hyde of Wheatland; Dorothy Harpster of St. Peter; Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo; Mary Smith of Wright’s Corner; Anita Smith of Vandalia Day; Evelyn Probst of Bingham/Ramsey; and Phyllis Pryor, Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing, Panzi Blackwell of Sefton Unit.
Guests were Carrie Hill and Debbie Segrest of Vandalia Day, who is the new chairman of Vandalia Day Unit; and Luella Rubin and Marian Rubin of St. Peter Unit.
Smith read the minutes of the last meeting. Treasurer Dorothy Harpster gave the financial report, which stood as read.
First Vice President Phyllis Pryor deferred her report due to a meeting which was to follow. The co-second vice-president gave a report on the status of the county’s membership, totaling 118 members as of this month. She presented a copy of each unit’s membership to that unit.
Shirley Klitzing, director of international, reported that the speaker originally scheduled to talk on Scotland, the country to be honored at the annual international dinner/program, had informed her that she needed to cancel the engagement.
Joyce Mueller, who had made an extensive visit to Scotland and is a descendant of Scotland’s leader and hero, Bruce, was contacted and agreed to share her knowledge and experience of Scotland.
•The date for the potluck dinner was set for Thursday, Oct. 27: registration-6 p.m., meal-6:30 p.m., at the Phillips Building in St. Elmo.
•Committee responsibilities appointed: St. Elmo-decorations; Wright’s Corner-drinks; St. Peter-registration; Vandalia Day-food placement on tables; and Sefton, Wheatland, Ramsey/Bingham-cleanup.
An inquiry was to be made to ask someone to set up the tables.
Allen read a letter received from District 6 Director, Marilyn Schaefer. Schaefer, who was recently appointed interim Director for District 6, replacing Debbie Borries, shared a brief introduction to herself and her family.
She and her husband, Wilbert, live in a small town south of Effingham, where they reared two daughters and two sons. She is a 30-year member of HCE, and this is her first time on state board.
She also provided information, including the following items:
•IAHCE Workshop, Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon. Deadline for registration in Aug. 5; $20 fee, checks payable to IAHCE.
Registration from 9-9:30 a.m. Each county is to bring a low-height centerpiece. Members are also advised to take a shawl or sweater.
•Speaker will be Deborah Henningger, author of the book, “Hobo Quilts,” and each county will receive one copy of the lesson to present to their county. The majority of Fayette County officers are planning to attend the workshop.
•September is “Child Cancer Awareness Month.” Members are asked to wear a gold ribbon that month.
Dorothy Harpster provided refreshments of fresh fruit and mini-cream puffs.
Allen reminded those present of collecting soda can tabs and telephone books.
She announced that Fayette County Hospital no longer accepts magazines, but other nursing homes/assisted living facilities do.
Matthew Harris Employed as Jr. High Baseball Coach
A resignation was accepted from Bryant Hale as junior high math/science teacher and junior high baseball coach during the Brownstown Board of Education regular session meeting on Monday, July 18.
Matthew Harris was employed as junior high math/science teacher and junior high baseball coach. Paul Parkison was also employed as a regular bus driver.
The board also approved the following:
•Coaches handbook for the 2011-12 school year.
•Fundraising requests for the senior class, high school baseball and junior high cheerleaders.
Al Schumacher, lay speaker, greeted the members and guests of Brownstown United Methodist Church as they arrived for the morning worship service.
Bette Stolte, pianist, played the prelude, accompanying for the service. Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles. Carol Severns served as liturgist and reviewed the announcements and prayer requests, and led the call to worship.
The birth of Emily Marie Townsend, born Friday to Jenna and Zachary Townsend, was announced.
Schumacher led the opening prayer. Ushers Hubert Williams and Bradley Schwarm presented the tithes and offerings.
Schumacher delivered the sermon at both the Brownstown and Emmanuel Methodist churches and closed with prayer. Schumacher was accompanied by his wife, Suzanne. Renna Kelly led the children’s department worship and fellowship. Flo Allen led the adult class.
•Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., the Brownstown United Methodist Women will have a business meeting at the church to set the 2012 pledge and election of officers.
First Christian Church
Evelyn Wells and Liz Oberlink greeted the congregation of First Christian Church for Sunday morning worship.
Cathy Smith and Adrienne Kinney led the congregation in songs of praise, accompanied by pianist-Robin Lovett; drummer-Walt Kinney; flute-Kaitlyn Enlow; and guitars-Chuck Enlow and Rick Cox. Cathy Smith read Scripture.
Special music was contributed by Robin Lovett, followed by the morning message delivered by John Robinson. Morgan Pryor led the Communion meditation. Charlie Watson led the gift and offerings prayer and devotion.
Also serving: Sunday school nursery-Laura Willms; a.m. nursery-Marcia Pemberton; toddler worship-Tena and Ron Gould; Quest-4-Christ-Billie Enlow, Matt Shelton, and Q-4-C Team; Communion to shut-ins-Chuck Enlow and Charlie Watson; Communion preparation and cleanup-Matthew and Jamie Smith; serving congregation-Don Willms, Larry Pilger, Duane Wuillms, Steve Storm, Trevor Willms; usher-Morgan Pryor; PowerPoint-Ashton Smith; sound-Don Lovett; librarian-Joann Strobel; and closing prayer-John Robison.
Ten-day-old Massie Dawn made her first appearance at morning worship services. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Shannon Claycomb.
Also there to witness her appearance were grandparents Duane and Laura Willms, great-grandparents Don and Ellen Willms, and uncle Trevor and Meagan Willms.
•Thursday at 7 p.m. at the church. Theme: “Angels watching over me.” The church will be decorated with angel figurines and pictures. Those having angels they would like to display should contact Tina.
•Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. – “Friend Day,” with Larry DeLawder (Barney Fife), in both services.
•Fithh Sunday Potluck meal Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Everyone is asked to bring meat, veggie, salad and desert to share.
•Sunday-WNL sponsors’ meeting after the potluck.
•Fortieth anniversary open house will be held at the church for Earl and Deanna Hovious from 3-5 p.m.
•There are some school supplies (backpacks, notebooks, crayons and more) on a table in the fellowship hall downstairs. Any of our church students and children can take what they need, free of charge
Liberty Christian Church
The congregation of Liberty Christian Church was greeted by Kara Dugan and welcomed by Richard Weese.
Worship leaders Teresa Mayes, Kaylee Sefton and Erin Schaub led in songs of praise, accompanied by Dick Childress on guitar; Eddie Carson-drums; pianist-Connie Largent; and keyboard-Tammy Carson.
Paul Parkison shared the praises and prayer requests, and led in prayer. Special music was contributed by Erin Schaub, followed by the massage, delivered by Richard Weese.
Vernon Brazle led the Communion devotion and prayer. Brian Smith led the offering prayer.
Also serving; serving at the table: Vernon Brazle, Bill Robison; serving the congregation; Charlie Moore, Josh Robison, Brad Smith, Brian Smith, Craig Daughtery, Frank Stringfield; assistants: Jack Durbin, Duane Carson; ushers: Junior Carson, Duane Carson; sound system-Tom Mayes; PowerPoint-Katie Carson; nursery-Vernon Brazle, Katie Carson; Communion preparation-Margie Stringfield; and Communion rounds-Bill Robison, and Charlie Moore.