Brownstown-Sefton News

‘Horse Sense’
We have always heard the phrase “horse sense,” which, we figured, meant being logical or practical. This theory seems to have been proven last week.
The neighbor’s pretty horses, “Flash,” the paint, and “Strait,” the bay, have often visited us across the corner fence close to our house. They seem interested in what we are doing when we are out in the yard.
A couple of weeks ago, I had three apples that were less then fresh, so I took a half apple apiece out to the corner fence and gave to them. Strait held back and Flash ate both halves. The next day I did the same and again, Strait held back and let Flash eat both halves.
A couple of days later, I went outside and saw just Strait at the corner. When he saw me, he began calling for Flash, who was out in the middle of the pasture. Flash came galloping up when Strait called and I fetched the remaining apple for him. I believe that Strait was being a good buddy and called to Flash, so he would get his apple for the day.
   Now, we have noticed, when we return home, they sometimes gallop along the fence along side us, to their corner. It is an interesting trip, because often, our longhorn cows run alongside us on the other side of the lane. We are well escorted on the lane.
I picked up some more apples and now Strait is also eating a half apple, along with Flash. I really believe that Strait was using “horse sense” by calling to Flash when I had walked out into the yard, thinking his buddy would get a treat.
Another Example
…was displayed years ago by “Cloudy,” the white Welsh “wonder horse,” when his little mistress, Cora, rode him. She would go out into his pen, climb on a stump, and ride him with no saddle or bridle-no problem. He would stand very still as she got on him. He would carry her in the woods and up and down the hills (with Papa Bear Bill leading him) – no problem.          However, one day we were heading for the woods and rain water was in the shallow, but wide, ditch we had to cross. Cloudy refused to cross the ditch. As he had crossed this ditch numerous times, we were really puzzled by his refusal to go farther. Stubbornness was not in his nature.
We lifted Cora off his back and he went right across and traveled on with her again – no problems. We figured out as he was going to have to jump the ditch over the water that he was afraid Cora might fall off and be hurt. He was using “horse sense.” He was always very careful with her. He would walk, un-restrained, around the yard with her as she played, and would stand quietly beside her when she had to rest.
Our friends, Bob and Susan Diveley, Travis and Lauren, gave Cloudy to Cora, a priceless gift that she loved dearly and was the receiver of one of her last affectionate goodbyes.
Spaghetti Benefit for Billie Enlow…
… is Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.
Trick or Treat Night …..
…in Brownstown is next Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m., for children up through the sixth grade. Curfew is 10 p.m.
A Halloween party will be held in Central Park after trick or treat by the Brownstown Park Board. Prizes will be given by the Brownstown Village Board and Brownstown Park Board.
Local October Celebrations
Birthdays-James Schaible, Jared Winters, Emalee Smith, Marcia Pemberton. Julie Smith. Ervin Garrison. Trevor Willms, Claudia Edwards and Laurence O’Dell. Anniversaries: Patrick and Kaci Satterthwaite, and Frank and Shelly Rook.
Puleos & Debbie
On Saturday, Ken and Wanda Puleo and Debbie went to Bethany and enjoyed watching the Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team defeat Argenta-Oreana, 14-4. Ken’s niece, Grace Bunfill, was on the winning team. Grace also performed at the Sullivan Oktoberfest over the weekend with her dance group, The Dance Station.
On Sunday, the Puleos and Debbie went to Dix to visit with Ethel Pittman, who has been  feeling better  the last few days. Gale McBride and Phillip Bruce also dropped in to visit. The Puleos went to Sandoval on the way home and visited with daughter Connie Meskil and her son, Brad.
Fayette County HCE Board
The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board met Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Vandalia Extension office. President Flo Allen called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.
Secretary Mary Smith took the roll call, with the following answering: Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing, Dorothy Harpster, Anna Jean Rhodes, Anita Smith, Panzi Blackwell, Debbie Segrest, Karen Hyde, Mary Smith and Phyllis Pryor. Member-at-large, Carole Oldham was also present. Smith read the minutes of the last meeting. Treasurer Dorothy Harpster gave the financial report, which stood as read. Phyllis Pryor, first vice president, reminded all to bring one dozen cookies at the next board meeting. Second Vice President Anna Jean Rhodes reported that FCHCE membership still remained at 119. She also displayed an attractive bookmark made from a Christmas card, given by the Effingham HCE. Anita Smith, community outreach director, discussed the Christmas Cards to the Military project, and the cover letter to accompany cards that will identify the Fayette County HCE as the sender. She also mentioned that an acknowledgment will be sent to the FCHCE if so many are sent. Debbie Segrest, family issues director, reported her unit is helping the SAFE staff cut papers for their annual cheese ball fundraiser. Shirley Klitzing, international director, discussed Alzheimer’s information received and the possibility of a lesson on the subject.                                               Panzi Blackwell, public relations, displayed a recent newspaper article featuring Allen and Segrest receiving a proclamation presented by the mayor of Vandalia, Ricky Gottman.
Allen read a letter received from the city of Vandalia offering booths for rent on the evening of the Old Tyme Christmas on Nov. 16, from 5-9 p.m. A motion was made and seconded to decline the invitation and the motion carried.
Allen reminded the units to bring the information on what the units are doing (projects) in preparation for the County of the Year next year. Projects include Box Tops for Education, Pennies for Friendship, children’s pillowcases; pillowcase dresses; used ink cartridges, teddy bears and coupons for the military.
Allen also announced the cancer presentation has been postponed until speaker is available. All present were to attend the past and present officers luncheon.
United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte, pianist, played the prelude and provided the music throughout the worship service. Pastor Don Thomas opened the morning worship service at the United Methodist Church. Jarin Evans and Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles.
Hubert Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers and presented the tithes and offerings. Thomas delivered the morning message. Several in the community facing health problems were remembered in prayer. A reminder of the shoebox ministry was given, as were several upcoming events.  Prior to the morning worship hour, Jenna and Zack Townsend led the Children’s Sunday school and fellowship. Refreshments were served. Vernus Lytle led the adult class.
First Christian Church
The congregation of the First Christian Church was greeted by Faye Schwarm and Cathy Haynes, and answered the call to worship given by the Ladies Trio of Cathy Smith, Joann Strobel and Susan Smith. They were led in songs of praise by the worship team of Tresnee Adams, Adrienne Kinney and Joann Stroble, accompanied by pianist Susan Smith, guitarists Chuck Enlow and Rick Cox, and drummer Walt Kinney. Kevin Bonifacius shared the announcements and led the opening prayer.
Chuck Enlow led the Communion meditation and prayer. Duane Willms led the gifts and offerings prayer. Kevin Bonifacius delivered the morning message. Also serving: Sunday school nursery-Laura Willms; a.m. nursery-Marcia Pemberton; toddler worship-Tena and Ron Gould; Quest-4-Christ-Jeremy and Shannon Claycomb;  Communion to shut-ins-Chuck Enlow and Brent Keyes; Communion preparation-Ervin and Joyce Garrison; usher-Ron Gould; librarian-Liz Oberlink; PowerPoint-Penny Cox; sound tech-Don Lovett; and closing prayer-Kevin Bonifacius.
• Sunday- Fall festival will be hosted by the youth at 4:30 p.m. Worship will begin around 6 p.m.
• Spaghetti benefit for Billie Enlow on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the elementary cafeteria. The church has been asked to donate spaghetti sauce for that day.

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