Brownstown-Sefton News

Don’t Forget – Free Summer Sack Lunches for Kids …
…Wednesdays, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., dispensed from the Brownstown United Methodist Church east door. It is sponsored by the Sefton Unit HCE and First United Methodist Church.
From the Chicken Roost
Blackie and Rhonda (hens) are taking the hot, chilly, hot, chilly weather changes right in stride, with no noticeable change in the egg production, which has been 100 percent of late (two eggs a day).
Their Rural King split-level home seems to suit their lifestyle and it is especially fun to see them come downstairs in the early mornings, always looking fresh as a daisy, with their feathers seemingly freshly preened and cleaned.
We like to hear them sing softly as they bug and scratch in their mini-yard, safe from all predators. It took Blackie a while to overcome the trauma she endured when she witnessed the terrible kidnapping and disappearance of her bosom-buddy, Anita, during the red fox episode.
So far, we haven’t seen hide nor hair of said fox here at the north end of the lane.
We also haven’t seen Sneaky Pete, the wily wolf, since the Big Move to the north. We are a little concerned about him, as there have been no recent sightings of him reported. We hope he is well and happy, and staying out of trouble. We really don’t mind him visiting us from time to time, as long as
He doesn’t wear out his welcome hanging around the chicken roost. That would probably halt egg production for quite a while. (Just the weed-eater scared them for about a week’s worth of eggs.)  They are very sensitive ladies.
The Cow Girls …
… are eating well, hitting the waterin’ hole (tank) regularly and getting fat as butterballs. We enjoy watching them waking up early in the mornings and grazing leisurely, visiting the water tank, then resting again about mid-morning.
Our kitchen table is next to the window, so we can pull the curtain back and watch them as we drink our coffee.
There is just something relaxing about watching them as they seem to have no disagreements and are content to just graze and rest. They are curious animals and like to watch us when we are outside. They don’t seem to believe in the old adage, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence,” but I guess that the “fence” is an electric wire helps with their attitude.
The highlight of their lives seems to be when the Countryside Garbage truck comes by every month. When they hear it coming down U.S. Route 40, they raise their heads and listen, then run to line up at the fence to watch the monthly hauling away of our garbage.
We feel like Pa Cartwright and the boys on TV’s “Ponderosa” had nothing on us (except maybe a few thousand head of cattle and horses, and the thousands of acres, timber, mountains, rivers and lakes for them to graze  and play on) … but we, here on the Homestead, have more peace and quiet, precious memories, good friends and neighbors, our animal friends, and a peaceful little village and surrounding area to call our home.
Community Announcements
• Golden Years Club Chicken and Pork Cookout on Saturday at 5 p.m., donation basis for the GYC building fund.
• On Saturday, the Brownstown Branch Library will be open from 9 a.m.-noon for the convenience of the community and its patrons.
• 125th anniversary of Emmanuel United Methodist Church at 1200E-1850N in Sefton Township, approximately four miles north of Cripe Grain elevator in Bluff City.
The public is invited to the anniversary celebration, with morning worship services at 9:30 a.m., lunch at noon and 1 p.m. afternoon service, with reminiscing and singing. Those who have been associated with the church in past years are especially invited to come and share any experiences.
Golden Years Club Chicken & Pork Cookout
This is a fundraiser on a donation basis for the building fund for the new & needed new club building, which will also benefit the community, as the present one has done.
As the club is no longer allowed to make their popular and widely-known copper kettle apple butter, which was the main source of  maintenance and operating funds for years, and as the building has deteriorated, due to age, over the years, the club voted to establish a building fund.
An account has been established at First National Bank of Brownstown, which is open for donations at any time. In order to build on that account, the club voted to hold the cookout on a donations basis, rather than a set cost.
Many individuals have had access to the club building for anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, etc. It has also been used for community events, blood banks, flu clinics, etc., and the practice will continue at the new building.
The Golden Years Club members have also given to the community in various ways, such as donating monies, baked goods and services to various causes, community events and benefits.
As much of the present building that is deemed useable (such as kitchen cabinets) will be utilized. The wall mural depicting an earlier Brownstown, painted by the late Adrienne Harre, will be moved to the new building  
The old memories and past members will not be forgotten, but will be remembered as the club continues to live on in present and future generations. But time has taken its toll in many ways, including effects on the present building, which has served Brownstown for many years in various ways.
And now, the Golden Years Club needs a newer and safer home.
Now a Memory – the 2014 Fayette County Fair …
… including the 4-H Kids and their animals, projects and display of commitment, responsibility, competitive, sportsman-like behavior and acceptance of the judges’ decisions (and, importantly, listening to their advice and comments on their animals) … all building good character, maturity and integrity in our future community and government leaders.
On the lighter side, much enjoyed (from a distance) were the participants in the mechanical bull-rides, seeing the pretty, graceful young ladies entering the Miss Fayette County Fair contests, including the precious little “princesses” in their colorful, long, gowns, which they carefully held  up out of the way of any dust on the fairgrounds.
We witnessed the proper way to enjoy corndogs embellished with mustard and/or catsup as the young Cearlock brothers (grandsons of the Gene Cearlocks) put them away with gusto, total concentration and enjoyment.
The Brownstown Boosters’ lemon shake-ups,and the Knights of Columbus’ delicious, generous, servings of the traditional Fayette County Fair fish sandwiches are now just memories … until  next year!
Fayette County Fairgrounds the site of County
Firefighters’ Demonstration
The Fayette County Fair Board issued a county-wide invitation to the firefighters,  First Responders, paramedics and rescue vehicles for a demonstration of their lifesaving equipment, training and methods of rescue at the fairgrounds on Saturday, the final day of the fair.
Responding were the St. Elmo Fire Department and Brownstown Fire Department. Also participating were Fayette County Hospital Ambulance Service and helicopters from Arch Helicopter Service and Air Evac Lifeteam. All combined cooperative teamwork in a demonstration of rescue, treatment of possible fractures and traumatic injuries, and maintaining life techniques.
The Brownstown and St. Elmo firefighters and First Responders simulated a realistic rescue of  a person (fellow firefighter) trapped in a wrecked car, from sawing through and removing a window to using the heavy equipment to cut through and remove the victim from the vehicle.
The victim was placed on a backboard, with all necessary precautions taken to prevent further injury, placed in the Fayette County Hospital Ambulance and taken across the field to the waiting helicopters, to be transferred to a designated hospital.
There were several onlookers, including young people, to appreciate the efforts and experienced handling of the situation from the beginning of the rescue to the transfer to the helicopter, which would (in a real emergency event) would transfer the patient to a designated hospital, while care was being administered continually during the flight.
The fair board and the fire and rescue people are to be commended for holding  the realistic enactment by the skilled, knowledgeable and very competent people we are fortunate to have standing by (both on the ground and in the air)  in emergency situations.
Those present from the Brownstown and St. Elmo fire departments included:
Brownstown: Dennis Kilzer-first assistant fire chief; Tony Thomson, second assistant chief; Mike Sasse-medical officer; and firefighters Lucas Ledbetter, Ray Lake, Tyler hale, Bruce Dush, Matt Sasse, Ted Miller, Bruce Wells, Troy Winkler and Wes Kistler. First Responders-Shelly Thomason, Randy Carpenter and Bobbye Wells.
St. Elmo: Doug Englejohn-fire chief; and Paul Kistler, J.D. Russell, Adam Nevergall and Jim Griffin.
Fayette County Hospital Ambulance: Paramedics Douglas Franklin and Ryan Cunningham.

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