Brownstown-Sefton News

Lady, the Mini-Mare, gets new ‘Do’
Sometimes when we are very busy, we kind of let our personal appearance slide, such as our hairdo. Such was the case with Lady, who, through no fault of her own, but due to the busy schedules we have had lately, her grooming and mane were in need of a shampoo, detangler comb, brush, and curry comb.
She has such a heavy coat in the winter time that, although the wooly hair has detached from her skin, it tends to linger amid her smoother coat.
Thus we had our work cut out for us, getting rid of all that loose, thick hair.
We set aside time last week to tend to her beauty and grooming needs
Her little hooves were still neatly trimmed, thanks to Bill and the fact that they don’t grow so fast and are washed off every time it rains.
She seemed to enjoy the hands-on attention, but also enjoyed the treat of extra feed in her bucket (a bit of bribery to stand still without being tied up).  
She is also enjoying the second phase of her pen enlargement project, planned so she will not eat too much grass at once.
As she had foundered on grass when she was just a young colt (before coming to the Homestead) and her normally small, dainty hooves were enlarged to out-sized, rocker-shaped encumbrances, we don’t want to take a chance on that happening again.
So, we are letting her eat a small amount of grass gradually, by moving the fence panels to enlarge her pen size gradually.
Bill has kept her hooves trimmed since the initial big job of trimming, when she first came to the Homestead 12 years ago.
She has some new, special shampoo and it will help her coat to look healthy and shine in the sunlight.  She is very sweet, and knickers softly when she sees us.  
No (Besting) Vacancies???
Flo Allen shared this true story – She has a for-decoration-purposes-only tiny birdhouse on her porch.
She discovered a small little bird is actually nesting in it, although it is not really meant to be used as a birdhouse.  
Flo doesn’t recognize the kind of bird it is, but describes it as a small, dark bird with a red or rosy colored area under its chin area.
We will just refer to her as “Mother Bird” in future columns.
Of Interest to the Community
• The Brownstown Branch Library is now open on Saturdays, from 9 a.m.-noon, for the convenience of the community.
• 911 Reflective Address Markers may be ordered from the Brownstown Fire Department.
They are 6-inch-by-18-inch blue markers with 3-inch reflective white numbers;a four-digit number is printed on both sides of the marker.
The cost for each marker is $22; posts are additional, depending on the type needed. Firefighters can help with installation, if needed.
Residents may order a vertical or horizontal style. They may be put on a post or possibly on a mailbox.
Order forms are available and may be mailed to: Brownstown Fire Department, P.O. Box 190, Brownstown, Ill. 62418, or drop off forms on Mondays, 7-8 p.m. at the fire department.  For more information, call Dennis Kilzer at 292-8209 or Shelly Thomason at 267-3625.
Steve Ladd in Concert at Liberty Christian Church…
… on Saturday, August 16, at 6 p.m. The son of an evangelist, Steve Ladd felt the call of God to minister through song, as early as 5 years old.
Anyone who has seen and heard him has witnessed the sincerity and from-his-heart love of the Lord, which comes through his music and his conversation, reaching people of all ages for the Lord.   
He has also sung with groups such as the Anchormen, Gold City and Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir.
As a member of the Stamps Quartet, he can also be heard singing backup with the group on the newest Alan Jackson gospel CD, “Precious Memories Volume II.”
His songs can also be heard often on the WPMB radio show Panzi’s Partyline on Monday mornings.
In 2013, he won the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite New Soloist.
Although his voice and message are strong, he is humble and thankful for the Spirit’s leading in his life.
The concert is free at the Liberty Christian Church. A free-will offering will be taken for Steve.
Golden Years Club meets
Twenty-eight members and friends met Tuesday, July 22, at the club building in Brownstown, for their bimonthly potluck and meeting.
The youngest guests included young Richie Ray, Sarah McCoy, 13-month-old Breiel, Karis and Brayden.
The president of the club, the Rev. Don Thomas welcomed all present and asked the Rev. James Budlove to ask the blessing for the potluck meal.
Following the meal and the completion of clea-up of Donnie Smail’s kitchen-clean-crew, Thomas opened the meeting.  
Announcements were made as follows:
• Steve Ladd concert at Liberty Christian Church, on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m.
• Thomas announced a title search will begin on a property that may be a possible site for the new Golden Years building.
• Discussion was held on needed food items for chicken and pork fundraiser cookout. Response was good.
• A quilt will be given away at the club’s annual bazaar in November. Raffle tickets will be available at the club’s upcoming pie & ice cream and ham & beans events.
The Rev. James Budlove shared a humorous reading; Thomas gave a reading about a 92-year-old preacher; Panzi Blackwell read a hastily written poem, inspired by the disappearance of her piece of custard pie; and Thomas shared a revised version of “Jesus Loves Me,” for adults.
The next scheduled Golden Years Potluck meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 12, at noon.

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