Brownstown-Sefton News

The Search is On for …
… a friend for Lady, the lonely little mini-mare.
   Lady, sadly, is the only mini-horse (or barn critter) we have left, as her family expired some time ago. She and Smoky, the (adorable) little burro, shared the barn and seemed to get along OK. They each had their own barn space, separated by a cattle panel, and each had their own privacy pen, also separated by cattle panels down the center.
Although both were considered to be “mini,” they were not the tiny ones, and they were both about the same size,
We had been led to believe that Smoky might mistreat Lady, thus the separating panels. Smoky was really very gentle, but we didn’t want to take a chance on Lady being hurt, or even scared.
There was one incident, however, that proved the belief to be unfounded … at least in Smoky’s case.
All who knew Smoky knew that he hated getting wet, by snow or rain. When the first flakes or drops fell, he headed for his barn.
Lady had, somehow, got through the fence over into Smoky’s side. As they seemed to be getting along in the pen, we did not immediately separate them, but that meant that Lady was also sharing Smoky’s side of the barn, along with his pen.
One morning, it began raining and looking out my kitchen window, I was surprised to see little Smoky standing out in the rain, giving Lady all of the space in the barn. We never knew if she ran him out or if he, being the sweet little gentleman that he was, let her have the barn.
We lost Smoky this past year and we miss him so much. We think Lady misses him too, so we are looking for a little girl burro to keep her company.
Thus the Search Has Begun
We visited the Mulberry Grove area following leads to a little girl burro last week in search of  a friend for Lady, which proved to be enjoyable as Bill met up with some of his old Mulberry High schoolmates.
We visited with the Jerry Stines. At certain times of the year, Jerry bears an amazing resemblance to Santa Claus. We also visited the Steiners and wound up following a lead that took us to the pretty home of Forrest and Jeanette Brown, a double treat, as both of them had gone to Mulberry High School when Bill did, and Jeanette and I knew each other from working at the Fayette County Hospital at the same time.
So, the Search Continues
During our search, we saw several pretty horses and cute burros, but none for sale answered our need for a friend for Lady.
Of course, admittedly, little Smoky can’t be replaced, but we feel that a little girl donkey is someplace just waiting to come to the Homestead to be Lady’s friend. I already have a name for her and we will know when we find her.
Announcements
Brownstown Elementary SCC Fundraiser
The SCC Fall Fundraiser will kick off this Thursday. The students wil be selling cookie dough this year, available in pre-portioned servings or by tubs. Every item available will be $15. Students will be given two weeks to sell the cookie dough, with incentives to be earned for top sellers. Fundraising information will go home with children in a couple of  weeks.
Movie Night at BFCC
The movie “God’s Not Dead” will be shown at Brownstown First Christian Church on Sunday, Sept. 21,at 6 p.m. The community is invited.
McTeacher Night …
… is Sept. 23. Brownstown Elementary will hold a fundraiser at Vandalia McDonald’s from 4-8 p.m. BES staff will be serving customers to help raise money to support the school’s PBIS (Positive behavior Intervention and Supports) program. A percentage of the sales will go to the school. Drive-thru orders will count.
See You At The Pole …
… is Sept. 24 at 7 a.m. at Brownstown High School.
Birthday Party for Mary Anna Harre
• Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria, from 2-4 p.m., for her 90th birthday.
September Food Pantry Items needed…
… are one jar of spaghetti sauce, one 10-ounce box spaghetti and parmesan cheese. Anything will be appreciated.
Flu Shots Reminder…
Flu shots will be given on Oct. 28 by the Fayette County Health Department at the Golden Years Club. The time will be announced later.
Local celebrations
Birthdays-Mike Smith, Lavina Copfer, Phyllis Smith, Terra Schnarre, Leona McConaughay, Carol Severns, Nathan Grull, Braden Elam, Ginny Wilbur and Larry Henna.
Anniversaries-Ben and Billyanna Forbis, Wyatt and Terra Schnarre, Earl and Laura O’Kuly, Zack and Jessica Fulk, Don and Cindy Holding, Tom and Brenda Klein, Tony and Robin Elam, Zack and Jenna Townsend, and Jeff and Renna Kelly.
Coming and Going
Betty, Family and Friends Enjoy R and R
On Saturday, Sept. 6, Julie Miller and Donna Coonce of Charleston, Betty Miller of  Brownstown, and Marsha Hipsher and Donna Boggs  of Vandalia,went to St. Louis for a day of fun and relaxation.
The first stop was the Italian area of St. Louis, “The Hill”, where they visited their favorite speciality stores. The next stop was the St. Louis bakery Co., where everyone bought their favorite bakery item.
The next stop was The Cheese Factory in the Galleria. Lunch lunch was enjoyed and, as Marsha’s birthday was being observed, there was a birthday wish for Marsha.
The next stop was Betty’s favorite store, Crate and Barrel, where all made a purchase. They then headed home after a day of laughter and fun.
School News from BES
Community Walks Beginning on Monday Mornings
Last spring, Brownstown Elementary received a “We Choose Health” grant.
To meet the requirements, the school was to develop a Community Involvement Plan, which they kicked off with a school-wide walk in May with donations going to the Arthogryposis Foundation. The community was invited to participate, and $163.50 was donated to the Foundation in memory of Abi Burney.
They are continuing to invite the entire community to walk (or run) on the track  (or the elementary gym during inclement weather) on Mondays when the school is in session, anytime between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.. Students and adults will need to walk at least 20 minutes to qualify to register for monthly prizes. They can stop walking whenever they wish, but the event will officially end at 4:30.
Monthly drawings for Subway sandwiches will be held.
There is no charge to participate, but they ask that you make a small donation when you join in.
Any money collected will be designated as follows: September/October-Backpack Program within the Brownstown School District; November/December-Brownstown VFW Building Fund; January/February-American Diabetes Assoc and Epilepsy Foundation; March/April-Brownstown Golden Years Building Fund; and May-Brownstown EMS (First Responders),
Student Grades Are Online
Parents that provide an email address at registration will receive a welcome email to the online grade program, Teacher Ease. This email will contain the temporary password to get into the system. For those who used this system last year to check your child’s grades, they will use the same login and password this year. This system allows parents to check grades, attendance, lunch balances and has an email feature to email teachers directly. Grades are for students 1-6 only. If you have any questions on how to use this program or to add an email, call the office for assistance on go online to http://www.teacherease.com.
BES has Facebook Page
The school will share news and events on its page. Go to www.facebook.com/btownelem to like the page.
Box Tops for Education
Individual classes will be collecting box tops and earning awards this year.
Rewards per class are:200+, Bomber Bucks; 500, candy; 1,000, soda; 2,000, pizza party; and a surprise for the top class. The money received from box tops goes to the school library to buy books. Last year, they collected 18,072 box tops.
BES September Calendar
NOTE: See more school events in ANNOUNCEMENTS.
• Sept. 12-Early dismissal at 11:35 a.m. for school improvement.
• Sept. 16- Fourth-grade field trip to Vandalia Lake for Conservation Day.
• Sept. 18-Photo day.
• Sept. 19-Mid-terms.
• Sept. 25-Parent-teacher conferences, 3:30-6 p.m.
• Sept. 26-NO SCHOOL-parent-teacher conferences.
United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte, pianist, played the prelude as the congregation of the Brownstown United Methodist gathered for Sunday morning services. Junior Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers.
Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, shared the announcements, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the prayer list and requests, and led in prayer.
Following the morning message, delivered by Thomas, Communion was led by the pastor and Marlys Thomas.
Children’s worship was led by Pam Orr, who also served the children cakes and juice.
Flo Allen led the adult class.
Announcements
• Sept. 16-UMW District Fall meeting will be at Nepga Grace UMC. Theme: “Blessings
Hannen.” Reservations are $8 by this Friday.
• Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.-United Methodist Women’s salad supper at the church. Take a salad to share. Special speaker and installation of 2015 officers.
• Sept. 21-United Methodist Women Sunday.
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation of the First Christian Church was greeted by Don and Robin Lovett,  and led in song by Joann Strobel, Jack Shelton and Don Lovett, accompanied by Robin Lovett-pianist, and guitarists Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney. Duane Willms led the Communion meditation.
Special music was contributed by Kaitlyn and Kristina Enlow, followed by the morning message, delivered by Pastor Kevin Bonifacius.
Also serving: Ashton Smith-Sunday school nursery; Marcia Pemberton-a.m. nursery; Billie Enlow and Shannon Claycomb-toddler worship; Mitch Koehler and Don Lovett-shut-ins; and Q-4-C Team-Quest-4-Christ.
Announcements
• Extreme Zone meets Tuesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. This is an afternoon program for elementary school children, grades K-6. It includes recreation, snacks, singing and a Bible lesson. All kids are invited to attend.
• Men’s group study and ladies bible study-Both classes will resume meeting this Thursday at their regular time, Thursdays at 7 p.m. The Ladies Bible Study will resume with “James,” by Beth Moore.
 

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