Brownstown-Sefton News

Critters Seem Calm & Comfortable …
… in these “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” As we humans turn our man-made temperature gauges up and down to control our artificial environment, and change constantly to and from summer clothes to sweaters and jackets, the critters keep on the appropriate apparel given them by their creator.
The most summer-related action we see from Betsy Longhorn and her cow family is the switching of their tails to run off the horseflies. They team up with a partner, stand close together, side by side, at opposite ends of one another. Therefore, as each switches its tail, both cows are covered, from head to tail, protecting one another from the pesky insects.
The cute little burros and Lady, the senior mini-horse, of course, have a fan in their barn window, which not only cools them, but also deters the flies.
See You At The Pole …
… Sept. 23 at 7 a.m. at the high school for community prayer.
VFW Post 9770 9-Mile Gut Check …
… is Saturday, in honor of POW/MIA  Recognition Day.
Starts at 8 a.m. at the American Legion building in Vandalia, goes east on U.S. Route 40 and ends at the Brownstown VFW Post 9770 building, where participants will receive a meal. Those who do not participate can still enjoy the meal for a $10 donation. For more information, contact Robyn Pontious at 322-8824.  Advance registration is $35; $40 that day.
WJLY 25th Anniversary Share-athon …
… is Sept. 24-26. General Manager Dick Wheeler and the Wheeler and WJLY families are celebrating, with thankful hearts,  the Christian station’s  25th anniversary and want to celebrate this milestone with all, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24 and ending with an open house on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with a craft fair, vendors, activities, food (hot dogs, homemade soup, chili, cookies,) entertainment (including FourGiven and Wanda Mountain Boys) and games for the children.
The celebration Share-athon will all take place at the WJLY Radio Station, located at the South end of Ramsey.  
Vandalia’s Harvest Festival
Fayette County Museum…
Color Splash 5K Fun Run/Walk is Saturday, Sept. 26, starting at 9 a.m., with registration from 8:15-8:45 a.m. in front of the Moose Lodge. 328 S, Third St. Vandalia. Entry fee: adult, $25; children 12 & under with paid adult, $15; and 5 and under, free with paid adult.  Money will be used for operation and restoration for the museum in Vandalia.
Catching Up with the Puleos & Debbie
On Sunday, Ken and Wanda Puleo and Debbie McDonald joined other family members at the Altamont Park for the annual McDonald-Rhodes dinner and reunion.  It was a beautiful sunny and kind of cool day, but just right for visiting and eating the delicious potluck dinner.
Recently, the Puleos and Debbie McDonald spent a few days in Chicago visiting friends and the cemetery where Ken’s grandparents are buried.
Supper with Kinfolk
Friday evening, we (Bill and Panzi) met with Bill’s family, sisterAva Taylor of Mulberry Grove, sister Jane Pipes and husband Earl Pipes of Versailles, Mo., and brother Jos Blackwell of Salem Mo., for supper at Denny’s Restaurant in Vandalia.
Homesteaders Attend Popeye’s Picnic
When Jill and Don Jenkins (daughter and son-in-law) announced they had purchased tickets and made reservations for us to attend the Popeye Festival in Chester, we, namely Bill and Panzi, didn’t really know what to expect, but we were confident we would enjoy it with them … and we did!
The whole (little) town of Chester seemed to support the two-day celebration in honor of Popeye’s comic strip character creator, who was their native son.  
Along with the festivities, there was a carnival right downtown, with a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, games, vendors, etc.,. and the festive atmosphere.
There was also a petting zoo, with a baby camel (No, Bill wouldn’t let me bring it home); a huge turtle (“No” again. I really wanted to rescue it, because a mean little kid deliberately spit on it!); two little calves (which I really felt should not have been away from their mothers); a cute baby donkey (another “no” response when I suggested that Baby Bucky would like a little playmate); a baby alpaca; and other critters.
There are special shops relating to Popeye and his friends, including Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Sweet Pea and Brutus. One of the shops was called Spinach Cans Collectibles.
People were on the street in full costume, including the heads and faces of the assorted characters.
We attended the big Popeye dinner that evening. The characters all came alive with a live performance that provided a lot of laughter.
A rather amazing thing happened when we visited the collectibles store – I saw a toy figure that I recognized as having (one just like it) when I was probably about 3 or 4 years old.
It was Jeep, Popeye’s magical dog that could go anywhere. I had forgotten all about Jeep the dog until I saw that the toy in the shop. I haven’t seen a comic or anything about Popeye for years, but when I saw that toy, I immediately remembered having had the same toy and playing with it.   
The owner heard me telling Bill about it and told me she paid $800 for this one 25 years ago. I have no idea what became of mine, but it was so thrilling to remember my old toy that I had totally (I thought) forgotten about.  
When I got home, I looked up Popeye’s Jeep and it surprised me to read that Chrysler’s Jeep vehicle is probably named after it because as with Popeye’s Jeep, the vehicle Jeep can also “go anywhere.”
Our minds and memories are wonderful blessings. However, it was interesting for me to discover that I didn’t know how to spell the word “spinach” until I began this article, so it seems that your mind is as good as what you put into it.
I expected to see a lot of spinach recipes or foods, but the only one I saw was a delicious spinach dip at the dinner.
And, speaking of memories, the delicious dip brought to mind Otto Cuppy’s delicious spinach salad he used to serve in his old-fashioned soda fountain in his pharmacy on the corner of Gallatin and Fourth streets.  I think the secret was that he grew the spinach in his own garden.
We had to stay in a motel across the Mississippi River. The motel was very nice, but the river looked awfully deep and dangerous beneath the long, long bridge. Actually, that part of the river at Chester is the narrowest part of the Mississippi, but it still looked awfully deep and wide while on the high bridge.
We had a great time, both Saturday and Sunday. We also visited a couple of antique shops. One was named “The White Buffalo,” with a ceramic white buffalo at the door to greet you. A pretty cat also greeted me, walking to us to be petted. The owner said that was very unusual, because the cat usually avoided people who came into the shop. (It probably caught the scent of the Homestead critters on us and thought we must like animals.)
The only not-so-good moments were when the boy spit on the turtle and the trips across the bridge. The little boy needs a lesson in respect and caring for God’s creations, and I do have respect for his creation of the Mississippi, I like to look at it from the bank, just not when I’m dangling over it, and I most certainly would not spit in it – I wouldn’t dare get close enough.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning services. Mannie Orr and Junior Williams served as ushers, and Emma Laow, Gavin Schnarre and Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles. Carol Henna served as liturgist.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, and shared the announcements. He shared the prayer list and requests, and led in prayer.
Following the song service and Scripture lesson, Thomas delivered the morning message. Pam Orr led the children’s worship, and served cakes and juices. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• Thursday at 6 p.m.United Methodist Women’s salad supper at Emmauel, with a special speaker and installation of officers.
• Saturday at 4 p.m.-Wolf  Creek Cluster picnic at Brownstown. Chicken provided. Take a dish to share.
•Sept. 20-United Methodist Women’s Sunday.
•Sept. 27-Cook-out at Gurtners’ farm at 5 p.m.

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