Brownstown-Sefton News

Update on Mother Robin’s “Squatter’s Rights”
Mother Robin is firmly ensconced on top of the Homestead back porch light, on the porch wall, right next to the door.
We figured she would be moving on, as we come and go through that door, but we noticed her taking flight off the nest only a few times at first.
It concerned us that her eggs many not hatch if she continually left them, but now she seems be used to us and stays on the nest.
However, Katie, the outside doggie, is used to the light burning at night to help keep varmints away from the chicken roost, which she guards. It has kind of served as her nightlight.  We know Sneaky Pete, the wily wolf, is still around, along with coyotes, opossoms, raccoons, etc.
Something recently cleaned out all of our good neighbors Debbie and Danny’s duck population in one night, so we value Katie’s sharp eyes, ears and nose, even if we lose some sleep, although we may not appreciate until the next morning when we see everybody alive and crowing and clucking.   
Now, for safety and comfort reasons for the robin nest, we do not turn the light on, and Katie has been barking quite a lot. We figure varmints are coming around and keeping her awake, and she, in turn, is keeping us awake.
We got only four hours sleep one night, but Katie is doing her duty as guardian of the chickens, so we can’t scold her. We must get a droplight rigged up so we can all get some sleep.
And Baby Bucky Burro …
… also wakes up because of the barking, and cries in his melodious little bray, which we fear will result in a neighborhood petition for us to move.
Hopefully, the robin eggs will soon hatch and the babies fly away, so we can burn the porch light again and nighttime will be quiet and peaceful again.
A Reader In Tennessee…
… Cathy Bauer, called us at the Homestead this week and shared that she reads the Brownstown News every week in Tennessee.
She was formerly from the Bingaman area and subscribes to the Vandalia Leader-Union.
She said that this column (from her paper) is read over the air at a Tenneessee radio station in Tennessee, and we have fans there! Some people call in and ask if the critters and things we describe here on the Homestead really happens and she said that she has assured them, “Yes, they do.”
We really appreciate her phone call and comments. She said that she has traveled back and forth to Tennessee, but now she is moving there to stay.
We also appreciate the Tennessee “listeners” to our newspaper column.
A Free Child Abuse Awareness Program …
… will be presented Saturday, from 1-3 p.m. at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served at break.
Speakers will be Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith and Dana Andrews. The Fayette County Home & Community Education is sponsoring the program.
Helping Hands Food Pantry Give-Away…
… is May 13 and 15, 10 a.m.-noon. at the Brownstown UMC. One box per household. Sponsored by the Brownstown Ministerial Alliance.
High School Graduation…
… is May 3 at 3 p.m. at the high school gym.
United Methodist Women’s May Breakfast …
… is May 18 at 9:30 am., with a special speaker.
Lighthouse Pregnancy Center Yard Sale …
… is May 19, 3-6 p.m., and May 20, 8-11 a.m. If you want to donate items, take them to the center Monday through Thursday, May 15-18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No electronics.                           
Helping Hands Food Ministry Food Pantry …
… can use jars with lids, and quart- and gallon-size plastic bags.
Special Request
The last Sunday of each month, each is asked to donate canned goods for the food pantry, as they are greatly needed.
Brownstown Emanuel UMW …
… met Thursday, April 13 , at 2 p.m. at Emanuel United Methodist Church.
The meeting was held a week earlier due to a conflict in the schedule for the district meeting which was on April 20 at 9 a.m.
Carol Severns, president of the unit, opened the meeting with a mission report, prayer and reciting the UMW (United Methodist Women) pledge.
Business consisted of discussion on how to use the funds collected to help local missions, and meet the district pledges.
Anna Jean Rhodes was guest of honor. She is shepherdess of the unit and is respected and appreciated by the members as one to be followed. Rhodes gave a talk on her service to the UMW, her progression. She continues to serve in the district and upper areas of the UMW.
Date to remember: May 18 at 8:30 a.m.-UMW May Breakfast at Emanuel United Methodist Church. Visitors are welcome.
The members enjoyed cake, coffee and fellowship after the meeting.
Those attending were Carol Severns, Betty Williams, Flo Allen, Phyllis Bruno, Connie Green, Carol Henna-reporter, and a guest, Anna Jean Rhodes.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
The prelude was played by Bette Stolte and Betty Miller as the congregation of the Brownstown United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday  morning services Mannie Orr and Junior Williams served as ushers. Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements and prayers, and led in prayer.
Thomas delivered the morning message. Flo Allen led the adult class.  

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