Announcements: Watch for information on the Barter Day event to be held at Roosevelt State Park, sponsored by Morton Chamber of Commerce.
Carlisle Crisis Center, 518 Airport Road, Forest is now serving the public on Mondays and Thursdays 10-11 am. This “drive thru” operation requires donations of non-perishable food or hygiene items. The center no longer accepts clothing or household items. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to support the efforts of this ministry with recommended donations.
Congratulations to: Those Morton High School students who had perfect attendance records for the month of August. There were 39 in 9th grade, 39-10th grade, 46-11th grade and 28-12th grade. This is very encouraging that such a large percentage of our local students are taking advantage of the opportunity for a good education and many are participating in extracurricular activities, community service and jobs. Thanks for the effort of the students, faculty and staff of MHS.
To: “Queen for the Day”, Judy Stegall as she was honored with a Surprise!! Birthday Anniversary celebration at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Church family members and friends joined in the fun with delicious luncheon treats, cards and memories for this 80th milestone along Judy’s path of life. Needless to say her reign as Queen suited her to a T!
To: Charlie Hall of Forest on the celebration of his 86th Birthday Anniversary while dining at Penn’s Restaurant with friends and family, some in town from Texas. Personal best wishes for “many happy returns of the day.”
Prayers and concern for: Ann Mangum, Denise Boyles and her mother Sandra Walker, Cookie Lovett, Kyle Roland Sybil of Everett, Washington, and continued concern for Danny Wayne Watkins, Lamar Gatewood and Edna Earl Gibson.
Sympathy to the families of: Charles Earl Brown, Johnny Dale Permenter, Buck Alman, Sr., Earnest Ray “Jack” Gamble, Jr., Jerry Everett, James Logue “Pete” Whitehead and Jean P. Jeff (both request of the Melvin Roland’s), Bernice Bates Ragsdale and Mary Lee Brooks.
Travelin’, visitin’ and such: Reports from Linda Crotwell are that she and her friend, Ethyl Jackson of Natchez enjoyed an extended “road trip” recently. Their original destination was Shipshewana, Indiana one of the largest Flea Markets/Auctions in the nation. Following stops/tours in the Amish Country, a Quaker village, Louisville, Kentucky and the Churchill Downs experience there, they also visited Notre Dame University and drives along Lake Michigan before they arrived at the Flea Market and shopped till they dropped which ended the adventure with a drive back to “home sweet home.”
Sittin’ and thinkin’: October is derived form the Latin word octo “eight,” because this had been the eighth month of the early Roman calendar. As we depart the summer season and enter the fall/autumn hoping to enjoy cooler weather and changing colors in nature it isn’t too early for consideration of preparation for the upcoming winter season. This is a short laundry list of “signs” of nature that can predict a harsh winter ahead. Thicker than normal cornhusks, early departure of ducks and geese, early migration of the monarch butterfly, spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers, insects marching in a line rather than meandering, early seclusion of bees within the hive, narrow orange band in the middle of the wooly bear caterpillar and fuzzy caterpillars and raccoons with thick tails and bright bands. This information from weather guru Dick Goddard published in “The Old Farmers Almanac”
Puzzle of the month-Name the U.S. state! The Land of Enchantment…answer nest week.