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Irene Dodson, 862-3808
I enjoyed a phone visit the past week with a cousin of mine by marriage, 91-year-old Alva T “Toby” Smothers, whose mind seems to “still ring as clear as a bell.” Toby has been an avid genealogist for many years and called to tell me he thought my daughter-in-law had a good idea as to dating my columns so my readers would have a record of many I write about, who have died, etc., as to where they lived at that point and time. Even though “Toby” is 91 he still lives in his own home and has a housekeeper who comes in five days a week, cooks his meals and keeps the house clean. In addition, she takes him in her van for drives. I believe he said they went to the state fair and other places of interest, which breaks the monotony of sitting there day after day in his wheel chair staring at four empty walls. He was fortunate to find someone so flexible.
BIRTHDAY WISHES. Special belated birthday wishes to another senior citizen who celebrated her 92nd birthday Jan. 30, Frances Youravich. May you enjoy many more.
ORGANIZATION NEWS. Pirtle Chapter No. 449 Order of the Eastern Star will meet for its regular monthly meeting Feb. 12. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. by serving a breakfast meal consisting of fancakes, sausage, eggs, etc. Gary Yates has been assigned as the pancake maker.
Hardin County Extension Homemakers is having a Spring Bazaar on April 9. It will be held at the Extension office on Peterson Drive. Vendor forms now are available and reservations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. This group has had a very successful holiday bazaar in November for the past five years and this is the first time for one to be held in the spring. For information and a vendor form, call the Extension office at 765-4121, or contact chairperson Ginny Kean at 737-6496.
CHURCH NEWS. As we left church Sunday at College Heights United Methodist Church I noticed the Red Cross Blood Mobile had arrived and was going to be there from noon until 4 p.m. I haven’t heard if many donated blood to the cause. I have been told not to try to donate, as my veins are so small that they were unable to install a stint in my arm to receive blood when I had surgery one time. Luckily I didn’t have to have any blood. Floyd has donated more than five gallons in past years.
The College Heights Dart Ball Team played at the Longview United Methodist Church Monday evening, winning all three games. They are to play the Memorial United Methodist Church team at home Monday.
The annual Grandparents and Seniors Tea is at 3 p.m. Feb. 13 in the fellowship hall of College Heights United Methodist Church. We are invited to come share in their celebration and be served hot tea and refreshments, by the children in the “Jesus Seekers Sunday School Class”
We enjoyed a continuation by Brother Charley on Sunday on “The Blind Side” Part 2. It is so wonderful, when someone shows love and encouragement to someone who has known nothing but hard times and/or mistreatment during their lifetime. Turning that person’s life around to accomplish success in life. This being the main topic of his sermon.
A church-wide baby shower will be held for Andrea Bennett, Joe our youth minister, in the College Heights Fellowship Hall, from 2 to 4 p.m. March 6. They are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their baby boy. They are registered at Target and Babies R Us.
GET-WELL WISHES. Prayer concerns for Maynard and Doris Pile, Ray and Cathy Golden, Cynthia Fullen, Billy and Ruby Parker, Martha Sappenfield, Joel Bas’, Floyd Dodson, Evelyn Stone, Don Wolfe, Ruth Smith, Carmon Delgado, Tim Johnson, Liz Willett, Debbie Dickerson, David Hester, Phyllis Ruff, paralyzed, Margie Henderson, Terry Henderson, Thelma Dunn, Ann Edwards, broken hip, Wendell Pottinger, David Johnson, Bobby Smallwood, our neighbor, Donald Martin, Charles Hawkins, and all others who are ill, not listed here. Continue to pray for the leaders of our country and for our military wherever they might be. A few are listed here: Brandon Freeman, Brandon Swartzlander, Jay E. Holmes, Mike Holmes, Trevor Flowers, Matthew Eubank, Jack Bryant, Jim McLaughlin, Charlie Smith, Phillip Fulmer, Robert Gipson, Damien Rayls, Jennifer Tarrance, Mike Tarrance, John Holmes, Buddy Cardwell, Brandon Woosley and Eric Brown.
May God bless all who are grieving the loss of a loved one .
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY. Parents are the guideposts for their children. So please give them the proper guidance.
HELPFUL HINT. My husband was reading this hint the other day in a new Bottom Line Book he had gotten. To remove warts, break off a leaf, spike, from an Aloe Vera plant and squeeze the liquid from the leaf onto the wart. Repeat this treatment often until wart disappears.
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