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The Jesus Seekers children's Sunday school class from College Heights United Methodist Church is pictured with their float in the Heartland Parade on Saturday. BIRTHDAY WISHES. September birthdays wishes to Leslie Johnson, Sept. 1; Tommy Freeman, Sept. 2; Bud Henderson, Sept. 4; Tommy Davis, Lida Pauline Nall and Megan Holzknecht, Sept. 7; Adam Reams and Caitlyn Holthouser, Sept. 8; Bruce Claggett Jr. and Maria Bas-Delgado, Sept. 12; Mable Hill Waters, Sept. 13; Blake Schirmer and Kaitlyn Holzknecht, Sept. 18; Chris Elliott and Logan Schirmer, Sept. 19; Dala Louthan, Sept. 20; Amber Childers and Randy Humphrey, Sept. 21; Ruth Smith, Scottie Cheatwood and Jewell Allen, Sept. 23; Lisa Stocksdale, Sept. 24; Virgil Yates, Sept. 26; and Charles Freeman and Terry Henderson, Sept. 27. Lida Pauline Nall will celebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 7. Mrs. Nall is residing at the Allegro at Helmwood assisted living home in Elizabethtown. She has been a resident of Cecilia since 1939. Wishing you a very happy birthday. Mable Hill Waters will celebrate her 100th birthday Sept. 13 at Sunrise Manor, 80 Philips Lane, Hodgenville, Ky. 42748. Her grandchildren are making her a birthday card book, so let’s help them fill it by sending her a card. Wishing her a wonderful birthday. REUNIONS. The Powell Family reunion was held Labor Day at Grandview Baptist Church with 74 in attendance. Some came from Cloverport and Leitchfield, and most were more local. On Aug. 31, Kenny, Sandy and Jimmy Thompson hosted the 16th Annual Thompson Reunion. The crowd of approximately 120 was a little lighter than usual. They came from Elizabethtown, Stephensburg, Glendale, Leitchfield, Louisville, Beaver Dam, Hartford, Vine Grove and Bardstown and from McEwen, Tenn. There was a lot of catching up from last year, lots of food, corn hole and of course, Jimmy’s hayrides. The barn quilt was the background for the group pictures. West Hardin High School Class of 73 will have a class reunion Sept. 20 at West Hardin Middle School. The dinner/dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. All members of the Class of 73 and friends of the Class of 73 are invited. The event is $15 a person. RSVP to Freddie Lucas, 769-2632, or WHHS73@gmail.com. VISIT. Mary, Billy Parker and granddaughter, Meghan Holzknecht, daughter of Sarah and Steve Holzknecht, spent Labor Day weekend at Green River Lake. Meghan especially likes the lake and the toot-toot horn on “Ma-Da’s pontoon boat. She just began attending preschool at St. James. Billy Parker was recognized with a commendation with a cash award by the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Knox. The award recognized Parkers’ work and dedication on the Relocatable TRAP Facilities Project at Fort Knox. The award was presented by Keith A. Landry, colonel, Corps of Engineers district commander, Louisville District. Parker retired from Federal Service Dec. 3, 2004, but was requested to return to service with the Corps because of his experience and knowledge of construction. During his career, Billy worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA (loma Prieta Quaco), Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Department of HUD. Parker began his career as a GS-13 construction inspector’s aide and retired from the department of HUD as a GS-13 public housing revitalization specialist. Parker is married to the former Mary Massey, who is the librarian at North Bullitt High School, and they will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Jan. 12, 2009. CHURCH NEWS. This past weekend was busy for College Heights being the weekend of the Heartland Festival. The “Jesus Seekers” Sunday school class had a float in the parade, as did the Warm Blessings march in the parade. They also had a booth at the park. Other members worked over the weekend with the “box” project, where people purchased a box and spent the night in it to help raise money to help the “Warm Blessings” funds. We, along with many others, attended the wedding of Michael Ward to Dana Holding on Saturday afternoon at the church. It was a beautiful wedding and we wish them many years of wedded bliss. On Sept. 2, the Bible study class He Speaks to Me by Pricilla Shirer got off to a good start with 15 in attendance and three absent who had signed up for the class. I found it interesting, and I’m sure Connie Hatfield will do a splendid job of teaching us. Heartland Crisis Pregnancy Center Walk for Life Uncover His Love is at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at St. James School. Help this great organization by joining in this walk-a-thon. Sponsor pledge forms may be picked up from Colleen Bagley on Sundays or you may call her at 862-3777. The United Methodist Women are sponsoring a basement sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the church fellowship hall. There also will be a bake sale. Donations are needed for this sale. No clothing please. MISSION. Janet Cartwright will be going to Tizimin, Yucatan, Mexico, Sept. 27. She will be providing anesthesia services for indigenous Mayan people needing hernia repair surgery. It is a weeklong project with a Christian organization called International Missions Assistance. ORGANIZATION NEWS. Pirtle Chapter No. 449 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 for the election of officers. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. GET-WELL WISHES. Get-well wishes to the sick, and condolences to the bereaved. May God bless our military and world leaders. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY. “The first best gift one can bestow upon others is a good example.” –Thomas Morell HELPFUL HINT. I hear you can keep your bread from getting stale longer if you store a stalk of celery with it. FUNNY? On a bar of Dial soap, use like regular soap. How would that be? SUBMIT YOUR NEWS. Thanks for your input, without you I would not have a column. So continue sending me your items at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me. Please put news in the subject line.