Hi and Happy Fourth of July!!!
I sure hope the rains hold off until, hmm, maybe Friday. We've been in the Daytona Beach – afternoon showers syndrome again this week, haven’t we? At least we haven’t had to put life-jackets on our potatoes like we’ve had to do in years past. The rain didn’t come in one big “gully-washer” like before!! This appears to be a bumper crop for potatoes; everyone we’ve talked with seems to agree. Apples are loading up the apple trees as well -- time (almost) to make apple butter (yum, yum!)
Everyone said yum-yum on Saturday as they gathered at Granny Leona's residence in honor of great-grandson (Joshua Brandenburg) and soon-to-be great-granddaughter (Kayla Dargavell) with a wedding shower. The yum-yum came from Granny's dee-licious butter cake as only she can make it.
The couple received many nice presents, along with a loaded “money-tree!” Everyone had a great time and send all their best wishes to Josh and Kayla as they begin their life as Mr. and Mrs. later this month. (Thanks to everyone for their presence and gifts, Josh and Kayla.)
If you heard sirens last Sunday evening (a week ago,) it was our Waco Volunteers and the Madison County Fire Department on their way to a structure fire on Fike Road. Due to their quick response, damages were kept to a minimum (one room receiving the most damage, we hear.) Any time there is a structure fire, possible outcomes can be tragic and we are happy no injuries were sustained in this one.
From the desk of Tim Jones, pastor of Flatwoods Christian Church, we have these notes: Sunday, July 21, will be Homecoming for the church. 1 Voice will present a musical concert at 9:45 a.m., followed by Jackie Ward bringing the “Homecoming Message.” Dinner will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.
Happy birthday wishes go out this week to: Beth Campbell (July 2); Jessie Masters (July 4); Martin Jones (July 4); Connie Dennis (July 8); Geraldine Covey (July 7, I believe); to Carol Johnson (July 9); to Jean Brown (July 9); and Diane Webb (July 9).
Happy anniversary wishes go out to Jerry and Jody Plummer (July 9); to David and Kim Henderson (July 10); and Tommy and Betty Masters (July 13).
Get well wishes are extended to Gene and Juanita Smith who have had their share of health issues lately. Please keep the couple in your prayers as they are on the road to better health (and we want them to stay that way, right?).
Sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Mattie King who passed away a few days ago. I remember Mattie being the Intermediate Sunday School teacher and enjoyed being in her class whenever I visited her church as a child.
That’s about it for this week -- have a GREAT and SAFE Fourth of July (go USA, USA, USA!!).
Hi and Happy Fourth of July!!!
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There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
Next Break it Down workshop to focus on dismantling goat
The Berea Farmers Market has moved inside for the winter!
Find your favorite vendors in the pavilion of the Berea College Goldthwait Agriculture Building, 230 N. Main St., 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.
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