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Hope all the fathers had a good Father’s Day last Sunday. At church they had a big selection of candy bars at the door and each father got to choose which kind he wanted. Bob came home with peanut butter cups. I think he likes them because he knows I won’t be helping him eat them.
All three of our girls came over to see their dad and brought him gifts. Blue jeans, t-shirts and Clint Eastwood movies. They know their dad pretty well. He also got a call from David late in the afternoon.
Bob and I went to visit my dad right after church Sunday and had a nice visit with him and Donna. My sister Ginger was already there when we got there and Virginia Clayton also came over to visit before we left. I took Dad some pictures that Karen Turner had sent me of Dad and Donna and Donna’s cousins, Les and Coy Turner making molasses several years ago. I also took a potted tomato plant to Donna that I had gotten her for Mother’s Day and had never got it taken up there. I had even been up to their house a couple of times and seen them at the reunion and couldn’t remember to take it to her. I have to admit, it was looking pretty sorry by now, but it might come out of it with a little TLC. Yes, I am ashamed of myself for not taking it up there when I should have.
Congratulations to our grandson, Hayden Crouch. Hayden gigged a shad back in gigging season that set a state record for that particular fish. He and his parents went to the hatchery recently to receive a plaque with his name and the winning fish record on it. Hayden loves to fish and hunt and I’m glad he got this record.
Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Claude Koenig Sr. who passed away last Sunday morning, June 19. Claude had been in quite bad health for some time but always seemed to have such a cheerful attitude.
New Mansion had a pool party last Friday night and a skating party the next day, Saturday. They reported they all had a great time swimming and skating. The church usually has two or three pool parties but decided to stop at one this summer on account of the bridges that are going to be replaced between here and Ava and the inconvenience of all the detours.
New Mansion Church will be having Vacation Bible School July 5-8 starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. Belinda and Randy Wyman and Gary and Barbara Casey have been busy decorating the church for VBS. It is a western/cowboy type theme this year and there is a miniature church, bathhouse and jail on the stage and it is really looking cute.
The little jail is made out of cardboard but reminds me of the jail they used to have at the Bradleyville School carnival way back in the day. Does anybody else remember it? It was made out of cedar slabs and always sat in the corner of the gym. Some of the high school boys were the deputies and if you wanted somebody arrested you paid a fee, somewhere around a dime, and the deputies would hunt that person down somewhere there at the carnival and lead them to jail. The “arrested” person could pay a dime and get out of jail or if they didn’t want to pay or didn’t have enough money, they would stay in jail for a few minutes to serve out their time, then be set free. At least that is the way I remember it. I remember some people would go quietly to jail, and some would try to wrestle loose and would be dragged through the crowd. Usually some of the more rambunctious kids would try to knock some of the slabs loose on the jail and escape. I think it must have gotten to be too violent with all the wrestling and attempted escapes because they quit having the jail a few years after I was out of school, but it was one of the more popular attractions at the carnival amongst us kids.
Intermediate Camp for kids going into the 5th or 6th grade started this week at the White River Youth Camp and I will be going down every afternoon to help with the crafts. It has been a long time since I helped at camp and it will be a lot of fun being around all the kids. Only one more week of camp is left for next week. Junior camp is for kids going into the 3rd or 4th grade. There will be only four days of Junior camp.
Birthdays: June 23: Vic Badovinatz, Lou Letendre, Jerrad Saffle; June 24: Tyler Flannery, Pam Herd, Dale Pennington, Kay Whittaker; June 25: Jim Day, Kent Scantlin; June 26: Heather Day, Hannah Gailey, Summer Holvick, Kristi Smith; June 27: Wendy Tinker; June 28: Exie Case; June 29: David Easley, Amber Krtek, Jerry Herd; July 1: Wayne Grigg; July 3: Madison Combs, Bandy Dalton, Mike Ridings; July 4: Ethan Thomas; July 5: Junior Hicks, Diane Roberts; July 6: Chris Bettis, Mike Blair, Janet Burns, Cody Combs, Jeff D. Marsh.
Anniversaries: June 24: Kenyon and Jeannie Whittaker; June 25: Eddie and Leona Hunsaker.