Well, I heard that there were some areas that received rain last night. Sure wish that we had been one of them! We are continuing to pray for rain.

Let me begin this week by a note on the passing of Geraldine Painter’s husband, Glenn. Mrs. Painter was a teacher at the Dillion school and their family has had many ties to this area. We will continue to remember them in their loss.

We also wish to send words of condolences to the family of Dorothy Dickison, who was a dear friend and member of our church. Dorothy passed away last week and we have made plans to attend her memorial service this week. Please also remember the family of Pam Pogue, who was our former daughter-in-law and the mother of our oldest granddaughter. May God give peace and comfort to her family as well.

Sunday, we joined a large crowd for church and a picnic at the beautiful home of Arminta Jones. This is an annual event for our church and we were glad to see Helen Wilson (formerly Sartin) in attendance. Helen seems to be doing well and it was nice to see her enjoying herself. I am sure seeing all of the cattle at the Buena Vista Ranch brought back many memories for her about life on the farm. Those nice, rolling hills remind me of her late brother, Harvey Sartin’s farm in this neighborhood. It was great to see Arminta Jones as well as we speak by phone often. She looked real good and seemed to be blessed to have the church service in her living room, she has been unable to attend church for sometime and it was nice for her to be amongst her church family. Everyone had a great time there and it was nice to see Mitzi Hosmer and family and Bill and Neva Schroder as well.

Congratulations to Chris Truscott and Emily Griffeth who were united in marriage this past Friday. We first became acquainted with Chris seven years ago when he first attended the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival as a representative of President Thomas Jefferson’s family. He has attended several festivals since that time, always traveling from his Minnesota home. Two years ago he met Emily Griffeth, editor of the Marshfield Mail while here for the festival. As they say, the rest is history and I know that oldest grandson, Nicholas Inman was honored to perform the ceremony. He thinks so highly of both of them. We wish them many, many years of happiness together. It is exciting to now have a direct descendant of President Jefferson in Webster County! I wish that I could be there to see them ride as honorary parade marshal’s in the Marshfield Fourth of July parade, there are several from this area that will be attending.

My sister, Violet Towne was recently here for her class reunion at Ava. I had a nice visit with her and her daughters, Judi Gore and Debbie Shrum. Violet doesn’t get back this way to much anymore. However, she always seems to enjoy coming back to her roots and visiting family and friends. Her late husband, Lyle Towne is buried at Union Chapel Cemetery and she likes to stop by there when she visits to reflect and remember their many years of happiness. Our parents, Philip and Alverta Hargis are also buried there along with her son, Jimmy Towne.

It has been so hot lately that I know that several have lost animals to the heat, I heard one farmer lost several of his prize chickens from over heating. Stay cool, drink lots of water and lets remember not to complain the next time the good Lord sends some drops our way! Hope to see you out this way in the near future.