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We’re in the Big Dance! And I’ve made it through another weekend without having a heart attack. In case you haven’t heard, UK beat North Carolina Sunday evening. Just one more weekend to suffer through and I can concentrate on golf and yard mowing.
It didn’t look much like yard-mowing weather Sunday morning — 32 degrees and a covering of snow on the porch and yard when I got up. Welcome to spring in Kentucky.
I had an e-mail from Teri last week. Sarah and Vincent came on his school break to see the new baby. I didn’t get a chance to go to Frankfort to see them because my social life was blooming last week. I had bridge at Doris Kisner’s Tuesday and Hand and Foot at Virginia Luscher’s Friday. I go without plans for a month it seems, then everything comes at once.
Sue, Edison and Stacy Tingle went to the Wild Goose Saturday night. John Atha’s “Downtown County Band” was playing and there was a large contingency from Monterey and the Branch there. Sue said the place was full. She mentioned John Harrod, Pat Kennedy and Dara were among the crowd. Sue said there was a small cover charge that paid the band, and the profit from drinks and snacks went to charitable organizations in the county. I think they all had a great time. The Epoch Church sponsors these community events and hopes to have something for all tastes each week. Young and old are invited.
Old Cedar Church had a children’s dedication service Sunday, then soup and sandwiches were served afterward. It was certainly a good day for soup. Wanda said she and Charlie both made chili. Great minds run in the same direction.
Both Hayley and Zacery Harrod have birthdays this week. Hayley will be 4 and Zac 14. They are Mike Raisor’s grandchildren. To them and all you birthday observers, have a happy birthday.
I mentioned some time ago that our neighbor, Ron Holland, was suffering from “something” that was making him feel really bad but couldn’t get a diagnosis. Well, they now have a name for it “Wegener’s” disease. It is very serious. Several have asked for prayers for his recovery. He is a friend and good neighbor to all of this area. We sincerely hope that his doctors can now treat this malady and get him back to good health. Scott Hardin passed away this week as did Angie Haydon. We ask for prayers for both these families. I also learned that Billy Claude Karsner is very ill with lung cancer. Keep him in your prayers, too.
I mentioned the Monterey’s new fire truck last week. They are having an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. April 10 to introduce the new purchase to the community. There will be activities for the children and pictures taken with the fire truck. Audrey wasn’t at church Sunday but I am sure she will have more information next week about what to expect. Our fire department has come a long way from the beginning back in the early ’60s when Stony and some of his friends made the first attempts to organize. They had nothing but the desire to prevent another disaster like the fire in 1952 when half of Monterey burnt. From one old surplus army truck that was fitted by the men to the trained volunteers, fire house and trucks we have now is testament to what desire and the will to get something done can accomplish.
I saw in the paper last week that our county judge didn’t think that the NASCAR Race in July would make much impact on the economy of the county, but with some organization and cooperation we could make our county visible to the visitors who will come through. They will have to drive down 127 at some point. Why not get the arts council, fair board, farmers’ market people, those who organize the Monterey Fair, Sweet Owen Day, etc., together and have exhibitions, yard sales, music festivals, and or anything else that would make people stop for a while and visit with us. It’s just a thought.