July 3, 2014

Good news first. Glad to hear Glen Sears is home recovering from his open heart surgery and hoping to return to work within a month. Glen’s Hardware remains closed with Tigger on guard and the “band of brothers” usually gather for a daily chat.

Jerry Rust is still playing the waiting game, and hoping his leg will soon be receptive to a new knee.

Harold Tate Hanks is semi-recovered from a spell of pneumonia, but due to hopefully mild complications, still has some treatment to go. Virginia Ellen says (with her fingers crossed behind her back), he’s being a good patient.

Hope you and your family enjoy the day off today. Nothing better than burgers and hotdogs, with the whole family, playing games, swimming or just listening to John Phillip Souza marches and shooting fireworks. Per the city ordinance this weekend fireworks are allowed, but a curfew of 10 p.m. will be enforced. You will find many July 4 celebrations with huge fireworks and musical programs to watch on television. Hope you have prepared for this as many businesses are closed today.

Beware though, July 4 holiday, especially in the afternoon and evening, you might find the highways and byways congested with what I call amateur drunk drivers. That’s those who are not heavy drinkers think they are still capable of driving, as opposed to those who are used to receiving DUIs. Don’t let your friends or family drive in this condition. If you are having a party then take their car keys as they enter and provide a designated driver to get them home safely.

Tomorrow is a fun filled day for families, beginning with the annual Auburn Car Show/Cruise In at the park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a nostalgic event for those who remember these cars, for the young people who would love to have one to “customize,” and the really young who have never seen them before but can dream of some day owning one.

Following the car show, local Masonic Lodge 374 is having their annual fish fry to be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Auburn Senior Center. The meal consisting of fish and all the trimmings is available for a $8 donation for adults. Children ten and under eat free. This event is always open to the public.

This weekend ends with a Celebration of Freedom hosted by New Friendship Baptist Church and will take place at McCutchen/Coke park near the pavilion on Sunday July 6. Fun begins at 5 p.m. and continues until dark when the fireworks display puts and ending to a joyful day. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be served. This is free to the entire community. Come and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

Last Sunday, Pierce Memorial Methodist Church welcomed their new pastor Gary Chapman at the morning service. Then in the evening the choir caravanned to the fifth Sunday singing at Chandlers Methodist. Members of the Red Oak choir also helped provide an evening of great hymns, some relatively new and some very old. Special entertainment by the Young Messengers Quartet was awesome. All was followed with a wonderful fellowship meal.

Once again if you have news for the Auburn column, please call me at 270-542-9705. Until next week, everyone have a blessed day.