Condolences go out to the Joyce family in the loss of Steve. A life gone way too soon. He is the brother of my daughter in law, Kim, so please remember her, Johnny, Rachel, Tina, Tiki, and Stevie as well as all the family in your prayers as they deal with the loss of their husband, father, son, brother and grandfather.
Dale Fuston has been under the weather for some time so keep her in your prayers. David Atkinson continues to have health issues. Remember all the other sick and bereaved in our community. I know there are many that I fail to mention in my column but I don’t always know. It is not an intentional oversight.
With spring comes the approaching Strawberry Festival and a push to get our town spruced up. We have so many beautiful properties in town that are so enjoyable to drive by and make you proud to live here. However, we have many that seem to not care about their property. It gives a bad outlook to our town when people drive through. I know I preach about this constantly and the only people that get it are the ones that care and their properties are those beautiful ones that bring you joy when you look at them. Some may say it’s my property and nobody’s business what I do but when you live where your property affects your neighbors then it is kind of everybody’s business. Enough preaching, just get your properties cleaned up. You know who you are because you will get mad at me for saying this, so if you are mad at me, clean up your property.
I am so excited about the Jackson Dickinson duel this year. Martina Brindley is in charge and she has many great ideas for this event. There will be some changes on this that will be shared with you as soon as everything is firmed up. Jennifer Brindley is spearheading an art contest this year. There are 3 age categories, grades 1-8, grades 9-12 and adults. The requirements for entry are strawberry images brought to life by design and creativity. Artists may use any medium that includes but not limited to oil, acrylic, watercolor, markers, colored pencils, or crayons. Sculptors and fabric art are also welcome. For additional information call Jennifer at 270-539-5228. Charlotte Brindley will be sharing history on the Hite house during the festival we think at the Chamber office. Charles Brindley plans on having tours of all the art facilities, which will include the Bank building, The Studio on Main Street and the Art School on Church Street once or twice on Saturday to showcase the art opportunities in our community. Times and places for these events will be announced closer to the time for the festival.
Patty Costello called to let me know that Freddie B, the ever popular Elvis imitator will be at Costello Café this Friday night. He appeared at the Red River Fish and Game Club a few times and is really good. Everyone should come on out and get a good meal while listening to all the songs of Elvis. All baby boomers should be there. Remember the first time you saw Elvis. Fun night so come on out.
Coffee Bottom Girl
Watching people today gives you a deep appreciation for growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. It was sheer pleasure to us to get to go to our cousins on the weekend to talk and play. In the spring and summer the men would sit in the yard, the women coming out after clearing the dinner dishes and tidying up. No one sat in front of a television nor sat around on the phone. Of course most of us didn’t even have a phone. When you go out today everywhere you go people have their heads stuck in a phone. Conversation is a lost art. How could people 60 years ago have so much to talk about when you never got 40 miles from home and today no one has time to stop and talk? When was the last time you just sat and talked? I started to work yesterday morning and got about 3 miles from home and realized I had left my cell phone at home. For a brief second I considered turning around and then I said to myself you
can live one day without that phone. How did we live before we had them? I think sometimes we have too much information. We would never be able to win a war because everyone knows immediately what the plan of attack is and what time it will happen. This presidential election process is way too much information. I think we will know who will be president before we even vote. What’s up with that? This world just keeps getting crazier. Oh for those simple days of Goodnight David, Goodnight Chet.
“May the road rise up to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face And the rain fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of his hand”
A Hui Hou Kā’Kou