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Column: Harmony Happenings by Gail Roach

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Junior Girl Scouts, Troop 467, from Van Buren Elementary School planted bulbs at Harmony Park on Saturday, Oct. 14th.

Rozanne Aker called to tell me how happy she was that the girls had been so helpful and what a good job they did for the park.

Troop leader Donnice Barnett and assistant Judy Rudisell helped to organize the community project. Last year two girls had helped with planting bulbs around the flagpole. This year 12 arrived at 9 a.m. to go to work. Rozanne wished she had bought even more bulbs.

Amanda Fields, Lisa Jones, and Brittany Fitzpatrick helped keep the warming fire burning on a chilly morning and to serve refreshments to the girls.

The group planted over 75 tulip and daffodil bulbs to brighten the park next spring. Thanks to Mercedes Setser, Emma Barnett, Sierra Roeschlein, Angela Smith, Elizabeth Maxwell, Elyssa Broeker, Hayley Beam, Alyssa Labry, P. J. Fields, Michaela Thompson, Jasmine Eveland, Rebecca Rudisell and everyone who helped to supervise, assist, and transport the girls.

I am always an advocate for kid power. Kids can do so much good and can work very hard when they are lead in the right direction. What a great project this was for all the girls. They helped their community and learned so much from this Saturday morning. The Scouts will be watching and waiting for those plants to emerge next spring.

As a teacher I often saw how kids would develop a sense of ownership for a bulletin board, mural, or some other project that they had done. They did not want anyone to mark on it and years later would come back to see if it was still there. The more kids work and play in the Harmony Park the more good citizens we will have to take care of it in the future. Well done, everyone!

Don't forget the hayride on Sunday evening Oct. 29th. The wagon will pick up a load of passengers at Harmony United Methodist Church each half-hour between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The hayride will stop at designated houses where the kids can unload and get goodies. Pumpkin decorating will be available for the children waiting for a turn on the hay wagon. The kids may wear costumes if desired -- no violent costumes, please.

Sarah Lawrence, coordinator for the Hayride, said she was happy to see how many people had signed up to serve goodies to the kids along the route. Denny and I are looking forward to being one of the pit stops. If time permits, the kids will get treated to homemade monster cookies. If not, I will just have to resort to the usual commercial sweets.

Principal Gail Williams told me that the students at Van Buren Elementary will be treated to a fun convocation soon. The Carbon United Methodist Church youth group and leaders are sponsoring a magic show. The church group will cover the cost to provide the magician to the school free of charge. This gives many students a chance to see a show they might never be able to attend on their own. Nice.

Did anyone else have a sale last weekend? Our first attempt was successful but we found we could not compete with all the "fleas" along the Covered Bridge route. We are going to wait a couple of weeks before restaging our garage sale of no longer needed treasures. Kate Trout's garage was swamped during the Popcorn Festival but not this past weekend. Between morning doughnuts, supper at Double N after we closed late Friday evening, and sending out for sandwiches on Saturday, we spent almost as much as we made.

I was the first to arrive at our garage sale on Saturday morning, planning to gather some wood, set out items on the driveway, and put on a pot of coffee. Brother John had gotten up at 4 a.m., had his coffee at Mike and Karen's house, and then headed over to Kate's garage to surprise us. Before going into Grey's to work, he had built the fire, left a pile of wood, and made a fresh pot of java for us. I lifted the garage door to wonderful aromas of wood smoke and fresh-brewed coffee. It was all warm and toasty. Thanks, Brother.

Karen, Eva Kay, Kate, and I did have a good time sitting around that stove, sipping hot drinks, and throwing in some fresh pieces of wood every so often. Denny and my brothers stopped by to lend a hand when they weren't working. It was like being in an old general store where the storytellers gathered around the pot-bellied stove. Several customers wanted to buy the stove that Ed Trout built years ago but we are not parting with it while we still have items to sell. It feels too good on a cold morning or evening. We'll get fired up again on Oct. 27th unless the weather is horrible. Everything must go.

Happy October birthdays to Greg Jones (19th), Carson Lawrence and Jimmy Pell (20th), Betty Julbert (21st), Ryan London (23rd), Kelly Sparks (24th) and Trent Pell (28th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Gail Weaver (22nd) and Mr. & Mrs. Luther Julbert (24th).

Area Calendar:

Oct. 24 - UMM Town & Country at Carbon 6:30 p.m.

Harmony United Methodist Calendar:

Oct. 19 - Trustees Meeting 6:30 p.m., Administrative Board 7 p.m.

Oct. 22 - Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m., Youth Meeting 4 p.m.

Oct. 24 - Bowling League at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 - Clay County Christian Quilters 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Book Study 7 p.m.

Oct. 26 - UM Women 7 p.m.

Oct. 29 - Youth Harvest Hayride 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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