Last week I mentioned hearing complaints about Harmony Road properties that were in serious disrepair. I hear through the grapevine that Tom Miller now has the right to clean up his property. Tom has felt bad that his former home was in such shambles during the litigation process. All of his neighbors knew that he would clean it up if he could. He was not legally allowed to make repairs while the property was involved in litigation. The lawsuit has now been decided and clearing can begin when weather permits.
Mr. Miller's home exploded in September 2005 and he was badly injured in the explosion.
A few other homes in the area need attention, also. Authorities have difficulties getting any action on the properties that are in foreclosure. If I understand correctly, the mortgage holder is responsible for maintaining the home and lots. The problem comes when the council or health department or other agency tries to enforce this policy long distance. Often the mortgage is held by out of town or, in many cases, out of state banks. This doesn't mean that our local folks aren't trying to get something done. Some have photographed and written letters repeatedly trying to get problems resolved. They can't just go in and clean it up without going through all the legal hoops.
Here in Harmony we are lucky that most of us have good neighbors that maintain their properties and we all have an active Town Council.
I had a new neighbor this past week but only saw the little critter once. A small black pig came up as if to say Hi across the fence. He seemed really friendly. That would not be unusual except no one has lived at that property since before we moved here, at least four years ago. No neighbor seemed to know where he came from or where he went. We hope he is okay.
My cousin Debbie Akers, her mom Ann Killion, our aunt Christine Clark, and I are planning a trip to A Bit of Britain Tea Room & Gift Shop at Terre Haute. The restaurant moved from its former location at Riley. Ann regretted that she did not get to have High Tea when she visited England. It is good to know that we can enjoy a British tradition in this area. Debbie and I will continue celebrating our birthdays after the fact. Maybe if we work it just right, our birthdays can go on all year.
I used to love to visit the Walnut Room at one of the big department stores in Chicago. Tea was an event. There were wonderful little sandwiches and salads served on beautiful plates atop gorgeous table linens. After very attentive service and tea poured from silver pots, the dessert cart would glide to the table like Miss America making her first walk down the runway, all crowned and decorated. Whichever friend(s) and I would spend close to two hours talking and having afternoon tea after a long trek through the Art Institute. Fun memories. I have never liked big cities but Chicago is one of the exceptions.
Pastor Bob and Carolyn Kumpf were in Cancun, Mexico this past week. David Brinson took over the pulpit for last Sunday's service. He did a really good job.
He used the game of solitaire to emphasize decisions Christians need to make. Just as the game is an individual action, the individual must decide whether to follow God. Just as with the card game, there are times when you have to move things around or times when you must decide when it is best to leave things as they are. If opportunities to make moves present themselves (chances to witness), we must seize the chance and share God's blessings or lose everything.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet Monday evening, Feb. 25 in Fellowship Hall. All ladies are welcome to attend the meeting. Carolyn Kumpf will prepare the lesson and Mayme Johnson will be the hostess. Bring ideas for a fundraiser.
Happy Birthday to Bob Hood (4th), Rita Jones (8th), Ethan Shorter (10th), Sarah Lawrence (11th), Christina Jones and Brandon Shorter (17th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Pell (10th).
Feb. 22 -- Spaghetti Supper at YMCA 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 24 to March 1 -- United Methodist District Mission Trip to Pearlington, Mississippi
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Feb. 21 -- Trustee Meeting 6:30 p.m., Admin. Board 7 p.m.
Feb. 22-- Christian Cards 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 p.m.
Feb. 25 -- United Methodist Women 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
Feb.y 27-- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
March 7 -- Christian Cards 7 p.m.
March 9 -- Contemporary Service 7 p.m. (Fellowship 6:30 p.m.)