Sorry, the Happenings are a day late this week. The ladies at the Health Department needed me to come in for a day and it was the same morning I usually do my writing. It is nice to be needed. The ladies and I didn't visit much because we were busy every second but that sure makes the day go fast. None of us took a full lunch break. They had a clinic day and I wanted to put things in good order for Joyce Vinson. She will be returning from vacation later this week.
The Health Department has pamphlets to help with various health issues: mold, West Nile, diseases, etc. They have well test kits and instructions on how to do the sample. The ladies do immunizations, TB tests, tetanus shots, smoking cessation clinics, child safety seats, and much more. They have the forms for residents to make complaints about unkept properties, forms for realty, well, and septic inspections, applications for birth and death certificates. They take countless calls about hundreds of different topics. Check out the information at the 4-H Fair booth or call the office if you have questions.
Our good neighbors Bryan and Julianna Mathis are sporting a pretty new deck and outdoor furniture on the east side of the house. It looks like the perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the morning or a cool down in the evening. Very nice.
The folks near Donna Minnick have added a new deck and landscaping, too. Harmony is such a pleasant and pretty little community. Everyone who improves a property makes all the neighbors feel good. Yes, there are fix-ups needed in some areas around town, but there is progress being made on several more. Thanks to the Council for all of their efforts to improve our town and keep it safe.
John and Christine Clark went with me to the old fashioned Killion Reunion at the Greencastle Park on Saturday, July 5th. I remember mother telling me about the big Killion Reunions but we quit going after daddaw Killion died. I was about 6 or 7-years-old.
Christine is good about keeping in touch with people, addresses, and phone numbers. When she invited me to go to the reunion with her, a few years ago, she was the only person there that I knew. It was at McCormick's Creek that year. Now it is good to make an annual visit with Dale and Pat and Mike and Norma and Alberta and several other faces, in my mind, that don't have names this early in the morning. This was Denny's first time to attend but he seemed to really enjoy all the good food. We hope to have another gathering in late September so we don't get too far out of touch.
Killion kinfolk can mark their calendars for the first Saturday after the fourth of July, 2009. The reunion is as centrally located as possible for the people attending. Some travel from Lafayette, others from Leavenworth, Indiana. It will again be at the Greencastle Park.
Harmony United Methodist is compiling a new prayer chain. Anyone wishing to change a phone number, or to volunteer, should contact the church at 448-2917.
Lena and Harmony churches are going to be scheduling family pictures for a directory. A committee will examine the samples and prices, from each photographer, before making a decision on which company will best serve the needs of the congregations.
Vacation Bible School will be scheduled from Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25 in the evenings (6 or 6:30 p.m.). It will be a combined program with First Presbyterian. The first three nights will be at Harmony and the next two nights will be at Presbyterian. A van will be available for anyone who needs a ride to either church. Directors for the new program will be Sarah Lawrence and Nicole Tipton. They have asked for volunteers to work with the children and provide snacks. Contact Sarah, Nicole, or one of the churches if you can be of assistance or make a donation.
The Crank's Creek Mission Trip is coming soon, Aug. 1-8. The approximate cost is $125. Contact Bill Green for more information (765) 653-5430.
The Roach family is excited. Erin is coming home from Disney World on the 15 and staying until 20th. Of course, we will eat at Mario's on her first night at home. Sometimes I wonder if she comes home to visit us or just gets homesick for her favorite restaurant. It will be so good to see the "kid." We have another "eat-out" get-together scheduled for the 19 before she leaves to head back to Florida.
The Roach's gathered at Mike and Karen last Sunday. Brother Mikey fired up the grill and made all of his wife's favorites. The rest of us brought side dishes. After she had opened our presents, her hubby grabbed a two-wheeled dolly and proceeded to bring up her final present. She tackled it out on the deck. It was a new fountain, in the shape of a wheelbarrow, for her landscaping. Karen loves fountains. Happy Birthday was had by all.
Happy Birthday to Elisha London (10th), Shea McCoy (18th), Bell Killion (28th), Marsha Nicoson (29th), Clyde Bryan 90th). Happy Belated Birthday to Shontana Head and Happy Upcoming Birthday to Bubba Seth Head.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
July 13 -- Worship Service at the Fairgrounds 9 a.m. (HUMC will be closed)
July 16 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Women's Bible Study 9 a.m.
July 17 -- Trustees Meeting 6:30 p.m., Admin. Board 7:00 p.m.
July 21-25 -- Vacation Bible School
July 28 -- United Methodist Women 7 p.m.