Congratulations to Jennifer and Dave Clark on the birth of their third little girl. Shiloh (Native American name meaning gift of God) weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces. Mom and baby girl are doing well. Shiloh has two big sisters, Siddalee and Saylor.
It was sad to hear that Chaney's Diner and Deli had suffered another break-in. That is the third one in just a few weeks. Such nice people should not have to go through all that mess. One time the vandals left the refrigerators open and all the food had to be thrown away. This time they took the cash registers for a grand sum of bathroom keys. No money is left in the drawers at night. The Chaney's had to replace a door, door jamb, and two cash registers this time.
It is important that we all watch out for our neighbors and report anything suspicious. Theresa Chaney said she could be at the restaurant in five minutes if someone would call and report anything they see that doesn't look right. Of course, calls can be made to the sheriff's office or to Marshal Bob Parr. Names can be kept anonymous. We don't want Harmony to get a reputation for vandalism. It is a wonderful little town and everyone wants it to stay that way.
In the past year, various residents have had problems with things being thrown at houses or vehicles, too. One nice lady had to have her car repaired because someone threw pumpkins at it and dented the fender. Others have had eggs or bricks thrown at their houses. The Harmony Park has had several instances of vandalism. It sounds like there must be a group of kids with too much time on their hands and not enough supervision.
Parents have to work and sometimes teenagers are roaming around at night looking for something to do. Even good kids can get into trouble if they hang out with kids who like to cause problems. I have often been surprised at what children will do to impress their friends or just to stay with the group.
If the vandalism is being done by kids, they need to be caught and punished. It would be a good lesson for them. Plus it would be of benefit to the home and business owners. If the vandals get by with their actions, they will probably start trying bigger crimes to see if they can get by with that, too. We were all kids once. If we were "given and inch, we took a mile". That's part of being a kid, seeing what you can and can't do in society.
Young people make mistakes but they don't learn anything unless they have to suffer the consequences. Breaking into a business, just because you want some pie and cola in the middle of the night, is getting serious. Whether these crimes are all connected or just isolated instances, they need to be stopped.
We all need to be noisy neighbors. If something looks suspicious, it probably is. If we all work together we can solve the problems before any more property is damaged. All parents can give their respect-for-other-peoples-property lecture to their kids, even if the kids have heard it a hundred times already. We can all show respect for our neighbors so the kids can see how it looks on us. If adults don't show respect for each other, kids won't learn it. Respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, as the song says.
Judy Maurer stopped by on her power walk and we talked about the Homecoming at Harmony United Methodist Church. This is the 150th Anniversary of the church. The date has been set for Nov. 9. A fish fry is planned. Booths may be set up for the missions that will be accepting donations. Other activities are still in the planning stages. A committee meeting is on the agenda. November is also Stewardship Month but the fish fry will take the place of the annual dinner.
My good neighbor Virginia Mathis stopped by for a visit on the same day as Judy. We talked for an hour. I am blessed with good neighbors. We all chit chat now and then but no one intrudes on anyone else's space. It is that word "respect" again.
Our street now has a bridge although the road is still officially closed.
Harmony Park looks really nice. I have been up there 2-3 times lately and it always looks good. The dogs running loose upset the trash cans every night but someone comes along and cleans up the mess every day. It is rare for a small community like Harmony to have such a nice park. With the economy being as bad as it is (and the vandals), it makes it tough to have the funds to keep everything in good repair. The park people do a good job.
I often enjoy the thoughts posted outside churches. The congregation just east of the Knightsville flasher on 40 has a good one this month. My wording won't be exactly correct but the message is: "If you are treading in deep water, look to the man who was able to walk on it."
Another word of advice that always brings a smile to my face is the one at the Brazil Coffee Company. It reads, "Unattended children will be given an espresso and a free puppy."
Chaney's now have real butter to put on that wonderful beer bread they make.
Happy Birthdays to Allison Pell (24th), and Fritz Maurer (26th).
Don't forget the VB Township Fire Department Fish Fry at Carbon on September 20th.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Sept. 21 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 22 -- United Methodist Women 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes
Sept. 24 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.