Harmony Road, south of Highway 40 looked even better this week. The road crews repaired all the moon craters. Thanks.
Oops, did you catch that spelling error last week, probably more than one? No, I was not advocating that the guys over 50 fall prostrate in the doctor's office. I was advocating a prostate exam. There is a big difference when you throw in an extra "r". That darn spell checker likes it both ways. Sometimes I just don't see the mistake on the computer screen and then it screams at me when I read it in the paper. You guys knew what I meant but I will try to do more proofing before sending.
The Clay County Retired Teacher's Association will have a Barbeque Dinner on Tuesday, April 27. The group will gather in the Riddell National Bank basement starting at 6 p.m. Denzil Adams and Jesse Pitts are getting the chicken and pork ready for everyone. Carolyn Ledgerwood will make the baked beans. Rachel Fagg, Donna Kaufman, and I will whip up the potato salad. Other folks are taking care of drinks and paper goods.
Anyone wishing to bring a side dish or dessert is encouraged to do so, but not required. We just want everyone to come out for a fun time to visit with friends and/or former colleagues. Members may bring a spouse or guest. There is no cost for the meal.
CCRTA will have a short business meeting. Anyone not paying dues for the 2009-10 year can catch up at that time. Those who have already paid, have a green membership card. Next year we will have a different color. Because dues are collected in the fall, rather than the start of the year, it is sometimes confusing. New retirees have free membership for one year.
Several gifts will be available as door prizes or raffle prizes: $25 gift card to Red Lobster or Olive Garden, $2-5 gift certificates for Chaney's Diner, dog carrier, planter, reciprocating saw, digital calipers, and other items.
The program, for the CCRTA B-B-Q Social, will be prepared by a representative from Turner Coaches. He/she will present information about possible one-day excursions. The retired teachers like to have an outing or two each year. Last year a group went to Beef and Boards in December for the Christmas Spectacular.
Peniel United Methodist Church will host a Cluster Training Event on Saturday, April 17, and the UM Men's Breakfast on April 24. April 22 has been set for the Packing Day for Operation Classroom. The group will gather at Breden Memorial starting at 9 a.m. and continue until all the supplies are packed for the mission schools.
Harmony United Methodist Women will meet in Fellowship Hall on Monday, April 26. Carolyn Kumpf will prepare the lesson and Barbara Pell will be the hostess. The group will finalize plans for the Mother/Daughter Banquet and discuss the upcoming yard sale scheduled for June.
The Mother/Daughter Banquet will be held on May 3, 6:15 p.m. The theme is "Grow Where You Are Planted." I will have a sign-up sheet for church this Sunday. Ladies are asked to jot down the number of attendees and the dish(es) they will provide. Jana Sinders from Outback Garden Center in Clay City will provide the program.
Dave and Brenda Shorter are proud grandparents. They have a new addition to the family. Brenna weighed it at over six pounds and is the beam in the eyes of her grandparents.
Harmony UMC took a vote in the sanctuary after Worship Service on Sunday. We voted to request a student minister. Pastor Bob and Carolyn will be moving to Center Point UMC to be full time at their church.
The district had given us the choice of a full-time or part-time pastor or a student. Most small churches cannot afford a full-time minister. Lena voted the same preference that we did.
It is hoped that a student pastor will have more time to devote to the congregations but we will take what the conference sends to us. Say a prayer that it is a good match.
We will all be sorry to see the Kumpf's leave in June but we're glad they are not going too far.
Thanks to Kevin Timberman for bringing us the message last week. Pastor Bob was working at the Chrysalis Flight at Merom. Kevin, his wife, and four of the five daughters were very welcome at our church.
He did a good job of reminding us that God gives us the breath of life. Jesus gives us the mind and purpose but Jesus needs us, too. We are just borrowers of everything we own. God provides this so that we can carry the message to others.
I like our stores in the Brazil area. I don't get to many at Clay City but enjoy those stops on occasion, too. This economy worries me. It is hard for small businesses in good times.
Don't forget to patronize our local people. The Brazil Walmart has fewer and fewer things every day but I would much rather shop there than one of those Super Marts any day. I don't know if the community is not buying enough or if corporate is just not stocking very many items.
Let's keep the stores we have. Give them the business they need to survive. It may not have done any good but I called 1-800 Walmart and asked them to stock more items in Brazil. I gave them a list of what I had missed on my last few trips to the store. An employee had told me that they have to keep note of all the complaints to the customer service line.
I made sure the lady, on the other end of the line, knew I was not complaining about how the store looked or a bad employee. The big empty aisles look very neat and clean. I just wanted the stuff in Brazil that I needed to buy. If there are other busy bodies out there, call and give your opinion to the corporate folks. It might save us from driving 20 miles to buy scrapbook pages, fish food or a tarp for the woodpile.
My water heater is near the end of its life. Sure, there are lots of them in Terre Haute but I will check with Pell's first to see if they have what I need. They probably do. It saves gas and keeps the business local.
The birds like the seed from the Co-Op just as well as the stuff in fancy bags. Shuee has always matched or bettered the price of any appliance I needed. I may not like that Maytag washer but it would have been the same at another store. Chris arranges delivery, too. If they ever recall it, Chris will let me know.
Tom Lynch probably has whatever plants are needed for the garden. The garden centers have the trees and scrubs, too. You definitely don't need to go to another town for groceries, hardware, drug stores, auto parts, or pizza.
I like Terre Haute, Plainfield and Indy but we need to stay loyal to our local folks whenever we can. No, we can't buy designer fashions in Clay County. We used to have the Fashion, Quality Shop, Leifheits, and J.C. Penney for clothing but they did not have enough customers to compete with Terre Haute. They are gone now. Catch my drift?