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Harmony Happenings

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Land. I see land. Never has mud and dead grass and bare gravel looked so good. The white curse is finally melting. Hurray!

Thanks to Jay Bridgewater for helping out with my dog and mail during all the icy days. Congrats to Jay, also, for doing so well at his bowling tournament.

Big news in Harmony! The Harmony Diner is back with new owners. Kelly and Becky (Lucas) Murphy opened the new business on Valentine's Day. They were really busy. The restaurant motto is new "Homemade-Always Fresh."

The Diner will have the same menu as the previous owner, Teresa Chaney. They will provide homemade pies and cookies with an occasional cake offered for the sweet tooth. The Murphy's hope to expand to breakfast at a later date. They are also planning to add a supper special each evening after they get going full swing. Call them at 442-0101 (same number) to book a party.

Currently, the restaurant is open from 11-8 M-F, 11-4 Saturday, and 11-3 on Sunday. Many of the same staff members have stayed on with the new business.

Becky Murphy has always been a Knightsville girl. She lives in the family home. Kelly is a native Clay County man, but lived out of state for 20 years. He had a coffee shop in Gatlinburg for about 10 years before moving back to this area. Many people remember his dad Bill. Bill was the Pepsi man around here for 45 years. Becky and Kelly met about three years ago and married about a year-and-a-half ago.

One of the big selling points for me is that the Harmony Diner will remain smoke free. You can eat and breathe at the same time. I like doing both.

Harmony Diner has new floors, new ceiling, and has been repainted. The Murphy's are very interested in putting together a history of the building. Everyone knows that it was a gas station years ago but it is believed that the building has been on that spot since the early 1900's. Contact Kelly or Becky if you have any information on the history or have any old pictures.

The diner is located on Highway 40 in the heart of downtown Harmony.

Now, we just need to convince a business person that we need and would patronize a convenience store/gas station, too. As I have written before, it seems to me like this town would be an excellent location for one. The increased attention to Historic National Avenue would benefit the location. Close proximity to Great Dane, Technifab, the Casket Company, Door Company, the big business blocked by a temporary senior moment, and Van Buren wouldn't hurt either. Entrepreneurs, pay attention!

Speaking of Historic Highway 40, reminds me to mention the National Road Annual Yard Sale. Mark your calendars. It will be June 1-5, and stretches 824 miles from Baltimore to St. Louis. The sales and the number of people seem to grow each year.

The website says that the event will offer bargains, antiques and fresh produce. I will bet there will be some crafts and plain ole' flea market finds, too.

Harmony United Methodist Women are hoping to put together a Bake Sale/Yard Sale at the church on the Friday and/or Saturday to catch the traffic moving through our little town. We hope to raise funds for missions. Highway 40, National Road, is now 203 years old.

HUMC folks should start saving their castaway treasures for the sale. June will be here before we know it. We will have more information available later.

Harmony United Methodist Women will meet on Feb. 28, in Fellowship Hall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Mayme Johnson-Cox will be the hostess and I will put together a lesson. We have many plans to make so please try to attend.

Ansil Harpold gave an entertaining and inspirational concert during Worship at the church last Sunday. He stayed to talk about ARM, the prison ministry, during Sunday School.

Jack Brammer forwarded pictures and notes from some of my VB classmates. A few couples got together at the Lake House Restaurant in Staunton on Valentine's Day. The pictures looked like they were a happy crew. Thanks to Jack for sending them. He also forwarded information on the VB Class Reunion. Mark your calendars for June 3, at the Lake House, too.

The fairly new Staunton restaurant is open at 11 a.m., each day. During the summer they stay open until 10 p.m., but have been closing earlier, as the crowd thins out during the winter months. Don Morris plays music on Saturday evenings from 7-10 p.m., when they are not booked for special parties. Reservations are recommended.

If you look for the Lake House in the phone book, Frontier has it listed as Lakeside Division, Inc. I was a little confused on that when I tried to call. They are smoke free.

It was good to read Jason Jacobs' article about the restoration of old buildings in Brazil. It appeared in late January. The heart feels warm to know those "could-be gorgeous" old structures will be getting facelifts and back to serving a useful function. It is sad to see historic old buildings deteriorate. They are part of the charm of small town life when they return to comely matrons in a row.

Clay County Retired Teachers will have an Executive Committee Meeting at my house on Tuesday, March 15. I am planning to serve a soup and sandwich, Irish style. Any member who wishes to bring a finger food or dessert is encouraged. We will be making plans for the April Social and conducting other business. The Social will be on Tuesday, April 26. More details will be available after the Executive Session. All retired teachers should mark April 26, on the calendar.

The Nominating Committee for CCRTA will meet at the Harmony Diner on Monday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. The committee consists of Tom Jackson, Rachel Fagg, and myself. We hope to prepare a slate of officers for the April meeting. Anyone who would like to serve an office position is encouraged to give me a call 448-8734.

There are also some CCRTA committee positions that have never been filled: Public Relations, Legislative, Social or Program. Mary Ann Froderman has been doing both Social and Program Chairperson for so long, I am not sure which one is her official title. Other folks have tried to cover two related offices, too.

We work in CCRTA but we have a great time, too. It is fun work. All retired teachers are invited to join us. Teachers who have not yet retired and spouses are welcome to join as associates. Membership dues are $5.