East side West side: The saga continues

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By Pat McDaniel
Lake Arrowhead Correspondent

The continuing saga… We don’t have any vampires or werewolves, no feuding families that I know of, there’s a hermit or three and a few eccentric folk.  The most exciting event in recent years was when the mouse ran under the church pew during services at ABC.  Actually, he ran the full length of the church under the pews.

I can’t remember who screamed first.  No one fainted but Mary Etta said she “felt funny”… That could have been ’cause she “ate a hot dog for breakfast.”

I was the recipient of a new publication, Clay County Outdoors, “A yearly publication by the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce”.

Editor is Tabitha Pierce.  Featured were Joe Parker, President of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assoc., an article on how to “Outsmart Ol’ Tom” during fall and spring turkey hunting seasons and “Keep the Game Warden on your side”.  My favorite, the one that piqued my curiosity, is “Bear Country” by Peggy Browning… The true story of two young Clay County lads who went a-roaming on a Clay County ranch.  They were students in Shane Crafton’s agri-science class at HHS and members of a wildlife team “set to compete later that semester at a regional FFA range and plant judging contest.”  They found native plants, alright!  They, also, discovered an ancient animal skull!  Further investigation proved the skull to be that of a female bear, probably seven years old when she died 500 to 1,000 years ago.  More studies are being pursued and carbon dating will be necessary to accurately age, gender and era in which it lived.  Makes me wonder, what’s buried in my backyard?

Randy V.’s still down at the Texas Specialty Hospital on Grace St.,  Anna Welch went home from United Regional this past week.  She’s recovering from surgery of a female nature.  Elsa Rankin began her series of three chemo treatments last week and doesn’t feel too sparkly today.  She was in church last week, wearing a pink jacket and hat and a sparkling smile!

ABC ladies are fixing lunch for the Baptist Student Ministries Friday March 30… Lunch for a hundred!  Help! Jan Tuttle’s the boss. They’re doing spaghetti ‘n’ sauce, breadsticks ‘n’ salad with cake for dessert.

Speaking of Spaghetti… Don’t forget, I’m sure you won’t… Saturday, April 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Arrowhead Baptist Church, the Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary will host their annual Spaghetti Supper, a fundraising event with some really neat door prizes.  Everyone is encouraged to come!  The ABC is right next door to the Community Association Building just east of the dam.  It’s fun, the prizes are great and the food’s the best!

Wynema Wyrick is doing better.  Dr. Parkey “suggested” she stay out of the foul weather, catch some sun on these warm days and take some Vitamin D… All of which she’s doing!  Jan and J.B. Revier just spent some days with grandchildren.  They’re kinda weary (you know that feeling) but happy inside and out!  Nelda Epley recovered from her bronchitis by giving it to son Jamie… She feels a lot better!  Sherry Coombs is recovering nicely from carpal tunnel surgery but Bill’s hurt his back and he just feels poorly!  Hospice comes daily to Wayne Morris’.  Naomi and daughter Stephanie are holding up though very tired.

Brother Darrell Brown has left ABC to do missionary work in China. He told the church when he came to them a year and a half ago that he wished to pursue the mission field in China and the opportunity has presented itself.  He and wife Judy will be leaving before long!  ABC has a new pastor, Brother Larry Johnson, a native of Texas.  His last pastorate was in Alpine at University Baptist Church.  He and his wife Deborah both graduated from Howard Payne University in Brownwood.  Brother Larry is also a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.  They have three children and four grandchildren.

Come hunt Easter eggs Saturday, April 7th, 11 a.m., at Arrowhead Baptist Church just east of the dam.  There will be a picnic before the hunt… Hot dogs and drinks followed by the hunt!

Easter Sunrise services will be at 6:30 a.m. at the church.  Breakfast follows if you care to join us.  Sunday School’s at 9:45 a.m. and church services are at 11 a.m.

There’s no evening services that Sunday.

Let me remind you, too, about the annual pre-Easter Bake Sale prepared and produced by the Clay County Senior Citizens of Henrietta… Some Lake Arrowhead ladies bring their baked “goodies” to the tables.  That date is Thursday, April 5, 7 a.m. ’til it’s all gone at the senior center, 216 Hancock St.  The senior ladies always have their specialties baked and ready to be consumed, so get there early.  In this case, the early bird gets the best “goodies”!

Eleanor Roosevelt leaves us with this thought provoker, “A woman is like a teabag, you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water!”

Peace, love and laughter

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