Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Buncombe News

By Dolly Hopkins

Hello everyone.

I took a week off to go to Milwaukee, Wis., to visit my sister Olga and her family.

I took the 3:15 a.m. Amtrack train from Carbondale to Chicago. It was a quiet and peaceful trip. Early in the morning, I saw the most beautiful colorful sunrise above the horizon. How can anyone doubt the existence and power of God! I knew then, I was going to have a great visit with my sister. I arrived in Chicago at 9 a.m.

While I sat in the waiting room in Chicago, waiting for the 10:20 a.m. train to Milwaukee, I had to laugh for almost everyone there was talking on their cell phones loud enough that I can recognize the different languages, all at the same time. It was very funny. I left for Milwaukee and arrived there at 11:50 a.m. Olga was waiting for me. She looks great and we left to have a long lunch.

The weather there was just beautiful, warm days and cool nights, but by the end of the week it was getting cold. It was a great visit and lots of fun week. When the weatherman mentioned “snow flakes next week” I thought I better return home, under protest from Olga, who wanted me to stay another week. Maybe next year.

Everyone is invited to a benefit dinner for Kelly Groner, tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Vienna High School commons area. A Fazoli’s spaghetti dinner and silent auction. Advance tickets are $8 per person, at the door $10 per person. To pre-order tickets visit any SouthernTrust bank location or call 618-697-2152.

Kelly Groner is a 2006 VHS graduate and currently resides in Buncombe with her husband, Tommy Gronner, and daughter, Paige. In July, Kelly was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Proceeds from this benefit will help Kelly pay for medical bills and expenses through her battle. There will be a silent auction with items donated from businesses and community members. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink. Checks can be made out to Kelly Groner Benefit. Wear violet to show your support! See you there.

Happy birthday to Jeannie McCall, Sept. 25; “Little Fellow” Mighell, Sept. 27; Madison Pearman, Sept. 28; Tracey Johnson, Sept. 29; Harold Hurst, Sept. 30.

Congratulations to Bethany and Marshall Dunn on their 7th wedding anniversary Sept. 24, and to my daughter Brenda and Norman Suits on their 8th anniversary, Oct. 2. We wish these couples lots of happiness and health with God’s blessings.

When the Smith family moved into their new house, a visiting relative asked five year old Tommy how he liked the new place.

“It’s great,” he said. “I have my own room, Alex has his own room, and Jane has her own room. But poor Mom is still in with Dad.”

The Eagle House Ministries in Buncombe will present its second annual Run For Hope 5K Run/Walk and Half Mile Fun Run at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 at Vienna City Park during the Fall Festival on the Tunnel Hill Trails. Pre-registration is due by Thursday to guarantee a t-shirt. For information go to www.eaglehouse.ministries.com or call 618-771-7442.

It’s time to get your flu shot again. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC is recommending everyone six months and older get a flu shot every year as the flu strains often change. The season typically runs from October through May with the peak in January. We are offering a flu shot clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Buncombe Community Building from 9 to noon with the Southern Seven Health Department. I will remind all of you often, but please mark your calendar. Hope to see everyone from our community there.

Jane was teaching four year olds at her church when she asked them what we must do in order to get to heaven. One child answered, “Die.”

Thank you so much to all of you who bought a ticket for St. Paul Draw Down Party, Saturday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vienna VFW. We sold out! No more tickets are available, sorry, but all 110 tickets are sold. Winner needs not to be present. Hope to see all those with tickets at the party for a great dinner, good friends and lots of luck to take home those great prizes. Thank you again for your support. All proceeds go to St. Paul operating fund. See you there. I’ll be wearing my lucky outfit.

The investigation into a threat made against SIU Carbondale is still ongoing. The FBI is investigating a threat made against the university last Wednesday through the mail. The FBI have not yet announced any arrests nor described the nature of the threat. Other universities receiving threats lately are Texas and Louisiana. Hope they find them soon before innocent people gets hurt.

On the day of Helen’s father-in-law’s funeral, their two year old son was appropriately somber, until he spied the coffin. “Oooh, Mama!” he shouted. “Look at that big suitcase!”

A thought to remember: If you never seem to reach the goal of your dreams, blame the alarm clock.

Till next week.

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