Friday, July 20, 2018

Buncombe News

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By Dolly Hopkins

Thank you so much to all of you that made the St. Paul Draw Down Party a success. To all who donated baskets, prizes, food, set up, sold tickets and especially to all of you who purchased tickets, to the VFW and to Madonna Slife our great coordinator of this event. It was fun and I am sure no one left hungry.

The four big winners of the evening after the “split ticket” were: Sandy Belske of Vienna, Anna Jennings of Chicago, Marsha Nelson of Vienna and Ellen Williams of Vienna receiving $1,000 each.

The beautiful ship replica, made and donated by Roy Hanzer and auctioned by Jon Simmons, was won by Mitch Garrett of Vienna. Thank you so much to everyone and hope to see you all next year.

On Sunday, my friend Jack, and his wife took their visiting grandson to church services with them. When Jack, an usher, passed the offering plate to their row, his young grandson whispered to him, “Grandpa, does everyone have to pay you to come to your church?”

Characters from Disney Junior’s hit series “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” are coming to Southern Illinois on Nov. 9 on stage at the SIU Arena, with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Cinderella making appearances. Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. performances at Carbondale SIU arena. To buy tickets or for information go to: or 618-453-2000. It will be so much fun!

Happy birthday to Debbie Jones and Mysabee Beach, Oct. 23; Brenda Krueter, Oct. 24; Allison Allbritten, Billie Porter and Kevin Retz, Oct. 25; Jay Franklin and Amy Jackson, Oct. 26; Marc Palmer and Bob Ramsey, Oct. 28; Kyle Shipley, Oct. 30 and Rajeane Watson, Oct. 31. Have an awesome day!

Just as Mary was celebrating her 80th birthday, she received a jury duty notice. She called to remind the people at the clerk’s office that she was exempt because of her age.

“You need to come in and fill out the exemption forms,” they said.

“I have already done that,” replied Mary. “I did it last year.”

“Sorry, but you have to do it every year,” she was told.

“Why?” came the response. “Do you think I am going to get younger?”

Congratulations to Roy and Nancy Breeden on their 45th wedding anniversary, Oct. 25, and to Ed and Leslie Santellano, Oct. 31.

Halloween is Friday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treat hours are:

Buncombe: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cypress: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Goreville: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vienna: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult and stay in familiar neighborhoods. Only visit houses that have their porch or outside light on. Watch the traffic and check treats at home before eating them. Let’s make this Halloween an evening of fun for all.

I might be telling my age, but how many of you remember going to the movie theater when young to see scary movies on Saturday afternoon?

We paid to get scared to death. Movies like Dracula and Frankenstein. Also Lou Chaney as the Wolf Man. We kids ate popcorn, screamed, jumped on grandma’s lap, wide-eyed and terrified. All that for a nickle. Once at home, we couldn’t fall asleep until the sun came up, or all three of us (my sister, brother and me) slept with grandma or dad with the bedsheets pulled tight to our necks or heads. We only went twice on Saturday’s to see double features. Dad would not take us again, if it was a scary movie.

We did not celebrate Halloween in Puerto Rico then, but those movies were really scary, but we pretended to be or act brave. Happy and safe Halloween to all!

I want to share with you a nice story I received from a friend:

A little boy in Sunday school was learning about God. He then wanted to see God, so he went on a search one day, taking a bag of potato chips and a root beer with him. He went to the park near his home and saw an old man sitting alone on a park bench looking sad. The boy sat next to the old man and shared his potato chips with him.

Neither one said a word, but they connected, parting with a hug. At home, the boy told his mother that he had lunch with God, and that God has the most beautiful smile that he had ever seen.

The old man arrived home and was questioned by his son about his look of peace. The old man said, “I ate potato chips in the park with God,” then he added that God was much younger then he expected.

I love the story. Small things like a smile, a kind word or the simple act of caring can make a big difference in somebody’s life. It will be just wonderful to experience having lunch with God.

I better get some potato chips. God gave us big hearts; to hold a lifetime of love.

Till next week.

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