The Mountain Eagle
Whitesburg KY
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A happy ending for three Easter ducklings


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you….When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:6,12 NIV

The community and the folks of ECCO were again happy to welcome our friends and ECCO sponsors, Sheldon and Marie Starr, for a visit. Although it was a short visit, three days, we were glad to see them again. Marie is getting around great after recovering from a broken leg. Sheldon had made a wonderful toddler bed complete with a new mattress to sell in our thrift store. It was the first sell of the day. Ray Bird bought it for his greatgrandson and Ray later told us he was thrilled with it.

On pantry day at ECCO, I had planned a cookout for the many volunteers that help but it was so cold we had a cook-in instead. Thanks to Ray Bird for giving us a big load of rhubarb; we’re still making strawberry rhubarb jam.

This past Easter Emily took a notion for a baby duck and no amount of bribing or persuading could change her mind. So here Tony and I took a trip to the pet store to buy one fluffy baby duck. We came home with three. I think Emily and Cortney played with them a total of six times and we suddenly found ourselves with three very large female ducks. We then had the task of convincing Emily that the ducks would be much happier in a home with a big pond for them to play in. At first she said her ducks would stay where they were until they died of old age, but after some coaxing she finally agreed to give them away. I called Ted Corder, our neighborhood animal lover, and in no time at all he had them a home. Terena Bledsoe and her parents were happy to have the ducks, especially since they have three ponds on their property. Terena said Emily could visit them any time. So now everybody is happy, especially three ducks.

Thought for the day: “Hindsight explains the injury that foresight would have prevented.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard: “Hi to our many seniors. How blessed we are that the Lord over the years has healed us from colds, injuries and serious disease. Read Jer. 17:14.

“Orville Collier is having a metal roof added to his house and so is James Maggard. Metal roofs are becoming very popular over shingles these days.

“Some of our seniors have been road running. Shirley Vance had a good time visiting her daughter in Tennessee. Ruby found some great buys at the yard sales in Tennessee, and Darlene and Winston had an enjoyable time visiting family in Lexington.

“Marvin and I went to Becky and Dean’s. They bought me an azalea bush and Marvin gave me a pink and red rosebush for Mother’s Day. Since Marvin retired he been busy mowing, trimming, and cutting bean poles to stake his beans when he starts his garden.

“Seniors with a birthday this month are Liz Sturgill, Lucy Maggard and Vernell Burton.

“May we remember every day how blessed we are. God loves and cares for us more then we know.”

Community bulletin board: Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: the victims of the cyclone disaster in Myanmar, the victims of the earthquake disaster in China, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Rodney Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Curt Sturgill, Marie Snell, Jr. Carter, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Beryl Brown, Carroll Sumpter, Dorothy Nease, Vickie Hudgins, Stephanie Estep, and Tony and Brenda Gross. Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

You may contact us by writing to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826. Our e-mail address is Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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