Hope everyone is enjoying our nice fall weather. The trees are beginning to get a little fall color and should hit their peak colors in a week or so. The off and on rains we have had haven’t been too bad either.
A large crowd of local residents and out-of-town family and friends attended the Blackey Days Festival on Friday and Saturday. Visitors enjoyed music, food, fun, and local crafts vendor booths. Many reported it was one of the largest crowds ever.
I had quite a few stop by my shop to bargain hunt and talk about their connections to the Blackey-Letcher County area.
About 60 family members attended the George M. and Sally Banks Adams family reunion on Saturday. Bill and Luther Adams and Danola Bell were all able to attend this year, as was Alice Adams, their sister-in-law.
Doug Raglin and Luther stayed with Johnny Combs while they were here.
Larry, Sandy and Misha Hall took a train trip to Washington, D.C. and other tourist spots. They enjoyed watching the changing of the guard and enjoyed their trip.
We missed them at the reunion, but understood that they couldn’t be in two places at once.
Berma Matthews went to Ohio and brought her brother Olan back to Letcher County with her. Hope they enjoyed being together for Blackey Days.
Geraldine Ison recently spent a few days in Hazard Hospital. She is doing fair and has been able to go and visit with Lee and Wilma Pridemore and Roy Kenon and Billie Jean Smith, who were in for a visit from Ohio.
Kenneth and Anna Lou Blair were here visiting recently, too. All of them went to Blackey Day for breakfast at the Missionary Baptist Church.
Tony and Mary Carolyn Blair had a good visit with their grandson Noah, who stayed a few days with them. They went fishing at Payne Gap at Fishpond Lake while he was here.
We made nine gallons, more or less, of molasses at the Blair Branch stir-off recently. Many stayed and helped all day, and we appreciate everyone who helped.
Condolences to Ruth Smith, whose sister recently died in Ohio. Alta Combs was 90 years old and lived in Blanchester, Oh.
Astor Blair, Terry Caudill, Coy Fields, Burnett Caudill and Francine Caudill have all been having health problems. Hope all are feeling better.
Olan and Bernice Adams have been in many people’s prayers after the death of their daughter, Misti. Our sympathy to the family during such a sad time.
Many bear sightings are being reported throughout the county. Most seem to be mother bears with cubs, and Hunter Banks saw a momma bear with three cubs when he went squirrel hunting behind Pat Amburgey’s home.
It’s kind of scary to know they are that close to our home. Blair Branch and Isom have also had bear sightings. Russell and Connie Blair had one trying to get into their garbage cans at three o’clock one morning. They live beside the Letcher Elementary School.
All of the items above were written a couple of weeks ago, but somehow got lost and didn’t make it into the paper. Thought I would go ahead and put them in again.
Sympathy to the family of Von Collie, who recently died at Irvine. He was a son of the late Elmer and Marthie Collie and a brother to James, Garland and Gillis Dean, Cornie, Norleana, Lola Mae and Louise.
Von leaves behind two daughters, Talana and Destinne, and many other family and friends. A memorial service was held last Saturday at the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church.
On Sunday after church at Dixon Memorial, Wayne and Missy Fields were baptized at Blair Branch. Everyone is so happy for them, and all the photos looked so nice with a big crowd attending.
Don Pridemore stopped by to visit with Ronnie G. and Maggie Back last week, and took them a quart of molasses.
Their daughter, Medra Kiser, recently hit a deer in front of Rodney Ison’s. Thankfully she wasn’t hurt, and not too much damage to her car.
The reenactment of the Battle of Leatherwood was enjoyed by many. On Friday, there were over 25 school buses full of children from Letcher, Perry and other counties, who attended the historic reenactment. Those with whom we talked really enjoyed the field trip and the food, too.
Saturday was also the antique show and sale at the Calvary College gymnasium. Those attending said it was full of many “pretties.”
Vicki and Laura Walters were recently here visiting with Joanne Walters and Jean Hampton, and dropped by my Shoppe, too.
The trees seemed to be at their most colorful this past weekend before the rain moved in on Sunday and Monday.
Halloween will be here this weekend, and the time will also change soon. Our year is getting gone quickly.