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Alabama residents visit Hemphill Comm. Center



THREE YEARS OLD — Levi Boston Little turned three years old April 14 and celebrated with a football birthday party. He is the son of Beth and Phillip Little of Cowan. His grandparents are Charlie and Glennis Little of Cowan, and Jan and Francis Sexton of Eolia. He has a sister, Maggie Little, 9.

THREE YEARS OLD — Levi Boston Little turned three years old April 14 and celebrated with a football birthday party. He is the son of Beth and Phillip Little of Cowan. His grandparents are Charlie and Glennis Little of Cowan, and Jan and Francis Sexton of Eolia. He has a sister, Maggie Little, 9.

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center, www.facebook.com/Hemphillblacksheep.

Check out our two new websites: www.hemphillcenter.org and www.blacksheepbrickoven.org.

The Black Belt Citizens of Union Town, Ala., were a great addition to the local/ regional folks we had visit us on Friday night. There was a presentation and a showing of a film about their work on Saturday as part of the Seedtime on the Cumberland festivities at Appalshop in Whitesburg. We so much enjoyed their company and gained insights like we always do when our place is seen through the eyes of newcomers to the area. We bid them Godspeed in all their fighting for justice as we fight the same brave fight here at home. We regretfully, fondly saw them off on Sunday morning to return to their heart work.

You can look them up online if you are interested in learning more.

We proudly participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony on the brand new solar pavilion at Appalshop on Friday afternoon. We are proud of Hemphill’s own Eddie Hall, the contractor of the solar pavilion. As part of the solar project collaboration we were ask to speak about what the project means for Hemphill Community Center. Our own Roy Tackett spoke about how our community had helped fuel the industrial revolution in American with the coal mined here and that we are entitled to benefit from the modern solar technology. We used the Sister Rosetta Tharpe song “The Sun is Gonna Shine in Our Back Door Someday” to illustrate the coming of solar-powered energy to Letcher County. Hemphill is shining bright and now the sun’s rays are about to be captured to generate power to do what we do here.

We don’t want to miss the symbolic train (solar energy) leaving now because of mourning for the trains (coal) of the past decades. We love and support coalminers and always will. We will never forget our history. We will never forget the heritage of labor and struggle in Hemphill. We have to progressively and successively keep moving ahead. It’s survival. We don’t hope to just survive, we are looking for our community to thrive. Being released from some of the burden of the insurmountable energy costs will enable us to expand the work of Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery.

We are promised by Wilderness Trace Solar that construction on the solar installation will be well underway by the time of this publication. More news and photos will be forthcoming. We are excited and thankful for the things happening in our neck of the woods.

Kathy Ingram will be on hand on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Senior Fellowship. If you are interested in a Senior Voucher for the Letcher County Farmer’s Market, she will hook you up. Thanks to all who are involved and to Ms. Kathy for making sure our seniors get these vouchers.

The Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum is meeting on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants are really enjoying themselves. The workshops for June are the 13th and the 27th. Next month workshops are on July 11 and the 25th. Participants are invited to bring a laptop or tablet, and paper and pen. This will a free bimonthly workshop offered courtesy of Jo Ann Hall Osborne. For more information, call (606) 855-4463.

We have converted Friday Nite Pickin’ to a supper club environment where folks can come and enjoy music while eating their evening meal from the fabulous Black Sheep Menu. We will have a featured local singer/songwriter every Friday. Come support local live music and community building efforts. Music on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m.

You have an open invitation to come and hang out with us at the Center when you can. We have Wi-Fi now so kids and adults are better satisfied not being cut off from their electronic devices. We also have a playground and a walking track so bring the whole family for a visit. Regardless of differences in education, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or perceived differences, all are welcome and will be treated with justice and friendship. It’s a hate free zone and you are invited!! Come and linger among friends!

Weekly Quote: To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success. – Anna Pavlova

Schedule of Events:

June 12: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.

June 13: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m. Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum 6:30 p.m.

June 14 Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

June 18: Senior fellowship 10 a.m. with Letcher County Farmer’s Market vouchers and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.

June 19: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.

June 20: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.

June 21: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

June 25: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m. and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.

June 26: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.

June 27: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m. Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum 6:30 p.m.

June 28: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

June 30: Monthly Shape Note Singing 2-5 p.m.

July 2: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m. and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.

July 3: Bakery open 4:30- 9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.

July 4: Closed

July 5: Bakery open 4:30- 9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

July 9: Senior fellowship 10 a.m. and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.

July 10: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.

July 11: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Open Mic 7-8:30 p.m.

July 12: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

July 16: Senior fellowship 10 a.m. and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5:30 p.m.

Friday Nite Pickin’: Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment. Inclement weather policy: Watch for cancellations on Facebook two hours before scheduled events.

A merry heart makes a good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

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