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Astor Blair improving after heart surgery


Last week was filled with a mix of wintry weather, but I guess that’s to be expected in January.

I hope everyone made it through the single-digit temperatures without getting too cold. It makes you glad to have temperatures in the 30s after having 5 or 6 degrees on the thermometer.

We’re glad Astor Blair is continuing to improve after his recent open-heart surgery. He has been staying with Estill and Ama Rose Blair while he has been getting his strength back.

Last Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Letcher Area Homemakers met for their first meeting in 2009. The meeting was held at the Blackey Library and plans were made to tack quilts in February. Some of the members are going to display quilts at the upcoming quilt display the Tourism Committee is having at the Harry M. Caudill Library in February.

Stella Elam has been having problems with gout and that’s been keeping her at home. She said Corsie Collins had called to tell her that Emma Phillips, formerly of Burton Hill, had died in Florida. Emma and her parents lived in the home that General and Thelma Croucher later lived in.

Becky Pridemore, her daughter, Kelly, and granddaughter, Hope, all enjoyed a vacation at Disneyland in Florida. They wanted to go before Kelly’s due date for the new baby got too close. I hope little Hope had a great time.

On Saturday, the family of Bill Gibson of Isom had a birthday party to celebrate his 105th birthday. It was held at the Blair Branch Church and Bill seemed to enjoy the day and the attention everyone gave him for such a momentous birthday.

His son, Eugene, was able to be there as well as Bill’s grandchildren and their spouses, and many friends. Gwen Christon helped out with the party and she had a birthday the next day.

We also sang ‘Happy Birthday’ after church on Saturday night to Dock Adams, whose birthday was Jan. 17.

This past weekend was Blair Branch Church time and we had a good evening service and Sunday service. Despite the slick roads Sunday morning, the church house was full. There was also a group from Berea College visiting the church.

We were sorry that Meidra Kiser and her son hit a patch of ice near the Letcher Fire and Rescue building and wrecked on their way to church. Thankfully they weren’t hurt, and we hope they weren’t too sore the next day.

Jeff and Beverly Adams of Blair Branch are proud of their 11-year-old son, Jack, who has taken an interest in playing the banjo. He started taking ‘Pick-n-Bow’ classes at Letcher with John Haywood as his teacher, and Jack has really been doing well. Lee and Opal Sexton have also been helping Jack with his banjo playing, and Jeff and Beverly appreciate them for helping their son.

Jack’s grandparents were Jack and Allene Adams of Blair Branch, and the banjo he plays belonged to his grandfather. He would be pleased to know that his grandson is following in his footsteps.

Jack played his banjo for me the other day and he did a real good job on the old tunes like, “Shortenin’ Bread”, “Liza Jane” and a few others I’ve forgotten the names of.

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