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Dorothy Tacket celebrating 90th birthday

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ROBERT and DORTHA TOLER JOHNSON

ROBERT and DORTHA TOLER JOHNSON

It just seems impossible that this crazy virus is still affecting us the way it is. There are so many things I talk myself out of simply because I’m extra cautious about being around a crowd. I am surely missing all my friends at the Letcher County Senior Citizens Center. It seems like it has been a lot longer than seven months since we were able to all be together at the rec center.

I have been able to talk to a lot of them when I see them in the stores and others on Facebook. This past week I saw Ida Hatton, Joyce Standifer and Susie Childers.

I also got to talk to Lizzie Mae Wright this morning, Monday, and she said her daughter needs everyone’s prayers. It seems she has had a mini stroke. Lizzie Mae is very worried about her. She said her daughter didn’t seem to have any per- manent damage, so that’s good. I surely do wish I could see them all together again at the rec center. I pray that this ends soon, and we can go back to socializing with our good friends and family without having to worry about getting sick.

Leon Blair is pictured with his two granddaughters, Emma and Olivia.

Leon Blair is pictured with his two granddaughters, Emma and Olivia.

The Mountain Heritage Festival would have been going on at this time if it weren’t for COVID-19. Whitesburg has been decorated for fall even without the festival. I remember last year the schools had a competition going on with the streetlight posts. Well, the city has decorated them this year and they look so festive. If you get a chance you should drive through town.

One thing that is going to take place even with the festival being cancelled is the talent show. This year it is being done online. Contestants have submitted their videos on the website and you vote for the video of your choosing online. I guess it’s kinda like they do on The Voice. Winners will be announced on 103.9 the Bulldog on Oct. 1.

The Mountain Shrine Club will be having a Post Heritage Celebration offering the same foods the Shriners would have fixed during the festival beginning Thursday, Oct. 1 through Oct. 3. Carry out or delivery only. The times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday is 12 p.m. to 6 pm.

Robby and Denise Baker celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on the 28th. They are pictured with Robby’s parents, Gerald and Delilah Baker.

Robby and Denise Baker celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on the 28th. They are pictured with Robby’s parents, Gerald and Delilah Baker.

We had a wonderful surprise this past Friday evening. My only brother, Albert Tacket, sneaked in from North Carolina without letting any of us sisters know. He came home to bring Mom her birthday present, a beautiful pot of chrysanthemums. Mom will turn 90 years old on Tuesday the 29th. He really didn’t need to bring anything with him, though. Albert just being here was present enough for Mom and us sisters. He had to come by himself though, so we missed his wife Tonya and grandchild Harlyn. Mommy kept saying she was blessed to have lived to be 90 years old. Albert told her we were the ones that were blessed to be able to have her with us for 90 years. She has to be the most content person in the world. No matter what, she doesn’t complain.

I was reading an entry from my dad’s journal about this very thing. He was telling about all of their problems they had had over the years with their livestock and some of the hardships they had while he was working at different places. Daddy wrote, “Not one time has Dorothy complained about our troubles no matter how hard they come.”

Okay for the other birthdays, Brenda Cook, Teresa Sexton Collier and of course Dorothy Pennington Tacket celebrated on Sept. 29. Rhonda Webb will celebrate on Oct. 1, and so will Dortha Johnson and Bob Smith. Helen Fields Roberts will have a birthday on the 2nd. A wedding anniversary I wanted to mention is that of two of my really close friends, Robby and Denise Baker. They were married 29 years ago on the 28th of this month.

Please be in prayer for the Leon Blair family. He passed away Sunday the 27th. He was one of my church brothers at Letcher Independent Church. Also, remember Lou Walker’s family. She passed away on the 22nd. Another death in our community was Ernest Steve Cook on the 24th. Please remember his family. We should remember all those that have lost loved ones, especially our pastor, Bill Jones, and his whole family.

I’ll go ahead and close this week by asking you to either attend church or watch it on social media if you are able.

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