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Eolia community is having a bear epidemic


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 C orinthians 6:20

There was much sadness in our community over the death of Barb Shelton. Barb loved coming to the ECCO thrift store to go “treasure hunting.” She loved antiques and I remember how happy she was when Tony came across a blue Mason jar and gave it to her. She found joy in the simple things of life. She was truly a beautiful women, inside and out. We extend deepest sympathy to her family for we know her passing has left a void that cannot be filled.

I don’t know about the rest of you folks but we’re having a bear epidemic at Eolia. Starting on Black Mountain they’re raiding trash cans clear down to the mouth of the hollow. One tried to break in on Oliver and Brenda Sexton by coming through the window. Hearing a noise, they got up and walked in to see a big black paw reaching inside and clawing the wall and curtains. I heard it had already demolished the window and screen. Now that’s scary. Oliver who is recovering from open heart surgery had chest pains and had to apply a nitroglycerin patch.

Arlie Boggs Elementary School had to keep the children inside because of bears seen on the playground. Coming up our driveway, Tony saw one inside our barn. He scared it away by blowing his horn. I shudder when thinking of all the times I’ve darted in the barn looking for a bucket or hoe. I’ll be glad when berries come in season, the bears seem to settle down a bit then.

There is wonderful new project in Letcher County that is informing people who would like to have a quilt pattern on their barn or wherever. The design is painted on plywood and attached to the chosen area. Yolanda Miranda and Tiny Creech painted two for the Eolia Community to enjoy, one for ECCO and one for the Eolia Community Park. The one for ECCO is a wonderful display of a farmer, coal miner, and Dutch girls. The one for the park is a sampler of various quilt designs.

Along with our beautiful mountains, these quilt designs add warmth and charm which say to people visiting our area that we care about our community. Yolanda and Tiny did an amazing job painting these patterns. Just as details are important in creating a quilt, so it is with the quilt designs they painted.

When driving in ECCO’s parking lot, the first thing we see is this lovely quilt pattern. Thanks from all the folks at ECCO. If anyone would like to have a quilt design painted, call Tiny Creech at the Poor Folks Arts and Crafts in Cumberland at (606) 589-2545.

Thursday at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center we enjoyed the company of the Arlie Boggs School eighth-grade class. Each senior along with a child enjoyed painting a birdhouse. I had a good time painting with Charlie Osbourne. A catered meal was also provided. Everyone had a good time, especially Rodney Stutgill who surprised us all with his creative talents. The birdhouses will be taken to the local nursing home for the residents to enjoy.

Marie from the Arlie Boggs Family Resource wants to remind everyone to save all box tops for education, Campbell’s soup and food labels during the summer.

Also, an update from Stephanie about Kid’s Time this summer. This summer we will be mostly having a free play time during Kid’s Time. If it is nice we can go to the Eolia Community Park. If it is raining we can play in the pavilion or community room. If any of you have an activity you would like to plan, that would be wonderful. I do hope to schedule a few field trips. Our first field trip will be June 19. We will meet at 10 a.m. at ECCO then we will drive to Meridzo Ministries to see the horses and llamas and hear a little about what goes on there. Meridzo is about 10 minutes from ECCO. If you know of any children interested in going, pass it on.

Thought for the day “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.”

Community bulletin board: Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., all welcome. Kid’s Time each Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO, Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Call 633- 5015 for transportation. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets 11 a.m. the second. Sunday of each month at the Partridge station, volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at ECCO, all welcome.

This week our prayer list includes the family of Barb Shelton, Bear Hissom, Roger Shelton, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lucy Maggard, Jean Hunsucker, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman 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, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry or ECCO.

Our address is ECCO, 135, Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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