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Fireflies, lightning compete with Fourth of July fireworks


We had a good Fourth of July sitting on Virginia’s front porch. There were beautiful fireworks by neighbors on both sides of us. Perhaps even more beautiful were the fireflies on the field in front of us, and then the grand finale – magnificent lightning and thunder. We enjoyed it all.

Unfortunately, the cows did not enjoy. They got through the fence and took to the hills. The next afternoon they were seen way up on Pine Mountain. So Randy, Jason, and Jerry got to play cowboys, herding them home through the woods, arriving after dark in a thunderstorm.

Debbie and Jeff Vice and Ellen returned to Cowan for the Fourth. Martha Ann and Mike Wenning and Brad were still here, so they all had a good time.

Sue Banks went with Edison, Pam, Nicole and Haley to Jenny Wiley where they enjoyed fishing, eating and seeing “Little Red.” Sue has also been to Ashland with Marty and Mary Richardson to see Ashley. Ashley is enjoying her work there as an office manager. She was happy to take them around to see the sights.

The granddaughters of the late Bernard and Minnie Vae Banks held their “cousin reunion” at the home of Rusty and Tori Akers in Talbott, Tenn. Those attending the get-together were Beth Callahan from Advance, N.C.; Renee Stevenson from Columbus, Ohio; Gail Brewster from Pell City, Ala.; Jill Kent from Wise, Va. Gwen Handlon from Milton; and Tori Akers from Talbott, Tenn. Rusty served the girls a “Callie and Ella” pancake breakfast on Saturday before they shopped all day. Even though they all live in different states, they have many happy memories of spending summers at Grandma’s. They look forward all year to seeing each other in the summer.

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