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Free garden seeds available at ECCO store


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach. He is not here; for He is risen as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6

Easter. For believers all over the world, this is the most important holiday of the Christian faith. It is the essence of our faith. As we slowly move into spring, Mother Earth is being washed almost daily with a gentle rain. It is a time of renewing, promise and hope.

And right on cue as the warm weather approaches, we just received a shipment of garden seeds. They’ll be available at the ECCO thrift store beginning today (Wednesday). These seeds will be free of charge to residents of Letcher county. They will be available during ECCO’s thrift store hours of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On ECCO’s pantry day we had a great time as usual. I enjoyed cooking a dinner of homemade chili and baked potatoes with a carrot cake for dessert for a group of 15. A special thanks to Janie Sturgill, Frances Ryan and Bobby Adams for distributing the extra bags of potatoes to folks in their church.

ECCO also hosted a SWAP group from Canada. It is amazing the work these folks have accomplished.

It has come to my attention that a letter to the editor was sent to the Tri-City News concerning ECCO. The gentlemen that wrote us said he sent a letter/ or letters to ECCO by way of Tri-City. I just want this gentlemen to know we never received his letter. Our address is ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826 E-mail is eccotruth@peoplepc.com. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.

SWAP applications are available at ECCO during our thrift store hours. These are for people in the Eolia area in need of home repairs. We are also recycling electronic equipment such as cell phones, laptops (Apple), gaming consoles – Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, digital cameras, MP3 players, Camcorders, GPS devises, Inkjet and Toner cartridges. Please include any cables, manuals and other parts. Proceeds will benefit the community. Items can be left at ECCO.

Marie Coleman from the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center would like to remind everyone that the Letcher County Public Schools will conduct a combined pre-registration for all eligible preschool children, ages 3 to 5, on April 7 through 15. Children registering for kindergarten must be 5 years of age by Oct. 1. Children registering for preschool and Head Start must be 4 years of age by Oct. 1, or 3 years of age with an identified disability. Preschool registrants must meet eligibility guidelines established by the state and federal government. Staff from the Letcher County Health Center will be at all registration sites to provide the kindergarten and preschool exams and immunization reviews. LKLP Head Start staff will be available for Head Start registration. Please bring your child and the following documents to registration: original certified birth certificate (not wallet size), current immunization record, health insurance card, current physical examination record, current eye examination by an optometrist, Social Security card. Registration for Arlie Boggs Elementary School is Monday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., phone 633-4654.

With Easter approaching and we shop for new clothes, buy Easter baskets for children and grandchildren, cook special dinners for our families, let us not forget the most important reason for the season – “Christ is risen.” “Christ is risen indeed.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi seniors, it’s another beautiful day to serve our Lord. I was watching the birds at our feeder the day it snowed and I thanked the Lord for taking care of them and most of all for taking care of me.

“Ruby Adams had a virus and went to the doctor where she received an IV. She is doing OK.

“Elaine’s husband, Richard, has been in the hospital over a week now. She is praying he’ll get to come home this week.

“Carmen and I sure do miss our seniors that have gone to be with the Lord.

“Marvin is finally retiring and I’m so happy now that he can enjoy being at home. I’ll have to get busy making him a honey-do list.

“Linda Curry is planning a surprise birthday party for her husband Johnny. Happy birthday, Johnny!

“Our senior prayer list includes: Betty Addington, Mae Maggard, and Richard McFarland. Wishing everyone a blessed week from the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center.”

Community bulletin board: Whitesburg Lions Club will be hosting Easter in the Park at the Eolia Community Park at 768 Hwy. 806, Eolia, on Saturday, March 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt with four prize eggs, Easter bonnet contests and games. Open to the public, no charge. Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. We encourage everyone to attend. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list includes: Lesa Maggard, Barbara Shelton, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Mae Maggard, Sue Cook, Geneva Tolaver, Jr. Carter, Curt Sturgill, Dorothy Nease 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, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

You may contact us at ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826, e-mail eccotruth@peoplepc.com.

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