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It’s almost time to make molasses

I can’t believe I haven’t written in over a month! So most will be from the first of September, and most I have probably forgotten.

For Labor Day we made our usual trek to Ohio to visit family and take in the flea market. Lee and Wilma Pridemore, Don, Coreen, K.P. Pridemore and myself, Tommy Harris Smith and Mary Jo Blair all met up at Roy Kenon and Billie Jean Smith’s home.


Bill and Ella Marshall, Linville Pridemore and his sons, Kenneth and Anna Lou Blair and Roy Kenon and his son and new daughter in-law, also were there. We enjoyed lunch together and had a good get-together, plus came home with a load of stuff for my Shoppe.

Letcher High School got together for their first class reunion in 42 years. Thirtyfive classmates met at the Stuart Robinson Dining Hall and many brought their spouses, children and grandchildren to the occasion, plus former LHS schoolteacher, Cleve Collins, attended.

All had a great time seeing old friends and catching up. Some traveled great distances to attend.

We attended the memorial for deceased members of the Dixon Memorial Church, as did many others who had loved ones on the list. A large crowd attended services and stayed on for dinner.

Rodney and Geraldine Ison were missed. They have always been faithful to attend in memory of Hub and Vivian Caudill and their family members who are on the deceased list. I believe Coy Fields was the only member they had lost since last year.

The Blackey community has lost two former residents, Mike Dunn and Kenny Holliman, since I wrote last. Our sympathy to their families.

Also, sympathies to the families of Wayne Ison, Bob Creech, Alecia Combs, Mark Hughes and Jeff Sumner.

So many of our friends and families are having health problems, and let’s remember them in our prayers.

Mark “Bubba” Bowling would like his friends to know that he will have to have surgery on his foot soon. Get well wishes, Bubba, hope you have a speedy recovery.

Recently, Bill Adams, Johnny Combs, Sandy Hall, Bob and I all got together on the porch at Everett and Opal Banks’s home. Bill enjoyed sitting on the porch where he had visited so many times in Opal and Everett’s lifetime. It’s a peaceful place to visit and talk.

Fritz and Lori Boggs got to bring their little bundle of joy, Arlee Faith, home from UK Hospital last week. She has gotten over four pounds and is doing well at home.

Blackey Days starts this Friday and Saturday. Come on down and visit. It’s one of the local festivals that is still like a small town homecoming of family, friends and former residents.

Oct. 8, Saturday, will also be the George M. and Sally Adams family reunion at the Stuart Robinson Dining Hall. All with Carbon Glow ties and family and friends, are invited to attend.

Recently the children and descendants of Hiram and Ella Caudill Pridemore had their annual reunion at the Stuart Robinson Dining Hall. We enjoyed being together and had some cousins and friends join us also.

We are planning on making molasses soon at the Ellis Adams cane mill on Blair Branch. We’re just trying to find a suitable time.

Bob, Don, Coreen Pridemore and myself spent a couple of days at Carter Caves State Park. Lyndci and Sadie Gilliam came up from Morehead and Jessie and Andy Scott came up from Lexington. We enjoyed hiking and having family time together.

Arnetta Mae Slone and a lot of her family have been vacationing at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Sunday we went to the Poor Fork Church in Cumberland, and after services we took a picnic lunch to Kingdom Come State Park.

Bob, Dad, Mom and I were a little leery that a bear might try to join us, but thankfully, that didn’t happen.

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