Whitesburg KY

Lions Club hosts ‘Easter in the Park’ for Eolia kids


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.” Psalm 56:4

The “Easter in the Park” sponsored by the Whitesburg Lions Club was certainly the highlight of the week for the little community of Eolia. In this day and age when the majority of people are focused on “American Idol”, it’s so nice when an organization will take the time and expense to do something this thoughtful for a community.

Volunteers hid 2,100 plastic eggs, each filled with candy surprises, and all the children received prizes. Someone sure did a lot of work filling those eggs. There were 82 children present for the hunt, with a total of 150 total attendance. Kool-Aid and hot dogs were served free of charge to everyone.

Everyone sure had a lot of fun with the Easter bonnet contest again this year. Six people participated in the contest and all six received a prize. That’s my kind of contest.

Club members present were: President Alicia Cook, Wendell Cook, Vice President Daryl Boggs, Secretary/ Treasurer Kess Halcomb, David Clark, Mary Gilliam, Jean Cook, and Thelma Halcomb from the Partridge Lions Club.

The Whitesburg Lions Club, in a joint effort with the Neon Community and the Partridge Cumberland River Area Lions Clubs, pays for eye exams and eyeglasses for children and adults who can’t afford the expense on their own. The Whitesburg Club also has three annual scholarships, and supports the Letcher County Food Pantry, The James Still Learning Center, Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and several other local and state projects, all with money raised through fund-raising projects each year.

This was the Lions Club second “Easter in the Park” and the members say they are looking forward to it again next year. Kess Halcomb wishes to thank Liz Sturgill for helping serve refreshments, and also thank ECCO, Food City, and Food World for their donations and support.

Another activity going on in Eolia was several volunteers picking up trash along the roadside and ditches. For the most part, the residents of Eolia are good about keeping the trash picked up around their homes, but it is especially nice when community members take their Saturday to pick up litter from the roadway. A big thanks to the following: Maxine Parsons, Bill Collier, Archie Hubbard, Nancy Hubbard, Jesse Addington, Keli Addington, Justin Roberts, Kim Craft, Jimmy Craft, Tray Craft, John Collins, Jerry Terry and Jan Sexton. Hats off to all.

As our economy continues this roller coaster ride and we’re not sure what to expect around the next bend, let me leave you with a quote from noted author and Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Bloom, “When the train goes through a tunnel and the world gets dark, do you jump out? Of course not. You sit still and trust the engineer to get you through.”

Community bulletin board: 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. Neighborhood Watch meeting 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at ECCO. 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 of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday each month at ECCO. All welcome. Bible study each Monday evening 7 p.m. at ECCO. All welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: Roger Shelton, Betty Boggs, Sheldon and Marie Starr, Bear Hissom, Seth Collins, Barb Shelton, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, 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 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 of ECCO.

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

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