I wish someone could do something about all the garbage that is thrown out of vehicles as people are traveling the roads, and the garbage that is taken to back roads and strip job sites and dumped out. This, in my opinion, is one of the reasons this part of Kentucky isn’t succeeding as much as it could as a tourist attraction.
We had a program that was part of PRIDE when I taught at Martha Jane Potter Elementary. I think that is what it’s going to take to keep our roadways and mountains garbage free. If you teach the children about keeping our county cleaned up, you stand a better chance than trying to get the adults that are doing the littering to stop. It breaks my heart to see all the people that volunteer to help pick up trash working to make our county clean and then minutes later see garbage thrown out again. Remember the commercial with the owl that used to say, “Give a hoot, don’t pollute”?
Speaking of a beautiful place to live, this past week was the peak here and, man oh man, did we have some pretty mountains and individual trees! I know I have mentioned before in the autumn months about our Ginkgo tree. Well, this past week was it’s a buttery yellow leaf color. As I sit here typing this in front of my window overlooking the Ginkgo tree the leaves are falling from it like rain falling from the sky.
There were so many people that posted scenes of the fall color on Facebook. Places like The Little Shepherd Trail. Fishpond Lake, Jenkins Lake, Kingdom Come State Park, Pine Mountain and Jenkins overlooks, and a lot from just their backyards were posted. I loved looking at Ella Fields Caudill’s pictures. She is a fall and winter weather person, so she hardly ever stays in the house when the weather changes from summer to fall. I saw her at Wal-Mart the day. It rained last week and she said she would have been out taking pictures then, but the rain ran her inside.
Since the weather has turned colder the Letcher County Senior Citizens have taken their corn hole games inside the rec center. Thanks to Jeremiah, he just put mats down on the floor and lets them have at it. I know I’ve mentioned before what wonderful players Wilma Ritchie and James Hall are. Well, I think Wilma loves to play corn hole more than she likes to sing. If there are any Letcher Countians out there that think you can beat them, just be there around 9 a.m. and I’m sure they will be glad to take you on.
I read on Facebook about and saw pictures from the corn hole tournament that took place at the rec center Saturday, Nov. 1. I love this idea, because even though the weather has changed they can still continue their games. There are so many people who aren’t able or don’t want to participate in other sports, but corn hole is something they can all enjoy. I hope it’s something they continue.
When I was growing up our form of this game was horseshoes. After the kitchen was cleaned up after our Sunday dinner at Mamaw Pennington’s house, everybody would head to the horseshoe stakes. It was always interesting to watch whether you got to play or not. Of course, we cousins didn’t usually get to play against or with any of the adults. If my memory serves me correctly, the best player was my Aunt Della Howard Pennington. I loved to watch her pitch. You could always count on at least one ringer or a leaner each time she pitched. Oh how I would love to be able to go back and live some of those times over again.
Happy birthday wishes go out to my beautiful sister, Lucille Tacket Graves. She has bounced back wonderfully from her open-heart surgery on Aug. 13. She is already back to exercising and walking without any problems. She has always been a go-getter.
Many others that have celebrated birthdays this past week and are celebrating in the week to come are Verna Sergent Hurt on the 3rd, our first cousin Regina Pennington Tucker on the 4th, another first cousin Linda Adams Boggs on the 5th, my husband’s first cousin Donna Bailey Hartman also on the 5th, Towanna Jones on the 6th, and our first cousin Jennifer Noble Holbrook, Liz Ison and Andrea Yonts all on the 7th. Rocky and Denise Yonts celebrated their wedding anniversary on the 3rd. Roger and Pat Miles celebrated theirs on the 26th of October.
Please be in prayer for all those in the nursing homes. I also ask that you would be in prayer for one of my good friends from Letcher Independent Baptist Church. She’s had a really hard summer and continues to have family problems.
I talked with a member of Millstone Missionary Baptist today, Arzella Hampton, and she said preacher Bill Craft’s wife, June, isn’t doing any good at all. Please remember her also.
And as always I plead with you to pray for my pastor, Bill Jones and his wife Sandy. Remember all the others that are grieving for their loved ones.
Oma Hatton always ended this column the same way, go to church Sunday. And I will repeat it every week. Also, if your church has services throughout the week you are expected to be there then.