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March weather is roller coaster ride



Hello everyone!

Here we go again on a roller coaster ride with our weather. I sure hope it doesn’t get cold enough to freeze the buds off of the fruit trees.

Saturday evening, Carcassonne Community Center had its first annual square dance, regardless of the weather predictions. I know I missed a great time along with a few others. I am really looking forward to April as Carcassonne Community Center may find me there for another night of square dancing, finding someone who loves to dance as much as I do.

Mike and Marcia Caudill, thanks for all you do to keep the art of square dancing going strong. I wish it were possible for me to be closer to participate in every dance. It brings back so many good memories as I recall how much my mom loved dancing.

Mom and her cousins and friends would walk across Big Branch to Paces Branch to Lloyd and Nora Calihan’s to a square dance, then have to walk back at night.

I remember Mom talking about going to something called pie suppers that were held at Mill Branch School. You might say I got the love of dancing from Mommy as I would almost be tempted to walk to a dance, especially if someone told me not to go.

Sunday was Old Time Fiddlers meeting and we had a good crowd, when special guest Marvin Davis stopped in. I was disappointed that he didn’t play music, but I enjoyed his company.

Otis Ashcraft and I danced one fast dance. Actually I made sure that a chair was close as I held to the back for a little support a few times. It feels so good to be able to dance a little.

There’s another young musician, Evan Lanier, who I am so proud of as I have watched this young man perform for several years. Evan Lanier has a band, Evan Lanier & The Bluegrass Express, which performs a lot in the northern Ohio area and at festivals. Evan is such a multi-talented musician as he plays guitar, banjo fiddle, dobro, bass, and mandolin.

Congratulations to Evan Lanier who will be joining Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers. Evan will be playing the mandolin. Larry Sparks did a show at Meadow Green Park at Clay City, and Evan played the mandolin and sang.

A few weeks ago someone asked me to write about my days of growing up at Roxana and Hot Spot (Premium) to refresh their memories. I want to make it clear that I was not raised at Hot Spot

It is no secret, my love of growing up at Roxana where I spent the first 13 years of my childhood. I recall in my childhood memories spending so much time with several older women who taught me so many values I use in my life to this day.

I remember there were several kids about my age, the Mitchells, Adams, Fraziers and of course, the Maggards. Most of all I remember the times that I spent with my grandma, Rosa Hall, and my mother, Ora Hall, going to Mill Branch School and then a few months at Kingdom Come High School. I was a freshman in high school and quit at the age of 13 years old. I’ve been gone from the mountains for almost 56 years.

Southern Ohio

So I hope this fulfills those inquiring minds that have been so interested in what is going on. I will keep you updated so just keep reading.

It amazes me after all the years of living in the Harrison area the many people who have settled here and in surrounding areas from the small towns of Letcher County, especially from the Roxana, Kingscreek, Linefork, and Whitesburg and surrounding areas I recall Hamilton being called Hamil-tuck as so many came to Hamilton to work at Armco and other places of employment.

It always brings me much comfort and pleasure to be able to tell the story time and again of how my life has come full circle by knowing the Calihan family who knew my great-grandparents, Will and Nance Coots from Big Branch; my grandparents, Ben and Betty Adams and Alec and Rosa Hall from Roxana; and my parents, Clayton and Ora Adams Hall, after all these years; my children, and grandchildren.

I hope sometime soon I can get my great-grandchildren together so Johnny and Ann Calihan will meet them.

I finally felt up to calling Les and Pat Wagner to tease them about my quick trip to the mountains. Les and Pat have caught a virus so they haven’t felt much like traveling.

The Wagners are both on the mend, and Johnny and Ann Calihan are enjoying having their daughter Sue Wagner spending a week or so with them.

Sue is having some issues so she wasn’t able to drive from South Carolina. Sue caught a plane and her husband Tom Wagner drove in to be with his parents, as they are having some health issues.

During my recent trip to the mountains, we stopped at Food City and I bought a round ball of margarine to bring home with me. I wanted to experiment with something.

I let the margarine soften in a bowl, then put a little buttermilk in it along with a dab of Carnation canned milk. ,I mixed it all together to a smooth consistency, and it tasted so much like Mom’s real cow butter that she made when I was a child. I could not believe the taste.

Saturday night, Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers performed at the Opry Barn in Metamora, Ind. They did a great show as usual. Old Time Fiddlers member Bill Gabbard & the Front Porch Pickers, a house band, opened for Ma & the Slippers. Bill’s group did a great job.

This was my first time to attend the Opry Barn in Metamora. Vicki Power was too tired to go with me, so I made this venture by myself.

Oma Hatton, I am doing a little better. I am sorry I haven’t called to check on you. Time gets away from me so swiftly.

When you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standard not lower yourself in filth and get in a bed of quagmire with other people. An old ash cat can roll in the ashes and dust itself off, but it is still nothing but an old ash cat.

Live your life as if it may be your last day as we really do not know if it is or not, we aren’t promised tomorrow. Tell your children, your parents and friends how much you care about them, and of all things please don’t let petty arguments keep you apart. It really doesn’t matter who is right or wrong.

There’s no use standing beside that loved ones’ caskets and saying I love you when they can’t hear, nor can they see that beautiful bunch of flowers that is sitting next to them.

Until next time, Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio 45030.



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