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Mountain women featured in New York Times article



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We got another honorable mention in The New York Times. Statistics are showing an incredible shift in the workforce in Letcher County. Women are the majority of the workforce and many ladies are returning to school. As mining jobs declined women have moved into breadwinning positions and are helping support the households. As a result there is a kind of a cultural shift in dynamics in mountain households. Women are having more say in the affairs of the families they are providing for. The women in this article are close to my heart and I feel proud of their progress even though they have always been awesome ladies. I recommend it for your reading pleasure. To find it just Google the article called “In Coal Country, the Mines Shut Down, the Women Went to Work and the World Quietly Changed.”

You may also type in this link: www.nytimes.com/2019/09/14/us/appalachia coal-women-work-. html?smid=nytcore-iosshare& fbclid=IwAR363l.

Campbell Roberts, the journalist, hung out with us at the center for a few weeks and did his research and interviews.

I think he did a very fine job of telling the stories. The article has beautiful photography too. We look good in this article for a change. The problems are alluded to but they do not overshadow the good things that are happening here. They show that though the “gravy train” of coal has pulled out, our people are by no means idle and the women are kicking butt around here. We are grateful for the care taken by the journalist and the photographer to help put our best foot forward.

It is so easy to let the naysayers get you down. Therefore as always, we are thankful for those who support our efforts in small ways. A kind word and a little encouragement go a long way. A gift of eggs, a $20 bill, some sweets for us as we make sweets, an acknowledgement of a job well done, someone making purchases of things we know they won’t use just to support our labor of love, someone traveling from Hazard, Pike County, southwest Virginia, the guy with the weekly standing order of cinnamon rolls and hot rolls, and folks from various other places to come and eat and talk a while, the couple who show up every week on a certain night, the couple who show up anytime there is something controversial in this article to quietly convey “well said”, all the people who come to say thank you for the hate-free zone, the couple who make it better anytime they come through that door. And . . . those who pray for us. We love you guys and are grateful to you for your loving kindness and friendship. Hemphill Community Center is still open and going strong only because of these things. The quote below addresses that.

Friday Nite Supper Club: There is a 30-minute break in between usually from 7:45 to 8:15. The featured musicians play two 45-minute sets starting at 7 p.m., and ending at 9 p.m., and play a variety of genres. Aspiring musicians and veteran musicians are always welcome to show up and perform. It’s always fun to play or listen. There is no cover charge so it’s always a laidback, easy crowd to play for. Come join us in supporting local live music by local singer/picker/ songwriters while dining on good Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery foods.

We decided to place our unsold bread outside in coolers on Saturday mornings for folks to take. It will be left on the outside stage until a more suitable arrangement can be made to dispense it. This preservative-free bread will not last long in this heat. We hope folks come and take it on Saturdays before it sits too long in the heat. It will keep almost a week at room temperature. It will feed the belly and feed the soul. If you are hungry, show up early so you can get a loaf. We want you to have first pick.

Very Important Note: John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts will be meeting henceforth until further notice on Sunday evenings, 5 p.m. Master Frank Sexton, instructor.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are being held at Hemphill Community Center. We are proud to host these meeting for those on the recovery road. Meetings will be held Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m. weekly. All are welcome.

The Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum is meeting on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants are really enjoying themselves. The next scheduled workshop is Sept. 19 then next month on Oct. 10 and 24. Participants are invited to bring a laptop or tablet, and paper and pen. This is a free bimonthly workshop offered courtesy of Jo Ann Hall Osborne. For more information, call (606) 855-4463.

Halloween Safe Night will be held on Halloween night as always. Neighbors and community partners/ businesses/agencies are invited to be with us. Venders should be there by 4-5 pm. Parents/guardians should bring the children from 5-8 p.m. Event will be held rain or shine! Everyone is welcome!

You have an open invitation to come and hang out with us at the Center when you can. We have Wi-Fi now so kids and adults are better satisfied not being cut off from their electronic devices. We also have a playground and a walking track so bring the whole family for a visit. Regardless of differences in education, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or perceived differences, all are welcome and will be treated with justice and friendship. It’s a hate-free zone and you are invited!! Come and linger among friends!

Weekly Quote: Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. -Goethe

Schedule of Events:

Sept. 18: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., NA Meeting 6 p.m., Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m. Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 20: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

Sept. 22: Monthly Shape Note Singing 2 – 5 p.m., John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5 p.m., and NA Meeting 6 p.m.

Sept. 24: Senior fellowship 10 a.m.

Sept. 25: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., NA Meeting 6 p.m., and Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 26: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 27: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5 p.m., and NA Meeting 6 p.m.

Sept. 31: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

Oct. 1: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

Oct. 2: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., NA Meeting 6 p.m., Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 4: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m. and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

Oct. 6: John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5 p.m., and NA Meeting 6 p.m.

Oct. 8: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

Oct. 9: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., NA Meeting 6 p.m., Open Mic 7:00- 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 10: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m. and Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m. and Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 11: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

Oct. 13: John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5 p.m., and NA Meeting 6 p.m.

Oct. 15: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

Oct 16: Bakery open 4:30 -9 p.m., NA Meeting 6 p.m., Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 17: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m. and Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 18: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

Oct. 20: John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5 p.m. and NA Meeting 6 p.m.

Oct. 22: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

Oct. 23: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., NA Meeting 6 p.m., Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 24: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m. and Digging Up Roots Ancestry Forum 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 25: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Monthly Shape Note Singing 2 – 5 p.m., and John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5 p.m. and NA Meeting 6 p.m.

Oct. 29: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

Oct. 30: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., NA Meeting 6 p.m., Open Mic 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 31: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Halloween Safe Night

Nov. 1: Bakery open 4:30 – 9 p.m., and Friday Nite Pickin’ Supper Club 7 p.m.

Nov. 3: John Ng’s Four Seasons Martial Arts 5 p.m., and NA Meeting 6 p.m.

Nov 5: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

Friday Nite Pickin’: Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment. Inclement weather policy: Watch for cancellations on Facebook two hours before scheduled events.

Hemphill Community Center/ Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery, 2514 HWY 317, Jackhorn, KY 41825.

A merry heart makes a good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

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