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Recreation center reopens for exercise

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AL and LYN BATES

AL and LYN BATES

As I write this column tonight from Mom’s house, I look out her French doors at all her birdfeeders covered with many types of birds and it brings to mind the Bible verses in Matthew 6 that say, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” I try to call this to mind whenever I have to watch the news with her. I have stopped watching it at my house. I don’t know which one to believe anymore and it’s all just so depressing.

There is just so much unrest right now in our country and it’s hard not to focus on it. Our pastor, Bill Jones, has had some really good sermons here lately trying to help us realize how we can survive through all this chaos with God on our side. We are meeting on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. following all the rules by social distancing and wearing masks. Also, we do not have any congregational singing nor does the choir sing. It’s different, but like I said before, I feel more comfortable there than in the stores.

Kyle and Brandy Smith with their children Conner and Hallie Smith

Kyle and Brandy Smith with their children Conner and Hallie Smith

Also, looking through all these pictures from my Aunt Pearl Noble’s collection has made me realize what a special heritage we have. I don’t just mean from our ancestors, but also from this place we call eastern Kentucky. I’m so glad Mom and Dad didn’t stay in Portsmouth, Va., where he was stationed in the Navy. Both of them were so homesick and wanted to get back home just as soon as he was discharged.

One of the pictures that was in Auntie’s collection was of Maney Hatton. This was Oma Howard Hatton’s brother-in-law. He had his legs hurt in a rock fall in the Marlowe mines in 1958.

We’ve had some really good news about Mom’s sister, Linda Joyce Pennington Hall. She has been transferred from the WARH back to the Letcher Manor Nursing Home. Her blood count improved dramatically. Laney Webb also is making progress. She was able to ring the cancer free bell again. We are praying for her to be able to come home soon.

Peanut (Irvin) Napier, Teb (Everett) Hall, Marshel Tacket taken at the Fillin’ Station at Marlowe Coal Camp

Peanut (Irvin) Napier, Teb (Everett) Hall, Marshel Tacket taken at the Fillin’ Station at Marlowe Coal Camp

I was actually able to go back to the Letcher County Recreational Center last week. It was absolutely wonderful. Not crowded at all. They give you a spray bottle of antiseptic and a cloth to clean the equipment you use before and after. I noticed all the other people there following these rules. I was there both times in the evening. I know some of the people that usually walked in the mornings have been there and say it isn’t crowded at all. I hope this continues to stay open. I also hope how fast the Letcher County Senior Citizens can start meeting again. I know that will probably be one of the last things they open back up and understandably so. I got to talk to one of our favorite seniors, Lizzie Mae Wright, Monday evening. I called and we got caught up on all kinds of stuff. It was so good to hear her voice.

The Letcher County Farmer’s Market also opened last Saturday, June 6. I saw all kinds of pictures on Facebook Saturday from people that were there. This will continue Saturday mornings from 9 to 12.

Maney Hatton and Charles Noble at Jenkins Lake

Maney Hatton and Charles Noble at Jenkins Lake

Two birthdays I wanted to mention are Ted Adams and Samantha Oaks Rick, both on June 4. Two wedding anniversaries that were mentioned were Kyle and Brandy Smith on the 7th and Al and Lyn Watts Bates on the 4th.

Please remember in your prayers the family of Squire Watts. He passed away last week. Also, please remember our pastor, Bill Jones, and his family in the loss of their son Bobby Jones almost four years ago.

If your church is having services online and you are able to watch these, I’m sure you would be appreciated. We still have ours on Wednesday and Sunday night online. I pray how soon all this virus stuff is over and we can get back to our inside meetings.

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