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Shape Note Singing featured on Nov. 25

Go to our Facebook pages for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center or www.facebook.com/Hemphillblacksheep.

Happy Thanksgiving from Hemphill Community Center and Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery!!!

Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery has been taking orders for our bread products to add to your Thanksgiving feast. Sharon’s School House Rolls are the most requested of our offerings. The goods will be ready for pick up Wednesday, Nov. 21, evening and Thursday, Nov. 22, morning before 11 am. You can always place orders by calling (971)86SHEEP, (971)8674337, or order on Messenger!

We can now take credit and debit cards. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover!

A big shout out to all our generous volunteers and supporters. The center and its work would not exist without you. You are such a blessing! You rock!!!

History says in 1621 the Pilgrims and the Native Americans shared a feast in celebration of the harvest. I have always been fascinated to think they did that.

I grew up with cowboy and Indian movies wherein the natives were depicted mostly as savages bent on destroying, raiding, and looting the poor settlers who were battling for their lives heroically, only to later learn of the victimization of the native people who were at first so benevolent to newcomers to these shores.

I grew into young adulthood and read “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown and many other works of that caliber. My eyes were opened to the lies we had been taught from the history books. It was during those days I began to realize the power of the quill or pen. Today we live in the information age where it is no longer what is written down and printed but what we watch and listen to.

As I drove to work this morning I listened to two different news organizations with two different views on the immigrant caravan. I always listen and weigh evidence and at the end of thinking it over I am not one bit closer to knowing who or what is really at the bottom of it all. It is perplexing!!!

Accusations are hurled across the aisle and it perpetuates the “us against them” mentality that is widespread between the left and the right. There is big money and power at stake for both sides. I believe we are the peons in the middle.

For the most part we Letcher Countians have always just kept our heads down and just kept on working. We have felt so wronged by the past that we didn’t feel we had a voice. We have been railroaded as a people while simultaneously the coal trains hauled the wealth out leaving us standing in the dust of its wake. Then when the government decided to wage its war on coal we were the ones who suffered.

We have pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps and we are still standing. We have never gone down without a fight. As we rebuild on ground that is not so shifting, it is tough to sift through the ashes of what was and try to reach for something new as we are still rejoicing for each coal train and coal truck we see loaded with the honest labor of our own people.


The props were knocked out from under us for a while and although we may not see coal production as it once was it is still a viable resource in our county. I don’t think we need to put our eggs all in one basket anymore. I think it was a hard lesson but one learned nevertheless. Yes, let’s mine the coal but let’s also work on self-reliance and selfsufficiency too. We need a diversified economy. For example, large offices require office supply stores. Construction companies require lumber yards. Families require grocery stores, etc.

We have noticed Black Sheep Bakery has that sort of “ trickle down” even though we are just getting things rolling and building steam.

We fire the oven with hardwood like hickory, ash, oak, and beech. The wood is bought from local people, who cut the wood on local land.

Supplies are mostly purchased locally with the exception of a few things. As a result, folks who work in local businesses frequent our place and spend their hard earned dollars with us.

Jobs are being made for local people and marketable skills are being learned.

We purchase locally harvested veggies, maple syrup, honey, and fruit as available.

It’s a beautiful thing and though we may be small we are having an impact. In addition to the things mentioned above, we are paying the utilities and expenses at the center to make possible the outreach and vision fulfillment.

Volunteers are working like beavers and counting it a privilege to do so. Come see for yourself soon!

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 and visit us.

It’s a hate free zone and you are invited!! Come and linger among friends!!

Weekly Quote: Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music. -William Stafford

Schedule of Events:

Nov. 21: Black Sheep Bakery open 5-9 p.m. for pick up of special orders only

Nov. 22: Black Sheep Bakery open till 11 a.m. for pick up of special orders only. Closed Thanksgiving evening.

Nov. 23: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m..

Friday Night Pickin’ w/ the Right Fork Ramblers 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 24: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 25: Shape Note Singing 2-5 p.m.

Nov. 27 : Senior Fellowship 10 a.m.

John Ng’s Martial Arts 5:30

Nov. 29: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 30: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Night Pickin w/ Sunrise Ridge at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 1: Black Sheep Bakery opens at 4:30 p.m.

Friday Nite Pickin’: Children get in free when accompanied by an adult. Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment.

Inclement weather policy: Check our Facebook page for cancellations. Cancellations will be posted at least 2 hours before any scheduled events.

For more information on events and catering: (971)-86-SHEEP, (971) 867- 4337.

Hemphill Community Center is located at the old Hemphill Grade School building at 2514 Hwy 317, Jackhorn, KY 41825.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:21-23

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