As I write this column this evening, I am here staying with Mom until Tuesday, so I am in the same house I grew up in.
We moved here in January of 1962. Within a few days our family connected with our neighbors. One of those families lived two houses above us. It was the family of Dennis and Alpha Profitt. At that time, they too had five children, also four girls and a boy, Joyce Sue Baker, Phyllis Campbell, Velma Lee Caldwell, Teresa Glispie, and Wayne Profitt. Mom and Alpha also became good friends. Us children were together just about every day, especially during the summer months. Alpha later had another girl, Rebecca, and she and my baby sister Delores became good friends.
We still keep up with each other even though we have grown up and scattered throughout Kentucky and Virginia. Alpha turned 90 Sunday, Dec. 13. She has had Alzheimer’s for quite some time now and is in Letcher Manor Nursing Home. Her three daughters that still live in Letcher County, Joyce, Teresa, and Becky, were able to see her through the nursing home window. They all love her so much and are looking forward to the time they will once again be able to go in and see her.
If you haven’t been through Main Street in Whitesburg in the last week you need to make a special trip just to see all the Christmas decorations. I haven’t had a chance yet, but I plan to this week. I want to see the library windows for sure. I saw pictures on Facebook of Tyler Watts’s last spectacular creations. I want to see them at night with the lights behind them. I know the pictures on Facebook don’t do them justice. I also saw them on the evening news Monday. Tyler did a great job explaining how his students were involved in all this. He is a teacher at Letcher.
I had a wonderful math teacher at Colson Consolidated School in the sixth through the eighth, too. His name was Bill Whitaker. He is the one that got me hooked on math. One time when he was giving back our tests, he made a comment that I will never forget. He said, “One student in this class actually gets it, she understands what math is all about.” I think the test was dealing with fractions and decimals. That was way before students had to start dealing with algebra in middle school. I feel sorry for them now. I don’t think they spend near enough time on the skills they will actually use later on in life.
If anyone needs a good 2021 calendar, the Letcher County Extension office has theirs available now. We usually received ours through the Letcher County Senior Citizens Program. Nannette Banks would present a program once a month from a recipe listed in the calendars. They are Food and Nutrition Calendars and can be picked up at the Extension office in the white box with glass door by the front door. If you are not able to pick one up during work hours, please let them know and we can leave you one in the publication box at the bottom of the hill. If you all have accessibility to Facebook the Extension office has so much going on and you can find it on their page.
Th also have some YouTube videos on how to cut up a deer and other wild game. We always cut ours up ourselves, but we have never made jerky and that’s one thing I want to try this year. I have all kinds of good recipes and even a dehydrator, so all that is left is the initiative.
Also, the Letcher County Conservation Office has the Farmers calendars available at the office. The only way to farm by the signs requires you have this calendar on the wall. Hurry now! Supplies are limited. Again, the 2021 Farmers Calendars are available and free to all. Call 606-633-4448 for more information.
I also came across this while on their Facebook page. Are you struggling to pay past due balances on your water, sewer, gas, or electric bills due to COVID-19? If so, the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund provides relief to Kentuckians, but WILL EXPIRE DECEMBER 31, 2020. Act now! The application is simple to complete but you must call 800-456-3452 or visit Community Action of Kentucky at: www.capky.org/covid-19-resources/.
Okay, for the birthdays I found. Of course as I mentioned before, Alpha Profitt had a birthday on the 13th as did Billie Sue Howard, (wife of Cecil Howard), and our very own LKD (famous radio announcer). Kathy Quillen on the 14th, Robyn Sexton, Brandi Pennington Allman, and Arletta Adams on the 15th. Teresa Noble Pease will celebrate her birthday on the 16th and Mavis Eldridge Brown and Donna Banks on the 17th. Wow, that means next week will be Christmas week. I just can’t believe it. I have some very special prayer requests this week for people that are dear to my heart. One of my former students, Keaton Hall, is suffering with Crohn’s disease and is having so much pain. Please remember him. He is one of the most considerate people that I know. Also, my brother-in-law Ricky Mason’s brother-in-law, Stevie Meade has cancer and his whole family would appreciate your prayers. Then, there’s Ray Smith suffering with complications after having a knee replaced. He sings in the gospel group, Master’s Harmony, along with my sister Charlene Mason, Ronnie Maggard and Marvin Boggs. Preacher Bill Craft and his wife June also desire your prayers. She is recovering from COVID-19. Also, their daughter Billie June Richardson will be going to the doctor again to try for the stem cell transplant into her ankle. And as always remember those that have lost loved ones. This week my nephew’s wife, Chasity Mason, lost her grandfather Billy Sexton. He had fallen and broken a hip and passed away Sunday morning. I know I have mentioned this almost every week, but my heart breaks for my pastor, Bill Jones, and his whole family in the loss of their son, Bobby. Just pray God will send them comfort during the process of this upcoming trial. I understand there are still those that have a problem with fellowshipping physically at a church. I want to let you know we are definitely social distancing and wearing our masks at Letcher Independent Baptist. We do not shake hands or even touch. I do elbow bump the pastor and Arthur Christon and long for the day we can shake hands again. Arthur and I have our very own special handshake because we are soul brother and sister. I pray each of you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior before it’s too late.