Very Berry Crazy
It's funny how some notions will suddenly take root and regardless how hard one attempts to shake the idea, it won't go away. And once the contemplation is given any sort of notice and consideration, it takes off like wild fire.
Early this spring while I was minding my own business, blueberry bushes entered my mind. Perhaps I'd heard them mentioned in a conversation, or maybe I'd seen them advertised somewhere; but however I'd got them in my noggin, they kind of got stuck there. I was never a fan of blueberries, but Doug and the kids enjoy them in muffins and pancakes along with nibbling on them fresh. I then got to pondering the fact that if one had bushes that bore well, not only could I can them for future baking, but also turn them into preservatives and WINE! Yes, I'd have to admit, once the idea of wine got tossed into the mix and knowing how easy it was to make such a concoction, I decided to look into the matter further.
Once online and found a site I liked, I not only found blueberry bushes, but a cherry bush. I didn't even know there was such a thing, but there it was; Nankings, a hedge of sorts that was lucky to get nine feet tall and produced a slightly tart cherry good enough for pies or eating straight. Intrigued, I went further in my search and stumbled upon raspberry bushes. I thought their prices were pretty good, but when I found that everything was on sale, I got rather eager to make an order. However, even with the awesome sale, we didn't have the means to be buying berry bushes, but that didn't dampen my hopefulness because there's this thing called investors. I posted my desire for berry bushes on Facebook and offered anyone who was interested a hearty supply of wine and preservatives (once the bushes bore) if they could provide the cash needed for a small order.
I landed two investors in the same day and was quick to place that order. I got eight blueberry bushes, three cherry bushes and three raspberry bushes. Soon after, I received a message from a friend who had raspberry bushes taking over an area of her garden and I was welcome to help myself to as many starts as I wanted. I kind of wished I hadn't bought the raspberries then and had put that money towards more cherries, but too late for that. Anyhow, it would be nice to have a variety I suppose.
Awhile later when I called the nursery to make a change in the shipping address, I found out that for every cherry bush order placed, one received three bushes. I got kind of giddy when I realized that I actually had nine coming instead of just three. Oh boy!!!
When the bushes arrived, I got them all planted as soon as I could. Most of them took well in spite of one spindly raspberry bush getting nibbled on by a pesky rabbit, and a blueberry bush getting plowed over by some excited dogs.
Once they were all in the ground we had time to go dig up those free raspberry bushes at our friend's place. The only thing that kept me from digging up half her patch was the fact that they all had to be carried a half mile in. So I kept it to eight measly little plants. I was also offered some walking blackberry bushes. I already had my ten Ark Freedom black berries that I'd gotten last year after selling poor Gus the hedgehog, but who could have too many black berry bushes when wine could be made from them. I dug up three.
It was a job getting them lugged over the hill home, and I'm afraid they got jostled a fair bit, but it looks like half of them are going to make it. These I planted up the hill from the cabin in a clearing so they'd be free to spread as much as they so desired. I ought to call the area Wine Hill.
Along with all these berry bushes are my strawberries. The ones Steve gave us are doing very well and are sprouting off little babies alarmingly fast. He told me they would but it sounded too good to be true. And despite the rough experience the plants underwent that I dug up from father-in-law Larry's patch, about three quarters of them were determined enough to survive and are now beginning to look happy and are springing off little babies of their own. I made a bunch of permanent beds for them to sprawl out in and have built some more for future offspring.
At one point as I was excitedly showing Doug how well some of the strawberry plants were doing, he pointed out how berry crazy I'd gone. I laughed and said we needed to call our place something that had to do with berries, which eventually was jokingly dubbed the Fruit Loop Farm.
So, if all goes well and it be the Good Lord's will, in two years we should be getting lots and lots of berries and I'll be going daffy canning it all. Just think of the endless possibilities. Berry pie filling, canned berries for muffins and pancakes, jellies and jams, straight juice for berry-ing up our homemade lemonade and wine .lots and lots of wine!
And this is only the beginning! Grapes are next along with a supposedly bigger and better blueberry bush called the Ka-Bluey. Evidently they give a nice size berry that has a tinge of raspberry taste. They go for $30 a bush, but I'll bet I can get them on sale at some point next spring if I can land me some more investors. And did you know that it is possible to grow cranberries in Missouri?!?! I've already got a plot picked out for them and have notions of starting their beds this fall. So if anyone is interested in investing in this fruit loop farm of ours, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk berries, amounts, prices and wine! I'm most eager to not only keep ourselves in a good supply of berry goodies, but to bless others with them as well.
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Emberlyn Rose Cash
Nathanial and Samantha Cash, Mountain View, are the parents of a baby girl, Emberlyn Rose, born July 4 at 11:34 PM at OMC. She weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Ryli, 4, and Landen, 1. Grandparents are Sheryl Pummill, Birch Tree; Randy Day, Mountain View; Allen and Christi Clarke, Mountain View; and Jimmy Cash, Louisville, KY
The Annual Carter County Festival will be Saturday, July 22nd, in downtown Van Buren, starting at 8 AM. For more information on how to reserve a booth, register for the Fun Float or sign up for the Flea Market to Fabulous competition visit www.cartercountyfestival.com, call 573-323-4418 or email email@example.com.
MU Extension would like to thank the many local businesses and partners contributing to the Festival.
MU Extension programs are open to all.
See you at the Fest!
Saturday - July 15
Summersville Youth Center
Startin at Noon
Free weekly clinics at Current River State Park, south of Salem, will be June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4 from 10 AM-4 PM. To register or for questions, call (573) 751-1224 or (573)323-4235.
35 acres of hay FREE for the cutting. Call (573) 226-3931 or (573) 226-3836. 7/5
The Winona Church of God of Prophecy will have VBS Monday-Friday, July 17-21 from 6-8:30 PM for ages 3-12. Everyone welcome.
Pioneer Baptist Church, Birch Tree, will have VBS Monday-Thursday, July 17-20, 6-8:30 PM. Kickoff and sign up at the cookout and pool party at 4:30 PM, Sunday, July 16-Wayside Park Mtn. View. Everyone welcome.
Health Center Welcomes Dr. Brubaker
The Shannon County Health Center and Home Health Agency is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Rhoda Brubaker as a full-time Physical Therapist for the agency effective July 1.
Brubaker has partnered with the agency since 1998, providing therapy services for Shannon County and other area agencies through contract agreements. Coming onboard as a full-time employee will ensure that the patients of the Shannon County Home Health Agency will always have top-notch physical therapy services available to them.
Kandra Counts, Administrator, feels that Brubaker's education and experience is going to be a huge asset for the agency. Brubaker started her career with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Physical Education and moved on to get her Masters in Physical Therapy. In May of 2016 she completed her lengthy education, becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
"We plan on using this great opportunity to share with everyone, not only Dr. Brubaker's services, but her vast knowledge as well," reports Counts. "We really want to get out in the community and talk to people about how they can improve their health and how we can assist them. It really excites me to think that we can make a difference in their lives."
The Shannon County Home Health Agency has been providing services to homebound patients in Shannon County and portions of Texas and Reynolds Counties since 1967. If you have a health condition that makes it difficult for you to leave your home and your doctor feels a need for skilled nursing or physical therapy services, give the Shannon County Home Health Agency a call at 573-226-3911 or 877-226-3911.
If you have been hospitalized, it can sometimes be difficult to get your home health services referred to your local nurses and therapists. However, Medicare regulations require the hospital to give you a choice and abide by your wishes. If you have any problems during the discharge process, we will be glad to help you out. For more information, call 573-226-3914 or 573-226-3911.
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By Rick Mansfield
Letters to the Editor!
Hello Citizens of Eminence Missouri. It's hard to imagine but it's that time of year again. Ministerial Alliance needs your help with donations of ANY AMOUNT towards purchasing school supplies for the kids. i know it's been a rough few months for our community this year but our kids need us. Our "Back to School Fair" which is July 29th is very beneficial in helping our families and teachers offset the expense of supplies for our kids.
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As of this date, June 30th, there has been no final draft of the new healthcare bill presented to the Senate for a vote. Yet, there are those who openly say how bad it is, and how they are going to fight against it.
These people must have a crystal ball, for even the Senate doesn't know just what the final bill will contain. To say you are against something before you know what it is seems like a child saying they don't like a certain food, even though they have never tasted it.
WHS Alumni News
SCMCAA's ENERGY DIRECTOR, TODD RICHARDSON ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION after 16 years of working at South Central Missouri Community Action Agency.
"South Central Missouri Community Action Agency (SCMCAA) is a private not-for-profit Community Action Agency serving the counties of Butler, Carter, Dent, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon and Wayne. It has been both an honor and privilege to work at SCMCAA in serving the less fortunate and needy. In many regards, my work will not change from what I have been doing these past 16 years. I intend to be fully engaged in the local communities in Texas County, Missouri and beyond."
Staff gathered on Wednesday, June 28th at the agency's administrative office in Winona to wish Todd and his family the very best in their new chapter of life as a full time evangelist, both ministering in church services and in outreach to the communities of Texas County, Missouri. Cake and punch was enjoyed by all with lots of reminiscing of memories during past years. Ann Smith, Executive Director also presented Todd with a plaque of appreciation for his tireless efforts and service during the past 16 years.
Area Church News
Jack's Fork Country Church
Birch Tree Assembly of God
Come join us at the "pretty church with the blue cross on top," located in Eminence just west of Highways 19 & 106. Sunday worship service is at 10 AM. Sunday School will resume in the fall.
We receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we are told in Pastor David's sermon "Second Class Christians," in his continuing series. There are 'religionists' who are Christian in mind but not in heart. The 2nd class Christian lives for himself, the first class lives for Jesus, abandoning the worldly and embracing the spiritual. Look at how the Christian lives. As a good tree bears fruit, thus you will know a Christian by their fruits.
Our Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:1, "Brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ." Ashlin Brewer gave both the 1st and 2nd Scripture readings, Galatians 5:13-26 and 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 and 16-20.
Young Reagan Wentz, granddaughter of David and Paula, was a very poised candlelighter. Her mother, Becky, while holding baby Cambrie, sang the beautiful "Peace Speaker" to the congregation.
It was a joy having Becky Wentz and daughters here from Elkins, West Virginia, for a visit while husband Jeremiah and sons are on a mission trip to the inner city in Buffalo, New York.
We sang Happy Birthday to Sandy Dillard.
Jim and Edibeth Ross are recovering from hospital stays. Windy Smith is due to have surgery, Merle Phillips is not well, and Margaret (Copeland) Jones is in the hospital at Poplar Bluff, husband Carl Jones also unwell, as well as Sharon Newman needing our prayers. We also remember the families of Calvin Crider and Draven Pritchett in their sorrow. Pastor David thanked Crystal Chilton for doing the bulletin duties in Edibeth's absence.
Area Church News
To start our service today, we had a baptism. Mr. Wesley Gooding was baptized into the kingdom of God. The angels rejoiced as one more soul chose to give their heart to Jesus and make him Lord over all.
What a beautiful day it was to be in the house of the Lord. This week our church will undergo a transformation like none other as we begin to decorate for VBS. The church will be turned into a solar system as our children attend "Galactic Starveyors" which is the theme for VBS this year. Our Scripture is Colossians 1:15-16; Our motto is "Searching the visible, Discovering the Invisible"; our beginning date is July 17- 20 from 6-8:30. Next Sunday night, the 16th, from 6:30-7:30 is the kick-off with waterslides, ice cream sundae bar, Registration and Fun!
Friday, the 21st, will be family night at the new ball park with bounce houses, rock wall, fellowship and hot dogs for all. Come and join the fun all week!
Activities: July 11th, Ladies Prayer at 1 PM; July 12th, youth group 6-8 PM. Bible study and Prayer meeting at 6:30; decorating for VBS will be Monday thru Wednesday at 6 this week; July 30th, there will be a class on "Discovering Church Life" 101 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM; July 30th also, there will be a 5th Sunday sing beginning at 6 with dessert fellowship following in the basement.
There was not anyone willing to admit a birthday but the McGregors celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to the McGregors.
Today's breakfast was furnished by Carolyn Carr, next Sunday is Marie Johnson's turn. We are in need of at least four more people to volunteer for breakfast duty, see Judy Titus for more details. This week's special music was by Elizabeth and Josh Wellinghoff. Next week's special music is by Joy Gail Cox, we always love hearing her sing.
Pastor Paul and Laurie have finally been able to move into their new home and they had a house full of company this past week to help christen their new home. Since Pastor Paul had so much company they decided to earn their dinner by preaching for us! His nephew, Allan Huang brought the morning message and his son Josh brought the evening message.
Baby Dailey #3 will be arriving soon, at least within the next couple of weeks and we are welcoming the little one in with a diaper shower. The table is in the foyer!
Our prayer list is lengthy this week: Pritchett family, John Thomas, Weston Pulliam, Uriah Duncan, Colt Spurgin, Charlotte Kay, David Smith, Calvin Crider family, Kim Hoffman, Wesley Gooding, Louise Johnson and the Dailey family with the birth of their baby. A special prayer request goes out to our young children going to church camp this week: Drew Bressler, Morgan Ipock and Koda McCall.
If you haven't a church home come worship with us on Sunday morning at 9:45 for Sunday school, 10:45 for worship service, Sunday evening at 6:30 and Wednesday evening at 6:30.
We can always use extra volunteers for VBS. Just show up and you will be put to work!
Eminence Assembly of God
Mt. View Baptist
Area Church News
We enjoyed a great day of fellowship and rejoicing at West Eminence Christian on Sunday. Joel and Julie Bates and family were our greeters today.
Roger Smith and the Bluegrass Worship Team led us in songs; Hold to God's Unchanging Hand, Unclouded Day, Shall We Gather at the River, and Where Could I Go but to the Lord.
Noel Orchard led our communion devotion with thoughts about the tools we use to make a trip; map, GPS, road signs etc. The road to heaven all hinges on Jesus and our faith in Him.
Prayer needs include Louise Johnson, Sherry Slattery, Margie Jones, family of Draven Prichett, and Vergie Banks.
We shared praises regarding Jean McConnell, Joyce McAfee and that Kelly and Carter Blackburn were baptized into Christ this past week.
Bro. Allen's message came from I John 5:13-21. It emphasizes the confidence that we can have to know that in Jesus we have eternal life. This gives us confidence to love as Jesus loved-with forgiveness and with service and with welcome. And it gives us confidence to ask in prayer believing that we will receive whatever we ask according to the will of God.
We rejoice with Caleb Bates and Cassy Lyon who confessed Christ and were baptized on Sunday morning. We pray these young people will grow in their faith and faithfully serve the Lord.
We have camps this week and next at Rock Garden. If you are a youth or a special needs person, check on the camp possibilities.
Fellowship Tabernacle, West Eminence
Women of Faith
Winona Assembly of God
Winona Baptist 7/2/17 What a blessing it is to serve the Lord in the land of the Free. There
is no other nation like America. What made America great? The answer to
keep America a great nation doesn't start at the White House, it starts at
Our House. Through prayer, God gave us the freedom in this great nation,
but freedom is not free. Our service men and women lay down their lives on
the battlefield every day to keep our nation free, as do our police
officers, fire fighters and other civil workers. More so now than ever
before. We need to lift them up in prayer every day, and pray for one
another. Brother Nick's message today was from Proverbs 14:34, Righteousness
exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Psalm 33:12,
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His
inheritance." It is obvious, isn't it, that we have come a long way from the faith
and heritage of our Founding Fathers? They were the ones who proclaimed,
in the Declaration of Independence, that our rights come from God; that
men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that
among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In a sense,
the basic framework of our country grew out of this concept. Of God given
rights. But, take God out, as so many have tried to do, and we are left
with a nation whose freedoms stem from nothing more than the whims of
those in power, a concept the framers of our constitution absolutely
rejected. God has blessed America because right makes might. I believe that God
has blessed America because Christians in this country are trying to carry
out the Great Commission. Please keep Draven Pritchett's family and all the other little children
that is sick in prayer. These children need a miracle that only God can
do. Our prayers also go out to the Dallas Thompson family. Happy Birthday Willard Osborne and Jesse Rainbolt-July 9, Joey
Wood-July 11, Casey Smith and Susan Rainbolt-July 15. Wish you all many
more. Sunday School-10 AM, Worship Service-11 AM. Have a blessed week. God
What a blessing it is to serve the Lord in the land of the Free. There is no other nation like America. What made America great? The answer to keep America a great nation doesn't start at the White House, it starts at Our House. Through prayer, God gave us the freedom in this great nation, but freedom is not free. Our service men and women lay down their lives on the battlefield every day to keep our nation free, as do our police officers, fire fighters and other civil workers. More so now than ever before. We need to lift them up in prayer every day, and pray for one another.
Brother Nick's message today was from Proverbs 14:34, Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance."
It is obvious, isn't it, that we have come a long way from the faith and heritage of our Founding Fathers? They were the ones who proclaimed, in the Declaration of Independence, that our rights come from God; that men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In a sense, the basic framework of our country grew out of this concept. Of God given rights. But, take God out, as so many have tried to do, and we are left with a nation whose freedoms stem from nothing more than the whims of those in power, a concept the framers of our constitution absolutely rejected.
God has blessed America because right makes might. I believe that God has blessed America because Christians in this country are trying to carry out the Great Commission.
Please keep Draven Pritchett's family and all the other little children that is sick in prayer. These children need a miracle that only God can do. Our prayers also go out to the Dallas Thompson family.
Happy Birthday Willard Osborne and Jesse Rainbolt-July 9, Joey Wood-July 11, Casey Smith and Susan Rainbolt-July 15. Wish you all many more.
Sunday School-10 AM, Worship Service-11 AM. Have a blessed week. God Bless.
Ladies Fill My Cup Fellowship
Winona Christian Church
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