News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County


with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all!
Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day. The sun was shining, and the sky was light blue with white, puffy clouds. It was hotter but not as humid.
This week is supposed to be cooler with minimal chance of rain. Now, that is good news to many including us, but it does mean more watering of our garden. We had bloom rot on our squash, and we read where we can dilute powdered milk and give the plant some calcium nutrition. We are hoping that will help. We have not had our soil tested. If we are going to raise crops, we may have to do that. Daddy used to put some fertilizer and lime where he planted. We did not think about that.
We are hoping to have some things from our garden. Time will tell. We have seen more clover and honeybees this year than we have seen in a long time. Honeybees are ‘hogging’ our hummingbird feeder. We need to get another feeder.
We went to the Henderson Farmer’s Market Friday. There was a lot of people there. We got some tomatoes, peaches and raw honey, and I splurged and got a pint of apple pie jelly. Yum! I know it will be delicious on a hot buttered biscuit. Friday was very busy in town. I like to see activity in the town. Our church is still on restrictions as I know others are. The report on Covid-19 shows numbers increasing. I would social distance and wear a mask when out, but each to their own.
Happy birthday to Eunice Rouse, 6-13; Marie Bishop, 6-14; Marla Newman, 6-16; and Lisa Bray, 6-17.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Lynn Allen, Denise Armstrong, Brinson Biggs, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Maverick Butler, Leon Carroll, Faye Connor, Diane Cross, Kristen Daniel and family, Joie Freeman, Stephanie Hatch, Johnny Hays, Ann Hinson, Braelyn Ellis, Jeremy Ellis, Carol Hames, Danny Jones, Sue Lewis, Nancy McCaskill, Nancy Morris, LaVelle Page, MaryAnn Priddy, Pam Priddy, Donald and Doris Rowlett, Doris Sells, Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Kristi Taylor, Sue Williams, Adam Wise, all those affected by the virus and the Mike Ross family. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those. Even if you do not know their name, God does.
“Offer up Your Worries” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “We have a choice each morning; and often, I choose wrong/I choose to do things by myself; and forget the ‘One’ who’s strong/I wake up in an anxious mood and decide to fight the day/when all along I forget to lean on God; and start to pray/Sometimes things seem so helpless; and a purpose can’t be found/I try to do things on my own; and ignore the help around/I need to just remember – that before I’m out of bed/to close my eyes and pray to God – and use His strength instead/I tell myself this often-then, I always slip away/I need to promise, heart and soul…to do this Every day/On those days I still don’t seem to feel the change I need/God knows just what the future holds; and guides me to succeed/Don’t ever feel you have to carry all your pains alone/There’s just a greater Power that has always seen and known/just hand your worries up to Him; and never take them back/God knows the troubles hurting you – He’ll give you what you lack.”
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at We are not answering numbers we do not recognize due to the high number of robocalls. I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.

Until next week, Happy Trails to You.