News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County


with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all!
I hope the week has been kind to you. The weather has definitely changed. We mowed the “acres” one more time, and leaves are beginning to fall. We have a lot that are still green, and we have a gorgeous red bush in the back near the wood line. It seems we are staying ahead of the game if we do not have a lot of rain ahead. The watermelon patch is gone. The garden patch is on its way. The last will be my flower bed. We have a trailing bush that is beautiful in the fall with bright orange berries.
I am not seeing birds at the present, but I read where they are headed our way due to all the coldness in other parts of our country. I have noticed corn fields cut, and I guess the cotton will follow. Remember: I grew up in Jackson. We did not see cotton fields. They are like big, beautiful fields of snow. I think everyone should experience farm animals and the great outdoors if at all possible. So many surprises and I still see them.
Happy birthday to our precious Great granddaughter Laiken Saige White ! She was born 10-21 at 10:45 a.m. weighing 8lb. 15oz. and is 20 in. long, She has a head full of dark hair and to say we are happy and proud of her is an understatement. We will be looking forward to every moment we get with her. Braelyn is so proud of her and loves her dearly already. Braxton is proud to be an uncle. Jeremy & Misti are also tickled with the little bundle of joy.
I do not know what to think about the COVID numbers. The media says they are going up but it seems our numbers around here are some lower. I do know that we will continue to wear our masks and take other precautions. We have had our flu shots. I do pray this virus leaves and society begins to improve. I have never known such divisiveness in our country. I wish everyone would pray, know and believe that God has EVERYTHING under control. He knows who is going to win the election already. It will be His choice. We must do our part and VOTE. I think people that portray mean and ugly things have a sick heart of hatred and evil. Praying for God to help the unrest in this country can only lead to personal peace.
Happy belated birthday to Kase King who celebrated his First birthday recently. I know you had a wonderful birthday.
Happy birthday to Ty Dyer 10-22, Jacob Barham 10-27 and Chandler Hinson 10-30
Please continue to remember these in prayer Frances Ada and Tammy, Brenda Ada, Lynn Allen, Denise Armstrong, Brinson Biggs, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Inez Cash, Diane Cross, Kristen Daniel & family, Joie Freeman, Braelyn Ellis, Danny Jones, Nancy McCaskill, LaVelle Page, Delores Perkins, Pam Priddy, Donald & Doris Rowlett, Jim Ruth, Dwain Seaton, Dwain Seaton, Jr., Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Kristi Taylor, Peggy Zimmerle, Adam Wise & the family of Jerry Ada. Also, please pray for our military , law enforcement, our country and it’s leaders, and first responders There are many sick and hurting . All those affected by the coronavirus. Please say a prayer for those, even if you don’t know their name, God does.
Caramel Apple Dip – You will need Two 11-ounce pkgs. caramels unwrapped, 1/2 c. heavy cream, 4T. unsalted butter, 2 t. vanilla extract and 4 green apples. Combine the caramels, cream butter and vanilla in a small slow cooker. Cook on low, stirring every 20 min. , until mixture is melted, about 1 hr. Core the apples and slice into eighths. Skewer the popsicle sticks into the apple slices. Dip the apple slices into the caramel sauce, letting excess drip off, then dip into the toppings of choice. For a cookies & cream flavor, coat apples with crushed cookies and chocolate sauce. For a salted caramel apple, sprinkle with chopped salted nuts and sea salt. For a sweet tale, top with crushed cereal and white chocolate chips. For a Halloween treat, break up chocolate peanut butter bars and mini-coated chocolates for dipping. For a taste like caramel apple pie, dip into brown sugar and cinnamon. Can also be made in a pot on the stove over low heat.
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 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.