News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County


with Vickie Ellis

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a good week.
There was a very slight breeze on Saturday with beautiful blue skies and lots of sun. The temperature was 88 degrees as I was writing this, but it felt like 93. This is an improvement over the previous week, but look out! The heat is coming back.
All seasons have their pros and cons, but what is spring’s? Bugs have been hungry munching on flower leaves, and spraying deters that. We mowed again this week. I had mowed the backyard on Monday, and I had to mow it again Wednesday – yuck. The rain, heat and heavy dew are doing a number on us. We will not attempt bushes until cooler weather. Looking forward to September.
The COVID virus is on the attack again as we all know. Vaccinations are increasing. I can not tell anyone what to do, but I can ask that you please use social distancing and antibacterial gel or wash your hands after visiting away from home. This will help protect you and others. Face masks are optional at this point for most. Also, please pray for all those out west from California to other states facing wildfires, loss of lives and homes. Pray for all those fighting these fires. May God keep them all safe and give them hope for the future.
I have seen there is going to be a Chester County Fair from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Aug. 28. It will be at the John and Cherrie Pipken Sports Complex. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, and presale price is $20 for 30 tickets that covers food, games and rides. This is posted as being presented by West Chester Elementary and Chester County Middle School. This was posted on a Facebook community bulletin board. I have not verified this.
Billy Joe Seaton’s fur baby Bandit had a little visitor named Holley and was not quite sure what to think. I feel sure Bandit enjoys being an “only child.”
Rachel Ellington enjoyed an 80th birthday celebration Aug. 1 with family and friends, including Sherry and Greg Utley and Conner and Sarah who drove up from Alabama. It truly made her day! 
We enjoyed a visit with Laiken, Braelyn, Braxton and Jeremy today. She is a busy little bee and as adorable as a great-grandchild can be. She has four teeth now and is a very happy child. I pray for them all to stay safe, have good health and be happy.
Happy birthday to Jeremy Ellis and Patsy Nobles Jones, 8-9; Timothy Berry, 8-10; and Pat Connor, Vance Connor and Justin Bishop, 8-11.
Happy anniversary to Bliss and Shaun Swayne, 8-8, and Nancy and David Morris, 8-14.  
Please continue to remember these in prayer Randy Baker, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, Robert and Joyce Brewer, J.T. Butler, Jackie Chambers, Nancy McCaskill, LaVelle Page, Mark Pica, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Logan Rencher, Randy Sells, Dalton Seratt, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, Charlotte Webb, Clarence Wells, Adam Wise and the family of Walter Cooper. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, those affected by COVID 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. Prayer is not an obligation; it is the greatest privilege we have. Pray yourself through each day 
“All that Matters” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “Give me words O Lord I Pray/to thank You for my life today/Keep me grounded in Your plan/avoiding all the traps of ‘man’/Nothing really matters/each night the sun has set/but the deeds I’ve done to honor You/the rest I can forget/Help me even more, Lord/when I wake up in the morn/to do the things You’ve meant me to/since the moment I was born/For in the end when time stands still/and our earth turns no more/all that really matters…is the truths that I stood for.”
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.