News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County


with Vickie Ellis

Hello to everyone! I hope it has been a good week for all. The sky was blue, and the clouds were puffy and white on Saturday. Our flowers in pots are in need of water every day, and the ones in the ground are about gone. James cut several limbs off our trees in the front yard, so now I will not get slapped when I mow. That was a HOT job. Our birds are not eating much. Guess it is the heat or maybe the front coming in. Our grass is browning out between the army worms and regular seasonal changes. We did mow and will be glad when that is over for this year. We still need to trim bushes and do things outside to prepare for cold weather. I am sure most of us are in the same boat. I am certainly looking forward to the cooler days this next week and praying the storm coming in at the gulf does not get too bad. I also hope it misses Waverly. 
We continue to hear and see updates on the situation in Afghanistan. We are very saddened by the loss of lives both civilian and military. The main thing we can do is trust in God and pray. 
Billy Joe Seaton is sure enjoying his companion Bandit. Bandit is growing and feels right at home, sitting on the floor and watching the train go around and around the tracks. I can not imagine a furbaby being that calm. Also, Brenda Seaton along with her sister Tiny Seaton-Head attended a memorial for the president of her senior high school class, Brad Sipes. Tiny lives in another state. She also was able to spend some time with family, which included a great visit with Melba Seaton. Prayers for safe travels back home.
Chelsey Baker was involved in a car accident last week which required surgery. She teaches Special Ed. in another state. The surgery went well, but she now has healing in addition to pain and wanting to get back to school with her students. This occurred just before the school year started. Please pray for healing and recovery. 
We enjoyed our fifth Sunday singing and potluck meal Sunday night at Friendship Baptist Church. Our new music director not only knows music but can also be funny.
Happy birthday to Lillie Arnold, Jessica Allen and Melvin Butler, 8-30; Gearldine Williams and Doug Priddy, 8-31; Grant Lovell, 9-1; Judy Harris, 9-3; and David Morris, 9-4.
Happy Anniversary to MaryAnn and Jimmy Priddy, 8-30; Eva and Alvin Jones, 9-1; Nona and Dwain Seaton, 9-2.
Please continue to remember these in prayer: Chelsey Baker, Randy Baker, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, Robert and Joyce Brewer, J.T. Butler, Jackie Chambers, Nancy McCaskill, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Ruth Reddin, Logan Rencher, Dwain Seaton, Jr., Randy Sells, Dalton Seratt, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, Amanda Ward, and Adam Wise. 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. 
“I firmly believe that in every situation, no matter how difficult, God extends grace greater than the hardship, and strength and peace of mind that can lead us to a place higher than where we were before.” – Andy Griffith
“WE ARE SO GRATEFUL” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “In heat you walked the dusty miles-in cold you did the same/so MANY of you helped us…and we don’t know your name/You each fought hard to keep us free and strived through haunting days. I cannot fathom all your pain…while fighting through the haze/You offered all your strength for us and witnessed horrid sights. How can we ever thank you for those years you fought the fight/All the soldiers standing firm—no matter what the cost/military HEROES through each trial and every loss/The Marines and pilots so unknown…and so many more/who bravely held our country safe while so much pain was bore/We honor you with gratefulness-but still that can’t compare/to everything you offered us- enduring wars unfair.”
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.