News from the Henderson Community of Chester County

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with Gloria Holiday

Hello to everyone!
First things first, let us thank the Lord for allowing us to see another week and another month, September has made its arrival. I pray and hope you had a great week. As we go through this day, let us remember that today is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Well, it is here. Labor Day weekend is a time when so many of our loved ones come home to visit with their families and friends and have family reunions. It is a time to get away, take time off and enjoy family and friends. It is also a time to remember some of the good times here in Henderson. The Bass family will have their family reunion hosted by the daughter of the late Annie Clay Bass-Brown Audria Dunn and the grandchildren. The theme is “Keep it Going.” These were the words of our dear mother. Yes! We will be wearing our masks, and it is outside. Plus 99.9% of us have our vaccination. We are alive and doing well!
Have you ever asked yourself what Labor Day stands for? Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers that takes place on the first Monday in September. The holiday can be traced back to the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to acknowledge the many contributions workers have made to America. It started many years ago for people who did not mind getting up and working for a honest living. It is also considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States.
The Foster Grandparent Program is taking applications. To qualify, you must be the age 55 or older and want to create support services for children with special and exceptional needs. It will not affect any Social Security, SSI, rent or other benefits already received. You will work five days a week for three to six hours per day. Transportation is provided free of charge. Grandparents receive a free hot meal if they work through meal time. Insurance is provided during travel and work time. Orientation is provided before a Grandparent begins work. This is a wonderful opportunity to associate with other seniors and to have children to love and who will love you in return. If you would like more information or would like to apply for the program, please call Vivian Kelly at (731) 989-5111 Ext. 1145 or toll free (800) 372-6013.
On Aug. 26, Mr. Al Price was one of the speakers for the Foster Grandparent training. Mr. Al did a wonder job. He encouraged the grannies on aging and reminded them that they need faith to believe, vision to see and courage to do! Some of the grannies I spoke with said that they really enjoyed him! Ms. Vivian, keep up the great work you are doing through the Foster Grandparent Program.
On a very sad note, our condolences go out to the family of Ms. Linda Sue Arnold Tole, Mr. Clifford Freeman, Mr. Marquis Leon “Big Mark” Trice and Ms. Jo Ann Utley. We are saddened, and they will surely be missed, but we are thankful for the time we had and all the happiness. Always remember that nothing can ever take away our memories. May your memories be ones that give you comfort and will remember forever. Our prayers are with you.
Let us also remember the families of our soldiers who died trying to save other lives in Afghanistan at the Kabul airport. Their names are the following: Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif.; Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah; Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton; Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.; Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha; Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Mass.; Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Ind.; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.; and Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio. If you do not know what to pray for, remember the names above and their family.
I hope everyone will have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend. Have fun, be safe and wear your mask! Remember to patronize with our local businesses here in town; let us try to support our own as much as we can.
If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your families, birthdays, anniversaries, announcements or things happening in the City, I need to hear from you. Call me at 608-6132 and leave your message, or you may email me at

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