News from the Hickory Corner Community of Chester County

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with Dot Patterson

Greetings from Hickory Corner!
Wow! I can not believe March is here already. We have not had a bad winter, but it is not over yet as we know anything can happen when Mother Nature is in control.
The month of March brings daylight savings time on March 12 (spring those clocks forward), St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 (wear your green) and the beginning of spring on March 20 (the season of new life and growth). I do love watching the trees bud and the flowers sprout and bloom. Oh, what a beautiful sight. Spring also allows us to enjoy being outside more. 
Happy birthday to those celebrating March birthdays: Wayne Patterson, 3/6; Bill Morrison, 3/7; and Dennis Clayton, 3/24. Wishing you all many blessings on your special day. If you see these folks out, make sure you wish them happy birthday!
Mark your calendars for 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, as there will be a St. Patrick’s Day gathering at the Hickory Corner Center. There will be a potluck meal, and the meat will be furnished. Please bring a side dish and/or dessert. Also, please bring prizes for the bingo games. Everyone is welcome to attend. Do not miss out on an afternoon of fun, good food and fellowship.
My lab Ruger, who is 14 years old, has not been feeling well and has not been getting around very good. Saturday I picked up meds from Dr. Moore’s Vet Clinic, and after one dose, he was getting around much better. Each day has brought improvement, and Ruger is now back to walking with me. He is a sweet boy.
Our community expresses sympathy to the families of Ann Weaver (1949-2023), wife of Roy Weaver; Gary Turner (1953-2023) of Byhalia, Miss., brother of Mary Patterson of Hickory Corner; and Robert Glenn Rankin (1930-2023), son of the late Frank and Winnie Patterson Rankin of the Hickory Corner Community. Sympathy to all others who recently have lost loved ones.
I have received many greeting cards over the years with poems on them by Helen Steiner Rice. Who is Helen Steiner Rice?  I read about her online on the Helen Steiner Rice Foundation page. She was a writer of both inspirational and Christian poetry whose writing has brought much comfort and inspiration to millions of people throughout the world. She had many tragedies in her life. Her father passed away while she was in high school, and she became the bread winner for her family. She later married, and her husband committed suicide after the 1928 stock market crashed and he lost all his assets, leaving her a widow at the age of 32. Her writing has shown up in greeting cards and books all across the world. Helen Steiner Rice believed her writing was a God-given talent and used it to ease human heartache. ( Here is one of her many inspirational poems. Maybe someone needs to hear this today:
“The Bend In The Road” – “Sometimes we come to life’s crossroads/And we view what we think is the end/But God has a much wider vision/And He knows it’s only a bend/The road will go on and get smoother/And after we’ve stopped for a rest/The path that lies hidden beyond us/Is often the path that is best/So rest and relax and grow stronger/Let go and let God share your load/And have faith in a brighter tomorrow/You’ve just come to a bend in the road.”
Please remember in prayer Ladelle Clark, Mildred Smith, Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Peggy Whitman, Peggy Lard, William and Eddie Luttrell and Donna Lynch. Continue to pray for each other, our country and our world. If you would like to add or remove a name from our prayer list, please call me. I do not like to add/remove a name without permission. 
If you would like to rent the HCC Center for a special event, please call Nancy Patterson at 608-1159.
I really need your support for this article. Without your news, it is difficult to write this article. Please call me with tidbits and news at 989-3315. You can share your vacations, birthdays, anniversaries and much more. I would love to hear from you.
Make it a great week.

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