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News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County

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with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all from this little corner of the world. It was sunny on Sunday with a slight breeze, and the birds were singing sweetly. The temperature was 72 degrees – my kind of weather. Yay! Saturday morning, around 5 a.m. it was raining so hard that I told my husband it sounded like a “gully-washer” was coming – did not see any cats or dogs – haha. Southern talk. We have friends from the north, and our language and pronunciation is interesting to them. I wonder how it would be if I went up north? We have a Prothonotary Warbler that continues to visit its little birdhouse on our deck. This is our third year to enjoy these beauties. The mom is nesting on eggs right now. I guess the dad comes and feeds her at some point. 
Well, these farmers are SMART! They knew when to plow and plant, I had no doubt. After the rain last night, we can see green coming right up through that mud – ha! Lots of happy farmers I bet. Let us just hope and pray the summer is kind to them, and the Lord sends the rain as He usually does for a very good crop showing.
Congratulations to all the graduates of Chester County High School and Freed-Hardeman University. Be proud of yourself for your hard work; now to find a job. Remember that not many find THE job they want in the beginning, but you have to start somewhere. I was in nursing, and many wanted to work with maternity or labor and delivery. Highly unlikely to get that. Now, you have to get out in the public and learn to apply your knowledge in different circumstances. Pay may not be as you hope either, but with hard work and time, it will come. Be patient with yourself and others. Believe it or not, there are those who end up doing something else rather than what they studied for. That, too, is ok. I wish you all the best, and I hope you find a job you enjoy – you will be happier. Always thank God for your blessings even if they seem few; there are those we do not see.
Happy summertime vacation break to all the students and employees of education. Enjoy it! Get some things done, rest and have fun! Time passes by so fast.
Condolences to those who have lost loved ones.
News from Mifflin is as follows: Congratulations to Jasmine Williams, daughter of Kenneth and Amy Williams on her recent graduation from CCHS. Marla Davidson, Brooklynn Walls and Rachel Ellington went to Auburn, Ala., last week to attend the graduation of Rachel’s grandson from Auburn University. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Congratulations to both. “Bubba” Flew, who lives in Knoxville, recently visited his sister Cissy Nichols and family. Lois Williams and Brenda Hudson are home from a recent hospital stay.
Happy Birthday to Sue Newsom and Zachery Priddy, 5-22; Caden Faulkner, 5-24; Ruth Whitley, 5-26; and Ayden Sanford, 5-27.
Happy anniversary to Cindy and Shannon Burton, 5-24.
Please continue to remember these in prayer: Wesley Bates, Marie Bishop, Robert Brewer, Jackie Chambers, Rickey Clayton, Boyd Cupples, Joie Freeman, Nathan Frost, Jennifer Gateley, Shorty Harris, Johnny Hays, Shirley Kendrick, Glenda James, Donna Johnson, Sue Lewis, Doris McKinney, Martha Mainord, Janeane Moore, Deana Morris, Becky Nguyen, Cissy Nichols, LaVelle Page, Julia Parchman, Beth Plunk, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Tenisha Pursell, Logan Rencher, Todd Rencher, Jake Richardson, Cathy Sisson,Yuma Smith, Jacob Thomas, Kevin Thurman, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, William Watkins, and Adam Wise. Also, pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders. 
“Goodbye Fish” (Classroom Poems) – “Granpa gave us fishing nets. We’re off to catch some fish. We drop in tiny bread bits with a thumb and finger squish. The fish are kind of hungry and we nab them with our nets. We put them into buckets so they’re very safe and wet. My sister wants to cook them, wants to fry them or to bake. But granma will not clean them so we throw them in the lake.”
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 mimmiepots@gmail.com. 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.

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