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News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County

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with Vickie Ellis

Good day to all from this little corner of the world. Can you believe we are halfway through the month of August?
Saturday was a beautiful day. The sun was out, and it was not so humid and hot. We mowed this BIG yard. Our birds are not visiting much because we need more food, but the hummers are loving their food. Sometimes, we just forget things. The forecast is calling for mostly sunny days with temperatures in the 80s and the possibility of rain Wednesday, Sunday and Monday. It may all change before this goes to print. I just know that I am enjoying lower temperatures and humidity
I am thankful for the man who invented the air conditioner. Did you know Willis Carrier invented it? He was an American engineer, best known for inventing the modern air conditioning unit in 1902. Wow, can you imagine way back then having this luxury? I bet only wealthy people had it, sort of like cars. Another thing I was wondering about was who invented the zero turn mower? Information on the internet says John Regier created The Hustler, the world’s first zero-turn mower. He introduced the model to Excel industries in 1964, and Roy Mullet, the company’s president at the time, began its production at the Hesston, Kan., plant. I thought these things were fairly new – ha! History lesson this week.
I would love to write more about the comings and goings in our community but do not get any feedback. Please send news to the email at the end of this article and let others know the news in our area. So many are getting older, and there are always changes in life. I do hope I see some articles of human interest sent. I could write about your farm animals, chickens, bunnies, furbabies, crops and how they are doing – many things if you think about it. We want to see YOUR life, too – not just mine and an occasional input from one person. I do hope you enjoy my thoughts. Remember that I was born a city girl, so many things interest me. What are you doing at home to get ready for fall? Do you decorate? Any favorite recipes? I would appreciate any input. Thanks.
Unity Voice will be singing at Friendship Baptist Church Friday at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 with potluck afterward. Everyone is invited!
Happy birthday to Teresa McCaskill and Colby King, 8-15; Brittany Gordon, Darren Hatch, Braxton Ellis and Kevin Davidson, 8-16; Jason Johnson and Katherine Wyatt, 8-17; Braelyn Ellis and Paige Barber, 8-18; and Emily Seaton. April Zimmerle and Carroll Williams, 8-20.
Happy anniversary to Nancy and David Morris, 8-20.
Please continue to remember these in prayer – Randy Baker, Sheila Berry, Joe Bingham, Marie Bishop, Robert and Joyce Brewer, J.T. and Jeanette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Eva Jones, Doris McKinney, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Logan Rencher, Todd Rencher, Jake Richardson, Donald Rowlett, David Tucker, Tony Tucker and Adam Wise. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer; 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.
Six Little Stories with Lots of Meanings

  1. Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith.
  2. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust.
  3. Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That is hope.
  4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That is confidence.
  5. We see the world suffering, but still, we get married and have children. That is love.
  6. On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence “I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.” That is attitude.
    Have a happy day and live your life like these six stories. Remember that good friends are the rare jewels of life, difficult to find and impossible to replace!
    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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