Catalpa notes

Friday, June 12, 2009

June 21 will be Father's Day and I wish a happy day for all the fathers. I will write more about them next week.

Several of our events have taken place and the weather was nice for most of them.

The Morgan School (1885-1949) and Petersburg High School (1950-1970) Reunion had a beautiful day Saturday, June 6, with a good attendance of around 220, I have been told. I didn't make it there this year for the first time since the first reunion. I always had gone with Doyle and he never missed one until 2006. He passed away Aug. 13, 2006, and he really loved going to the reunion. I enjoyed helping register every year until this year. The Petersburg High School did a fine job this year with the registration starting at 10 a.m., the welcome at 10:15, lunch at noon, announcements, awards, and Alma Mater, and 2 p.m. visitation with friends. I'm sorry not to have all the day's awards, etc.

According to the In Memoriam, 30 people, who were alumni or friends of the schools, have passed on since last year, 2008. Doylene had to work, but Janice was there and I appreciate so many asking her about me, and still reading my column, with some getting it online and enjoying it.

We enjoyed going to the Petersburg Senior Center on Railroad Street Saturday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There was a crowd there to enjoy the delicious food and to hear the Melody Five of Rogersville, Alabama's gospel singing. They donated their time and talent and this was greatly appreciated. Over $560 was taken in and the Senior Citizens wish to thank all who attended and helped make the event the success it was.

Next Saturday, June 13, will be another great day in Petersburg: the 5th Annual Chicken Festival by the Lions Club. They are planning this year's festival to be bigger and better at Lions Pride Park (formerly the football field of Morgan School).

The music portion of the festival will be greatly enjoyed with four bluegrass groups entertaining the crowd, beginning at noon. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. Many games and contests will be taking place and the winners will receive good pay for winning. Seeing is believing, so be sure to be there for the Chicken Festival.

Another great event on the square in Petersburg June 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will be Old Glory Celebration. Free hot dogs and hamburgers. Take your lawn chair and listen to bluegrass music; all musicians will be welcome until 9 p.m. when there will be a professional fireworks display by Michael Head.

I hope the weather will be nice and many people will enjoy the good food, good music, and good fellowship with friends and neighbors who are supportive and proud of Petersburg.

The Church of Christ at Howell invites everyone to a Gospel Meeting from June 14 to 17. Bill Cantrell will be the speaker.

Bledsoe (Po-Grab) Church of Christ invites everyone to a Gospel Meeting, also from June 14 to 17. The speaker will be Stan Butt. Services Sunday: 10:30 a.m. with lunch afterwards and another service at 2 p.m. (no night service). Monday through Wednesday, the service time will be 7 p.m.

Robertson Fork Church of Christ will also have a Gospel Meeting from June 14 to 18. Paul Sain will be the speaker. I'm sorry to not know the time of the services, but I think it will be 7 p.m. each night.

Cornersville Vacation Bible School will be from June 14 to 18. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.; the theme: "Fishing with the Master." There will be classes for all ages. The adult speakers will be: Sunday, Charles Hardison; Monday, Rick Rolin; Tuesday, John Tracy; Wednesday, Benny Burns; Thursday, Corey Barnette. Ice cream after Sunday night service; Thursday night picnic at 5 p.m.

The Diana Singing will be Friday and Saturday nights (June 12 and 13) at 7:30 p.m. This will be the 40th anniversary of the Diana Singing.

Our Sunday morning at Catalpa was low. Several were out due to sickness, or sickness in the family. Jeff Pack preached at Delina Sunday morning, but came back to Catalpa Sunday evening.

Last Sunday, June 7, was our 32nd anniversary with Bro. and Sister Carpenter. Mr. and Mrs. Meriel Pack were hosts to lunch for them at Horton Park Restaurant. In the afternoon they all visited Mrs. Williams, Tony's mother, in Oakwood Nursing Home. Tony and Melissa were called to the home Sunday due to his mother's serious illness. Let us all remember her with prayers. Mrs. Tammie Kellar was not able to be at our Sunday services. Teri Lyn Pack continues to not come to services due to health reasons.

I hope we can attend the gospel meetings in progress. Some from Catalpa went to the Vacation Bible School at Farmington. We were so glad to go hear Milton Stephens of Lynnville Tuesday night, and so proud he is recovering satisfactorily from a recent heart attack. Our prayers are for him to keep improving. He is a good preacher and song leader.

On Sunday Doylene, Janice and I went to Lincoln Care Center to visit my sister-in-law Verna Sawyers. She is doing much better and is well satisfied there, we are happy to report.

We attended the visitation at Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home Thursday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. for Mrs. Georgia Williams. Georgia was our closest neighbor on Delina Road. She died Tuesday, June 2, at Maury Regional Medical Center at the age of 89. Her funeral was Friday morning from the chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home, with burial beside her first husband in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

The obituary was in Friday's paper, so I won't repeat it, but I do want to extend loving sympathy to her loved ones. She was a fine lady and a member of the Baptist Church. Her many friends and loved ones will miss her greatly, but will have precious memories to cherish of Georgia. She was a fine neighbor. May the Lord bless and comfort all her loved ones. She lived a good, long, useful life.

We have had several deaths to write about recently. In times like these the clouds are heavy and we can't understand the wisdom of God's way, and though today the way seems dark and lonely - may God send courage and faith to strengthen those bowed down in sorrow. I wrote about Robbie Lynn Sowell's death, and her obituary has come out so we can read it, but love and sympathy go out to her loved ones. May the Lord bless and comfort them. Robbie was a good Christian lady, loved by all who knew her. She formerly lived in Petersburg. She and the late Sarah Mae Hastings Williams were real close friends. She was a sister of Dot Hastings, our hairdresser.

Also to the family of Arliss Haislip, age 51, sympathy. He was the son of Frank and Nannie McCory Haislip. Mr. Frank of Petersburg is his survivor, also six sisters and five brothers. The obituary was in the Elk Valley Times, as well as in the Tribune. His funeral was May 27 from the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in Fayetteville with Paul Ray King II officiating. Burial was in Talley Cemetery. The Haislip family formerly lived for several years near Delina. Arliss worked for the Harden Construction Company, and he was a native of Marshall County. He will be missed by his family and friends from the town of Petersburg.

The many friends of Wayne "Boonie" Winsett are praying for his recovery from a fall. He has always been a good friend to us. Doyle loved him and we are so sad over his condition. I appreciate Mr. Tom Sumners for keeping me posted as to his condition.

Now for the recipes.

Chicken Croquettes

I make these when I have a bunch of chicken parts (thighs and legs).

Make a white sauce with 2 cups of cream, 2 tablespoons margarine, and 4 teaspoons flour. While hot add

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. celery salt

Dash of red pepper

2 cups chopped chicken

Pinch nutmeg

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 egg

Set aside to cool until very stiff. Shape into croquettes. Dip in beaten egg, roll in cracker crumbs, and fry in hot oil or butter until golden brown and very hot.

Molasses Pie

1/4 cup melted shortening

3 eggs

1/8 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup molasses

1 cup pecan pieces

Beat all ingredients together. Pour into an unbaked pie shell and bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes.

Banana Cream Pie

1 pint milk

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

Pinch salt

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tsp. vanilla

Blend ingredients and cook in a double boiler until thick. Let cool. Make layers of bananas and cooled custard. Cover with a layer of whipped cream or whipped topping. I use Cool Whip.

Macaroni Salad

1 cup macaroni, cooked and drained

1/2 cup chopped celery

4 boiled eggs, chopped

4 green onions, chopped

2 slightly green tomatoes, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

Enough mayonnaise or salad dressing to moisten

Mix all ingredients together and chill in the refrigerator.

I will close for now, but hope to be with you next week via the Tribune.