Petersburg Piddlings

Friday, April 2, 2010

I guess we need to revise the old saying to "March showers bring April flowers," as everything has started blooming and is giving cars a dusting of yellow. Harold and Bonnie Davis have onions and cabbage up and doing well and Barbara Hargrove is already working with her plants, flowers and shrubs.

Speaking of April, don't forget that April is organ donor month, so anyone with an organ or a piano or electric keyboard should pass it along to someone who can use it. Please, don't give away any organs that won't pump or pianos that need a tune-up. Now if I have your attention, seriously consider designating yourself as an organ donor if you haven't already. The program saves thousands of lives a year and as far as I know, New Hope Cemetery doesn't need mine, so I am a donor. Like they say, you can't take it with you, and besides your children, I don't know any better way to leave it behind.

Thanks to Mr. Randy Curtis for the nice comments about "Petersburg Piddlings." Mr. Curtis was my math teacher at Cornersville High and this will be his 37th year teaching. Mr. Curtis married a Petersburg gal, Brenda Cashion, daughter of local legend Vestal Cashion. Vestal is famed for having walked more miles than anyone else around, and those of you who know him won't have any trouble believing that. Mr. Curtis says that Mr. Vestal is still kicking along at age 82. Mr. Vestal once posed an argument with Mr. Curtis that if he had all the feathers on his back he could carry, he could still carry one more. Mr. Curtis being a math teacher argued that it was impossible. They may still ponder that one for all I know.

I attended the benefit trail ride for Randy Wells on Sunday and it was a good time had by all. There were 80 horses and riders and about that many more who didn't ride. Everyone enjoyed a large grilled buffet on their return. Wells Hollow is beautiful in the spring and we consider it our own version of Cades Cove. The creeks were rushing and the new, green grass was dotted yellow with a thousand buttercups from all the recent rain. Shirley Metcalf thinks the hollow is so beautiful she can describe a special place of her own where she used to meditate. I never heard anyone describe one little area with three trees and a rock in such a way, but the hollow has a life of its own and brings forth those kinds of thoughts. The riders went on a three-hour tour all the way back through to Nannie Hollow. Nannie Hollow is named after Nannie Lee Wells, mother of Shelby Jean Wells Cashion. Shelby Jean was born in that hollow. Randy wants to thank Jerry and Shelby Jean Cashion, Hershel and Barbara Hargrove, and everyone at the Wells Hollow Cattle Company for hosting. Randy received some good news this week. His doctors say he can begin walking some in another week. Good luck to Randy, Tonya and family.

It was sad to hear of Barbara Crutcher's untimely passing recently. Barbara had worked at Cosmolab for 30 years before retiring and made a lot of friends there including a great many from Petersburg. Our condolences go out to husband, Jim Crutcher.

Our thoughts are with Louis and Pat Cashion this week. Louis has been diagnosed with cancer. Best wishes for a full recovery. Kenneth Bolles is back home with wife, Kay, after several days in St. Thomas. Kenneth is having a therapist visit him until he recovers. We hope he gets well soon. Best wishes to Ruth Wells who came home after heart trouble landed her in St. Thomas recently. We hope Juanita Pack is recovering well at home. By the way, I recently learned Juanita and Meriel are the oldest married couple at Catalpa Church. Congrats.

Tipton Ridge Farm on Old Petersburg Pike will have its annual benefit trail ride for Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital on April 18, starting at 1 p.m. For more info contact Dallas Tipton at 659-9822 or Stu Rudy at 659-9353.

Petersburg was represented well at the March of Dimes Pageant in Lewisburg this past weekend. Congratulations go out to Stormie Pollock, daughter of Billy and Brandy Posey, who came in first place in her division. Congrats also to Brianna King, daughter of Adam and Adrianna King. Brianna placed second in her age group. Best wishes to the two College Street cuties. Allen and Renae Moorehead can also say they have two champs. Their sons, Tanner and Alex both won first place in their divisions.

Beaming mom and grandmother Kathy Fitzpatrick told me that her son, Danny Longshore, graduated with honors in his class at Tennessee Technology Center. Danny's son, Cory, also completed his education in diesel mechanics at the same time. Maybe we will get to see some of Danny's intricate auto artwork sometime soon. Congratulations.

Happy birthday wishes to Margaret Warren Beard and Judy Hart Moorehead this week. Call me with news big or small at 659-9060 or email