Petersburg Piddlings

Friday, April 23, 2010

We have been several weeks now without rain. The clay dirt in Fuss Hollow is cracking open already, bringing back memories of the long drought we went through in recent years. I hope we have some good rain soon. Even so, the grass and weeds are taking off.

With all the grass growing at full steam, I've been out working on a hobby of mine: using the weed eater. Since I spend most of my free time running it, I thought I might as well make it my hobby and really, let's face it; there is nothing better than holding the trigger down at full blast and annihilating every weed and stand of tall grass in sight. It's like the greatest video game ever, except when you conquer the kingdom at level 10 in this game, the lawn looks great and you got a workout in the process.

Some of you younger folks may not know this, but there was a time before weed eaters. I remember that time, and I also remember what we used for a weed eater. It was called a push mower. Around trees and rocks, etc., I would just push down on the handle and expose the blades like some apocalyptic warrior and drop it down as far as could without hitting something, if possible (thank goodness for shearing pins). I am convinced that the weed eater is and always will be the greatest invention in history. We spend most of our lives working hard to keep Mother Nature from taking back what we have cleared and claimed. The weed eater is a major weapon in that battle. I am also convinced that the worst thing facing mankind today has to be crabgrass. It has to be.

Thanks to Louise Gambill Hastings Brown of Columbia for her interest in the column. I received a phone call from Louise last week when she realized we were related. Louise, a Petersburg native, is still sharp as a tack at 87 and spent 60 of those years researching the Hastings line and has an extensive collection. Louise didn't just write in names on a family tree. She actually learned everything there was to know about them from personal visits over the years. She also told me a very interesting story about her brother having his appendix removed on her grandparent's kitchen table on Cheese Road when they were children. I hope to get to visit Louise during Decoration Day at New Hope on the last Sunday in May, and learn more about the Hastings genealogy.

A surprise 80th birthday party was held Sunday at the Senior Citizens in Petersburg for Ms. Frances Wells Welch. Grandson Kyle Boles said that it was a large crowd on hand and Ms. Frances was definitely surprised. She wants to thank everyone for the cards and for attending. Kyle also reminded me that the Petersburg Senior Citizens will hold its annual Spring Singing and Supper on Saturday, May 1st starting at 4:30 p.m. at the complex on Railroad Street. The Melody Five will be there. For more information on the supper contact Kay Bolles 659-9654 or Frances Welch 659-9050.

Petersburg fella Blane Tankersley will be working a summer internship aboard the boat "Necessity" off the shores of Orange Beach, Ala. this summer. Blane said that the 62-foot fishing vessel runs sport fishing trips from six hours up to three days and is one of the best in the business, having recently won first place in the Outcast Cobia tournament in Pensacola, Fla. Good luck Blane and don't forget to tell them where you are from! We know his family is very proud of him.

The Petersburg Ladies Lunch Club met Tuesday at the home of Ellen Doss. Ellen and niece Debra Williams put together a Hawaiian luau theme with gift and goody bags for those attending. Evelyn Beard gave a presentation on the importance and sincerity of sending handwritten cards in the mail. The group sent out assorted cards to folks in the community. After lunch, the ladies played games. Anyone can join. For more information, call Evelyn Beard 659-9060 or Ellen Doss 659-6457 or Shirley Metcalf 659-9819.

Congrats to little Charlsie Ann Polk who found out she is going to be a big sister. Charlsie, who will be two in May, is the daughter of Tom and Tara Polk who are expecting their second child sometime in December.

There will be a memorial service for Georgia Allen at the Howell Community Center on May 2, from 4 until 6 p.m. and everyone is invited.

Get well soon to Faye Dyer, whom I had a visit with at the drugstore this past week. Faye said her kidney surgery seems to be coming along well, but she is facing still more health problems and is having some trouble walking due to atrophy in her legs. We continue to keep Larry Fullerton in our thoughts. Best wishes to Kay Talley who is suffering from a bacterial infection in her leg and also had outpatient surgery on her throat on Thursday. Best wishes to Juanita Pack who has learned she won't regain her vision in one eye and is battling other issues relating to her stroke, but according to reports she is fighting right along. Juanita has a good sense of humor and I hope it helps her through. Juanita truly appreciates all the help and concern the community has shown her during her illness. Get well to Petersburg native Maria Beard of Huntsville, who has been battling pneumonia lately.

Our thoughts are with the Longshore and Metcalf family after learning that Michael Longshore has been in Vanderbilt for nearly a month after being diagnosed with two brain tumors. There will be a benefit trail ride for Michael on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. until ? on Cheek Road in Lewisburg. For more information call Ayla Metcalf 652-9375 or Chad Metcalf 652-4033.

Zac Amos had his bone marrow transplant on April 15th and at the moment is very sick and in pain, but he is one tough guy. The process takes 100 days. Our thoughts are with him and the Amos family. To keep up with Zac's progress, you can visit Call me with news big or small 659-9060 or