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June 25, 2018

Birds and other critters
There are bird feeders outside three windows of my home and I look at each one every day. This time of year I see cowbirds, red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, blue jays, a white-breasted nut-hatch, black-capped chickadees, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers and occasionally a male or a female rose-breasted grosbeak. There are house feeders on the feeders and on the ground around them.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Foliar diseases spread in wet weather
The wet summer so far has made for a great weed season and some soggy looking vegetable gardens! Those that are part of the fungi family are having a real ball!

Monday, June 25, 2018

25 years ago & longer
Railroad Days draws big crowds
The sixth annual Railroad Days festival in North Vernon brought in an estimated 25,000 people in 1993. Organizers called it one of the best attended festivals ever.
"It went extremely well," said Barbara Tracy, festival president. "The committee will now be looking at ways to make next year's festival even better."
The 1993 committee includes Joe Palmer, Patty Palmer, Tammy VonDielingen, Jeanette James, Linda Lamb, Karl Kirk and Denny Wilhelm.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Nebraska News
News items are short this week with the storms and very humid weather. The fair is over for another year.
Births were celebrated for Jack Daugherty, Gerry Daugherty, Dallas Wolfe (who lived in Tennessee and would like to hear from friends here), Lakie Gigsby, Jim Cruser and Shawn Allee.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New Bethel News
Pastor Connie Barr's June 17 message at New Bethel U.M.C. was in honor of father's on their special day. She used scripture from Genesis 5:21-24 for a message titled "Men Who Walk with God are Blessed and Are a Blessing". She spoke of Enoch who did not become a father until 65. His father was Methuselah who walked with God and lived a long life. He told his son, "It is not the years, but the life we live walking with the Father."
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

With your eternity in mind
Recently I did a study through the book of Philippians. While studying, there was one verse that just kept coming back to me.
In Philippians 1:21, Paul writes: "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain."
The very concept of the verse is that while I am alive I will be with Christ no matter how challenging things may get at times. And when I die, I will gain even more, since as a Christian I then will be in heaven.
We are wired with this sense of eternity that once this life is over we will spend eternity somewhere. As a Christian, I am convinced that there are only two options for my eternal being: heaven awaits if I accept Christ's forgiveness of my sins and live for him, or hell if I would reject his offer of salvation and live for myself.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Time to begin digging and dividing daffodils
If your daffodils didn't bloom well this year, ask yourself these two questions: did you allow the foliage to die back naturally last summer before you cut it off; and has it been eons since they were last divided?
Patience is a virtue when it comes to daffodils. Often the first color to appear in early spring, their beauty is long awaited.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Grasshopper sparrow is an 'LBJ'
Monday, June 18, 2018

25 Years Ago & Longer
Bank to Close Amid Protests
Residents in the southern part of Jennings County are up in arms over the proposed closing of the Commiskey branch of the Union Bank and Trust. Bank officials are saying that over-regulation is forcing them to shutter the branch, which is planned in September.
A petition drive, spearheaded by Jerry Hendrix, began as soon as it became public knowledge that the bank proposed to close the branch. So far, over 500 individuals have signed the petition.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Repentance is really just a change of mind
You read or hear the word "repent" and it usually strikes us as a little harsh.
We can image the person who is saying it, well, we probably picture them screaming it, eyes focused, brows furrowed, veins bulging - "repent!"
Did you know the word really is not a harsh one? If you look at the original Greek word that we translate into English as "repent," you will discover it simply means to "change your mind".
Upon discovering that the word is gentler, do not allow that to lessen its power, importance or magnitude.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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