Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, Sept. 4 newspaper on Page A3.

After months of sitting empty, the Ponderosa is getting a new redo and will be Parks Edge Event Center. It will be ideal for parties and events with a large reception, banquet hall, two private meeting rooms and a spacious catering kitchen. Tentative plans are for a November opening.

There is work going on outside Michael’s Ice Cream and Dan Tax!

Brenda Richards Freiheit was telling me that she and her dad Jack Richards picked and bagged Golden Delicious apples and are selling them at $5 a peck, due to them not being sprayed. You can get them from Jack or Brenda or call Brenda at 614-562-5888. They are not selling them at the orchard. Brenda also was happy to tell me that Alice Dill will become Jack’s bride on Oct. 19.

A benefit for classmate Linda Brown Nickell’s brother, Everett Brown, who passed away recently, will be held on Sept. 14 at the Senior Center in Wellston. Linda also asked for prayer for her brother, Wayne Brown, who has cancer.

Get well wishes to Melissa Fugett and Roger Reichelderfer, who had surgery.

A celebration of life will be held on Sept. 28 at the American Legion for Randy Stewart, who passed away recently.

Our Class of 1967 at WHS was saddened with the loss of classmate Roma Straten Grimes. She was so funny and always had a smile. We called each other “Sis.”

Five days later, we lost Larry Donahoe, who passed away the day of his brother Joe’s funeral. Larry and his twin brother Terry were always the first to arrive at our class reunions. They graduated from Vinton County, but as they were fond of saying, they attended every grade in Wellston except for the Catholic school, and they lived next door to it! Goodbye ole scout. We’re sure gonna miss your and Roma’s smiles.

Nancy Baisden has a new grand-daughter. Laney Sue Arthur was born on Aug. 5 to Joshua Arthur (Nancy’s son) and Jess Scott. She weighed eight pounds and one ounce and is twenty inches long. She is a beauty! She is welcomed home by sisters Peyton Ramsey-Arthur and Amya Scott.

Kim Milliken has a new group on Facebook called UFO’s/UAP’s. Discussion Group. It is a group for those who believe in UFO’s and have seen UFO’s. There will be a meeting on Thursday night Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Salt Lick Village/Depot by the railroad tracks in Jackson. Bring a chair, a jacket, and a drink (no alcohol please) and share in the stories and fun. Sounds like a good time to me since I have seen a UFO!

Please say a prayer for my mom, Irene Perry, as she starts radiation treatments.

Thoughts to ponder — two boys were at a wedding. One asked the other how many wives a man could have. He thought for a minute and said 16: “Four better-four worse-four richer-four poorer!”

Another thought — we are all broken in some way, but remember: even broken crayons can fill a page with glorious color!

Another thought — No matter how big the hammer, you can’t pound common sense into some people!

Happy birthday on Sept. 21 to John Lewis, Noah McGhee, Michael Hinschman, Emily Perry (18), R.J. Kallner, Charles Howell, Tom Perry (the painter), Mary Meadows, Amy Wiseman, and Jonda Dunn; on the Sept. 22 is Amanda Jones, Glenn Curtis, Ronna Coy, Jim Massie, Jarod Carter, Noah Miller, Gerald Martin, and Denise Cribbins, and happy anniversary to Nick and Lori Shaw; on Sept. 23 is Alice Peoples, Amanda Davis, Lloyd Clay, Vernon Speakman, Rita Miller (not Mike’s wife), Dena Spriggs, Joshua Engesser, and Jayson Scurlock, and happy 29th anniversary to Arnold and Karen Tripp; on Sept. 24 is Judy Bush, Estan Orender, Kay Howe, Shirley Priest, Brandon Crosier, Aaron Barrett, Kathy Adams, and Aaron Costilow; on Sept. 25 is Bill Martin, Andy Bowling, nephew Austin Farley (19), Debbie McKenzie, Betty Richards, Stephen Honaker, Valerie Chapman; on Sept. 26 is great nephew Terance Allen, Bubby Potter, Eddie Smith, Casey and Conner Bowman, Mary Conroy, Debbie Hamblin, Edie Clagg, classmate Skip Bartlett, Rosetta Johnson, Megan Malone, Linda Mapes, Julia Haney, and great grandson Colt Marcum (11).

Thanks for being a reader. Call me with your news at 740-286-5014, e-mail, or stop by the Maytag Store at 259 E. Main St. in Jackson.

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