Tri-Bee News • Rachel Harper
Cooler weather, sun means “off to hayfields”
Thank goodness, it is supposed to be cooler this week and the forecast is for the sun to be shining, so the men are off to the hayfields. Bruce has mowed the garden down except for the tomatoes and the green peppers and planted a patch of turnip salad. We got 2/10-inch of rain on Saturday, so hopefully it will bring it up. Our wonderful tomatoes have about played out, but maybe we will get a few more.
The Fairview community was saddened last week when Sylvia Hanson passed away at her home on Sept. 5. She was 95-and-a-half years old. She had been struggling with declining health for some time. She was the daughter of Dave and Bessie Harper of the Fairview community and is survived by her two children, Joe and Lynn Hanson and Anne Hanson Walker in addition to several grandchildren. One sister out of her six sisters also survives her, Imogene and Ray Hutchins of Athens. She loved her family and being with them and cooking for them when she was able. Many will remember her as working in Baldwin Drugstore for years behind the counter and doing the grilling and cooking for the drugstore. She loved seeing all the people and visiting with them, especially the teenagers when they came in after school. When her husband was alive, they both enjoyed square dancing with a group down at Rock Eagle as well as other places. She lived a full life and was well cared for by her daughter, Anne, and her son, Joe, and his wife, Lynn. We extend our sympathy and prayers to the family at this time.
We have also learned that H.B. "Bud" Wiley also passed away after a brief illness on Aug. 31. Bud was 68. He was a dairy farmer and he was the farm manager for a time for John Charles Maddox at his dairy farm here on the Eatonton Highway. He later bought a dairy farm in Watkinsville and was a breeder of registered Holsteins. After retiring from the dairy business he went into real estate with Southern Heritage Land Co. Our sincere sympathy and prayers go out to his family at this time.
Carol Hilsman is now a patient at the Morgan Memorial TCU unit here in Madison. We are all praying that she will continue to improve.
I have a correction for a mistake I made the other week: I wrote that Thrasher Wilkins was playing football for Westminster Academy in Watkinsville. I should have wrote that he is playing for the Oconee Youth Football League. Sorry about that, Thrasher! His sister, Gracin, recently celebrated her 12th birthday! Happy Birthday, Gracin!
Doug Stephens, Tony Stephens' brother from North Carolina, recently visited with family here in Georgia. While here, Tony, Doug, and Dale Stephens all made a big making of Brunswick Stew as well as doing some fishing. Good times!
John Richard and Emelyn Wilson along with Glenda Lancaster of Hendersonville, N.C., all traveled down to Destin, Fla., this past weekend where they attended the wedding of Whitney Haley, the granddaughter of Janice and Robert Haley. The wedding was held at Eden Gardens, an old, plantation-like setting, which made for a beautiful event.
Franklin, Stacy, Sabrina and Sophia Eaton spent last Saturday with Mary and Frank Eaton on their way home from a vacation at Panama City, Fla. They also picked up their little poodle, Daisy, who Mary and Frank had been "dog-sitting" while they were away.
Curtis Eaton spend a couple of days with his parents, Mary and Frank Eaton, last week while he was attending some continuing education classes at UGA. He also enjoyed a "mini-reunion" with some of his Georgia Power friends and UGA classmates while there.
Sandy Maddox surprised his wife, Martha, with a 50th birthday party celebration last Thursday night on her birthday. I hear it was a complete surprise to Martha, which is quite a feat! Chic and Laurie Lewis were among the ones who went up for the party! Laurie and Martha have been lifelong friends. Happy Birthday, Martha and many, many more!
Will Porter competed in the Bulldog Showdown in Athens over the weekend at the University of Georgia with Tina, his registered, polled Hereford heifer. They placed third. Congratulations!
Rev. Michael Ventrello with his family, Ruth Ann and children, all enjoyed a nice, relaxing vacation at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina last week.
Sally Porter and her mother, Mrs. Mary Ainslie, attended Grandparents Day at the Matt Arthur Elementary School in Perry on last Friday. Mrs. Ainslie got to become the teacher again as she read a book to her great-grandaughter, Mary Elizabeth Carver's, class. Jake Carver also attends the school.
All the Ainslie children, Sally Porter, Beth Watkins, Mary Jo Prescott and Andy Ainslie with their families enjoyed a get-together on Saturday at Mrs. Ainslie's home.
A surprise 70th birthday party was given on Saturday night for Mrs. Sally Thornton at the Standridge Conference Center in Social Circle. Sally is the mother of Shannon Thornton Davis and Brad Davis. Shannon and her brother, Bill, and Christy Thornton, pulled it off and she was honestly, really surprised. Sandra and Jerry Brown, Laurie and Chic Lewis, and Sally Stephens and Mrs. Harriette Wade were among the many people who attended the celebration. There was lots of food, a big birthday cake and a wonderful D.J. who played all the oldies that all the "oldies" loved to dance to. He did throw in some for the younger set, too! All reported it was a wonderful and enjoyable night. Happy Birthday, Sally!
Sandra Brown attended a bridal shower for Rebecca Smith and Michael Malcom on Sunday afternoon at the Valley Farms Clubhouse. The couple will be wed in October. Rebecca is the daughter of the Rev. Rick and Rhonda Smith here in Madison.
Bethany Baptist Church will have several international speakers on several upcoming Sunday's as the Source of Light Ministries is hosting a conference in honor of their 60th anniversary with many of their international directors and co-workers from countries around the world who will be in attendance this coming week. They will have meetings and events all this coming week in honor of this momentous anniversary. Congratulations and God's Blessings be upon all these workers.
A reminder to all the Fairview Club members: Our September meeting will be held on next Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the home of Pat Stinchcomb on the Eatonton Highway at 2 p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone after the summer hiatus.
Printed in the September 13 edition.