By Rachel Harper
June 21st was the first day of summer and it is beginning to get hot, too. We were certainly blessed with nice days, cool nights and mornings and we are still being blessed with good rains along for the first time in many, many years. Now the farmers have to really finagle to get the hay up. Dan and Scott Porter have moved their combine onto Baldwin Dairy Road to begin harvesting the canola field that Zeke Lambert has rented. Scott’s daughter, Madeline, loves to ride with her daddy to help him do the farming. Maggie loves to ride with her daddy, Nathan and her Papa to help with the hay and cows here, too. I think a new generation of women farmers is being raised!
A few more facts about Belgium that I have learned from Tim is that hardly any stores are open on Sunday over there; no grocery stores, no shopping centers, just a convenience store or two. It is also against the law (it may be just a local law) you can’t mow your grass on Sunday. I am beginning to think that the Belgium’s have it right; we here in America need to take a lesson from them.
A little news on the Cronic side of the family is that our cousin, Jane McGinnis, has had a total knee replacement on one of her knees and is now in a rehab facility in St. Augustine, FL. where she will continue to receive rehab.
Bunnie Schmitt continues to receive good news from her check-ups and blood work. She is felling better and the doctors are pleased. Dean Strange continues to be a patient at St. Joseph’s in Atlanta. Please continue to remember all of these in your thoughts and prayers.
We are also planning a Cronic reunion for either the 19th or the 26th of October; if you have a preference for either date, please let me know.
We extend our heart-felt sympathy to the family of Imogene Moon Martin who passed away last week. She had been in declining health for some time. She was a wonderful mother of Paul, Lindsey, and Nona Martin and grandmother to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also mother to a little girl, Lydia, who passed away at the age of 10. She loved people and she loved gardening. She especially loved sunflowers. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time.
When I wrote about the birth of little Elissa Maddox, daughter of Sallie and Davis Maddox, last week, I inadvertently left out Mrs. Carolyn Maddox and Mrs. Mackey, Sharon’s mother, as two of the great-grandmother’s. I am so sorry!! This little girl has a lot of family to love on her which is a great blessing!
Bob and Danielle Bruce with their little girls, Rylee and Harper, vacationed at Tybee Island last week along with all of Bob’s family; Connie and William Zachary, Amy and Derrell Greenway, and Ellen Bruce. Ellen celebrated her birthday while at the beach. Happy Birthday, Ellen!
Becky and George Haley along with their granddaughters, Brooke and Carley Seay of Griffin, visited Frances Brewer on Monday down at The Lake Oconee House. They all had a good visit as Brooke and Carley will soon be moving out of state with their parents.
Karen Thigpen along with Jackson and Harrison spent most of last week with Marty and Connie Wilson as Connie continues to recuperate from her knee injury.
Alicia Stephens was a production assistant as the Madison Community Theather put on “How I Became a Pirate” this past weekend. Wade Lewis, grandson of Sandra and Jerry Brown and the great-grandson of Harriette Wade had a big part in the play. Many family members attended the show and shows.
Rose Powell, daughter of Effie and Doug Powell of Vicenza, Italy, participated in a softball CYSS European tournament with her team, the Vicenza Dragons, recently. Their team received first place in Italy and second place in Europe! What a great job these girls did!! Rose plays left field. Rose, all of your Madison and Morgan County friends and neighbors want to send out congratulations for a job well done!!
Howard and Dale Thompson attended the Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star recently.
They report it was a very busy week! They were both installed as District Grand Deputies for the coming year. Congratulations to them!
Howard and Dale also accompanied Howard’s sister, Claudia Giddens, back to her home in Haines City, Fla. recently as she had the misfortune to break her wrist during a fall while painting her parent’s house here in Madison which she rents out. We certainly hope she has a swift recovery from her injury.
Sarah Nell Craig spent Saturday visiting her grandchildren, Peyton, Meri, and Elise Kenny, in Acworth. The twins are now nine months old!
Joanie Bruce is due to have a book-signing at the Lifeway Store in Macon on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., to promote her book, “Alana Candler, Murder for Hire.”
The members of Bethany Baptist Church enjoyed an ice cream social after the services on Sunday night.
The members of Trinity Baptist Church enjoyed their old-fashioned day held this past Sunday. Everyone came dressed in their old-timey clothes, aprons, and bonnets; they even had a covered wagon on display. After the morning service the members enjoyed a covered dish dinner under the tent there on the grounds.