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May 2018 O LOGAN By Myrtle White Community Correspondent Our winter has not been too bad, but as I am writing this article, we have one week to go yet in March. Snow is predicted for Saturday, maybe six inches or more. We did get to enjoy several pretty snow falls this winter after a warm spell. The snow falls were only an inch or two, and the roads stayed fairly clear. But six to twelve inches might have been too much. My nephew called from Vir- ginia to check on everyone. He said he was taking this week off, and they were expect- ing maybe a three-inch snow storm. Well, Granville called the next evening and said, “We got twelve inches of snow, and it is still snowing.” We had a good laugh. I told him he must be really glad he took the week off. The weather really is unpredictable. Even the TV weather men and women sometimes have a difficult time with their predictions. Easter has come too early this year. We do not know if we will be able to hide eggs or candy in the yard for the great- grandchildren. They do love the egg hunt. We just hope for a few warm days for them, and everything usually turns out just fine. We will be enjoy- ing all our nice spring days. March Madness Basketball games have taken over our TV. If you live in Indiana, basket- ball must be your favorite sport. Of course, that was the only sport we had in the old days at Bright High School, as well as most of the other schools in the area. We did have a good time at those games. This is a poem I saw in Ernie’s retirement newsletter. I thought it was pretty good. IT HAPPENS TO US ALL Just a line to say I’m living, that I am not among the dead. Though I am getting more forgetful, and more mixed up in my head. For, sometimes I can’t remem- ber, when I stand at the foot of the stairs. If I must go up for something, or I’ve just come down from there. Standing before the fridge.... so often my poor mind is full of doubt. Have I just put food away... or have I come to take some out. There are times when it is dark out, with my nightcap on my head. I don’t know if I’m retiring, or just got out of bed. So, if it is my turn to write to you, there’s no need in getting sore. I may think I have written and I don’t want to be a bore. So, remember I do love you, and I wish that you were here. But now it is near mail time. so I must say “goodbye”, my dear. There I stood beside the mail box, with my face so very red. Instead of mailing you this letter, I opened it instead. Happy birthday to everyone in April. For our family, Er- nie and Julius Huffman are celebrating. Please send news. FRANKLIN COUNTY By Alice Priessman THE BEACON Page 7B ur Communities friends that share our love of plants and nature. I’ve had a few questions about when to divide perennials and prun- ing Magnolia trees recently. In cooler climates, the best time to divide most would be spring with the exception of Peony, Easter and Stargazer Lilies. I would divide them early fall. As always, peren- nial gardening is an ongoing experiment. Make sure you water a day before dividing and maintain care like you would a new planting. Mag- nolia trees are not fast healers, so avoiding pruning them is best if you can help it. The cut can open it up to disease. If you must prune, make sure your pruners are clean. To enjoy this year’s beauty, prune after blooms are spent. I got a call from Dottie Roleson today, and we talked about our upcoming Quilt Show. If you’ve never been, attending the show is a great way to spend an afternoon. Grab a friend and make a day of it in Brookville. You’ll find quilts, old and new, submitted by members of the Quilt Batts and Extension Homemakers as well as others across the county and state who share the love of quilting. For those of you who love history, there is something called a Bed Turning, which I found interesting. A good number of pre-1960 quilts that are too delicate to hang are displayed on beds. Someone turns the quilts over and talks about each one giving as much his- tory as possible. There will be over one hundred quilts on display, so plan to spend a little time. Of course, wares from some vendors and food will be available. Sign up for a door prize at the door. The show runs May 18, 10a.m.– 7p.m., and May 19, 10a.m.– 5p.m. at the old Brookville High School Gym. Another teacher friend has been acknowledged for excellence above and beyond. Mary Sorrells was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for the Middle School Division Award. Her list of degrees/course work, leader- ship roles and accomplish- ments, memberships in other organizations and publications and exhibits is longer than my arm. A few highlights: Mary was chosen for the Lilly Grant in 2012 and studied in Mexico under a few native artists. In 2014 she was chosen for a na- tional grant and displayed her artwork in France in Monet’s garden. What a true thrill! As if that’s not enough, she published a book “Transform Through Brokenness” (2016). Mary Sorrells was honored with the Citizenship Educa- tion Teacher of the Year. Awesome work Mary. Con- gratulations. 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