So are many things going on this time of year. It seems like there is always something to do and somewhere to go from mid-May until the second or third week of June.
Friday was the End of School stew at Miller Grove. We had about 15-20 community members to come out this year. Lewis Russell made two pots of stew, one of chicken and one of beef. They were as good as ever! One student ate six bowls. I know we don’t tell people how much we appreciate them very often, but we do appreciate Lewis volunteering to make the stew each year. It is a big job and he has always been good enough to take his day off and help us out. I would also like to send out a special thank you to the following businesses who helped reduce the cost of the stew by giving the school donations: Alliance Bank, Brookshire’s, City National Bank, Grocery Supply, Pizza Inn, Southwest Dairy Museum and Wal-Mart.
While Lewis was cooking the stew outside in his wash pots one of the pre-kindergarten students came up to me and pointed over to Lewis and said, “That old man is making basghetti (instead of spaghetti) over there.” I thought that was pretty funny. That afternoon the faculty played the seniors in our annual softball game. The seniors won again this year. It was pretty hot out there but the faculty gave it a good shot. We only lost by about eight runs.
That night, we had two alumni basketball games in the gym. I think all of the players had a lot of fun but we didn’t have many spectators this year.
Saturday, I went to the Brashear Cemetery’s Memorial Day services. By the way, Saturday was also the Long Cemetery’s Memorial Day.
After the memorial service, I went to Richard Watson’s retirement party at Brashear Baptist Church. There was a good group of folks to turn out for the day. Everyone had chicken stew and desserts to eat. Richard and Sandi got many congratulations on their upcoming retirement and I think everyone there had a great time. It was much like a reunion to me. I saw so many folks that I haven’t seen in a long time. I would try to name them but there were so many folks there that I could never begin to list everyone’s names. I was very proud to get to see June Watson there. After everyone was seated with their meal, Shane Watson thanked everyone for coming and started telling a few stories about his parents. Several of the folks who were there added their own stories in front of everyone. And yes, there were several rounds of laughter about some of the stunts that were pulled over the years. Mr. Watson also added a few of his own stories and memories.
Since everyone always says I’m “Mr. Miller Grove,” I will speak for everyone in the community and say this for Richard Watson: He has been the backbone of the Miller Grove FFA Chapter. He has put out more effort and had more enthusiasm than most teachers half his age. He has always carried a sense of pride and perseverance to help students succeed not only in showing animals but in life as well. Many folks say that sports is what kept them interested in school and helped them to make it through until they graduated, but there is no way to ever know how many students would have dropped out of school if it were not for the agriculture and shop classes that Mr. Watson has taught throughout his 30 year stint at Miller Grove. So, I would like to add my congratulations to the Watsons. And whether you know it or not, Mr. Watson, you have touched more students’ lives than most people can ever dream of. No matter what you did, whether you taught someone to weld or encouraged a student to run for FFA officer, you always tried your best to push students to achieve what you knew they were capable of achieving (especially for those of us who could not see that buried within ourselves). Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Sunday night was the baccalaureate services for the graduating seniors. Mr. Davis delivered the message and did an excellent job, as always. The house was full at the Miller Grove Methodist Church.
Happy birthday this week to Lewis Russell, LaQuita (Burns) Brantley, Dakota Hrabal, Nikki (Moser) Gerow and Jennifer (Hayes) Evans on June 2; Mac Garrett on June 3; Halston Potts on June 6; and Lisa (Renshaw) Oler and Austin Tipps on June 8.
Happy 36th anniversary to Jackie and Lisa (Renshaw) Oler on June 3 and happy 54th anniversary to Don and Jerri (Byrd) Petty on June 5. Mike and Leslie (Smith) Frobish will celebrate 23 years of marriage on June 8.
This week there will be an elementary awards ceremony Thursday afternoon and junior high graduation that night at 7 p.m. Kindergarten graduation will be Friday morning with high school graduation that night at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
County Line Baptist Church will be holding Vacation Bible School during the week of June 24-28 for anyone who is four years of age up to the sixth grade. Bible school will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Friday night, there will be a program to close the week. If anyone would like more information, you may contact Rita Clinton.
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