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The Fox's Den: Kudos to farmers' market and EAST program

Posted: September 2, 2013 - 4:51pm

Step into my den, pull up a comfy chair and a cup of tea and let’s chat.

I hope you have all had sun, fun, and rest on this Labor Day holiday. The Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market celebrated well again with a crab apple jelly and butter making demo from the bountiful trees surrounding the City Park. Bluegrass music in the shade with a quintet made the place jump. What next? Come every Saturday to find out what else can possibly happen to liven up the Market. Can it get any better than this?

Praise to Kim Austin and her Greenbrier EAST program upon receiving a $5,000 grant from BHP Billiton Petroleum. They plan to upgrade their classroom in order to work on software tutorials interactively via Apple TV. These hard-working students learn how to improve their real-world skills and problem solving through technology in order to give back to their community.

The annual Veterans’ Rally day is Nov. 11 at GHS.   Every year veterans are honored in a ceremony and a delicious meal organized by the EAST students. Contact the school if you would like to honor your veteran.

Greenbrier First United Methodist Church, corner of Tyler and Highway 65, asks you have all gently used and new jeans and coats to their church by Thursday, Sept. 12 to be sorted and sized by the church helpers for their grand give-away on Saturday, Sept. 14. Last year 800 pair of jeans was snapped up from the tables in their parking lot so coats have been added for this year ... a great community service.

When you donate your jeans and coats, why not bring along something for their Food Pantry too? They have been hit extra hard this year and most needed items now are cold cereal, tuna helper, canned or powdered milk, pancake mix, syrup, jelly, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti and Ramen noodles. With money donations, they can also buy frozen meats for those families in need.

Last week’s City Planning Committee hearing in Wooster, when a 4.92 acre lot owned by Jessie Ellison was re-zoned for commercial development ,has caused quite a stir with residents who want to keep Wooster as a “bedroom” community. After chatting with the elderly neighbor next door to this property, Jessie called to say he will no longer move his business from Greenbrier to that land. The neighbor told Jessie he has lived there for 40 years and likes “his little quiet place.” Jessie said, “I want someone to treat me like I would treat them; so I will just sell the land someday.” Many residents apologized to Jessie later for some of the burning remarks made at that meeting about him. I guess Wooster residents will just have to go elsewhere for a fast food sandwich and wait awhile longer for a bigger commercial tax base to justify hiring an officer for their town.

Carol Putnam and Peggy Prout are returning from living it up on an Alaska cruise with four other sisters and friends. I sure hope they saw an aurora borealis. I’m told it is gorgeous and worth the trip. What did you do with your vacation?

Sept. 4 is National Newspaper Carrier Day and Sept. 5 is Be Late for Something Day. Sept. 6 is National Lazy Mom’s Day! Who names these crazy days anyway?

‘Til next time, subscribe to the Log Cabin newspaper to have your own copy in your hands when you step into my den. Thanks should go to LifeSong Church for gifting the Senior Center a subscription. It makes a great gift. Remember to shop Greenbrier first. Talk with you soon ... bj

Please send Greenbrier news, questions, comments, or suggestions to BJ Fox in The Fox’s Den at greenbrier@thecabin.net or bjfox2005@windstream.net or call 501-679-3690. You may view my multiple photos on-line at www.spotted.thecabin.net . )

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