I understand 1 p.m. June 14, at Union Township Veterans Memorial Park at the corner by the helicopter, there will be a flag retirement program. The veterans will have a special ceremony for this program honoring the American flag. They do a special program for this event so try to come.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Clermont County will be from 3 until 6 a.m. June 13 and 14, at the Veterans Memorial Park. At the opening ceremony during the relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they have overcome. In the closing ceremony, they remember loved ones who have been lost to the disease. So try to come. That is the disease that took Ruth Ann from me but someday I will be there with her and my dad and mother and her dad and mother.
I had a treat last Monday. The Kinners invited me to come to their house for lunch. Then they took me to see the animals their young kids are taking care of. Some of the animals are for the fair to be in competition with other young folks. That is good for the young folks to learn how to take care of animals and how to show them. These Kinner kids also know how to raise a garden and how to take care of honey bees. Their dad and mother are to be thanked for helping the children do this.
Now about Chester—at night after he comes in he likes to lay by me with my hand out so he can lay on it. When I sit in my chair he wants to lay on my lap. The other day the phone rang so I got up to answer it. He laid in my chair so when I was done talking on the phone I sat in Ruth Ann’s chair. Here he comes to lay on my lap. I would say he is spoiled – would you? – but he is! When his dry food gets low in his bowl he doesn’t like it to be low so he lets me know his food needs to be filled.
Ruth Ann’s birthday was May 28, it was a sad day. We never know when the Lord will call us home do we.
The cucumbers I put in the hanging baskets are sure growing along with the rest of the garden, also the weeds! It will be a couple weeks before I can hoe the garden. There was a program on television about the loss of honey bees. There is a cause but they are still trying to determine what causes it. White winter honeybee colony loses were down and summer bees rose—bringing the total annual losses to 42.1 percent. This is second-highest annual lost recorded to date. We need those honeybees to pollinate the fruits and vegetables. It is estimated that honeybees add between $15 and $18 billion to the value of agriculture each year
The fishing is good. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head at Afton and he said the crappie tournament held last Sunday was good. The fisherman can weigh in seven crappie. The first-place was five pounds eight ounces, second-place five pounds four ounces, third-place five pounds two ounces. The big crappie was one and one-quarter pounds. There were 10 boats in the tournament. Last year the fishermen were saying the price of gasoline was hurting minnows—last year cost $1.19 per dozen. This year minnows are $2.19 per dozen. I called Cedar Lake below Goshen on state Route 28. They are having some big catfish caught—40 pound, 50 pound, 63 pounds. One fellar caught an albino blue cat that weighed 34 pounds. On Father’s Day they have a drawing and give away a rod and reel so get over there and catch some big fish. Sherry’s Lake is having good catches also. Several in the 48 pound class. These are shovelhead catfish so stop at all these lakes and catch some big fish. Good luck!
Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praising the good Lord. God bless all.
George Rooks is retired as a park manager at East Fork State Park and writes on local events. He can be reached at email@example.com.