I believe the seasons are mixed up. In the middle of February, flowers were sprouting up in flower beds all over the community. The local orchardists have peach blossoms coming out too early and they worry about a late freeze. Here it is the middle of March with daffodils in bloom along the flowerbed at the Grace R.U.C.C. church. Like my father always said, “we will have a robin snow before spring arrives.”
Birthdays and anniversaries
Folks celebrating a birthday in March have the aquamarines as a birthstone with the daffodil and chrysanthemum as the flower of the month. If you are out and about, stop and wish the following a happy birthday. Roger Lang celebrated on the 2nd; Danny DeGrave falls on the 9th; Todd Basore on the 12th; Nelson Wolf celebrates on the 13th; Breanne DeGrave on the 15th; Shelia Dunbar and Terry Walker Jr. share double birthdays on the 17th; Alverita Stride and D.L. Stuck share the 21st; my sister-in-law Shirley Welsh falls on the 22nd; Lisa DeGrave celebrates on the 28th; Corey Walsh and Juanita Anderson Cushman share the day on the 30th. I missed wishing a friend, Jeanne DeGrave, who celebrated a leap year birthday on Feb. 29.
On wedding anniversary to report. Congratulations to Vaughn and Kathy Russell on the 15th.
Adopt a Highway Pickup
Motorists, please watch for the Adopt-a-Highway signs and bright orange vests as the local Evergreen 4-H Club will be picking up trash along Kearneysville Pike and Stubbs Road.
Jefferson County Relay for Life Kickoff
This past Saturday Frank (Taz) and Krystal Javor were introduced as chairmen of the 2012 Jefferson County Relay for Life held at Wildwood Middle School. The lunch room was set up with team tables and games, with an informational table filled with literature on Relay for Life and cancer. Several videos were shown throughout the afternoon. Special speaker and cancer survivor Ray Walls, of Kearneysville, spoke to the crowd of his experiences, and how it touched him and his family’s lives, and the loss of a beloved daughter Barbara. Several volunteers were on hand to help. It takes a team of volunteers to organize and carry out this event that will be held in June.
As a cancer survivor, I am involved with the Shepherd University Relay for Life to be held March 30 − 31 at the SU Wellness Center located on the west campus.
This year will prove the importance of getting the word out. The staff, faculty and students are involved year round with numerous fund raisers, raffles, dinners. On March 24 from noon to 3 p.m., there will be a “chili cook off” in the Ram’s Den of the student center. Teams will enter their own special chili to be judged and folks can sample a cup or bowl for a minimal price. This is open to the public. As a member of the SU Survivors Team, come out and support us at the chili cook off.
On Palm Sunday, April 1, the choirs under the direction of choir director Raejean Dunning will perform a cantata at the Middleway United Methodist Church starting at 10:30 a.m. and again at the Kearneysville Grace Reformed UCC church at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.
Leaving you with this thought: The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. That’s all for this week.