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Rinard Mills 8/21/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Norma Jean Antill   
Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:48 AM

Laughing, cheerful voices are heard from my front porch as people are canoeing on the Little Muskingum. The area’s business M and D Horses of Low Gap area also have horseback riding. From the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Country Wisdom: Straighway paddling, the one right way to paddle for the stern paddler, is to dig the paddle in deep and crisply with a moderate thrust from the shoulders and just enough twist in the stroke to keep the bow headed in the right direction. The bow paddler uses straightway strokes and makes no attempt to guide except in rapids.

August 3, the family of the late Snydor and Julie Winland Whitacre gathered at a grandson’s home, Foster Whitacre for the 40th reunion. A fun idea of their group is every year one family takes Ann and Andy, the twins, home with them and do pictures and stories thru the year, then return them. Someone else comes up with a fun scrapbook idea.

A Ginko tree grows in Ferguson Park in New Matamoras. On a recent t rip to Tamaraek in WV, there was a wooden bowl of ginko, cost $97.00. NJ didn’t bring it home.

Yes, yes! a sad, sad thing happened as Skyvue building was torn down. Just look back at your own life. NJ attended first grade at Rinard Mills 1922-1944; then it closed and we were bussed to Graysville 1922-1958. The high school closed and away to Skyvue 1968-2014 went our children. The building at Rinard Mills was later a home and now a church. The Graysville building is used as a community center. Skyvue has a new building. 

Rinard Mills 8/7/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 4:29 PM

“In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime. Strolling through the shady lanes with your baby mine. You hold her hand and she holds yours and thats a very good sign. That she’s your tootsie wootsie in the good old summertime.” (A 1902 Waltz by Evans/Shields)

Mark your calendars August 17, for the annual church picnic of the New Matamoras United Methodist church. It will be at the Leith Run Park.

The movie “Raintree County” was recently on TV starring Taylor, Saint and Clift. I have a rain tree growing from seed I planted.

The sky in August will be busy. Super moon on August 10; moon is both full and closest to the earth. August 12 will have perseid meteor showers.

A phenomenon in your life! August 2014 will have five Fridays five Saturdays and five Sundays. This happens once every 832 years. The Chinese call it “silver pockets full”.

Rinard Mills 7/31/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:45 PM

The New Mat Red Hat ladies traveled to the Grand Central Mall in Vienna, WV, for an afternoon of shopping or movie and then to Cheddars for dinner. Wordsearch winner was Marilyn Tilton, door prize winner was Gina Williams and onion saver winner was Maybell Browne. Others attending were Martha Lindsley, Madlynne Webber, Rita Earley, Teri Masters, Debbie Swallow, Kathy Eckert and Di Evans. July birthday gals not present were sisters, Jean Smith and Jane Farnsworth.

The Matamoras Historical Society meets the 2nd Friday of the month. The president John Miller traveled to Germany this month of July. We expect some information about his travels.

July is ice cream month. “You scream; I scream. We all scream for ice cream.”

On July 9, the humming bird feeders were filled, fresh nectar. One just sat and drank, puffed itself, drank, looked around, drank a bit more and tumbled backwards still holding on with its little feet.

Have you tried fried cucumbers? Slice very thin, roll in flour, salt and fry crisp! Tasty!

Rinard Mills 7/17/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:42 AM

Friends have been talking of reading the book, “That Dark and Bloody River” by Allan W. Eckert. Well, Dad, Franklin Dye, age 97, read the book, all 810 pages in two weeks. He wrote NJ a book report to read at the Jericho annual meeting, which is held the third Sunday in May every year. Franklin met his great-great-grandfather Thomas Mills Sr. in the book.

The mayor of Glass/Washington Hall checked in. Richard, Diane Cisler and grandson Tyler enjoyed a two week fishing trip, 1200 miles to Canada crossing the border at Mackinaw City, MI. Reports of fish of all kinds.

On July 2, the American Queen passed by New Matamoras on the beautiful Ohio River, but no paddle wheel, was being towed. It docked at Marietta on Sunday July 6, and we enjoyed just looking at it from the levee.

Happy 45th Wedding Anniversary July 6, to Jim and Betty Edgington of Low Gap, Cline on the map.

Happy 200 years Woodsfield, a very nice weekend of events over July 4. The founder Archibald Woods appeared in the parade. At one time the stone school house behind the Hollister-Parry museum stood near Graysville. There was also a stone school house at Low Gap, across #26 from Christian Union Church. A question - would anyone share a picture of Low Gap Stone School?

Remember, the Brownsville Grade School Reunion is held the last Saturday in July at Midway Community Building on SR 800 near Antioch.

Rinard Mills 7/3/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:09 PM

On June 12, the New Matamoras Red Hat Ladies traveled to Marietta “Las Trancas” Mexican Restaurant. An excellent fiesta evening. The word search was won by Madlynne Webber. Door prize was won by Marilyn Tilton, birthday gal, other June birthdays include Mary Montgomery, Rita Earley, Vivian Dye, not present was Teresa Mercer. Others enjoying the evening were Sherry Kirkbride, Teri Masters, Kathy Eckert, Dorothy Hendricks, Gina Williams, Di Evans, Maybell Browne, Debbie Swallow, Nancy Petty, guests Ginny McVey and Ronda Corns. Martha Lindsley furnished a variety cookie platter in honor of all the birthdays. Plans for future meetings are shopping, eating, a movie, visit Bob’s Place with a pontoon ride on the beautiful Ohio River.

It is time to be thinking of attending the Brownsville Grade School Reunion held in the Midway Community Building, Route 800 near Antioch. This meeting is always the last Saturday in July. Teachers Helen McHugh Dye Drake at 102 and Franklin S. Dye at 97 are still teaching and talking about their students.

On Father’s Day across the Ohio River in Friendly, WV, a church bell was rung. This brought memories of Floyd Rinard ringing the church bell at Rinard Mills. It seemed to say, “Come to church, come to church”. He rang it at 8:30 a.m. and again at 9:30 a.m.; a faithful bell ringer.