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Brown's Beacon Beat 7/31/14
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:47 PM

Sometimes you can lose your faith in humanity. Who can blame you? You read about and see all the evil things done across the world. You see people murdering one another over nothing. Even in everyday examples, you find people who are rude and self-serving in nearly everything they do.

All that being said, people also surprise you. We all know that there are plenty of good people left out there, and it is always refreshing to find that out.

The other morning, I was driving through the McDonald’s drive-thru for breakfast. I saw the woman’s face in her sideview mirror in the car in front of me and realized it was someone I knew. I won’t tell her name, because I’m sure that’s not what she wanted.

Anyway, it was someone I know and always say “hi” to and enjoy talking to but also someone I don’t know real well or see that often. I was in the band with her kids at Monroe Central a few years back and got to know her and her family some then.

I ordered my usual and got up to the window to pay. The girl told me, “It’s been paid for.” I’m sure I looked dumbfounded, and I asked, “what?” She replied, “The woman in front of you paid for your food.”

Out of the blue, for no reason, she paid for my breakfast. It wasn’t a huge gesture only some people could make. It was a little gesture that any of us could make but rarely do.

This gesture put a smile on my face to start the day, and I was completely surprised by this woman’s generosity. It goes to show you that, when we put forth an effort, we can really brighten someone’s day. 

Rinard Mills 7/31/14
Written by Norma Jean Antill   
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!

Thoughts From the Bumpy Road 7/31/14
Written by Teresa Cook   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:43 PM

There are times in my travels down the bumpy road that it is not the road that causes me problems; it’s the sidewalk or more accurately the curb.  Such was the case a few weeks ago after church.  As many churchgoers now do, the little band of “peeps” I was running with was looking for a place to grab a quick bite to eat before heading home.  I was the last one to find a parking spot because the restaurant was rather crowded.  As I was stepping onto the sidewalk, I hit the curb with the toe of my shoe and down I went with a crash.  Everyone came running to make sure I was all right.  Lucky for me, the only thing hurt was my pride because many folks saw me take my tumble.   Guess I have strong bones and lots of extra padding because I came away from my little accident with only slight concrete burns where I caught myself with my hands and knees. From now on, I will be much more careful about walking so quickly and not paying attention to where my feet are traveling.  Think I may go online and try to find some yoga exercises to help with my balance. Maybe I just need to practice walking more often.  Slowing down a bit when I walk would also help.  Yikes! How embarrassing. Just something else I have taken after my Dad.

Summer is flying by rather quickly.  People are busy trying to take care of the produce growing in their gardens.  It must have been a good year for growing green beans because everyone I talk to seems to be having a bumper crop.  There is nothing better than freshly picked green beans simmered in a pot with a bit of ham or bacon for supper.  My friend Joyce and her neighbor have come up with a way to deal with all of the extra zucchini and cucumbers that seem to come this time of the year.  She planted one and he planted the other and they share.  This is great for me because they still have plenty and have shared with me as well.

Switzer News 7/24/14
Written by Judy Reynolds   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:46 PM

The Annual Baldwin Reunion was held Sat., July 12 at Bruce Park in New Martinsville, WV. Twenty members of the family were present. The youngest in attendance was Hanna Pack, daughter of Matthew & Kristin Pack. The oldest was Emanuel Baldwin. Traveling the farthest from Topeka, Kansas was Kaylee Baldwin, daughter of Alan Baldwin. Matt & Kurstin Pack from Huntington, WV and Bob Baldwin & Darin Baldwin from Columbus, OH area. Plenty of food was enjoyed by all. Same place next year on third Saturday in July.

July 16 was the day of the Ohio Launch Event of the Bon Appetite Appalachia Campaign.  This logo will be associated with food in the entire Appalachian region of the United States.  Ohio's launch was held at the Eclipse Town Store, Athens, Ohio.  Officials taking part in the launch were Jason Wilson, Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia; Tammy Brown, Tourism Ohio; Tony Logan, USDA Local Foods, Local Places;  Kostas Skordas, Director of Regional Planning and Research, ARC; Molly Theobald, Director of Regional Program Operations, ARC.

A Sampling and Tasting Fair was held immediately before and after the Official Launch Event.  Jennifer (Kindelberger) Jagunic of school house winery of Dover, Ohio, presented a sampling of their wines.  Jennifer's family was originally from the Beallsville area.

My Train of Thoughts 7/24/14
Written by Verylnn   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:44 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Hilda Pittman Blackstone this morning and to the days ahead. The passing of her husband Dale will be both a hardship on her heart and mind as she faces the loss of her loved one and gets settled into the adjustments that she’ll be called upon to make. God Bless and keep you, Hilda, and may you and your family remain close.

This day has a lot of chores and needs to be met here and around our home but I guess I’ll make do with what comes first and foremost and spend as much time as possible just getting to enjoy several cups of tea. We’ll see.

Although the morning glories are not what I’d call a bumper crop, they are, indeed, a sight for sore eyes as they continue to make a start at twining around both their supports and my heart. You grow!

If I don’t get back to  cookin’ and start bakin’ and not avoid makin’ messes, I’m gonna forget who I was and start given my microwave “Top Honors” and the place of the most relied on machine next to the washer and dryer in my life. Do I care? Heck no! I’ve just about got our needs and Jim’s wants in their proper perspectives and I’ll soon be movin’ on down in another size range. Now, that’s a challenge not to be ignored.