To the point week of 7-15-10

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IT’S FAIR WEEK, so it’s a busy time for lots of people. With that in mind, I wanted to just share some random thoughts.

– If it’s fair week, then that must mean that the livestock auction is this Saturday, and it is.

I know that the economic downturn across the country has hit everyone, including small businesses, but for those who can come and support the livestock auction this Saturday, there is no better way to spend your money.

You don’t have to spend a lot, in fact, last year some businesses pooled their money and shared the credit; but in the end the main thing was that a hard-working 4-H member was rewarded for their efforts.

For those who have purchased an animal in the past, you know the joy that comes when that boy or girl walks over and finds you and hands you a photo of them and their animal. They smile broadly and shake your hand and say “thank you”.

That money helps those kids get to college and start their lives; and there is no better way to spend your dollars.

The auction starts at 4 p.m.

- By the way, since one of the four “H’s” is Health; how about a consideration by the Switzerland County Fairboard of making the fairgrounds a tobacco-free area? I know tobacco has played an important role in the farming history of our county, but I think it’s just as important to help educate our children that there are also dangers.

One way of protecting your Health is to avoid tobacco and tobacco products; and I think declaring our fairgrounds a tobacco-free zone would help our children see that it’s more than just another part of the motto.

Just a thought.

– A couple of weeks ago, this column was dedicated to the concept of getting kids outside to play, rather than sit inside all day and play video games and watch television.

The Switzerland County YMCA is certainly doing its part to promote healthy kids; and on Saturday, July 31st, the YMCA is hosting a special program that will be both fun and healthy for everyone.

On that day, families are invited to participate in a “Back to School” scavenger hunt, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the center intersection of the town of Patriot.

The event will guide kids and families around the town with clues, which will involve a lot of fun while being outside and with your family.

Once finished, everyone will be able to enjoy some prizes and snacks; and I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of this program.

If you need more information, call the YMCA at 427-9622.

– For those of you who enjoy the beauty of nature and its cultivation, you shouldn’t miss the annual “Garden Melodies” tour on July 24th-25th around the county.

This year, in addition to being able to tour wonderful gardens, the event will also feature kitchens in private homes. Tour stops include: the Schenck Mansion; and the homes of Susan and George Henry; Jeni and Kevin Scudder; Michele and Jon Thompson; Sundra and Floyd Whitham; and also the gardens of Karen and Norman Miller and Shawwna and Micah Ramsey.

Again, it’s a great way to get outside on and warm summer day and enjoy not only seeing some amazing gardens and quaint kitchens; but also get to visit with friends and neighbors along the way.

For tickets, call the museum at 427-3560.

– I was called to a nursing home on Tuesday night to visit a member of my church who is failing; and on my way there and home I drove through some of the thickest fog that I have ever seen around the county.

It was so thick in fact, that I literally rolled down my window and found the other side of the roadway going down Fairview Road on my way home as my car slowed to a crawl.

Do you ever have something happen to you that makes you appreciate the “little things” of life? Well, in the middle of all of that fog, I came to appreciate the white line that is painted on the outside edge of the roadway to separate it from the ditch.

You may never notice that line, but in the middle of a deep fog, being able to see that line meant that I was able to get home safely.

– School starts in less than a month. May parents unite and celebrate.