I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends this past weekend. The countdown is on to Halloween next, and we all know what’s sneaking up on us. I won’t say the word out loud just yet.
The leaves have really started to change. Take a drive through our little community if you get a chance and appreciate the colours of fall while you can. You never know when Mother Nature will decide to blow in on us and remove the beauty of fall and leave us with the harshness of winter.
I have to start this week’s column by apologizing for last week’s. I had mentioned Rhonda Bradbury’s benefit and her intent to travel to Mexico and have surgery. Rhonda has multiple sclerosis. I had erroneously stated that she had muscular dystrophy. My apologies to Rhonda. I’m happy to note that close to $400 was raised at the bottle drive held for Rhonda recently, and more still at a benefit held at The Lamp Cabin in Springhill this past Saturday evening. The next event scheduled is a benefit musical evening on Friday, Oct. 29 at the K of P Hall in Springhill. There will be performers from all over Cumberland County performing. Lunch will be served and we hope you get a chance to come out and support this very worthy cause.
I want to remind the youth in our community that Wednesday evening youth group has started up again at the Baptist church. The younger ones start at 6 p.m., and the high school crowd gathers at 7 p.m. It’s always a great night of fun, fellowship, and food. All are welcome, so try to bring your friends out this Wednesday evening.
Soccer season is winding down and hockey season is beginning. The junior and senior soccer teams in Parrsboro have had a great deal of success so far this year. I should know, as I’ve been to almost all the games. Districts will be coming up next week, and then regionals. Good luck to all the teams. You’ve represented your school proudly so far, keep it up!
Hunting season is starting soon as well. We know that our area is a popular one for hunters.
Be sure to wear bright orange when walking and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to avoid hiking in the woods in the upcoming weeks. Better safe than sorry. These are a few more tips for hikers during hunting season that I found on Helium.com.
Human noises will certainly differentiate you from an animal that is strolling through the forest. If you are with a group, talk with one another as you hike along. If you are alone, you can wear a bell or a whistle that will keep you from sounding like an element of wildlife. Because wildlife tends to be quite quiet, or even noiseless as they make their way around the woods that they live in, your human noises will let the hunters know that you are not prey.
Most people hunt in the daytime anyway, but this is especially important during hunting season. Keep your hikes to the hours of the day that are light and bright enough for the hunters to see you in the best way possible.
Do not wear white when hiking during hunting season. Although it may seem as though this would be a noticeable color, it can also be noticeable to hunters who can easily mistake it for the white color on a deer tail.
Again, remember in your prayers our friends and family who were not fortunate enough to be thankful for good health this year.
“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.” ~ Carol Bishop Hipps
@Tagline: Crystal Hoeg is the correspondent for Southampton and area. She can be reached at 546-2021, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.