Let’s Be neighbors

[opinion] Let’s Be neighbors By Carolyn Mills

I goofed again. In my column a couple of weeks ago, it was stated that our local Junior Auxiliary sponsored the Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program. The program is no longer sponsored by Jr. Auxiliary, but is handled by a special committee. Thank you Brandi Krajewski for pointing this out to me. Actually I was fussing at Brandi as a member of Jr. Auxiliary because of changes to the program. Maybe I just do not like change, but having attended  many past pageants that chose the County Junior Miss, I found it not to my liking.
What was not liked mostly was that the young women were all asked the same question and it was a no brainer. The contestants did not have to be up on current events to answer the question.
Another change was that the contestants did not wear beautiful evening gowns when the awards were presented.
As a member of the local hospital auxiliary, let me use this column to remind the public that we sell Bell Cookbooks and are the only source in the county. We have recently received a new shipment of books and invite you to come out and purchase one from us. Also, Micki Muir, gift shop manager can order you a new publication by Bell of a cook book featuring cooking game. Micki’s number is 736-3866 and she can answer any questions you might have.
Friends of Legion State Park will meet at the Lodge on March 21st at 10:00 AM. New president Frances Ball invites anyone interested to attend the meeting. Plans are being made for several projects and new members are welcome to join and help carry them out.
A new Master Gardener class has begun their training at the Extension Building. The original Winston County Master Gardeners hope they finish the training and do the required volunteer work required to be classified as Master Gardeners. Original members from Winston County include: Ramona Hughes, Faith Estes, Grady Suttle, Katie Kemp, Joyce Johnson, Peggy Causey, and Carolyn Mills.
Winston Guards No. 2643 held their March meeting in the Colonial Room of Lake Tiak O’Khata with Joyce Johnson as hostess. She chose a St Patrick’s theme with green and white linens on the tables. A lovely antique bronze container held white and green foliage and blooms from her garden decorating the head table. Two ladies from Hattiesburg brought a most interesting program on clothing worn by the ladies of the period before and following the War Between the States. Several examples of dresses worn, some made by the ladies, were on exhibit. The fun part was when they dressed Connie Estes in the seven layers of clothing worn during that period. Connie was as cute as Scarlet O’Hara when the show ended.
Frances Woodruff, originator of Winston Guards #2643, missed the only meeting of the group since it was begun. As president of Mississippi Division UDC, she was on her way to Richmond, VA to attend a meeting
Mrs. Woodruff has been very busy since taking on the job of President of Mississippi UDC. She traveled to Fort Worth, TX in November to the General UDC Convention. In December she and Franklin, her husband, attended the headstone dedication of Major Henry W> Bridges, Co. 1, 6th Texas Cavalry Regiment held in Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson.
She portrayed Mrs. Robert E. Lee at a meeting of a UDC chapter in Blue Mountain and in Meridian at their UDC Banquet which Judy Goodin and Franklin also attended. She and Franklin and family, Beth, Jason, Nathan and John Hemphill attended the Lee Jackson Banquet in Gordo, Al and Columbus.
Franklin accompanied Frances to Biloxi to a Beauvoir Board Meeting and they visited with good friend Tom Easter and wife Susan.
As a member of DAR, Mrs Woodruff  attended the Daughters of American Revolution Conference in Jackson and was recognized as President of the Mississippi Division of UDC.
Some famous person (could have been Mae West) once said  “she could care less what was said about her, just so something was”. Beth Hemphill does not feel that way. She wants people to know she plays the clarinet, not the flute, as was mentioned in this column recently  Sorry, Beth, my daughter Julie played the clarinet with the Louisville High School Band and I should have recognized your instrument.
Congratulations to all who had a part in the 55th annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet held March 8th in Pine Ridge Lodge at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. Robert Wall, 2011 president of the Chamber/Main Street, gave the welcome. Rev. Mike Dowd gave the invocation and Gerald Mills, Executive Director of Winston County Partnership, recognized special guests before the delicious buffet meal was enjoyed by the 150 attendees.
Robert Taylor, new president of the Chamber was introduced by out-going president Robert Wall. Award presentations were made by Mike Skipper, Phil Harrison and wife Stacie, Mike Cournoyer, Paula Fulton, Joseph McCain, and Giles Ward. A new service award was presented by Robert Taylor.
Receiving awards were: Forestry- Davis Fair 111, Farmer- Roy Etheridge and wife Anne, Retailer- Lee and Terri Bullock Toyota, Industry- Taylor Machine Works and Choctaw Glove, Woman of the Year- Darlene Bane, Man of the Year- Speedy Calvert, Life Time Achievement- Beverly Wilkes and Service- Winston Webb Page by William and Tracy McCully, Winston County Journal by Editor Joesph McCain and Magic 107 WLSM by Phil and Stacy Harrison and Scott Gregory.
Pine Ridge Lodge was decorated for the Chamber Banquet by Winston Garden Club. President Charlotte Files, Johnna Williamson and Joyce Johnson were creative in their decorations, using flowers from Joyce’s gardens in containers they created from mason jars incased in lacey covers. Someone at my table wondered why they used no water in the containers. Charlotte reports they did not think water was necessary since the arrangements were made shortly before the affair began and were less trouble to remove afterward.
Martha Mills and Linda Skelton employees of the Chamber did a good job putting everything together, so hats off to them.
I am sorry to report that Norma Jean Mills has been suffering extreme pain in her wrists and today underwent surgery that is hoped to eliminate the pain at an out-patient clinic in Columbus. Please keep Norma in your daily prayers.
Recently her granddaughter Leslie and family of Statesville, NC came to see her, and they had a good visit. Leslie, her husband and two children , were house guests of her parents, but the main trip to Mississippi was to see “Mimi”.
My granddaughter Mollie and two toddlers came from Tennessee for a visit with her parents, David and Martha Mills, the first week of March. They arrived on Wednesday and returned home on Monday. Dallas and his family were lunch guests on Sunday after worship service at Center Ridge where they were welcome visitors. This writer had lunch with my son and his family, also.
It is time to put out your humming bird feeders. Have not seen any yet, but have seen butterflies.