Thursday, June 7, 2007
Moonlight cruise turns into rainy cruise
The first Moonlight cruise turned into a rainy night cruise! Due to the unpredictable weather, only a dozen residents showed up; but we managed to take a short cruise before the heavens let loose and we headed to Don and Margaret’s boat house. However, we managed to enjoy ’50s music, chat and have lots of fun. After all, life’s treasures are people, just being together. Come and join us on the next cruise, which will be on the night before the fireworks, Friday, June 29. See you at the community boat dock at 8 p.m.
The property owner’s corporation held its annual meeting last Saturday with all board members in attendance. C.Y Graves proudly reported another banner year at Snow Lake. He reminded us all of how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful lake community where you can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, tennis and soon, miniature golf, while being surrounded by a beautiful national forest.
C.Y. was reminded of how much the citizens of our community appreciate his dedication and hard work. He is at the office every day and volunteers well over thirty hours every week. The financial responsibility and the office work is a tremendous task, plus managing the lake, acres of land, parks, buildings, equipment and planning for the future sounds like a full time CEO. The loyalty C.Y. has displayed during the last few years should merit the highest commendations from every citizen of Snow Lake. C.Y., we are truly proud of you and sincerely thank you for your generous contributions. We also owe Pat Boston a great deal of thanks for the outstanding job she has done this past year.
Votes were opened on the 2nd and Scelette Blake, Fay Hutson, Buford Fuller and Richard Flake were voted to continue to serve as elected board of directors. The balance of the board of directors are as follows: C.Y. Graves, president, Ed Koen, vice president, Joe Salling, secretary, Rocky Rodriguez and Jason Ross. All of the directors should also be commended for their dedication and time spent working together as a harmonious team.
C.Y. stated that he is hopeful that the Mississippi Forestry Commission will certify our community as a “firewise” community soon. This will enable us to receive help such as clearing fire lines and other life saving procedures from the commission.
Jason reported that the lake was stocked with fathead minnows. These do not get over a few inches long and are intended to feed the larger fish. Fishermen are reporting that they are catching a few bigger fish than in the past few years. The MS Game and Fish has reported that our lake is overpopulated with small fish and strongly suggested that we dispose of the small fish that we catch, if we expect the fishing to improve.
Jason and Renee were commended for doing such a wonderful job maintaining the large grounds in our community. Many thanks, Jason and Renee; you are much loved by us all.
The board still plans to keep the gate locked to the launch and the tennis court. It is believed that the small inconvenience that is caused to homeowners, plus the time spent opening the gate by a board member, is well worth the effort. Better to take the time than to experience a loss of property for homeowners.
Scelette reported that the miniature golf course land has been cleared and hopefully more contributions will come in before construction is to begin. We are a few thousand dollars short for the nine-hole course, so please send your check to the corporation office.
The monthly town meeting was held June 4 with Mayor Pierpiont presiding. She informed us that we should have DSL in our town by this week; it just takes a call to Bell South to get connected. A generous resident on the east side donated a tractor mower to our town. Due to the dangerous curve on the east side next to the culvert, the aldermen voted to have a security light installed. The town is now spraying for mosquitoes twice a week, so please remove all standing water on your property to possibly prevent West Nile Virus. The aldermen voted to take one property owner to court for being in violation of the minimum property maintenance and community appearance ordinance.
Court was held at Snow Lake town hall recently with Judge Ward presiding. This session was held for the citizens who were in violation of the town’s leash law. The town, as well as Judge Cotton take this law seriously; but a few days after court, a dog matching the description of one of the defendants’ dogs was seen again running loose. Please call Janet at the town hall to report any loose dogs or dogs being walked without a leash.
The town, aldermen and ERB are also seriously upholding the property and community appearance ordinance and some good results can be seen on several lots. Keep up the good work, residents!
Count Down: Only seven months until the lake is lowered. With twelve million gallons of water going over the spillway daily, it will take up to 14 weeks to lower it four feet and it will be lowered only a few weeks. Several reliable contractors have already committed to some homeowners; so line up your contractors to repair, replace or remove your boathouses and docks as soon as possible.
There are several pontoon boats on the lake that look like they are not able to move. If your boats are old and need to be removed from the lake, but you feel like you need help to tackle the job, contact a member of the corporation board for suggestions. This community will always help their neighbors in need. Complaints have been received concerning several pontoons, boathouses and docks that are unsightly and dangerous. Please take pride in our beautiful lake and remedy these situations.
Count Down: Three weeks until the June 30 fireworks celebrating the Fourth of July. Chief Farmer has promised another year of spectacular fireworks and we all know he won’t disappoint us.
Let’s just hope we won’t be disappointed by the weather!
Mama Beck is home from the hospital and bedridden after suffering another minor stroke. I have not heard of anyone being sick, so we are so blessed.
Keep Mama Beck in your prayers and also pray for our country and our soldiers. barb.snowlake@ yahoo.com.
Joyce Clayton attends Memorial Day cookout with family in Ashland
Memorial Day is a sad time for those who have lost loved ones in the wars. We honor all of those who fought in all the wars and many still living. May God bless them!
Joyce Clayton attended a cook-out on Memorial Day at the home of her daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker in Ashland. Her granddaughter, Tammie Cobb and daughter, Kinsey of Myrtle were also there.
Recent visitors of mine were JoAnn Potts of Olive Branch; she is a retired school teacher (my brother, Lindy, is her late husband). Among others were grandchildren, David, Teresa and two daughters of Tupelo, and Bob and Tula Hollingsworth of Aberdeen (L.D.’s brother).
Tommie and Gale Goode of Greenwood spent the weekend with her parents, T.M. and Annie R. Stone. They visited them many weekends.
When I feel that Christ is near, all my cares and sorrow flee, He is my strength, my hope and life, He’s all the world to me.
II. “Whoever sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him; how does the word of God abide in him?”
III. How many times have we had the urge to help someone and did not do it? We are God’s hands on earth; He created us to receive help and also to give it.
IV. Tell a hungry soul about God today! The child of God who knows the gospel of Jesus Christ, who died to save us from our sins, does wrong if he fails to pass it on to others.
V. Children who attend Sunday school are really blessed; they learn at an early age not to be ashamed to live for Jesus. I’m really thankful for the special Sunday school teachers I have had over the years, also for my children and grandchildren’s wonderful Sunday school teachers.
VI. A secret Christian is like a lamp hid under a basket, instead of shining openly where it could help others.
VII. Boast not what you have done for Christ, but for the wonderful things He has done for you! We praise His holy name!
VIII. (A favorite child’s song) “That little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, shine, shine.”
Happy birthday to Makaha Martin on June 1 (daughter of Carrie Jewell Taylor); to Juanita Howell on June 6 and her daughter, Elaine Hardin on June 7; also to Jimmy Cobbs on June 6, to John Martin Westmoreland on June 10. Happy birthday to Mary Joe Whaley on June 11.
Get well wishes to Martha Ross of Byhalia, daughter of Berniece Young, also to Hazel Foote and her daughter, June Pearson; and to her husband, Roy Foote in the veterans home in Oxford.
Prayer list: Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Fay Work, Jessie Pipkin, Juanita Howell, Annette Bowen Trimble, Connie Work, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Donna Marett, Jene and Joe McCallum, Ann Mann, Betty Fincher. Pray for families who have lost loved ones recently, the family of Jerry Paul Mills, Jimmy Morris family and Mrs. Lillian Wilson’s family and others.
It was wonderful to hear from the family of my lifelong friend, Hayes Henderson. Even as a child who lived next door, he could always make me laugh. His aunts, Susie Henderson and Nellie Henderson, lived here; Miss Susie taught our entire family, even my dad. She taught 50 years; we loved her. My late husband, L.D., and I would go to the Hitching Post to eat in Holly Springs on Saturday and talk to Hayes. Later, He moved to Potts Camp and joined the Potts Camp Methodist Church; he took care of his aunts and they left their home to him. His dad also lived there until his death.
His girlfriend in the ’30s was the pastor’s daughter and my friend, Rosalie James. He liked to dance so he also dated a girl in Holly Springs. One summer he visited his cousin, Mary Ann Henderson in Arkansas. While there he wrote to both of the girls. When he came home he went to the parsonage to see Rosalie. When Rosalie and sister Geneva saw him coming they ran into the house and slammed the door. The girl in Holly Springs also gave him the cold shoulder. He said, “What is wrong with you?” She said, “My name is not Rosalie.” He had put them in the wrong envelope. After becoming an active church member, Hayes would drive Harry and Rose Jones and others to New Albany to eat lunch after church service on Sunday. I went along a few times. He also drove Harry to special places, like the Railroad Festival in Amory every year. When Harry died, the family gave the car to Hayes. He helped wait on Harry when he was sick, also.
We were happy when Hayes started working at the courthouse as bailiff, and so sorry when he died.
We will never forget him!
Union Valley Cemetery hosts Memorial Day service June 2
Memorial Day was held at Union Valley Cemetery Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m. Prayer was offered by a deacon. Care and cleaning of the graves was next. Special attention was given to the veterans’ graves. Origin of Memorial Day was given by Rosie Marie Clayton. We pledged allegiance to the flag. Two songs were sung, “My Country ’Tis of Thee” and “God Bless America.” Vanilla ice cream, cake and cookies were served to a large group.
Sis. Daisy Stinson preached her first sermon Sunday at Samuel Chapel at 4 p.m.
Marshall County Retired Personnel will meet Friday, Aug. 10, 1 p.m., in the public library with president Jones presiding.
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