Fifty years of marriage is considered a Golden Wedding Anniversary and it is indeed a golden milestone for a couple.  Half a century of being married is a great accomplishment!  Congratulations to Charles and Shirley McDaniel who celebrated this marvelous event on March 2nd!  Wishing them many more anniversaries to come!

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Eli Moran and Zac LeBlanc attended a youth retreat in Jackson which was sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson for junior and senior students.  The theme for this year's retreat was "Search-a Retreat for Teens by Teens."  

     The retreat was held during the weekend of March 1-3 and was the spring retreat for the diocese.  Eli and Zac are members of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Philadelphia.  Participants spent the weekend learning more about their faith and God's word in daily life. The planned activities were conducted by youth leaders as well as members of the clergy.  It was a weekend that was filled with events that appealed to their age group, but directed toward deepening their faith and expanding their knowledge of Catholicism in today's world.

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Once again the gym at Neshoba Central Elementary School was transformed into a fairy tale land complete with castle walls, balloons, and glittering gold and silver streamers hanging from the ceiling and covering one entire wall for the annual Kindergarten Fairy Tale Ball. The children had been looking forward to this event which was held on Friday, March 1st.

The gym was filled with beautifully gowned princesses, some of whom wore tiaras, princes with capes, a king with his tall gold crown resting proudly on his head, and many other fairy tale favorite characters.  Every child wore a costume either furnished by parents, or from the school's costume wardrobe especially for this occasion. Parents and grandparents were special guests.

Activity centers were arranged around the room with different fun activities in each center.  Music played and the guests danced with each other, alone, or in long, laughing, giggling lines.  Refreshments were served at tables which had been festively decorated.  The entire gym was filled with children having a good time at school.  It was magical!

Reading for fun is one of the most essential skills a child can possess.  Lifetime readers are an important part of our society.  Motivating young children to read for enjoyment begins with reading stories and books they like. Fairy tales are one genre that seems to have a widespread sppeal to this age group.  The ball is a culminating activity for part of the early reading program at Neshoba Central Elementary School.

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Rolling Stone magazine featured 10 New Country and American Artists You Need to Watch in its Winter: 2019 issue.  Among the 10 was Philadelphia's Michael Hardy whose artistic guise is "Hardy".  According to Rolling Stone, he initially made his mark as a songwriter, with such hits as Florida Georgia Line's "Simple" and Morgan Wallen's "Up Down".  He has "been welcomed into the same creative enclave that includes those performers and released a pair of Joey Moi-produced EP's putting his own witty, wordy spin on maxed out country rock."

Hardy is currently opening shows on Wallen's "If I Knew Me Tour" and is set to support select dates of Florida Georgia Line's "Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour" this summer. He and two friends wrote a new song, "Rednecker", which he said was written like a Dr. Seuss poem one evening in Colorado.  When they put the words to music, it just clicked!

Michael Hardy is the son of Mike and Sarah Hardy, formerly of Philadelphia, but now are Nashville transplants.  Bobby and Joyce Hardy are his Philadelphia grandparents.

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Allison Dees Palmer says, "It's fern time again!"  Trinity Baptist Church is having its annual fern fundraiser to help their youth and children go to summer camp. The Boston and Kimberly ferns are huge and they are really beautiful! I can grow the Kimberly ferns which are more forgiving of the heat on my patio than the Boston ferns which I cannot keep alive even for part of the summer.  

The deadline for orders is March 28th and the pickup date is April 12 at Trinity Baptist Church.  The ferns are only $18.00 each. They are really a bargain!