Happy Halloween! Happy Fall!

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"Something told the wild geese it was time to fly.

Summer's sun was on their wings, but winter in their cry.

Something told the wild geese it was time to go.

Though the fields lay golden, something whispered snow."

(Shared with us by Frankie Harpole, author unknown.)

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The B.A.L.L. Group (Be Active Live Longer) met at the First Baptist Church Tuesday, Oct. 15 for their monthly potluck noon luncheon. President Jim Johnson opened the meeting with prayer and welcomed everyone. Accompanied by Jane Cole at the piano, William Smith led the group in singing "Amazing Grace." Aaron Tucker, Jim Johnson and Dr. Dan Howard delighted their audience with a devotional skit about God, Church, and the barber chair. Bill Gilley blessed the food.

After lunch, Kathy White of White Hill Farm, located on Highway 492 which runs from House to Union, spoke to the group on the benefits of goats milk. Kathy says that the public's interest in getting back to basics, "doing things the natural way," has increased the market for goats milk. The goats are penned in a restricted area so that Kathy can control their diet which is essential in effecting the taste of the milk. Same as when my grandparents kept the cows out of the pastures with bitter weeds.

At the present time, Kathy is milking three goats, who at their peak, produce about a gallon of milk per day. There will be no more "kids," baby goats, until spring. Kathy has regular customers for her milk. The soap she makes from the goats milk is sold at Magnolias and Sassafras located on the square in downtown Philadelphia, the winner of this year's "Small Business Award." This past summer, Kathy sold her milk, cheese and soap at the Depot Fresh Market, which is closed for the winter.

How did this young lady who works in X-Ray at Laird's Hospital in Union become interested in goat farming? "I was searching for some option for my farm that I could handle by myself. About three years ago, I was watching a farm show on RFD-TV about goat farming. I could do that, I told myself." And so she has, very successfully. Her niece, Gail Rickles, works with her in the production of the cheese and soap.

Goat milk is very nutritious and the cheese and soap made from it has all kinds of healthy benefits. The soft goat cheese may be flavored with jalapeno, ranch, chives or garlic. I asked Kathy, "Now tell me truthfully. Is goat milk good with peanut butter and jelly?" "I haven't had any cow's milk in years," she laughed, completely sold on her product.

B.A.L.L. members enjoying Kathy's presentation and her samples of milk, cheese and soap were Shari and Pete Adams, Rebecca Barnett, Jane Cole, Marge Davis, Eugene Dobbs, Estelle and Lamar Fowler, Bill and Polly Gilley, Jean Griffith, Joan Hight, Dr. Dan Howard, James and Dorothy Johnson, Eunice Jones, Jo Lynn Parker, Jane Parker, Bill Slaughter, Ellene and Robert Turcotte, Tom and Madeline Voncannon, William C. Smith, Bonnie Thompson and Erma Young.

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Short on news this week, I was reminded of a country song several years ago that urged, "leave with the one who brought you." With that thought in mind, I decided to write about something I was sure about. A few years ago, Rebecca Barnett and I left home on Friday morning with our pjs and toothbrushes. We were on our way to follow a two-day yard sale up through North Mississippi. Our disappointment mounted, but our spirits were not dampened, as we drove mile after mile with no sales in sight.

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The highlight of our day came when we found a yard sale in Smithville which was in conjunction with a fresh produce market. When asked what in particular we were looking for, Rebecca replied, "I would love a cup of coffee!" The lady having the sale went into her house and brought Rebecca a cup of coffee! We felt a real kinship to the people in Smithville some months later when a tornado completely destroyed their town, remembering their kindness to two customers.

Rebecca got a free cup of coffee and I bought some fresh squash.

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A few weeks ago Mitze called all excited about a Trash & Treasures Sale along the Tenn-Tom Waterway.

The idea of spending two fun-days with Mitze blocked out the nagging notion that "this sounds familiar."

Arriving in Columbus and checking at the tourism center, the same place Rebecca and I had started, no one knew about a sale.

Not to be completely outdone, we strolled along Columbus' beautiful wooded Riverwalk.

Overhead was "the bridge," an established boundary line for "W" girls in the 50's.

Things got fun when sales began to appear along the highway as we shopped our way up through Amory, Fulton, and Belmont.

It was wonderful to see the rebuilding of Smithville.

As late afternoon caught us, we decided to go on into Iuka, spend the night, and start back south the next morning.

We were directed to good "local places" to eat.

The food was good, but no one had Heinz catsup!

I failed to carry the purse-size bottle Helen Tolbert had given me years ago.

The best "trash & treasures" we found were the nice people we met along the way.

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The Christmas Holidays will have their beginning in Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 1-5 p.m. when our merchants host "Holiday Open House."

The Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council will present the play, "The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever," in the Ellis Theater Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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The annual Depot Art Show and Sale is set for Friday evening, Nov. 22 from six until eight, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual Philadelphia Christmas Parade is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. It's "Holly Jolly Christmas" theme is sure to stir Christmas excitement in the hearts of young and old alike.