Julius Erving “I always thought one of two things could happen when you take a shot - you make it or you miss it. If you can give yourself the freedom to fail, it builds your confidence and you can play with total enjoyment.”    

Thursday, Sept. 28 - tonight - be J/H open house at 6 p.m. Hope parents can come and visit with teachers and administrators about how their children are doing this year. The school calendar says October is Crime Prevention Month, Learning Disabilities Month, National Bullying Prevention Month and National Principal’s Month - pay attention in your classes and be kind to everyone. Wednesday, Oct. 4 - J/S HS PSAT (sophomores and college bound juniors) and International Walk and Roll to School Day. Thursday, Oct. 5 will be open house and a book fair for the elementary school and the National Honor Society Blood Drive. Friday, Oct. 6 - first progress report period closes and there will be no school - Staff Development Day. Saturday, Oct. 7 - there will be a Tri-M Fall Highway Cleanup, sounds like a busy week.    

Here on the Farm the fellas have been playing in the muddy fields getting some corn chopped. They got two fields done and are moving the machinery to another field this week and trying to get some more done - it seems that the weather report is going to be better for the next week with clouds and sunshine throughout all the days. I was told that yesterday they went to the fields and chopped the brush around the corn and got things ready to start as soon as they can move the machinery. We  wish all our farmers good luck in getting the corn chopped and stored for the winter months. It’s time for the milk tester from Dairy One to come and test the cows for milk production, somatic cell counts, butterfat, protein and a list of which cows be calving soon, those that need to be checked for later births, cows that are due to be bred, and those that need to be dried off to have calves. The papers that are mailed are used by the vet to check the cows during the first part of the month and to keep track of the cows that may have problems. The price of milk remains at a low point and there are lots of charges that are taken from the milk check that farmers receive each month, making it hard to keep up with expenses. Keep purchasing dairy products for cooking, baking and your enjoyment like yogurt products, milk, creams, ice cream and much more. Have a great and healthy week everyone.    

We are starting October birthdays and we have Justin Thornton, Brian Scott and Abby Rae Paoletti on Oct. 1, Al Mosher Oct. 2, Josh Rude Oct. 3, Debbie Barnes Oct. 6, Leona Jump and Christopher DuMond Oct. 7 and Blake Green Oct. 8. Have a great week, everyone. 

Masonville Federated Church with Interim Pastor Rev. Dr. John Helgeson at 11 a.m. with Bible study Tuesdays at 12:30 and 3:15 in the church dining hall. Girl Scouts are Tuesdays and Share the Bounty is Thursday, Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Sidney. 

Looking ahead for October - we have the Food Bank Wednesday Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a light lunch. Last Sunday many members and friends enjoyed a very nice Bluegrass Gospel Hour with the Gospelway Band with members from towns in New York state. They played many good gospel songs and invited the people in church to sing along with them. Refreshments were served following in the dining hall when all were invited to visit with the band members and enjoy strawberry shortcake and ice cream.