Congratulations to all the students that have now moved up another grade. Eighth grade graduation was well attended by lots of family and friends. The kindergarten class also celebrated and enjoyed their day. Beulah United Methodist Church was established in 1860. The fourth Sunday of May, they enjoy homecoming. On Memorial Day, the grounds will be beautiful with flowers throughout the cemetery.
Families will gather under the big trees and food will be laid out. Mark it down and attend Sunday, May 27. The Marthaville Cemetery will have their annual meeting Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. After the meeting, a potluck buffet will follow. Everyone is invited to attend. On the same day and time, the Belmont school reunion will also take place. All forms must be turned in and no extra meals will be ordered. For more information, contact Dale Skinner.
The Belmont Baptist Church will have their homecoming Sunday, June 3. The 2018 Marthaville Good Ole Days Pageant will be Saturday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. inside the Marthaville gym. Age groups are from 0 months up to 22 years of age. For more information, contact Karen Rawls at 471-5128, Mitzi Roe at 652-1555, Shannon Greer at 471-3081 or Shelby Greer at 609-9878.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Gene Lilley and Dollie Mitchell Barnhill. Enjoy your week and early Happy Memorial Day!
The Natchez Festival is just around the corner, June 23. The committee members are taking orders for T-shirts as well as vendor booths. The deadline to purchase a shirt and vendor space will be June 1. The committee members are also seeking sponsorships for anyone who would like to be a sponsor. They can contact any committee member. They are also seeking parade participants. Anyone interested in participating please contact a committee member.
Dance lines, church groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, car clubs, motorcycle club, horse riding clubs, school bands and other groups and organizations are welcome. The Natchez Festival has been revamped with several old members and a host of new board members assisting. They want this year’s festival to be the biggest one of them all. The committee members, as well as the Village of Natchez officials, look forward to seeing everyone there to help us celebrate. Remember, Natchez Heritage Festival event is free and is a family friendly environment. If you want good food and good music this is the place to be on June 23. Lots of activities are scheduled such as horseshoes, domino tournament, cakewalk, ring toss, bounce house, etc.
Memorial Day is the time to remember and honor those we love who died in active military service. We can celebrate those we have lost and those still in our midst. Give special meaning to them on this designated day. It is traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed the last Monday in May. It was originally called Decoration Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. Memorial Day will be observed this year Monday, May 28. Fire District #5 will had their monthly meeting May 22. Notes from that meeting will be shared in next week’s issue of the Natchitoches Times.
I’m sure glad that wedding in England is over with. There was so much about it, it seems like just too much. I guess all of the graduates have made plans to further their education or plan to join the workforce. My niece and family came in from Alabama to the services as Ronald Black II was a graduate and many of the graduates were longtime friends. Brandy and Jamie Montgomery came by and spent Saturday evening with me before they returned to Alabama. Memorial Day is May 28 and there will be a program at the Memorial Park in Natchitoches. They will recognize all immediate of those who died in action. I am not sure if all the bricks are down with the names of those service men and women from Natchitoches Parish.
Carlos Schmitd was the speaker Tuesday night at the Baptist Association meeting, where they heard all about what our missionaries are doing. Bryon and Andrea Westbrook are serving at the Prison Chaplaincy Ministry in Uncasville, Conn. They prepare prisoners for reentry into society. United has selected those who will select our teachers and officers for the next year. I hear dewberries were plentiful this year and I wish I could have gotten some of them. Toni and Glenda have a pretty little garden and they are proud of it. Will anyone step up and work to get the property known as the Field of Dreams (the old Campti Junior and Senior High School) property prepared for play for activities that are badly needed in the summer? They have money to get it going.
The Creston League is already in action and they have already played two games. Since Creston has two groups, their first game was to compete against each other. Age groups have changes from 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 13-17. Other teams are Goldonna, Readhimer and Fairview Alpha. There will be a final tournament this year played June 23, 25, 26 and 28. I will have more information next week. Johnny Woods is working very hard getting the old automotive shop of Kenneth Hardees’ ready for business. He will only be doing small jobs he has said but even that will be a plus for our community.
The Cub Scout Pack 20 of Provencal has embarked on a new fundraiser to raise money for Cub Scout Camp with the Schwan’s Cares program. Once you join, you can order online. The Cub Scout group earns up to 40 percent cash back each time you shop for foods from Schwan’s Home Service Inc. between May 15 and Sept. 27. There are no subscriptions. Order at your convenience. Join the team to raise money for Cub Scout Camp today. The Cub Scouts spent several weeks collecting recyclables they delivered to the Chimp Haven. They filled 20 bins and delivered them during a recent trip to the sanctuary. The Cub Scouts have been invited to help host the Cenla Amphibian and Reptile Enthusiasts (C.A.R.E) Reptile Day.
Scouts will help set up for the event and get a behind the scenes up close look at reptiles ranging from snakes to alligators. CARE works to conserve Louisiana’s native reptile species and the scouts get a unique opportunity to be part of the first Reptile Day. The inaugural event will be Saturday, Oct. 20 at Kent Plantation in Alexandria. For more information, contact Jena Brazil at 318-471-4360 or through the Cub Scout Pack 20 Facebook page. The Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging is hosting a fan drive. Fans do not have to be new, but must be in good working order.
Fans can be dropped off at 1016 Keyser Ave. Welch’s Processing in Provencal has added shaved ice to the menu and is offering the cold concoctions every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Stop in Welch’s next door to Provencal One Stop to try out the newest business in Provencal.