Former schoolmates and long-time friends will gather at noon this Saturday, August 18, at the B.B. Johnston Shelter at Racine Park for the 16th Annual Brush Creek Grade School Reunion. Bring a covered dish and spend the afternoon.
Mahone Chapel United Methodist Church at Ashford will hold its Annual Homecoming on Sunday, August 19. Homecoming will begin with Sunday School at 10:00 a.m., followed by Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m. Pastor David Kinder will deliver the Homecoming sermon, and the Happy Valley Boys will provide music. Dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 12:30 p.m., followed by special singing in the sanctuary by Eddie and Marilyn Gaunch. Pastor Kinder cordially invites everyone to attend this special gathering.
Remember the Kirk family reunion is Saturday, August 18, at Dartmont Park, beginning at noon. This is for descendants of George, Benjamin, and Wade Kirk. Bring a covered dish and drinks and spend the afternoon.
Thanks to Jewel Ferguson of Oak Hill for sharing one of her favorite recipes this week:
Blackberry Spice Cake with Fluffy White Frosting
Old Fashioned Blackberry Spice Cake:
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
3 cups flour
2 teas. cinnamon
1 1/2 teas. baking soda
1/2 teas. salt
1/4 teas. ground cloves
1/4 teas. nutmeg
1/4 teas. ginger
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups blackberry jam/preserves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Heat oven to 350F degrees. Beat butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixer until well mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg and ginger in medium bowl. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating well after each addition, beginning and ending with flour. Beat in jam. Stir in nuts by hand. Pour batter evenly into three greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pans; turn out onto wire racks. Cool completely. Makes 12 servings.
Fluffy White Frosting:
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
3 tbsp. water
3 egg whites (1/3 cup)
1 teas. vanilla extract
Combine sugar, syrup, water and bring to a boil until it reaches 240* on a candy thermometer, soft ball stage. As syrup boils, beat egg whites until they are stiff. Pour syrup very slowly into egg whites while beating constantly. Add vanilla and beat several more minutes or until stiff. Frosts an 8 or 9 inch layer cake.
Happy 22nd anniversary to Charles and Cindy Braley of Charleston on August 21.
Bob and Shirley Harless of Hernshaw celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary August 15. They are the parents of one son and two daughters.
Happy wedding anniversary to Mitch and Sarah Nelson of Nellis who celebrate August 17. They are the parents of two sons, Ben and Steven.
Happy anniversary to Jim and Angie Beaver who celebrate their 20th year together August 15. Angie is the daughter of Eddie and Marilyn Gaunch of Charleston.
Get well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery to Texas Smith of Costa who recently had surgery.
Billy Cantley has been in the hospital. All your friends at Nellis wish you a speedy recovery.
Continued get well wishes to Bobby Joe Barker of Nellis who remains on the sick list.
Pam Turner of Ridgeview celebrates her birthday August 18. Happy birthday wishes to Pam.
Birthday wishes to Dixie Barrick of Ridgeview on August 19 from all your family and friends.
Happy 23rd birthday to Hannah Graley Hudnall, daughter of Brian and Kim Graley of Emmons, on August 20.
Corey Kinchen of Ridgeview will be 23 years old August 21. Happy birthday!
Rick Baldwin of Nellis celebrates another birthday August 18. Have a great birthday, Rick.
Billy Cain of Ashford celebrates another birthday August 21. Happy birthday from your family.
Happy birthday to Dorothy Dunlap who will be 13 years old August 18.
Kayla Smith celebrates her 15th birthday August 20. She is the daughter of Jeff and Crystal Smith of Nellis.
Happy birthday to Betty Messer Chandler of Jackson, Ohio on August 21.
Jacob Justice celebrates his 28th birthday August 19.
Happy birthday to Fran Walker of Dearborn Heights, Mich. who celebrates August 18.
Happy birthday wishes to Allycia Nicole Governor of Ashford who celebrates her 10th birthday August 19.
Birthday wishes are sent to Timmy Vance of St Albans, formerly of Ashford, who will be 54 years old August 19.
Happy 15th birthday to Taylor Kinder of Costa on August 18.
Happy birthday to Eddie Barker on August 18.
Reggie Woodrum of Ridgeview celebrates his 35th birthday August 17. Happy birthday, Reggie.
Happy 47th birthday to Stan Gunnoe of Costa on August 18.
Happy birthday to Betty Bowles of Drawdy, who celebrates August 17, from all the Bowles family.
Happy birthday wishes to Chelsea Perdue who will be 18 years old August 16.
Belated happy birthday to David Stringer of Nellis who was 50 August 12.
Happy 45th birthday to Lester Lafferty on August 16.
Happy birthday to Brian Buskirk of Nellis on August 16 from Judy, Brianna, Alexyss and all your friends in Nellis. Also, happy birthday to Brian’s brother, Tim, who celebrates August 15.
Happy birthday to “Bud” Kinder of Costa, son of Dola and the late Ray Kinder, who celebrates his 15th birthday August 15, from family and friends who love you.
Happy birthday wishes to Jane Pierpoint Sturgill of Grass Valley, Calif. who celebrates August 19.
Happy 21st birthday to Joshua Lee Lafferty of Winifrede on August 15.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to call (304)836-5379 or write P.O. Box 102, Nellis, WV 25142 with any news that you would like to share. You can also e-mail me at email@example.com. The deadline is 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Take care until next time.