John 3:16 sums up all the words of God | Airy Mountain News

2021-11-24 04:19:35 By : Ms. Cherry Chen

"Christians do not think that God will love us because we are good, but believe that God will make us good people because he loves us." – CS Lewis

"God loves the world, and even gave his only begotten Son to them, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

John 3:16 is probably the most well-known verse in Christian history. There is a verse that says that in our southern Christian culture, it is as American as hot dogs, apple pie, and baseball. I think there are good reasons for this. John 3:16 summarizes all the words and gospel of God. It clearly stated the right gospel; God came to save sinners. All of us are doomed to perish. Because we exist in a broken world, but more importantly because we are also broken. Because of this, we cannot save ourselves. We can't do anything. However, when we were still sinners, God sent His Son to die for us.

The beauty of the gospel is that we raise no questions about salvation; except for the sin of our being saved. So salvation is not through any form of action, as Paul clearly stated in Ephesians Chapter 2. No, salvation can only be found in faith. Or as John 3:16 says, believe. Or as other parts of the Bible, especially Jesus through love in his parables. We fall in love with Jesus more than anything else. We put our faith and belief on Jesus' salvation and love for us. We give up the ability to satisfy our desires and measure them in any practical way. So John 3:16 clearly shows that we need to be saved, and only God can save.

Note the absolute beauty of who God is in this verse, but in comparison, it mentions how small our situation is. We see the greatness of God, the generosity of God, the uniqueness of God, and the eternity of God. However, all mention of our evil or our brokenness is "destruction."

This does not mean that the world is broken, our sins or their consequences are small. This is definitely not the case. When we actually read the Bible, we will see this fact being emphasized over and over again. Our fall, our brokenness, our sin, and our rebellion are huge, black, dark, heavy, devastating, and terrible. But compared with the beauty, love, nature, grace, grace, and grace of the eternal God, it is insignificant. One of the beautiful realities we see in John 3:16 is how great God and his salvation are, and how small our sin and its consequences are in the gospel.

This should encourage us to worship God and give up the little happy toys in this world, aluminum foil things. We are too easy to cling to fragile happiness. But the greatness of God and his gospel can sustain this joy to a greater extent. This also means that if we rest in the world, the fragmentation of the world and our own fragmentation are insignificant compared to his goodness and grace.

The story of the prodigal son tells us that sometimes we are in a miserable situation, he eats pig food in pig feet, we made it ourselves, he wasted his money, the world is broken, the local famine occurs. This son is suffering for his own brokenness and the brokenness of this imperfect world. So in the end I asked what our verse asked. What would you believe in true happiness, true love, and true satisfaction? Are you looking for something other than Christ to achieve? But the fact is, he is enough. He can accommodate your joy; he is worthy of pursuit; he is worthy of rest. Don't rest or put your happiness on your own abilities or things in this world; even if it is a good thing. But believe in Jesus, where you will find eternal life.

Pastor Andrew Bowman serves at Rocky Ford Christian Church.

Pastor Kitty Mills teaches Sunday school at the Pentecostal Holy Church in Mountain View, Cloudville, Virginia.

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Thanksgiving is a true American holiday

Thanksgiving as a holiday originated in the United States. In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the coast of the New World. His first task was to thank God for saving his life from life-threatening sea storms. 128 years later, the pilgrims arrived near Plymouth, Massachusetts after a difficult Atlantic journey. They also thank God. After 401 years, in 2021, we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Although this holiday can be traced back to the United States, no other holiday is taken for granted. Of course, now should be the time to be grateful and count our blessings. We have to be thankful too much, and our lives should continue to live in a spirit of gratitude.

Pilgrims give thanks in Plymouth in 1620

Materialism is the biggest obstacle to American gratitude in 2021. Oh, and since Columbus arrived in 1492 after a stormy Atlantic Journey, and after a difficult Atlantic Journey in 1620, how many goals we have missed in winter and storms. For them, gratitude is not a ritual, but a priority. Landing in Plymouth in the cold winter is not a good situation, but they are grateful. They praised and worshipped the Lord and spared their lives. Anyone can sing a song when the sun is shining and the future is bright, but pilgrims face an uncertain future as dark as the dark night, and they have a song in their hearts. However, they worship with thanks and praise. Why can't we offer praise, honor, and gratitude to God in this land blessed by God, instead of wholeheartedly pursuing materialism, self-seeking, satisfying appetite, watching sports events and Christmas bargaining? In the winter of 1620, the father of the pilgrim did not take anything for granted, and we should not take it for granted in the year of our Lord in 2021. Just like pilgrims, we should be thankful for everything. More than 150 years ago, when Abraham Lincoln wrote the announcement that Thanksgiving was a national holiday, he issued a statement: "How long will it take for us to forget God's blessings again? Can we follow Christ without being grateful?" "In this 21st century, how true his words are. Our real wish should be: "Lord, open my heart. Every day, give me a grateful heart, let me pray, count all my blessings, and send out praise from a grateful heart!" People are more likely to be more active even when dealing with difficult situations. We need to always remember that gratitude is more of a state of mind than a state of mind.

Apples from the Big Apple State

You can buy apples from North Carolina, Virginia, Washington and other places, but the sweetest, full-bodied, moist, full-bodied, hot and sour, colorful apples come from Big Apples. New York State produces the best apples in the world. It may be gray fertile soil, cool spring days or mountain air. We don't really know what they are, but they are unique in flavor and texture. You can choose Mackintosh or Jonathan. Ginger gold, Jona gold, Winesap and Jona Mac. These apples will make Johnny Appleseed proud.

A bowl of radish thanksgiving

Pilgrims may not have eaten them at their feast, but they can be part of your Thanksgiving meal and contrast with the calorie-rich foods on the table. Radish is one of the simplest vegetables in the cool weather garden, and one of the most beautiful vegetables. The bottom is white and the top is bright purple. The best way to prepare them is to prepare a bowl of mashed potatoes. All you have to do is peel the radish, cut into one-inch cubes, cover with water, and cook until tender enough to be inserted with a fork. Mash the radishes with a potato masher or beat them with a blender. Add a stick of light margarine (melted), salt, pepper, a little sugar, chili powder and a few strips of roasted bacon (crushed). Mix everything together and add a little mayonnaise to add texture.

Making Thanksgiving Mud Cakes

This is a butter cake that does not need to be baked and will melt your mouth. You will need a 32-ounce bag of Vanilla Oreo or Pumpkin Oreo (if available), a margarine stick, an eight-ounce pack of cream cheese (softened), and a three-ounce box of instant jelly pudding or instant jelly Pumpkin pudding is mixed with three and a half cups of milk, a twelve-ounce box of Cool Whip, and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Direction: Run Oreo in grate mode through a blender and set aside. In the second bowl, mix the cream cheese and softened margarine. In another bowl, mix the jelly instant pudding mixture, milk and cold whip. Mix two bowls of cream cheese mixture and jelly pudding mixture. Add pumpkin pie spices. Add a layer of crushed Oreos to a 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish or baking dish (you need three layers of Oreos). Put a layer of filling on the first layer of Oreo, add the second layer of Oreo, then a layer of filling, add the third layer of Oreo. Decorate the top with butternut squash.

In North Carolina, the tradition of eating sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving is much longer than that of turkey. This is because the state produces as many sweet potatoes as turkey. Most sweet potatoes in North Carolina are grown on the coastal plains, where most of the soil is fertile rather than acidic. From Tabor to Whiteville, to the sand dunes and northeastern North Carolina, sweet potatoes flourish and are one of the country's largest sweet potato producers, many of which are also exported to other countries. My Northampton County grandmother bake sweet potatoes in her wood stove almost every day in the fall, and they are always warm because her wood stove never goes out. When we were young, we would peel the baked potatoes to half of the potatoes, leaving the remaining skin on the sweet potatoes, and then eat them like an ice cream cone. It is best to buy North Carolina sweet potatoes from local farms or from the produce stalls on the way back from Myrtle Beach. Freshly dug out sweet potatoes have a dark brown sap that can enhance their flavor. Most store-bought sweet potatoes are already marinated and dry inside. Sweet potatoes can be deep-fried, baked, made into biscuits, pies, cakes, casseroles, and custards. They can be mashed like mashed potatoes, or they can be made into pudding by grinding raw potatoes with a mixer in grate mode, or Scrape the raw potatoes through an old-fashioned "tater" grater.

A simple and quick Thanksgiving dessert

If it takes a lot of time to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, you can use this simple pumpkin dessert to reduce the burden of work in just a few minutes. The title of the recipe is "Pumpkin Cake with Main Ingredient". You need a box of yellow cake mix, a 16-ounce jar of Libby pumpkin, and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Mix the cake flour, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin. Pour the mixture into a 13x9x2 inch baking pan or a pan sprayed with Pam baking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool and punch holes in the baked cake. Make a glaze with a cup and a half of 10 times powdered sugar, four tablespoons of orange juice, and a half teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Stir until very smooth and pour on the cake. Simple too!

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"Heaven!" An old and frail old man worried that he would need money in heaven after his death. The man asked his three adult children if they would put a thousand dollar bill into his coffin when his time came, and everyone agreed. A few months later, the man passed away. The elder son put the one-thousand-dollar bill in the opened coffin. Then, the grieving daughter put the one-thousand-dollar bill into the coffin. Another son nicknamed "Slade" wiped his face with a napkin, whispered goodbye, deposited a check for three thousand dollars in the coffin, and then picked up the two thousand dollars.

One of the most famous kings in human history was born in Egypt in 1341 BC. He is the 12th king of the 18th dynasty of Egypt. His name is Tutankhamun. Maybe you know him better as King Tutankhamun.

The name Tutankhamun means "living image of Ateng", and the Egyptian sun god is considered the creator of life. Akhenaten, the father of King Tutankhamun, forbids the worship of polytheisms, and turns to worship Aton, and asks to worship his son as a living image of the creator.

At the end of World War I, British archaeologist Howard Carter began excavating in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. On November 22, 1922, after years of intense work, Carter found and entered Tutankhamun's tomb.

To his surprise, he found that most of the content and structure were miraculously intact. In one of the rooms, there is a mural on the wall, telling the story of King Tutankhamun’s funeral and his journey to the afterlife. There are also various artifacts from his journey-oils, perfumes, toys from his childhood, precious jewels, and gold and ebony statues in the room.

The most fascinating object found was the sarcophagus, which contained three coffins, one mouthful and the last one made of gold. When the lid of the third coffin was lifted, the royal mummy of King Tutankhamun was uncovered, and it has been preserved for more than 3,000 years. When archaeologists inspected the mummy, they found other artifacts, including bracelets, rings and collars. Over the next 17 years, Carter and his colleagues carefully excavated the four-chamber tomb and discovered thousands of priceless treasures. Over the years, many interesting facts about King Tutankhamun have emerged. For example, it is said that he was about 5 feet 8 inches tall, began to rule Egypt when he was 9 years old, and died from a blow to the head when he was a teenager.

To say the least that King Tutankhamun’s life was very interesting, but many years ago, on a cold winter night in Bethlehem, the birth of a king would change the course of human history. His name is Jesus, and he is my king. The name of his birthplace, Bethlehem, means "House of Bread", and the bread of life was born from this "House of Bread".

I can't help thinking that the angels in heaven watched in astonishment as the eternal God left his throne and was embraced with love by a young girl named Mary. Mary gently placed the baby king in a manger and a feeding trough, surrounded by only her husband Joseph and a few animals in the stable. A composer said: "The king has left his throne and is sleeping in the manger tonight." This is a night like any other night, but it is not a child like any other child. This child is the Lord Jesus Christ, God and man are one and inseparable.

King Tutankhamun is called the image of the sun god, but King Jesus is the radiance of God's glory and "his image" (Hebrews 1:3). He is my king! King Tutankhamun did not have any sacredness, but in King Jesus "inhabited the fullness of the divine in the form of a body" (Co. 2:9). He is my king! King Tutankhamun was oppressed and controlled, but King Jesus was a God wrapped in human skin, "making the world reconciled to himself" (2 Corinthians 5:19). He is my king!

King Tutankhamun was a king on the earth, and his remains were only found 3000 years after his death. King Jesus was given to the world as God's greatest gift. He died on the cross, bearing the burden of the world's sins, and gloriously defeated death, hell and tombs, and brought eternal life to all those who came to him by faith. He is my king! Tutankhamun is only a nominal king, but King Jesus is "the God of Immanuel with us." He is my king.

Our world has extremely complex problems: war, terrorism, disease, natural disasters and broken families. People have complex problems: physical, emotional, financial, and interpersonal issues.

Sometimes, when we try to help others or try to deal with our own problems, we feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, unlike Tutankhamun, God promised with his firm love that he would never leave or abandon us.

He is the father of the orphan, the friend of the orphan, and our immediate help in times of trouble. He is my king! I believe that King Jesus is also your king, and he reigns on the throne in your heart. As we move towards Christmas and celebrate the birth of Jesus, I pray that each of us knows him and loves him more day after day. You can also declare that he is my king!

Americans love their cars and buy them in large quantities (816 per 1,000 people). Europeans also like cars, but they buy less (482 in France, 475 in the UK), probably because they pay too much tax and cannot afford cars. In Europe, people with an annual income of $40,000 pay $6,000 more in taxes than Americans with the same income; people with an income of $100,000 pay $16,000 more in taxes. Heavy taxes pay for a generous European welfare state.

Mr. Biden is offering a similar welfare state in exchange for your vote, and he is lying when he says that taxes are levied on "rich people" and wealthy companies will pay for it. In the end, everyone will pay more taxes, possibly payroll and value added tax (VAT). Therefore, if you support Mr. Biden’s plan and then decide that you want a newer and more expensive car, you may not be able to afford it; you have already used it in exchange for a more generous American welfare program. Oh, you may not be able to afford the bigger house you always wanted.

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower docked in Plymouth Bay. The people on the boat have gone through a terrible 66-day journey, but they have not yet completed it. The 102 passengers and their crew lived on the ship for more than 130 days. They survived the harsh winter because their food supply was reduced and disease and hunger raged.

The group initially set off with another ship, Speedwell, in July, but both ships are very old and are flooding. After several false starts and a series of overhauls, the Mayflower set off on its own for Hudson Bay on September 16, 250 miles from where they finally dropped anchor.

By the end of that winter, there were only 53 people left. When the weather allowed, they collected supplies on land and began to build huts on the hills overlooking the bay. They finally left the ship in late March 1621.

The Wampanoag tribe observes and discusses how to deal with these newcomers. 100 years ago, the experience of indigenous and Europeans was at best full of betrayal, violation of treaties, and outright betrayal.

The tribal leader Massasoit weighed the risks-helping the struggling bands that had already stolen food from them, or launching an attack to drive them away. He decided that it would be better to establish an alliance with them on his terms. After all, this is a small group.

I don’t think any indigenous tribe can imagine that there will be a large number of Europeans going to North America in the next few years. The Mayflower is followed by hundreds of tall ships, carrying people in search of land and freedom, economic opportunities, and fleeing the horrors of war and famine. swan. Swift. Hercules. bless. The list goes on.

In 1635, the Abigail entered Boston. Among her 220 passengers were the Freeman family in Devon, England. John will eventually marry Massey Burns, granddaughter of Elder William Brewster. Their son moved to Norfolk, Virginia. Later, his son took his family to Jovan County, North Carolina.

Peter Forge and Freeman arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts the same year. His daughter Abia married Josiah Franklin. They became Ben Franklin's parents.

Over time, the son of this line married the daughters of two other Mayflower survivors. The Quaker family joined the sect's migration to the New Garden (now Greensboro) in 1777. Some members became doctors, including Walter C. Folger, born in 1868, who opened a clinic in Dobson.

In 1892, he married Sally Victoria Freeman, the 4th generation great-granddaughter of John and Mercy Freeman. In Surrey County, he married no less than three lines of Mayflower The offspring gather together.

We often think about major events in history from a distant perspective. What happened to people far away has nothing to do with us, but we are closer to history than we know. Those Mayflower families are intertwined through Freemans and Folgers, Reeves and Marions, Pooles, Riddles, Llewellyns, Mosers, Bowles, Bolichs and many others. They cultivated people who built strong communities and kept them safe, patriots, doctors, musicians, teachers, interior designers, farmers, etc. who were free from the dictatorship of distant monarchs.

There are many controversies in society now, trying to put the morality of our ancestors' behavior in a better context. There is no doubt that huge injustices have occurred in the formation of this country I love, but I will leave these discussions to others who are more knowledgeable than me.

What I know is that this month 400 years ago, a small group of people sat down to eat to celebrate their survival. 242 years later, President Lincoln announced the National Thanksgiving Day to celebrate the survival of the Confederation. This month, many of us will sit down and celebrate our family and friends because we have walked out of these recent unpleasant times.

If we made mistakes as a country in the past, maybe we can get together in this festival and decide to do better as individuals in the future.

Kate Rauhauser-Smith is a local freelance writer, researcher and genealogist.

Entering a quiet day in mid-November

With almost two weeks left before Thanksgiving, we can enjoy peace before the beginning of the upcoming holiday. We like the calm in early November because the garden has changed from a midsummer model to a vegetable crop in autumn and winter. Visited the flower bed during siesta, and the violet has become a November flower.

Nature is in a slowing cycle, because the only green in forests and woodlands shines in holly, cedar and pine trees. The November night is so calm, you can almost hear the remaining leaves on the trees touching the lawn. The frost is heavier every morning and lasts longer. It's time to enjoy the best season and prepare for the harvest and gratitude season.

The artist in the fall turns the lawn brown

The autumn lawn has a new color, because the November frost brings a lot of crystal clear white to the lawn, so the lawn appears tan and brown. The lawn looks more brown, with the remaining leaves coating on the trees. The leaves are now very brittle, which makes them easy to vacuum onto the garden area and compound bins and piles.

Sweet potato season

October is the season of pumpkins, but November can be called the season of sweet potatoes, especially in North Carolina. The fertile coastal soil of the Tabor urban area in southeastern North Carolina makes it the sweet potato capital of North Carolina. We grew up in northeastern North Carolina, Northampton County has coastal loam, and they also produce a lot of sweet potatoes. My father and grandma grow a lot of sweet potatoes every year. They store them in the "potato hill" so that they can eat sweet potatoes throughout the winter. The potato "mountain" is so simple but practical. It was a dirt mountain with long-leaf pine grass, a bushel of potatoes, and more pine grass growing on both sides. There was more soil on the mountain, and a fire pipe could enter the mountain.

Since this seems to be "Sweet Potato Day" in Garden Plot, and there are less than two weeks before Thanksgiving, we paid more attention to sweet potatoes. This is a simple recipe to make sweet and juicy candied yam. You can use fresh or canned sweet potatoes. Peel six or seven large sweet potatoes or use two large pots of potatoes. If you use fresh sweet potatoes, cut them into one-inch pieces and boil them in water until you can pass through them with a knife. Drain the potatoes and place them in a 13X9X2 inch baking pan or dish. In a medium bowl, mix half a cup of dark brown sugar, a six-ounce box of orange jelly, a light-colored margarine, half a cup of karo syrup (dark color), a tablespoon of cinnamon, a tablespoon of vanilla, and a cup of chopped Pecans. Heat the ingredients together until the margarine melts. Pour the mixture on the sweet potatoes and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Add a layer of miniature marshmallows and brown the tops until they are cooked through.

Pruning azaleas and evergreens

November is a good month for pruning and shaping rhododendrons and evergreens to prevent damage from ice and snow later in winter. Trimming and shaping them now when the weather is fairly comfortable will make it easier to decorate them with string lights next month, and it will also make it easier for them to install lights and remove them after Christmas.

Sassafras: Childhood Tradition

Sassafras is a traditional tree species in Southeastern states. Their uniqueness is that their three perfectly round leaves turn red and bronze in autumn. Sassafras trees usually grow in open areas with plenty of sunlight. My Northampton grandmother knows these trees very well. Where can she find their roots. This is the main ingredient of Sassafras tea, which is also the main ingredient of root beer, as well as syrup, carbonated water, spices and so on. When my grandmother made sassafras tea, we didn't know if it was made as a tonic, medical use or beverage. We only know that she is hot, in a coffee cup with a lot of sugar. My mother always said that we drink it because it contains sugar! The grandmother knew where the sassafras tree grew, and would harvest the roots, not from the tree itself, but from the "branches" close to the tree. She scrubs and cleans the roots, then puts them in a pan filled with water to boil. The water will turn dark red or bronze. She will put a lid on the pot until the tea becomes the color she wants (her tea is dark red, probably as red as the black coffee she drank in the morning). If you want to know why sassafras tea is hot, it is because it is like coffee, nothing is worse than cold coffee. We remember that as boys in northeastern North Carolina, we would harvest the roots in early fall, cut them into small pieces, bag them and take them to school to share with other children. We chew it, it has the taste of root beer.

Jack Frost's huge presence

Jack Frost visits us almost every morning in November, leaving his figure on the roof and lawn, and leaving white crystals on the Siberian kale. We like to go to the garden and stare at the frosty crystals on the leaves of turnips, mustard, broccoli and kale. Of course, the artists of autumn visited us in the form of hoarfrost in late autumn. God makes all things grow in rain, frost, snow, and ice crystals on Siberian kale.

Another interesting fact about oak trees

In the Garden Plot last week, we mentioned huge oak trees and the acorns they harvest. Oak trees around the world grow in many shapes, sizes and heights. There are more than 600 species of oak trees worldwide. Some oak trees will produce acorns after two years of growth, while other oak tree varieties will grow for 20 years before producing the first acorn. Most oak trees have a long life span. Some oak trees in the United States can be traced back to the War of Independence, the shadow of George Washington!

Colder temperatures, heavy frost, and soon we will experience severe cold. Keep an eye on your viewing containers for kale and cabbage, move them to the back of the front porch, and cover them with a towel on cold nights. Remove the towel when the temperature rises the next day, but keep the towel nearby to prevent it from freezing every night.

Peanut crisp melted in your mouth

The 21st century peanut brittle has better texture, taste and less stickiness than the 20th century peanut brittle. When I was young, the peanut crisp was packed in a bag. I put my hand into the bag and a few pieces would come out. Because the shortbread was stuck together, it stuck to your hand during the process of taking it out of the bag. It was not "finger licking". Good", but "finger sticks well". Proprietary technology in the 21st century has produced a fragile product that does not stick together. It has 1 to 2 inch pieces and is not packed in a bag, but wrapped in foil in a box with an illustration. The best shortbreads are made with peanuts from eastern North Carolina and southern Virginia. These peanuts are grown, processed, baked, and prepared near where they grow. The best is the Old Dominion peanut crunch made in Norfolk, Virginia. You can buy it at Food Lion, Ingles, Dollar Tree and most supermarkets and candy stores in our area. You can find it in downtown Mount Airy along Main Street. Be careful, this peanut crisp is not only delicious, but also addictive.

Goodies for Thanksgiving Candy Plate

These Thanksgiving confectionery dishes have a history of more than a hundred years and are still a tradition today. They are Candy Corn, Butternut Squash, Hershey's Kiss, and M&M's. They add a touch of Thanksgiving to any candy plate or dining table. Hershey's Kisses is wrapped in bumper tin foil, while M&M's has bumper mixed colors. They have been manufactured by Mars Candy for more than 100 years. The name M&M comes from the initials of Mars and the Milky Way. The chocolate in M&M chocolate is completely different from any other chocolate in the world. They are certainly worthy of any confectionery dishes. During Thanksgiving, there is enough on hand.

"Keep driving." The truck driver drove to this roadside truck stop for dinner in the middle of the night. Three wild-looking motorcycle riders with beards and black leather jackets were slurred and dirty. They harassed the truck driver for no reason. One rider studied chili on his head, another ate his apple pie, and the third rider poured his hot coffee on the table. The truck driver didn't say a word, but went upstairs to pay the bill and left. "The truck driver is not an aggressive person," one of the drivers said. "He doesn't seem to be a truck driver," the waitress said. "He just drove his truck on three motorcycles."

"Family affairs." My wife read "The Story of Two Cities" and she has twins. She read "Three Musketeers" and had triplets. I am very worried now because she is reading "The Birth of a Country".

It seems that some of our county commissioners have nothing to do but pass resolutions.

The first is the collapse of the "Coca-Cola machine". It now appears that they think there is another battle to fight with another resolution. According to the November 3rd Mount Airy News article "FBI was told to stay away from Surrey County schools", the Commissioner’s latest resolution protested against the FBI’s "convening a meeting to help develop a plan to respond to threats to public school managers." Board members, Teachers and staff. "

As early as the early 2000s, public schools across the country were dealing with bomb threats. As the principal, I participated in training courses sponsored by SBI and FBI. Many of the strategies learned in these meetings led to the development of agreements that may still exist in our school and district level emergency action plans today. My advice is to at least listen to the advice of FBI professionals. Local officials may learn something that can better protect children or school employees.

Some time ago, the secretary of the county party committee declared war on the roadside garbage in our county. I am not sure whether the committee members passed a resolution to support anti-littering efforts. If not, there should be. I appreciate their efforts and agree with them 100% on this issue. But now, we are exposed to another kind of garbage.

I make suggestions for the resolution of the next Surrey County Commissioner. It should deal with people who drive around Surrey County and pollute the environment with different kinds of garbage. It is not the physical garbage mentioned above. This is the verbal and visual garbage displayed on the vehicle, and all eyes can see hatred and blasphemy, including our children or grandchildren. Such vivid sexual language and swear words are ugly and harder to explain to children. Although this garbage may be "legal" under the First Amendment, it is wrong and needs to be stopped.

Obviously, people who use this offensive language in a vehicle are eager to be noticed. Maybe we can find a constructive way to meet their concerns. I think the next county magistrate’s resolution should instruct our sheriff’s department staff to help these people by giving them the utmost attention. We can also seek help from the local municipal police. who knows? Maybe these people are just lost and need guidance. Most likely, they may need advice on how to operate the vehicle in a safer way. In any case, let us consistently give them the attention they deserve every day.

I volunteered to help the Surrey County Commissioner draft this resolution.

Referring to the article "FBI was told to stay away from Surry Schools" published on November 3, I think the county commissioner did not grasp the main points. For me, the reason for this statement by Attorney General Garland is to protect people related to public schools, not to prevent parents from speaking at school board meetings.

In addition, in response to GJ Harmon’s letter in yesterday’s newspaper, I was curious about the question he asked his parents: “Are the schools in Surrey County and Mount Airy instilling this toxic and acrimonious anti-Martin into our children? Luther, anti-civil rights? Anti-equality, anti-American venom?" Does he really think the school teaches this? Has he visited the school classroom? The website he listed is invalid, showing "page not found".

As long as it is carried out in a civilized manner, parents absolutely have the right to express their opinions at the school board meeting. Attorney General Garland is worried about groups that want to hurt, disrupt meetings, and spread their agendas.

"Because you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although he is rich, he has become poor for your sake, so that you can become rich because of his poverty."

Edward Christian was born on June 23, 1894, the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary of England. Edward entered the Naval Academy at the age of 12 and continued to Dartmouth from there. In 1911, Edward Christian became the 20th Prince Edward of Wales. Five minutes before midnight on January 20, 1936, Edward's father, King George V, died, and Edward, the Prince of Wales, became King Edward VIII of England. King Edward rules the most extensive empire in the history of the world. The British Empire controls a quarter of the world's population and occupies a quarter of the total area of ​​the earth. The global expansion of British territory gave birth to the reality that "the sun of the British Empire never sets".

During his short reign as a king, Edward was very popular until he made a life-changing statement. He fell madly in love and planned to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson. The British Parliament believed that Mrs. Simpson and her suspicious background were not suitable for becoming the next Queen of England and prohibited Edward from marrying her as his wife. King Edward found himself at a crossroads. He can end his engagement with Wallis and continue as King of England, or he can abdicate and marry Wallis. He can leave the love of his life, or lose the power, wealth and honor of the British throne.

On December 10, 1936, King Edward VIII announced his decision to exchange the British crown for the bride's hand. He declared to Parliament: "I, Edward VIII of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Overseas Territories, the King of India, hereby declare my irrevocable determination to abandon the throne for myself and my descendants, and I hope to abdicate immediately. The essay takes effect. The decision I made is mine and I am alone."

Talk about a great exchange! King Edward VIII, the only king in English history who voluntarily gave up his throne, traded the royal family for insignificance, the nobility for the peasants, and the authority for the subordinates.

More than two thousand years ago, a king who was far more important than the king of England had a great exchange. Moved by the love of fallen mankind, the King of Glory Jesus gave up his throne in heaven and came to this world as a helpless baby born in a manger in Bethlehem. He traded honor for humiliation, worshipped angels for mockery of sinners, traded crowns of jewels for crowns of thorns, and traded the throne of heaven for the cross of Calvary. Jesus was not forced to leave heaven, nor was he asked to leave the throne of glory, but voluntarily gave up everything that belonged to him and assumed the role of servant.

When the plan of mankind's salvation was ready, the angels witnessed the infinitely rich son of God turned into the infinitely poor son of man. Jesus took off his royal robe, freed his Heavenly Father's right hand, and entered the human family through the womb of a young girl in Nazareth. She wrapped him in a swaddling cloth and placed him in a manger. As the Son of Man, Jesus borrowed a boy’s lunch to feed 5,000 people. He borrowed Peter’s boat as a pulpit. He borrowed a donkey to enter Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and was placed in a borrowed one after his death. In the grave. Although Jesus experienced all the benefits provided by heaven, he gave up his rightful position, gave up his throne in heaven, and came to earth to hold the hand of his beloved.

During the six hours of being crucified, the Son of Man was deprived of his dignity and bore the price of a sinful world in his body. His physical thirst for suffering will not be quenched, nor will the emotional stress of separation from his father be relieved. The death of Jesus on the cross completed the great exchange proclaimed by the Bible, "because he made the sinless one sin for us, and made us the righteousness of God in him."

Jesus accepted our spiritual bankruptcy and used it in exchange for his justice. He is separated from God the Father, so we will never be separated. He endured the pain and poverty of Calvary to cancel our debt to God and ensure our eternal destiny. Perhaps the great communication is best expressed by the hymn writer William Newell, who wrote: “Oh, it is love that triggered the plan of salvation, oh, the grace that brought it to mankind, oh, the greatness that God crossed on Calvary Gap."

As the leaves of amber, chocolate, and sunlight passed over the windshield of a car driving along Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, just north of Surrey County, a familiar friend appeared in sight. At Milestone 176 on Park Avenue, the forever majestic Mabry Mill is a constant reminder of the past and the future.

Today's website has changed from a once-bustling community center to the most photographed place on Parkway. At that time, people from surrounding communities or the so-called "country" visited Marbury's homeland, seeking services from mills, blacksmiths, and sawmills. Today, visitors can learn about factory operations, basket weaving and daily life in the mountains.

Although many locals were upset about Parkway passing through the town at the time, there is no doubt that this is the reason why the mill is still standing today.

Edwin Boston Marbury married Mintoria Elizabeth Dehart on March 1, 1891, both of whom were only 24 years old. The couple, affectionately called "Uncle Ed" and "Aunt Liz", began their farming life in Virginia, but soon discovered that Ed's passion was not in agriculture, but in invention. It was here that the couple decided to save money to start and run a sawmill.

After studying blacksmithing in West Virginia for a while, the Marbury family moved back home and began their dream. From 1905 to 1914, five different pieces of land were purchased. The first building constructed was the blacksmith's shop, and by 1910, the hydraulic mill was built and equipped with an extensive sink system.

Ed used local resources when he opened the store. A Mount Airy steel plant supplies cast iron gears for rolling mills; the grinding stones are from Brushy Mountain Quarry. Sawmills and woodworking shops are the last companies to add. Sometime after the 1920s, Mabry's built a two-story white farmhouse. Although Mabry's mainly uses the ground floor, there is still room for guests to visit the house.

Until the 1930s, families from surrounding towns and counties came to Ed and Lizzie to meet their needs. The shop can chop wood, make tools, grind corn for cooking or chop, etc. All these tasks are done by Ed or Lizzie. When Ed's health began to decline, Lizzie began to take on her and Ed's tasks. Soon after the mill closed and fell into disrepair, Ed died at the age of 69. Lizzie stayed at home for a few more years, and eventually moved to live with her sister. At this time, the landscape architect of Blue Ridge Park Avenue regarded the area as the main site along the new road.

"Scenic Area", just like its original name, is the first park of its kind. There are 469 miles between the two states and it will showcase the best and beautiful places in the Appalachian countryside. In order to make way for many sites along the way, buildings were moved, repaired and destroyed, and the mill site was no exception. Although Parkway historians at the time disagreed, Marbury's two-story house was demolished. It was replaced by Matthew's Cottage in Galax, Virginia.

During the tourist season, tourists flock to lively restaurants and commentary places. Whether it's buckwheat pancakes or rangers displaying historical handicrafts, history continues, as is the legacy of Ed and Lizzie Marbury.

Emily Morgan is the Guest Services Manager for the Mount Airy Regional History Museum. She lives in Westfield with her family. You can contact her at or call 336-786-4478 x229

Plant colorful pansies this month

If you still have some containers without any growth, you can fill them with colorful green foil. These violets are still available at nurseries, hardware, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Lowe's Home Improvement. They are available in six packs and nine packs. You can choose white, bronze, yellow, purple, lavender, pink, rose, tan, wine red and other colors. To get the pansies off to a good start in November, invest in a bag of pansy boosters and apply a handful to each container. Water less in November to prevent freezing of the soil medium.

Red berries on Carolina dogwood

When the crimson leaves begin to fall from the dogwoods, they reveal the tiny red berries harvested, which reminds us that Christmas is getting closer and Thanksgiving is getting closer. If the bird does not eat all the berries, the berries will become some colorful Christmas decorations. Dogwood is a favorite nesting place for birds, so we will scan the empty limbs to find the perfect Christmas tree decoration nest, preferably a nest that is not full of feces like Mary Allen found in Walton’s Christmas Story .

Enjoy the beauty of November

November is a calm month, with browns, grays, tans, and beiges highlighted by the blue skies of Carolina and a hint of green from the vines of red-hearted cedar, pine, holly and honeysuckle. The newly fallen oak leaves are forming a carpet on the forest floor and in the Carolina woodlands. Most mornings, the lawn is covered with frost crystals. The gray trunk and most of the exposed limbs form the background of the sparse mistletoe plants in the pecan and oak trees, reminding us of the coming of Christmas next month. Most of it will remain safe because it is high on the tree. There are only a few leaves on powerful oak trees, and they are likely to exist until the first snow of the year.

At the beginning of November, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe's Home Improvement, Walmart, Food Lion, Lowe's Foods, hardware and nurseries will feature blooming Christmas cacti. Christmas cactus is a flower investment, if you take good care of it, it will thrive for many years and bloom every Christmas season. There is an advantage to buying them now because they are blooming when you buy them. You can choose white, red, coral and pink. You can buy them in small and medium containers ranging from $6 to $12. The first step in growing a Christmas cactus is to continue to buy a larger container and a bag of cactus culture medium, and transplant the cactus immediately after bringing it home. Put it in a semi-sunny place in the house and it should stay there all winter. Once a week, lightly check for moisture and water when needed. Feed with Flower-Tone organic flower food once a month. Keep the cactus away from direct sunlight. A sign that the Christmas cactus gets too much sun is that the leaves will turn pink. If this happens, move the cactus to a place with less sunlight in the room. Use a drip tray under the container to prevent water from touching the floor.

The mighty oak tree is a majestic tree that can produce wood for floors, furniture, houses, and many wood products. They also harvest large amounts of acorns every year to cover the forest floor and produce food for squirrels, raccoons, foxes, wolves, chipmunks and rabbits. As a 10 or 12-year-old boy, we harvested five gallon buckets of acorns for pig farmers at a price of $1 per bucket. After school, we have to wait until dark to fill a bucket, but in the 1950s, a dollar was worth a dollar. An interesting fact about acorns is that if time becomes too difficult, acorns can be used as food. As we all know, during the Great Depression in the 1920s, time was really tight and many families did not have the funds to produce flour. So they picked acorns, peeled the shells, grind the pulp, and cooked with the acorn pulp. In nature, God has created many miracles and supplies. He provided a table in the wilderness and one in the forest.

Grass on the lawn in late autumn

As far as mowing is concerned, the lawnmower is almost ready for a long hibernation. The grass on the lawn slowed down, turned light green, and slowly began to turn light brown. As the months passed, the frost became thicker and whiter. Continue to use the grass clippings in the compound bin or pile to heat the ingredients. Before mowing the lawn in late autumn, make sure the sun has dried up the frost.

A lot of darkness appeared in early November

The days are still getting shorter by one minute every day. As November progresses, we will continue to reduce one minute every night and continue to do so until winter arrives on December 21.

Making Pumpkin Maple Bread Pudding

Pumpkins are the highlight of Thanksgiving desserts, and there are plenty of pumpkins in November. This recipe is unique because it combines the flavors of pumpkin, brown sugar and maple, and it is easy to prepare. You will need a 16-ounce jar of Libby Pumpkin or a pint of pumpkin, four hot dog rolls, a three-ounce box of butterscotch jelly instant pudding mix, three large eggs, half a cup of light brown sugar, and a quarter cup of cabin Maple syrup, a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, a can of evaporated milk. Pass the hot dog rolls through the blender in the "grate" mode and place in a large bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Pour into a 13X9X2 inch baking pan or pan sprayed with Pam baking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. After cooling, serve with Dream Whip or dairy whipped cream.

Use turnips to make a pilgrim's centerpiece

The round purple-top radish can be used to make pilgrim men and women's center decorations in restaurants or coffee tables. Wash the radishes and dry them. Cut off the top and bottom tips of the leafy leaves to keep the turnips level. Use acrylic paint to design the faces of the pilgrim men and women, including the eyes, nose, and mouth. Use yarn to form hair and glue on the radish. Use black and yellow construction paper to make hats with buckets for pilgrims. Use light blue or tan napkins to make hats for pilgrims. Use a bag of harvest mix to spread the kiss of good time around the pilgrims. Circle the center with butternut squash. This is an edible center decoration, so Kisses and butter squash are often used to supplement the center decoration.

St. Martin's Day Weather Knowledge

Thursday, November 11th is Saint Martin's Day. On his special day, there are some weather legends that if the leaves are still on the vines, we can expect a cold winter. There are still some leaves on the vine, most of the leaves are already yellow and are about to fall off. Whether or not the leaves are fallen, we are looking for a cold weather where there is a lot of snow to enjoy, and it can also wipe out insects and weed seeds in cold weather, and make Siberian kale radishes and kale sweeter. Saint Martin is right in a sense that winter is the season to look forward to cold weather.

Old-fashioned Sticky Sweet Potatoes

We tried to replicate the old-fashioned sticky, juicy, roasted sweet potato recipe my mother and grandmother made when we were young. The secret of stickiness is that sweet potatoes are freshly dug out from potato vines and baked in the oven after harvest until the juice runs out. Most of the sweet potatoes in the store are dried before you buy, so their juice is zero. In order to reproduce the juicy sweet potato recipe of mom and grandma to meet the 2021 standard, take six or seven large sweet potatoes, wash them and coat them with Crisco shortening. Bake at 4oo degrees until you can smell them, then use a knife to cut through them. Remove from the oven, cool and peel the potatoes, and cut the potatoes in half. Fry in a lightly artificial butter in a pan. When the potatoes are light brown, put this mixture on top of the potatoes: mix three tablespoons of brown sugar (light color), a piece of melted light margarine, and a quarter cup of light Kahlo corn syrup. Stir the mixture and pour it on the potatoes. The taste of mother and grandma's kitchen in the 1950s.

"Please be quiet." A patient in the mental hospital put his ear on the wall of the room and listened intently. "Be quiet," he whispered to the waiter, pointing to the wall. The waiter put his ear to the wall and said, "I didn't hear." "I know," the patient replied. "It's terrible, so many days."

"Men at work." Artist-"This is my latest painting. It is called the'builder at work'." This is a kind of realism. "Art Observer-"I don't see anyone working. "Artist-"Of course not, this is the real situation of this painting! "

The new moon occurred on November 4. Daylight saving time ends at 2 am today and the moon reaches its first quarter on Thursday, November 11. The full moon will appear on the night of Friday, November 19. The moon will be named "Beaver Full Moon". Thanksgiving will be on Thursday, November 25th. The moon reaches its final quarter on Saturday, November 27th.

This is a reference to the article "FBI was told to stay away from Surrey School" in The Mount Airy News published by Ryan Kelly on November 3.

I commend Commissioner (Eddie) Harris and Van Tucker for their position in the parent business where FBI agents invaded our local school to express their opinions/objections on Critical Race Theory (CRT).

You all know that CRT is deeply buried in the 2021-2022 NC K-12 standard approved by the NC Board of Education, right? (Https:// social studies courses.

As stated in the reference, "Despite the opposition of Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, members of the State Board of Education-most of whom were elected by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper-voted to pass the updated curriculum. He said the new The standards reflect the political agenda of the board of directors and "instill in our students ideas that oppose our great country."

The question is: Are schools in Surrey County and Mount Airy instilling this poisonous and acrimonious anti-Martin Luther, anti-civil rights, anti-equality, and anti-American venom into our children? Has any parent surveyed it? If so, have any parents shared their concerns with any school board?

Merely repeating the current euphemism "Let's go to Brandon" is not enough to eliminate this hatred. Take action as Mark Levin suggested in Chapter 7 of his book "American Marxism." how? Election for the school board. Write to the North Carolina, Surrey and Airy Mountain School Boards. Speak respectfully at the school board meeting. participate. Join our county commissioner (hope the city commissioner does the same) to fight back.

Editor's note: This is one of a series of columns shared by the Surrey County Office of Drug Abuse Recycling and Mount Airy News readers.

Last week, from October 23 to October 31, the country was called "Red Ribbon Week". Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is now the largest alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention activity in the United States. The Surrey County Office of Drug Abuse Recycling (SCOSAR) works with Mount Airy Rotary Club, Surrey County Schools, Surrey County Sheriff’s Office and DEA to provide community members, especially our youth, with drug use prevention.

In a short period of time, our community came together to implement an evidence-based drug abuse prevention program for our residents. The following are just some of the benefits of implementing a long-term drug abuse prevention program:

• Substance use prevention improves public safety because the reduction in substance use has a direct impact on the reduction of criminal activities.

• Substance use prevention reduces the cost of health care, because substance use disorders (SUD) account for more than US$120 billion in U.S. health care costs each year. This expenditure exceeds the health care costs of diabetes, obesity and even smoking.

• Substance use prevention increases labor productivity and improves the relationship between employers and employees. Reducing material use will reduce absenteeism, increase efficiency, improve decision-making and increase morale.

An important trend that is evident in many effective prevention strategies and programs is close coordination between law enforcement, treatment providers, and prevention professionals. These partnerships are critical to the success of communities working to mitigate the effects of substance use. Prevention, treatment, and law enforcement initiatives have a greater impact through sound inter-agency cooperation. These collaborations are essential to provide responsive and supportive continuous care (prevention, intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs) that involve all stages of personal life and all community settings, especially schools.

Many organizations in our community work together during the Red Ribbon Week to provide students with a fun and informative experience. Mount Airy Rotary was a catalyst for success because they provided volunteers and funds to purchase promotional materials. Supervising agent Dirk Ba​​llou, who oversees DEA's Greensboro resident office, talked with students from Pilot Mountain Middle School and Surry Central High School.

DEA also provided thousands of bracelets, stickers, pencils and pens. Detectives from the Street Crime Department of the Surrey County Sheriff’s Office talked to middle and high school students, and K-9 "Chu Cho" demonstrated his investigative abilities. SCOSAR coordinated with the school, and members of the "All-Star Prevention Group" volunteered to work in the school. Congratulations to everyone for your success in preventing drug abuse in a week. If we, as a community, treat every week like Red Ribbon Week, the result will be a significant reduction in the impact of material use on our county.

If you or someone you know can benefit from learning more about substance abuse prevention and our planned activities, please contact Charlotte, the Community Outreach Coordinator, Office of Substance Abuse Recovery, Surrey County at Reeves. Please visit our website to learn more about substance use disorders and the resources available in our county.

The term asylum is often used, but it is rarely understood. Essentially, the term describes an institution that provides shelter and support for people with mental illness. Our society often struggles with how to best care for people who are mentally unstable or labeled as mentally ill.

Over time, mental illness has been attributed to possession, poisoning, witchcraft, fate, and many other tangible and intangible thoughts. Before getting the proper facilities, people who are sick usually receive natural remedies, exorcism, and physical punishment or worse.

The 1800s ushered in a new era of mental health treatment. Shelters were established and were labeled places of hope and compassion to provide help for those who were troubled by invisible diseases. North Carolina and Virginia are no exception, and each state is planning and promoting many different care units.

In the 19th century, North Carolina was in great need of mental health care facilities; fortunately, North Carolina had a health care champion, Dorothea Dix. North Carolina has opened four shelters covering most of the state: Broughton in the west, Cherry in the east, Dorothea Dix in the south, and Umstead in the north. Three of them are still operating and serving the people of North Carolina. There is also a mature facility in southwestern Virginia. The hospital was originally named the Southwest Lunatic Asylum. It is a self-sufficient farm with a diary, stables and orchard.

In the 19th century, people’s perceptions of mental capacity and mental illness were different from today. These spaces hardly provide the safety that medical institutions expect. Under-trained employees are working with overcrowded and thin employees. These conditions lead to wrong treatment and fear making these safety nets the worst nightmare for many people.

It is important to note that shelters accommodate different groups of people from criminals and mental patients to the poor. With the rapid spread of poverty in Surrey and Stokes counties, and Carroll and Grayson counties in Virginia, (and beyond) families and individuals unable to make ends meet often end up in impoverished houses or shelters. Some memories pointed out that a woman from Lowgap was sent to Batna State Hospital sometime in the 1850s due to mental illness. Another woman was taken away from her home in Healesville, Virginia, leaving behind a young daughter. She was later taken to the southwest lunatic asylum.

People living in these places suffer not only mental instability, but also so-called treatments, such as electric shocks, beatings, hydrotherapy, straight jackets, tooth extractions, lobectomy, opium abuse, and so on. In these facilities, inhuman treatment is commonplace. The phrase "not seeing and not disturbing" is very suitable for handling and suggesting these places. These buildings not only accommodate the patients, but also hide them from the public eye, creating ideas that never fade.

Over the years, our understanding of treatment and medical practice has continued to grow to better understand mental illness. People have begun to accept those who are upset; protection from abuse is imperative. The horror of the shelter may never be forgotten, but hopefully a lot has been learned.

Rachel Nealis is a long-term museum volunteer and supporter. She lives in Mount Airi with her family.

Halloween and frost on pumpkin

Halloween is here, our pumpkins have been frosted several times, and the gardens, lawns and roofs are covered by them. These severe frosts turned many lawns brown and dotted the entire landscape with leaves. Pumpkins are tough and have a long shelf life, so frost will not affect them too much. Halloween is here, so please use common sense and caution tonight, and watch out for parents and children. Keep the porch and carport lights on to let children and parents know that your home is suitable for children. Only provide snacks that are safe and securely packaged.

Pumpkin pudding to celebrate Halloween

This pumpkin pudding will melt in your mouth and fill your kitchen with a spicy aroma on Halloween. It is simple to prepare using readily available ingredients. You need a can of Libby pumpkin or a pint of canned pumpkin, a three-ounce box of jelly instant pumpkin pudding or vanilla pudding mixture, two large eggs, half a cup of brown sugar, half a cup of granulated sugar, a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, and a teaspoon of vanilla essence , A stick of melted light margarine, a can of evaporated milk, a teaspoon of orange flavor and four hot dog buns. Pass the hot dog bun through the blender in grate mode, mix all other ingredients, and pour into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan or a baking pan sprayed with Pam baking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until the pudding is firm. There is Cool Whip or French vanilla ice cream on top. You can also use a tin of Duncan Hines cream cheese frosting to frost the pudding.

Today October is coming to an end, and we are enjoying the low humidity, the blue skies of Carolina, the elegant leaves falling from oak, poplar, pecan and maple trees, and the pink sunset that complements the hues of maple leaves. autumn. These pleasant afternoons provide opportunities to clean up the garden plots, including removing vines, stalks, residues, tomato cages and stakes, harvesting leaves, and preparing compost bins and compost.

Enjoy the fragrance of autumn on Halloween

In the air on the last night of October, the chimneys of neighbourhood houses exude the smell of burning oak smoke, welcoming the sunset on Halloween night. This is the night of the voices of excited children, they go door to door. You can make their night safe and enjoyable by keeping the porch and carport lights on and preparing and packaging snacks for them when they arrive at the door. Put snacks in bowls or plates so they can handle and choose their own snacks. It would also be good to give a treat to loving parents.

Celebrate All Holy Day tomorrow

Halloween is always celebrated on the first day of November, which is the second day before Halloween, and is also called Halloween. This day is also called Halloween.

Extra boost for roses

In the cold winter, you can promote the growth of roses by applying a layer of bone meal around the base of the rose and mixing it into the soil and a handful of blood meal. Both are organic products and can produce root growth in winter. Before the cold weather arrives, use Rose-Tone organic rose food to feed the roses. Trim the long cane on the rose to prevent ice and snow damage.

Limbs looking for an empty bird's nest

The leaves fell from the tree, leaving bare empty branches. On a tree with low branches, an empty bird's nest should be easily spotted and carefully removed without affecting its structure. You can prepare a sturdy bird's nest and make an unusual Christmas decoration that can be used for many years. After removing the nest, spray several coats of varnish on the nest and let it dry. Before spraying the varnish, place the nest on a few newspapers. After the bird's nest is dry, put the bird's nest in a small box lined with toilet paper or napkin. At Christmas, you can find bird decorations or some miniature eggs and add them to the nest.

Sauce or gravy made from radish

My Northampton County grandmother always made "potted plants" when harvesting purple radishes in her garden in cold weather. She can cook diced carrots with water, fat, pepper and salt. This is a mixture and crunchy cornbread served in a bowl on a cool autumn night (definitely not recommended by any cardiologist!) top radish, a bit like mashed potatoes and gravy. This method is to peel five or six radishes, cut into half-inch cubes, cover with water, add salt and pepper, a few drops of Texas Pitt and a stick of light margarine. Boil the radishes until tender. Drain the liquid, add a cup of milk to the liquid, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add three tablespoons of cornstarch to a glass half full of cold water until it is completely dissolved in the cold water. Pour a little bit at a time into the lightly boiling radish liquid until it becomes as thick as you want. Add a little sugar to season the gravy, then add a few slices of fried or boiled chopped bacon. Pour the gravy on the cooked radish.

Check the stored green tomatoes

The cool weather garden plot is not only green, but also fruitful with the growth of broccoli, cabbage, kale, Siberian kale, curly mustard, radish, onion and mixed vegetables. Keep vegetables in cool weather, once a month, feed Miracle Gro liquid plant food and Alaska liquid fish milk. Cover the vegetables with a blanket of shredded leaves. Cut the radishes into thin slices so they can grow into larger radishes.

Prevent freezing of outdoor faucets

The killing frost already in progress is not far from the hard frost. By investing in one or two protective covers for outdoor faucets, prevent the pipes from freezing in winter. The cost of the isolation cover for the external faucet is approximately US$12 to US$15. You can buy them on Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe's Home Improvement, and most hardware. They are easy to install and can avoid freezing of pipes. Always remember to remove the hose from the outside faucet in winter, and store the hose in winter to extend its life. Replace the faucet cover after using water in winter.

Shaping evergreen trees in autumn and winter

The end of October and the beginning of November are good times to prune evergreen trees and rhododendrons to protect them from snow and ice and to promote the beauty of the surrounding environment. As we approach the upcoming Christmas decoration season, it will definitely make them look better. The weather in late October may extend into early November, which will be a good time to complete this work before the cold weather.

Celebrating the season of rest of the saints

We have already mentioned that tomorrow is Halloween, but the whole week after Halloween is called Halloween. This is a tradition that began in the United States in the 19th century. At this time of the year, they take a break from harvest. It's like an early Thanksgiving and reflection on harvest blessings, not just a day, but a whole week. That is the time before cold, snow, or freezing temperatures. In the coming winter, life in the United States will become more difficult. They think this is a good time to thank them for their blessings, rather than taking everything for granted. What role models did these Swiss immigrants set in the 19th century? In the United States in the 21st century, we have to watch football, feast on it, Christmas shopping, and have a big meal every day. Why can't we spend a whole day resting in God's blessing and goodness like these Swiss immigrants, and forget about ourselves? We need to remember that when we become ungrateful, we also become unholy.

On November night, the temperature may be below freezing. Use crushed leaves to protect vegetables in cool weather. Keep a few rags and towels handy to cover the flowers and containers on the porch.

"Cook your own lunch!" Bill: "Oh, no, I won't come again. A peanut butter sandwich. I can't stand them. Day after day, it's a peanut butter sandwich. It's too much." Will: "What's the matter? Question, all you have to do is tell your wife to fix something different for you." Bill: "I can't do it." Will: "Why not?" Bill: "Because I fix the lunch myself."

"Wrong tree." Single man: "Listen, dear, you have to admit that men like me don't grow on trees." Chicks: "Of course, I know very well that they swing from trees. ."

"Doctor Wild." Louis: "Do you know that Daniel Boone's brothers are doctors?" Dewey: "How do you know this is true?" Louis: "Yes, have you never heard of "Doctor Boone" ?

Editor's note: Community Commentary is a regular column in The Mount Airy News that contains comments from community leaders in Mount Airy and Surry County.

The success of Mount Airy City Schools (MACS) over the years is largely due to the community to which we belong. We are grateful for our strong support throughout the pandemic, which not only retained our students, but also continued to increase in numbers. Our community has been very supportive of us and they understand that to restore the face-to-face model, we need to follow the guidance of the CDC, NCDHHS and local health authorities 5 days a week. This allowed us to go to school last year and this year. We are fortunate that the impact on COVID is minimal. For example, we don’t need to isolate sports teams or schools this year. Our Test-to-Stay program allows students and staff who are considered close contacts to stay in school as long as they are asymptomatic. The pilot gives priority to letting everyone learn and grow while maintaining health and wellness measures.

Mount Airy is a caring community. We have great volunteers who serve our staff and students throughout the year by serving on the school board. Tim Matthews (Chairperson), Ben Cooke (Vice Chairperson), Wendy Carriker, Kyle Leonard, Jayme Brant, Thomas Horton, and Randy Moore demonstrated their services by making brave decisions to support students without making money. Our community is full of service-oriented people. We have members of the National Guard and former soldiers in Mount Airy. The Surrey Joint Fund is currently carrying out an activity to help organizations such as the Surrey Medical Department, Shepherd’s House, and the Salvation Army. Wherever you go, there will be church groups and civic organizations (such as Rotary Clubs) playing a role. Obviously, the core of Airy Mountain City is caring and caring for others.

We hope to instill in students this love of service throughout their academic careers. We have set up a "Leader in Me" program in elementary schools to enable students to master their personal and academic goals. They cooperate with the school to carry out projects and activities to give back to the community. They can get service hours at school, participate in school projects, and work with their churches, boy scouts, and other organizations. They also have Melody Makers and the Student Lighthouse Club. Encourage each elementary school student to establish service time and experience.

Our middle school has some clubs, such as Interact Club, which is a branch of the local Surry Sunrise Rotary Club. They also have service opportunities in student unions, sports and art projects. Many opportunities in middle school show how they can give back to people who are less fortunate than themselves. The Health Career Student Association of America (HOSA) supports school-wide toy sports and blood sports. There is always a chance to repay it with all the blessings we have received.

Mount Airy High School also strives to ensure that students understand that service is part of their academic life now and that they can continue to give back to the community in the future. Groups such as HOSA, Interact, Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy, National Honor Society, and Blue Bear Cafe are examples of giving back to the community and providing services to the community. We can name multiple groups that participate in helping neighbors and communities every month.

Mount Airy City Schools share the same culture as our Mount Airy community, which is to care about our neighbors. In the 2018-2019 school year, students provided more than 8,510 service hours, which improved our community and school culture. Our focus is on Vincent's Legacy, Kindness Rocks, which is a local organization that helps show kindness to our community is important. You can visit for more information. We are grateful for living in such a wonderful community and for helping the next generation of students realize how fulfilling it is to support those in need. In this school year, we hope to have more service time and opportunities for our students to serve others.

As a city member, you can support education and the local school district in many ways. We hope that you can find a service group to join or encourage those who are engaged in service work and public service. We also know that you can volunteer to help schools, support projects, or mentor children. We hope that you can stand with educators because we are carrying out this arduous work to build, encourage and nurture the next generation. The heart of caring and encouragement and service comes from serving others.

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"The bland things are the main things, and the main things are the bland things."-Alista Berger

"5 The one sitting on the throne said, "Behold, I have updated everything. "He said again: "Write this down, because these words are credible and true. 6 He said to me: "It's done!" I am Alpha and Omega, beginning and ending. For those who are thirsty, I will give it free of charge from the fountain of the water of life. "-Revelation 21:5-6

If you want to visit my study, whether at home or in church, you will realize early on that I am a big fan of the Washington Nationals. I am lucky that my favorite sports team won their championship a few years ago. In 2019, my Washington Nationals won the World Series.

Now, I remember that I was sober in the last game of that series; one series until the 7th decisive game, and the Nationals fell behind in most of the games. So, every time I pitch, every time I hit the ball, every time I hit the ball, I feel anxious, worried, and sometimes even angry. But then they won! Because that happened two years ago, the reality is certain; they won the 2019 World Series.

My love for this team is so strong that sometimes I watch these key games again, and now, even if the situation on the court is the same, my mood is far less than two years ago. There is no anxiety, fear or anger. All this is because victory is certain. No matter how many times I watch the seventh game, home runs always sound on the foul, and the Nationals always win.

I say this because this column is about the book of Revelation, and it will be published less than a week before the national election. I will not look at national or global events and place them above the universe, prophecies, and mythological events to show you what the book of Revelation says to us. Because the main content of the book of Revelation is much more than that; something that is always more important than that. From the first verse to the end of Revelation, there is a theme.

Every section and every chapter of this book has an important point, and this point is that Jesus prevails in the end. Jesus and his bride were victorious, and they used eternal time to celebrate his reign. He will be crowned king, his church will be his bride, and they will celebrate this reality forever. Therefore, Jesus is centered on the truth of the word of God. When it is deeply rooted in our hearts and souls, all the frustration, anger, and anxiety that you and I may feel about what is happening around you will disappear.

Just as the Nationals won the 2019 World Series, so is the certainty of King Jesus' eternal reign. Now that I know for sure, I can watch those baseball games happily. Seeing the ups and downs is just a story that unfolds towards the end of celebration. So brothers and sisters in Christ, I don’t know what ups and downs will happen globally or across the country, but I know we will celebrate at the end of the day. At the end of the day, the church of Jesus Christ dances for us to reign with him forever.

When a person sneezes, have you ever said "bless you"? Or did you choose four-leaf clover? Blow out your birthday candles and make a wish? If you do, then you may be one of the 25% of the American population who admits to have superstitions!

Superstition is the belief that things can bring good or bad luck to a person. For example, do you know that someone believes that wearing one of their favorite clothes will cause their favorite football or basketball team to win? You may know a celebrity with this kind of superstition: Michael Jordan. When Jordan led the North Carolina Tarheels to the national championship in 1982, he began to wear his UNC training shorts under the Chicago Bulls uniform, which he believed would bring him good luck and game victory.

Scientists believe that people have superstitions because they want to feel that they have some influence on forces they cannot control, especially supernatural forces that may cause harm to them. This is especially true in the South, because the roots of the region are that agriculture is a way of life. Many superstitious beliefs center on agriculture and try to predict the upcoming weather, which may be very important for people whose entire livelihood depends on good crop production. Take the humble Trichinella, for example. A common belief in Surrey County and surrounding areas is that caterpillars, those hairy black and orange caterpillars, can predict how bad and long the winter will be. It is believed that if you see caterpillars with large black stripes, the winter will be long and harsh. Farmers prefer to see caterpillars with larger orange, red or rust colored bands because they believe these colors indicate milder winters and better planting conditions. Another animal-centered agricultural belief is the basis of Groundhog Day. People think that if a groundhog sees its shadow on February 2, there will be six weeks of severe weather or continuous cold. Get started their planting.

Online polls found that the most common superstition in North Carolina is fear of black cats. Many people think that black cats are bad luck, but few people know the origin of this belief. In the Middle Ages, black cats and other black animals, such as crows or crows, were harbingers of future unfortunate events, especially impending death. Another common belief in this period is that black cats are witches in disguise. In fact, historical documents indicate that during witchcraft trials, black cats are often killed because they are considered witches or witches’ pets. Crossing the road with a black cat is also considered a bad omen. People believe that because black cats are a symbol of "evil", if a black cat crosses your path, it means that you are actually blocked from the road to heaven and the connection with God. An acquaintance among the fortune-tellers of the family will bring bad luck.

Of course, seeing someone completely turn around when they encounter a black cat may seem silly to some people, but what about other superstitions in daily life in the South? The most prominent example is the practice of saying "bless you" when someone sneezes. Although the origin of "bless you" is not clear, there are several theories about why we do it. One view is that when the bubonic plague swept across Europe, sneezing was one of the earliest symptoms of the plague. People want to protect a person from dying of the plague by saying "God bless you" when he sneezes. Another belief is that when a person sneezes, the soul will be temporarily separated from the body. If someone does not bless the body of the sneezing person, demons or demons may suddenly rush into and take over the body of the person.

Many people who think that superstition is something of the past may be surprised by the number of superstitions that still exist today. Take the number 13 as an example. For a long time, the number 13 has been considered an inauspicious number. Some people trace this belief to the Nordic gods, while others can trace it back to Judas Iscariot. As we all know, there is a widespread fear of the number 13 in Western culture, that is, a large number of multi-storey buildings will skip thirteen floors, and some airports will skip thirteen floors. Similar fears exist in many Eastern countries such as China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam, but not the number 13, but the number 4.

So, what are your superstitions? Where are your friends and family? As Halloween approaches, please pay attention to the little superstitions around you. The black cat in the neighbor's Halloween decoration. Your boss knocked on the wood when he mentioned bad things. A friend threw salt on their shoulders. These actions may seem stupid, but really, do you want to seize this opportunity?

Casey M. Wilson is a volunteer at the Mount Airy Regional History Museum. She and her family live in Mount Airy. For more information, please call the museum at 336-786-4478.

The season of St. Luke's summer

The weekend heralded a little summer in St. Luke. This is a dry, refreshing, and warm day, characterized by the summer weather in India, and is a rest time for the cold weather next month. We can certainly benefit from some warm and comfortable days to complete the task of harvesting autumn leaves, placing them in the middle of rows of cool weather vegetables, covering the corm beds of roses and spring blossoms, and stocking compound piles or garbage bins. Saint-Louis Ke’s little summer is a fun time to relax on the front porch, listen to the crows, enjoy a cup of coffee and a few biscuits.

A Little Summer Legend of St. Luke

When we celebrate the little summer of St. Luke, there is a bit of pre-Halloween legend. It is said that in the little summer of St. Luke, pumpkins began to deteriorate. We don’t believe this is just because there are too many pumpkins around supermarkets, fruit stalls, produce markets, and roadside markets. Especially when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching-the pumpkin consumption season is already open. The summer in St. Luke only lasts a few days, but the shelf life of pumpkins is very long, a few months longer than the summer in Luke. Long live pumpkin harvest, pumpkin lanterns, pumpkin pie, and everything from pumpkins.

Make the core of the pumpkin scarecrow

The pumpkin scarecrow core of the restaurant or coffee table can be made from orange pumpkins. Use a permanent black marker to outline a face on the pumpkin and color the details with acrylic paint. Detail of scarecrow face with black and white eye color and pink cheeks. Use an old straw hat to pour a bag or two of Hershey's autumn mixed kisses on the bottom of the scarecrow. Add some butternut squash as a finishing touch.

Sweeten old jack-o'-lanterns

Earlier, we mentioned St. Luke’s little summer legend about pumpkins going bad in his little summer days, (of course, we know this is just a legend), but you can let one light up on the porch for a few nights The pumpkin lantern becomes sweet, especially so close to Halloween. In order to make your pumpkin lantern emit a spicy smell instead of an old smell, all you have to do is to soak the pumpkin lantern in a bucket of water for several hours, remove it from the water and wipe the inside of the pumpkin lantern with a few teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice , Instead of dedication candles, light it at night and enjoy the aroma of sweet and spicy pumpkin.

To prepare this crisp dessert, you need two cups of canned pumpkin, a box of Duncan Hines carrot cake powder, a can of evaporated milk, a cup of granulated sugar, half a cup of brown sugar, a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, three large eggs, and two sticks Light margarine (melted). Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking sheet or pan. Line the pan with wax paper and spray the paper with Pam baking spray. Mix canned pumpkin, sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin pie spices and eggs. Pour the mixture into the baking dish or dish. Pour a box of carrot cake mixture over the pumpkin mixture in the baking dish. Spread two sprigs of melted light margarine on top of the carrot cake mixture, and sprinkle a cup of chopped pecans on the cake mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Cool the cake completely. Turn the cake onto the biscuit slice. The pecan layer becomes the bottom shell. Mix an 8 ounce box of cream cheese (softened), two cups of 10 times powdered sugar and a bucket of Cool Whip to make the frosting for the cake. Decorate with a few butter squash.

The first frost may come at any time

As the months go by, we can expect frost at any time after October 23. We have experienced sporadic frosts, but frosts will wipe out any warm-weather vegetables and turn the leaves into tan and brown, causing the lawn to lose most of its green and cover the roof and lawn with a layer of crystal white.

The crimson berries on the Carolina dogwoods are now appearing as their leaves are beginning to leave the trees. A large number of red berries decorate their limbs and are very attractive to birds. The abundance of dogwood berries may indicate a harsh winter.

There is still time to grow violets

In hardware nurseries, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement and Ace Hardware, there are still a large number of six or nine packs of pansy plants. They are still blooming, and you can choose the color combination you want. Buy a bag of pansy boosters and give them a good start. They not only bloom in winter, but also produce a lot of green leaves. They perform well in containers and flower pots on the front porch.

The radishes in the garden plots with cool weather should have a rich and lasting harvest in late autumn and winter. By applying Garden-Tone or Plant-Tone organic vegetable food on each side of the row, and covering the soil with plant food, ensure a good harvest. Then apply a layer of crushed leaves to the middle of the row or bed. This will provide additional protection against freezing and frost. As the radishes begin to develop, harvest smaller radishes to make more room for other radishes to grow larger. As the season goes by, mix Miracle Gro vegetable food with an appropriate amount of water in a sprinkling pot and pour it between rows of radishes to increase food intake in cold weather.

Move asparagus and panda fern inside

The giant panda and the asparagus fern have spent spring and summer in a semi-sunny place on the deck. As the first frost is coming, it is time to move them to the living room for the rest of autumn, winter and early spring. To prepare them for moving, we will trim them, refill their containers with potting medium, and feed them with Flower-Tone organic flower food. We use plastic drip trays under their containers to prevent water from leaking onto the floor. They don't need to stop so much water in winter. We put our fingers into the container to determine when we need water. They do not need to be in a sunny area of ​​the room. Prune them several times in winter.

Use Jack be little's on Halloween

Jack be little Pumpkins are about the size of your fist, and each sells for a little over $1. You can draw a face on it with a black permanent marker, and then spread a bag of butternut squash and candy or Indian corn on the bottom of the pumpkin as the centerpiece of the table.

A bowl of halloween tart

Here is how to quickly prepare a bowl of sparkling Halloween punch by pouring and serving. All you have to do is mix a two-liter bottle of Fanta oranges, a two-liter bottle of Cheerwine, a two-liter bottle of Canadian dry ginger ale and a two-liter bottle of mountain dew. Pour a bag of crushed ice into a punch bowl, then pour all two liters of soda water. When the bowl is used up, continue to refill the bowl.

Harvest the leaves ahead of time

When we are approaching the end of October, Halloween, defrosting and harvesting leaves, use them for compost mulch, cool-weather vegetable mulch, roses by raking, blowing or vacuuming to stay ahead of shrubs and bulb beds. When you run over them with a lawn mower or crush them with a blower, they will make great blankets to cover the bed of turnips and cool weather dripping cabbage, broccoli, onions, Siberian kale, kale and vegetable.

Frost is approaching-it will sweeten the radishes

Frost may kill all warm-weather crops, but it will sweeten the radish because it is a root crop. All cool weather crops will thrive, especially if they are covered with a layer of broken leaves. If there are pumpkins on the porch, don't worry about them too much, they are very hard gourds. If you think they can't sleep, just cover them with a towel when frost is forecast.

October is the season of color and beauty

Against the blue sky of North Carolina, the colors of red, burgundy, gold, yellow, tan and light green leaves contrast sharply with pine, cedar, and climbing honeysuckle vines, creating a mix of autumn clothing. The golden mares are at their peaks, adding some extra light to the autumn scenery.

"How to lose weight." Laura: "Marty, let's go jogging together." Marty: "Why do you suddenly want to jog?" Lola: "My doctor told me that if I jog with dumbbells, I can lose weight. !"

"I went to the wrong apartment." "For the past ten years, my mother-in-law has been living in the same apartment with my wife and me." "Then why don't you tell her to go out?" "I can't, this is her Apartment."

"Yes."-If there is writing on the wall, then there are children in the house.

"In the days to come, we Christians will have many opportunities to imitate Christ. I don't know what form this should take, but God is calling us to complete this task at this time, brothers and sisters. Let's start work." Karen Before the swallow

"He said to them, "How foolish you are to believe what the Prophet said! Doesn't Messiah have to suffer these sufferings before he can enter his glory? "Starting with Moses and all the prophets, all the scriptures referring to him have been explained to them." (Luke 24:25-27)

It is important to understand the purpose behind something. If you don’t often understand the purpose of something, you will find yourself frustrated and ruining something.

If you try to use a coffee cup as a hammer to build a house, you will end up feeling frustrated, there is no house, and there are many broken coffee cups. Because coffee cups are not created for nailing nails; their purpose is to hold hot coffee. The coffee cup can hold hot coffee well and deliver it to your mouth, allowing you to enjoy the taste of the coffee to the full; the hammer does a very good job of driving nails into the wood, but it does a poor job of serving coffee. Reverse these purposes will lead to a lot of confusion, a lot of destruction and a lot of frustration. If we use the cup for the purpose of the cup and the hammer for the purpose of the hammer, this is not the case.

Therefore, if this point is so important, then it will certainly be beneficial to understand the purpose of God's word, and to understand the purpose of God's word, we only need to ask Jesus' words, what is the whole thing about Jesus?

Jesus told his disciples over and over again that the whole Bible was about him. It's all about him. He is training his disciples, and he is about to release the gospel in full through the church. When he sat down with his disciples, he did not show them a new government system, which obviously benefited him. Let us not forget that they are being ruled and oppressed, and will be tortured by Rome.

Jesus never sat down and said, "Hey, let me teach you how to use the Bible to manage." God's word has a lot of governance. He did not say "The Pharisees and Sadducees have always been morally oppressing Jewish law, so let me tell you how to read the Old Testament right and wrong rules." This may be possible for Gentiles and Samaritans who stayed outside. Very helpful.

The Word of God has a lot about what is right, what is wrong, what is right, and what is evil. However, what we see Jesus reveal to his disciples is that when they read God's Word, they should see him; they should seek and find him.

Brothers and sisters of Christ, one of the reasons why you and I are frustrated in our lives is because we are trying to use the Bible for one purpose, not its main purpose. When we are in a world where we want more money, or a world where we worry about food on the table, or a world where we want our government to look different from work, or when we read God’s word in a correct world Called mistakes, mistakes are called correct. We often get up from reading and only look at what we read through these lenses.

Then we walked out of the house and started swinging coffee cups like their hammers. We feel frustrated and upset because the world has not shaped itself in accordance with God's Word, even if we try to call it to do so. But in reality, we are frustrated by what we are doing.

The Bible is given to you and me to make us more and more like Christ. We will think, think carefully, and make our spirit consistent with Jesus. When we first seek this, when we want to see him first and live like Jesus first, all other things begin to make sense and overflow because of this. So we do the right thing not because of the list in the Bible, but because we want to be more like Jesus in the Bible. We shape our citizenship, not based on the proper government image we might find in God's world, but through citizenship, we see Jesus walk in as a citizen of the kingdom of the glorious king.

When Christians gnash their teeth and open their nostrils to talk about Jesus, you will find that they are reading God's words incorrectly. God's Word shapes you and me, making you and me live more like Jesus. Therefore, in a broken world, it seems to be black before our eyes. Use a hammer to drive a nail, drink a coffee from a coffee cup, and use God's word to see Jesus.

On September 22, with cool temperatures and colorful leaves, autumn officially arrived. For farmers, autumn is one of the most important periods of the year-harvest time. Food is collected, preserved and stored throughout the winter.

Reaping is when rural communities come together and help each other get their work done. After that, since the members of the community had gathered in one place, food, dance, music, and friendly competitions were all conducted. Today, for many people, autumn means pumpkins, festivals and visits to local county fairs. The fair as we know it today is different from the past, but one thing remains the same: agriculture.

The expo started in the United States in the early 1800s and is usually held in August, September or October. They are social and commercial activities where people gather and compete to showcase farmers’ best agricultural products and livestock. People sell products for homes and farms, but fresh hot food is the main attraction. Entertainment includes music, competitions, horse riding and juggling. However, education is the main goal of the exhibition, which includes the history of agriculture and introducing new technologies to the public and farmers.

The exhibits of the community fair are often included in the county fair, which is a joint effort of the community and county officials. The White Plains Community Fair in 1919 is one such example. Locals are encouraged to import exhibits into the White Plains Community Fair and then bring them to the county fair, all for the best year in Surrey County.

Virginia-Carolina Fairgrounds, also known as Mount Airy Fairgrounds, has held a county fair every year since the early 1900s. The Veterans Memorial Park as we know it today was built on the Airy Mountain Fair. The Surrey County Agricultural Fair has been held there since 1947 and continues to do so.

In 1941, the Mount Airy Fair had a high attendance, with people coming from Surrey and its neighboring counties in North Carolina and Virginia. As the Second World War raged in Europe, the United States did not directly join the fight until December of that year, and tensions increased. The county fair is a popular source of temporary distraction and joy.

The war disrupted every aspect of life. Due to lack of manpower and all resources allocated to support the war effort, many fairs were cancelled. However, where possible, fairs are held to maintain a sense of normalcy and boost morale. What's more interesting is the most unusual event: this year boasted about his "Charlotte's Web" (this book will not be published until 1952), the newspaper reported as follows:

The magical spider writes on his web

An educated spider writes on the Internet while weaving, and the citizens who have been here in the past few days are amazing with their clear writing. This spider was found at Roy L. Campbell's home on Rockford Street on Tuesday morning, when his spider web clearly contained "Mt. Airy, NC" and "Winston-Salem" and one that began with "Mr." The rest of the man’s name could not be deciphered. Many interested people browsed the network on Tuesday, but the smart spider was not satisfied and tore it off at night to replace it today. According to the latest report, construction is still in progress.

In 1942, the Mount Airy American Legion Fair took "victory" as its theme, aiming to "provide six day and night fun for lovers of Mount Airy and its surrounding areas, and get rid of the worries of war." world. Due to the "Victory" theme, the focus is on the production of Victory Garden and field crops. Other rewards include free admission for soldiers, sailors, and marines, and a $50 war bond for school children.

The North Carolina State Fair began in 1853 and has been held for 168 years this year. However, the exposition has been cancelled several times: from 1861 to 1868 because of the civil war and reconstruction, in 1918 because of the First World War and influenza, and from 1942 to 1945 because of the Second World War. 1953 was the 100th anniversary, but due to cancellation, only 86 sessions of the exposition were held that year. The State Fair started in Raleigh last week and will be held from October 14th to October 24th.

Make sure to support your local county fair and maintain a rich agricultural tradition and innovative vitality.

Justyn Kissam is the learning manager of Kaleideum.

Pumpkin Field Tour

The ideal pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern must be round, bright orange, with a sturdy brown stem on top, making a good cover for a carved jack-o’-lantern. You can pick your own pumpkin patch on the lawn of a local church in your area or a pumpkin patch that raises funds to find the best. This is an unforgettable experience for kids and older kids. For them, there is nothing more suitable than picking their own pumpkins on a sunny October Saturday. To end all these fun, go to McDonald's for a meal and a night of carving pumpkins, this is an event that children will never forget.

The pumpkin carving kit is a good investment and souvenir

Having the right tools to complete any work will make the work easier and more interesting. This is correct in the art of carving pumpkin lanterns. A blunt knife is a reliable way to cut fingers and wrists. They said there is a better way. One way is to buy a durable pumpkin carving kit that can be used for many years and makes pumpkin carving fun and easy. A high-quality engraving kit contains many blades and accessories. A good tool kit includes knives, engraving machines, blades and scrapers, and other small tools. You can buy a small kit for about $7 to $10, but a durable kit with all "whistles and bells" costs about $14. You get what you pay for, so continue to buy a durable and durable engraving kit. Its service life will exceed your lifetime. A great kit with all accessories can be used to make watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe balls, as well as watermelon baskets for parties and weddings.

This is a simple pumpkin recipe with a lot of simple ingredients, and it is delicious with dream whip or vanilla ice cream. For this recipe, you need a 30-ounce can of Libby's pumpkin pie filling, a half-light margarine, a can of evaporated milk, a cup of vegetarian flooring, a teaspoon of baking powder, a teaspoon of vanilla seasoning, and a teaspoon of lemon seasoning. Half a cup of light brown sugar, half a cup of granulated sugar, four large beaten eggs. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the margarine, pour it into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan or dish, set aside. Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, vanilla and lemon seasoning, and enough milk. Pour this mixture on the melted light margarine. Don't stir (this batter will rise and form a crust during baking), just spread it evenly on the melted margarine and set the baking sheet aside. In a bowl, mix four beaten eggs, a can of pumpkin pie filling, and a can of evaporated milk. Stir to combine. Don't bother with the batter, as it will rise as the pie bake and form a crust. Bake until the crust is formed (usually about 50 to 60 minutes until golden brown). Let cool for an hour before serving. Top it with Dream Whip, Cool Whip, dairy whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or maple syrup or chalet pancake maple syrup. Decorate with a few butter squash.

Show the season of orange

Without any carving or decoration, a huge orange round pumpkin stands out on the front porch. You don't have to carve pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns. With a black marker, you can draw a face on an orange pumpkin, and then fill the face with yellow acrylic paint. After Halloween, you can wash the pumpkin, peel and cut into pieces, cook until soft and mash, and make pumpkin pies, cakes, pies, puddings, and bread. It is cooler at night and the pumpkin has a longer lifespan.

Small decorative jack o'little's

They are only the size of your fist, but they are perfect for coffee tables, dining tables with many shapes and colors. You can usually buy them at the supermarket for $1 each, and they can be used as raw materials for harvest and Halloween displays. You can also draw faces on them with a black permanent marker, and then color them with acrylic paint, or use them to make miniature scarecrows. Use butternut squash, candy corn, harvest M M's, Hershey's Kisses, and harvest the mixture around the bottom of your jack.

Butternut Pumpkin, Halloween Tradition

Butternut squash is made from the same ingredients as candy corn, but oh, it's more decorative around cupcakes and punch filled with orange punch. When they decorate candy trays, decorate tables and displays, tiny green "stems" just highlight them. We don't know how long butter squash has been around, but candy corn has been a staple food in autumn for more than 100 years. We suspect butter squash has existed in the family for so long.

Pay close attention to squirrels and acorns

In all the passages related to Halloween, we did not mention that acorns (washed, of course) are also good centerpieces. Acorns are still falling from the huge oak tree, and they may be sending business card messages this winter. Another sign of winter is that squirrels harvest acorns and store them for the winter. We don’t know if my Northampton County grandma noticed the busy squirrels and their harvest in autumn, but we can be pretty sure she did, because there are many squirrels in her place. She prepared a lot of squirrel stew to prove this.

Christmas cactus is almost ready to move

The Christmas cactus will be moved to the living room in a few days, where you can spend the autumn and winter. The secret to making cacti bloom at Christmas begins when they spend spring and summer on the porch in a semi-sunny place. In order for them to spend the winter in the house, the container is filled with cactus culture and some Plant-Tone or Flower-Tone organic plant food. In the living room, they drink water every seven to ten days and check the water frequently, but don't over water. In addition, they need to stay away from direct sunlight, otherwise it will cause the leaves to turn red and hinder their growth. With the end of October, especially into November, Christmas cacti can be purchased at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's Foods, Food Lion, and many hardware and nurseries. They come in small and medium-sized containers, and the price ranges from US$7 to US$11. To give them a good start, buy a large container and a bag of cactus culture medium, and transplant the cactus as soon as you bring it home. Cacti come in red, pink, corral and pink. When you buy them, they will bloom, so you will know the color you bought. Use a drip tray under the container to prevent water from draining from the cactus during the winter.

Harvest of late green tomatoes

The first frost of this season is around October 15th. This means that we should pay close attention to frost warnings so that we can harvest late and late green tomatoes. The night has begun to cool, and the growth rate of tomatoes has slowed down. The growth rate of the vines is also slowing down, which indicates that the ripening process is slowing down. According to the forecast on the first day, collect the green tomatoes, wrap each tomato in a whole piece of newspaper, and put it in a box (for example, copy paper comes in). Partially cover the lid full of tomatoes with the whole newspaper. Don't put the tomatoes in layers, but put one layer on each lid. Place it in a cool place or a bright basement. Check maturity every other day. Some will mature faster than others. Put one or two apples in each box to promote maturity.

Sowing spring bulbs in just a week

We are about to usher in the first frost of the season, not far from a fatal frost, which means that severe cold is coming soon. Most hardware, nurseries, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe's Home Improvement, Walmart and Tractor Supply still have spring flowering bulbs. You can choose jonquils, daffodils, crocuses, daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. When buying a bulb, buy a bag of bone meal bulb boosters to activate the bulb. In the prepared corm bed, apply a layer of peat moss to the bottom of the corm bed, then place the bulbs, cover with a layer of peat moss, and then apply bone meal or bulb synergist, and cover with soil. At the end of October, cover the bulb with a layer of crushed leaves.

"Fake dog!" Customer: "You told me this is a purebred police dog, but this animal is the dirtiest, dirtiest and most terrifying mongrel dog I have ever seen. How do you think he is a police dog?" Dog Breeder: "He works undercover."

"Wandering around."-Six-year-old Tommy is sitting on the front porch with his cat in his arms. A little girl who lived across the street asked, "What's your cat's name?" "Ben Hull," Tommy said. "How did you come up with this strange name?" Tommy said, "Before it gave birth to five kittens, we used to call him Ben!"

Canned tomatoes: Customer: "Does the marketing manager know that you turned the whole tomato over?" Stock boy: "I think so, he is under the pile."

The Mount Airy News on Wednesday, October 13th contained three unanswered questions:

1. Political cartoons related to social networks;

2. Their view, "Yes, the government can shrink", and

3. The article, "The House of Representatives passed a debt limit vote to avoid default."

Social networks (1) The insecurities that plunder our young people only exist in the narrative of promoting Marxist socialism (also known as democratic progressive socialists). This cartoon is in place.

Yes, the government can shrink (2) and encourage voters to support the final comments of candidates who advocate a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution are absolutely closely related. The government is funded by the people. By the way, the people must maintain a balanced family budget. Why does the federal government spend money unchecked and irresponsibly without the consent of a representative?

The assertion in the previous article (3) that "the daily payments to social security beneficiaries, disabled veterans, and active military personnel will also be questioned" is incorrect. These are all included in the "debt service", which can be paid regardless of the debt ceiling. According to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, public debt services (approximately US$44 billion per month) are paid from approximately US$230 billion in monthly income collected from taxpayers. The debt service did not default.

However, the debt ceiling involves interest on debts incurred from future expenditures on social engineering projects or other pork barrel projects, such as the debt contained in the US$1.5 trillion and US$3.5 trillion bills that the Marxist Socialist Party is currently mediating.

Editor's note: This is one of a series of columns shared by the Surrey County Office of Drug Abuse Recycling and Mount Airy News readers.

October is the month of the country's oldest and largest drug prevention program, called Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). Red Ribbon Week is celebrated to pay tribute to Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who was murdered while investigating drug dealers in Mexico in 1985.

A competition is held every year, and students can design a theme for the next Red Ribbon Week. This year's theme is "Drug Free Looks Like Me", created by Marin Wurst, a seventh-grade student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio. The theme reminds people that Americans across the country are making significant contributions to their communities every day because they do their best and because they don’t have drugs.

Red Ribbon Week aims to provide community members, especially our young people, with interesting and effective programs. There are many ways to participate, including communicating with children about the importance of staying drug-free and the meaning behind this year's theme. Another important mission of Red Ribbon Week is to educate and raise the awareness of our young people through the use of creative and consistent information.

Given the current opioid epidemic in my country, Red Ribbon Week is as important as ever. Help us spread awareness and educate children and families about the consequences of drug use and the importance of a drug-free lifestyle. The Surrey County Drug Abuse Recycling Office is working with Mount Airy Rotary Club and Surrey County Schools to reach as many children as possible by celebrating Red Ribbon Week in our high school. Students will receive information about Red Ribbon Week, receive a red ribbon that can be worn, sign the poster at the school, and sign the Red Ribbon Commitment Card.

We will also ask the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Dirk Ba​​llou to speak to high school students. Agent Balu served in the Special Operations Forces of the United States Army for nine years. In 2003, he won the Bronze Star Medal for his tour in Afghanistan. After that, he worked for the DEA in southern Arizona, Afghanistan, and West Africa for 18 years, and is now the resident agent in charge of the Greensboro resident office. We are honored that our DEA agents are so interested in our county, and we are very grateful for this partnership.

On Saturday, October 16th, we will set up a tent on the 20th anniversary of Fisher River Park from 12 pm to 5 pm to start Red Ribbon Week early. Please join us and help us celebrate America’s largest drug abuse prevention event. Beginning Monday, October 18th, the Surrey County Substance Abuse Recovery Office will work with the Surrey Health and Nutrition Center to conduct Latino/Latino outreach activities by providing red ribbon messages in Spanish and English.

If you or someone you know would benefit from learning more about Red Ribbon Week and our planned activities, please contact me, Charlotte Reeves, Community Outreach Coordinator, Office of Substance Abuse Recovery, Surrey County, email Please visit our website to learn more about substance use disorders and many resources in our county.

Pumpkin season is here

Orange pumpkins are now decorated in roadside produce markets, fruit stands and fundraising events on church lawns throughout Surrey County. One of the positive attractions of pumpkins is that they have a long shelf life and can be enjoyed in the long season from now until Christmas. Their bright orange will be decorated from now until Halloween and Thanksgiving, and will be filled with puddings, pies and cakes as well as decorations, pumpkin lanterns, harvest and Halloween displays in the coming weeks.

Round orange pumpkins with stems on top are best for carving jack lanterns, but for pies and desserts, the best pumpkins are rectangular varieties. Their exterior is not always orange, but tan, beige or bronze, and their interior is very soft. With their rectangular shape, they are easier to cut open, remove seeds, and cut into pieces to cook into a soft mixture and texture, then drain them in a grate pattern or with a potato masher and pass through a blender. To make a pumpkin jar, pour the crushed, drained pumpkin into a sterilized pint jar (a pint usually makes two pies), wipe the rim of the jar with a paper towel, seal the jar and tighten the lid. Leave a half inch on top of the jar. Treat in a pressure tank at 10 times the pressure for 50 minutes. Pumpkins have very low acid content, so they require a long processing time.

A clear October night tells us all the spicy and delicious pumpkin bread. Not too sweet, not too spicy, but just right recipe for October night. Real pumpkin bread has a moist texture and is easy to prepare. For this recipe, you need three and a half cups of plain flour, two teaspoons of baking soda, half a teaspoon of salt, one tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, four large eggs, milk, a 15 ounce can of Libby canned pumpkin or a pint can Pumpkin, half a cup of dark brown sugar, two cups of granulated sugar, half a cup of chopped golden raisins, half a cup of chopped pecans, one tablespoon of vanilla seasoning, and one tablespoon of orange seasoning. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice and set aside. In another large bowl, beat the four eggs and add Crisco oil, milk and pumpkin. Mix these ingredients together, add lemon and vanilla seasoning, raisins and chopped pecans. Pour the mixture into two bread pans, lubricate them with Crisco shortening and dust with flour. Add a piece of foil to the bottom of the bread pan and coat it with grease and flour. Bake for one hour, if not finished, bake for a few more minutes. When the cake bounces back when touched, finished or when the toothpick is clean. Cool the bread in the pan for fifteen or twenty minutes. After wrapping, use a knife around the edges of the pan and aluminum foil. Place in Saran clear plastic packaging. This will keep the bread fresh and moist.

The mighty oak tree is harvesting twice

The leaves of other trees in golden, yellow, bronze, red, tan, crimson and beige bring us the joy of harvest. We have been using vacuum cleaners, rakes and blowers to transfer them to gardens, compost piles and garbage bins. The oak tree now not only produces a double harvest, but also produces a lot of noise from the bounce of acorns on the metal roofs of barn buildings and sheds. My grandmother in Northampton County lives in a house with a tin roof. At this time of year, we listen to the sound of acorns tapping on the roof all night. She watched the acorns falling from the trees closely. She said, “If you walk on acorns in October, you might walk in the snow all winter.” As October passes, we may be The sleeves the old man prepares for us in winter have a hint.

Improve the soil next year

Grape vines, stems, leaves, grass clippings, pruning and garden residues from our later seasons can be the materials for soil improvement in the garden next year. Lawn debris helps heat up the compost. You can also use Plant-Tone Organic Vegetable Food and Black Kow Compost Cattle to heat and decompose the compost bin or compost. When you build a compost pile or garbage bin, you are creating an ecosystem to feed bacteria that thrive on organic materials. Most households with gardens generate more than 1,000 pounds of household lawn and garden waste each year, which can be converted into compost with very little space and effort. You can start composting with just a pitchfork and mix it once a week, or you can use several processed fence posts to form a trash can, which is cheap and practical.

Halloween has come to supermarkets and large stores, colorful orange, yellow and brown display all kinds of traditional Halloween candies. Anyone who tricks or treats for the sake of not giving sweets. This season brings a variety of candy corn, including the old-fashioned orange, white and yellow combination and orange, brown and white combination color Indian corn, and the recent brown sugar combination of tan, white and yellow combination. The peanut crisps in the box also began to appear before Halloween. Other Halloween favorites are the autumn combination Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's miniature models, marshmallow pumpkins and ghosts, Halloween M&M's, Three Musketeers and various candy bars. We always like the displays that Food Lion displays in front of their supermarkets. These displays have attracted our attention throughout October.

The tranquility of October evening. The fresh autumn wind blows through the nostrils at dusk, and the lower humidity makes the air in the coming night easier to breathe. The smell of newly fallen leaves also added to the evening air. The graceful and soft sound of fallen leaves completes the majestic experience of the autumn twilight.

Making Butterscotch Pumpkin Pudding

This pudding has no crust, but if you prefer, you can use vanilla wafers or graham crackers. In a mixing bowl, mix a can (150z) Libby pumpkin or a pint canned pumpkin, three large eggs, a three-ounce boxed instant butterscotch pudding mixture, a cup of light brown sugar, a light margarine, and a half teaspoon of pumpkin One spice can be evaporated milk, one teaspoon of vanilla seasoning, a pinch of salt, one teaspoon of maple seasoning (optional), and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. If necessary, spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking sheet or plate, and spread with vanilla pancakes or graham crackers, or make pudding without a crust. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pot. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with Cool Whip or Dream Whip.

Harvest festival, Halloween party and chicken stew

October is a festival of hay carts, haunted houses, chicken stews, harvest festivals, Halloween parties, trick or treat without sugar, Halloween carnivals, costume competitions, and cake walks. Combine all these activities with roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, s'mores and campfires, and you can have a fun night for all ages.

Pay close attention to late tomatoes

As we approached mid-October, people began to talk about the first frost of the season. It will not have any effect on cool weather vegetables. We know that the calendar date for the first frost is October 15, but we usually don’t have fatal frosts until later in the month. Even as October approaches, it is wise to pay close attention to the frost warning. Late-ripening tomatoes sown for pre-frost harvest should be harvested before the arrival of frost, wrapped in newspaper, stored in the lid, partially covered with newspaper and stored in a warm room or basement. Their maturity should be checked once or twice a week. Put one or two apples in the box to promote maturity.

Last chance to place the bulb

On the date of the first frost in just a few weeks, the spring flowering bulb planting time is coming to an end. You have two weeks or more to arrange the bulbs or spring flowers. Light bulbs can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement, Walmart, Ace Hardware, most nurseries and hardware. Buy a bag of bulb boosters or bone meal to get the bulb off to a good start.

"Class leader." Teacher: "Johnny, can you pay more attention?" Johnny: "I have paid as little as possible!"

"Wow, Buffalo." Passenger: "I want a ticket to New York State." Attendant: "Do you want to go to Buffalo?" Traveler: "No, thank you. I would rather go by bus."

"Dream." Diner: "Is this peach pie or apple pie?" Waitress: "Don't you know the taste?" Diner: "No, I can't." Waitress: "Well, what's the difference?"

"Drop out of school." Bill: "Which school do you have to drop out to graduate?" Jill: "Paratrooper school."

2021 is a great year of fireflies

In the summer of 2021, fireflies shine in this land. From mid-May to early July, as we enter June, there are many fireflies. Their most brilliant presentation was on the evening of Monday, June 21st. We counted 169 fireflies that glowed within five minutes. We saw the first fireflies on the night of Sunday, May 16. That night, we counted 49 fireflies in five minutes. We saw the display almost every night. They seem to appear in the twilight and reach a peak around nine o'clock in the evening. With the increase in the number of fireflies in summer, more fireflies should be produced next year.

This is based on the "Their View" comment in the October 6th edition of Mount Airy News, "When we argue, we will all win."

In light of the letter from Attorney General Merrick Garland to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 4, this was initiated at the request of the National Association of School Boards (NSBA). In that letter, he authorized the FBI to use their legal powers to criminalize the First Amendment rights of parents to speak at school board meetings to promote children’s education; not indoctrination (ie CRT).

I think that in this case, parents can use civic discourse to express themselves. As the author of the cited article writes, by exercising their First Amendment rights, parents "seek to shape and promote ... constructive participation across political differences."

The heavy hand of federal bureaucrats, under the guise of unsubstantiated threats and auspices of domestic terrorism, into a community's business of holding elected school board members accountable is not warranted.

The cool and clear night of Mount Airi was broken by the discordant fire bells. A dozen people jumped up from the bed. They ran to the fire station and pulled the hose reel to the train station in the dark night, where a wooden shed "surrounded by flames" was burning next to the train station.

The staff of the company's second department quickly connected the hose to a new fire hydrant in the town and injected a steady stream of water into the building. The first unit joined them, the fire was extinguished in a short time, and only one damage was sustained.

On the evening of April 5, 1904, the newly established Mount Airy Hose Company answered the first fire alarm.

MA Lowry, editor and owner of Mount Airy News, made a comment in the newspaper the next day at the last minute to praise the department.

"We don't believe that any fire company can do better or faster," he wrote. "The water is plentiful, the pressure is high, and the firefighters work bravely....Are you proud of the firefighting company and the water plant! We are. Three cheers for the fire boys!"

Appreciation is real. Mount Airy suffered several major losses due to fires beyond the control of the citizens of the Bucket Brigade. In a world where flame is part of daily life, fire is an eternal demon.

The shed was only a few dozen feet away from the timber piles of the Banner factory. In turn, these people sit next to businesses, homes, and acres of timber that are piled up around the four most important businesses in the area; furniture factories.

Fire Department Secretary MH Sparger pointed out in his elegant handwriting that firefighters “save about $4,000 (conservatively equivalent to today’s $120,000) on property such as wood stacked near the building and other property that could have been greatly reduced. Damaged by heat."

He also pointed out that they were "unfamiliar with the location of the fire hydrant" which initially hindered their work. A well on Mount Lebanon west of North Avenue and the water pipe in the tower are filled by gravity pressure and pumps, a new important tool in their tool kit.

The kit is important to the entire region. Fire and fire death are all too common. Every time a business closes, the local economy suffers severe damage. The victims of domestic fires are usually children, and the situation is much worse.

The town organized a "hook, ladder and bucket" company on December 4, 1891. Just 27 days before the New Year’s Eve fire, the fire would destroy the magnificent Blue Ridge Hotel and its entire block.

The 1904 company added hand-painted and later horse-drawn hose reels, drawing water from fire hydrants, wells, and creeks when possible. When it is not there, there is a water tank pressurized by a hand pump.

In 1917, the town bought the first fire engine for $8,500. It has a 1,000 gallon fuel tank powered by an engine.

The Airy Mountain Regional History Museum preserves some of the early records of the firefighting company in the area, including Sparger's report. It also contains the post-page form reported by Mount Airy Fire Chief C. Shelton to the town board on January 6, 1925.

The company received 26 calls in 1924, threatening $552,350 worth of property. The actual loss was only US$9,882, and the operating cost of the department was US$2,000. He is fulfilling a request, and he knows it is a big request. He hopes that the board will authorize the purchase of a second fire truck, which many people think is an unnecessary luxury.

In the end, he succeeded. In December 1926, the town reluctantly agreed to purchase a second American LaFrance truck for $12,500. While she was sitting on the train waiting to unload the cargo, a major commercial district was burned down. But later that year, with the improvement in firefighting capabilities she brought, another commercial block was saved.

Last week was National Fire Prevention Week, which has been held every year since 1922 on the anniversary of the Chicago Fire in 1871. From October 8th, it burned until the 9th, killing hundreds of people and thousands of homes and businesses. We are lucky to have so many dedicated firefighters in this area. They taught us and our children how to escape. They train for emergencies, and hope that each of us will not have to use this knowledge.

Perhaps the best way for us to thank them is to make sure we have smoke detectors with good batteries.

We are very fortunate to have them, and here at the Airy Regional History Museum, we want to say with the editor from a long time ago, "three cheers" for our firefighters.

Author: Kate Rauhauser-Smith is a local freelance writer, researcher and genealogist. When she wrote this column in 2019, she was the museum's visitor services manager.

"So, this is the real problem with our negligence. We did not fulfill our responsibility to study God's Word, not so much because it is incomprehensible, but because it is boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not Lack of wisdom or lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy." – RC Sproul

Therefore, you have to put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you have to tie them to your hands as a mark, and they will become your forehead between your eyes. – Deuteronomy 11:18

Have you ever heard the phrase "Not all wandering people are lost". I would say that I see this word about once a month; sometimes it appears on a T-shirt, or hangs on a beautiful wooden sign in someone’s living room, or is named on the back seat of a jeep. And you can judge by where you found it or by the art used to emphasize the quote, most of the time what they try to express is that it is okay to think while enjoying the journey or the environment, and the destination is the most important part , Shouldn't worry about it.

Now, these emotions can be enjoyed alone. But what drove me crazy is that this sentence did not take these meanings into consideration at first. This line appears in JRR Tokien's The Fellowship of the Ring; Part 1 of his Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was written by Gandalf in a letter to Frodo. When he wrote "Not all wandering people are lost", what he tried to convey was that not every seemingly Frodo encountered People who are in trouble or need help are so disappointed. Some people just use this as a trick to play with your sympathy or approach you so that they may end up against you.

So we read this sentence in a different context, in a context different from the story it falls into, with beautiful images and a vast space as the background, we have formed a brand new meaning behind its words . Brothers and sisters in Christ, I warn you that we can do the same with the Word of God. I will encourage you, and more importantly, what the Bible will encourage you to do is to read the fragments and verses here. Don’t entrust your understanding of God’s Word to the dedication and verse explanations on the bumper stickers surrounded by flowers.

Instead, we are asked to read God’s Word thoroughly and thoroughly. Don't take a verse or two from Philippians; read all of Philippians. Don't just take a parable from the book of John, but read the entire words and dialogues of Jesus in the book of John. Or better yet, spend all night reading all 21 chapters. Now sometimes we can extract a verse here and fully capture the context of what is said; I pointed out in this very new paper last week that John 3:16 does just that. But if God Himself gives us His words in a certain way, we would be foolish not to read His words in that way.

Reading the Word of God in this way is inconvenient for our modern lives. In a rapidly changing world, it seems like a chore to slow down and make time to read the entire Bible in one go. However, it only looks like a chore when we don’t really like it. One of the biggest reasons why you and I can read God’s Word easily, quickly, and without depth is the simple fact that we love ourselves more than we love God. We don't want to be disturbed, we don't want to be disturbed, we don't want to have to try. On the contrary, we would rather live as it is, and sprinkle God in the cracks of our lives as it is.

But when you really love something, you and I can spend time and energy without any problem, and transfer everything else to enjoy and pay attention to that thing. If you hunt, you will spend time buying things you need to hunt. You will spend your energy researching new trapping techniques and changes in hunting methods. You will make your schedule so that you can enter the woods on the first day of the season. If hunting is not your business, then you just need to replace your favorite sports team and you will feel guilty.

Not all wandering people are lost. All people who quote the Bible love Jesus.

Pastor Andrew Bowman serves at Rocky Ford Christian Church.

Reporter Tom Joyce definitely likes the word "mulling", as evidenced by his second use of major technological upgrades in the October 3rd edition of Mount Airy News.

I personally believe that any upgrade of the City Hall (not the entire building) of the Mount Airy Municipal Building will become an asset to the citizens of the city. I attended two meetings there and was shocked by the current technological backwardness of the city. No one can hear anything from any commissioner! The speaker’s voice can only be heard when the public is solicited. So, yes, consideration is the correct word used by Mr. Joyce, because the only thing participants hear is incomprehensible muttering. Even if you check the minutes of the meeting online, you cannot clearly see or hear what is going on in the meeting.

My chapel has better technology than the committee room to help participatory worship. Let us participate in the plan and hold participatory city council meetings.

Cool weather vegetables are fun

There are many positive factors for growing cool-weather vegetables. The best reason is because there are few insect enemies, no beetles or cabbage butterflies, few humid days, and almost no dry periods. When you use a layer of crushed leaves to protect cool-weather vegetables from frost, freezing, snow and ice, these vegetables can withstand harsh late autumn and winter temperatures and provide plenty of green in cold and severe winters.

Come early every day on the 30th

There are more and more sunsets, and the days are getting shorter and shorter every night. At dusk, there is a bit of a crack in the air, and more leaves and acorns fall from the tree every day. It was a few weeks before Jack Frost arrived.

Broccoli is a cool weather crop that will overwinter

Broccoli plants can still be bought in hardware stores, seed stores, gardening departments, and nurseries. They are available in six packs and nine packs. On this later date, check the plants carefully and buy only those that are healthy, leaves, and blue-green stems. When placing them, leave two to three feet between each plant so you can coat a layer of crushed leaves to prevent extreme weather. Spread Plant-Tone organic vegetable food on both sides of the plant. Before planting the plants, apply a layer of peat moss in the furrow. When the forecast is not raining, water the water in the "shower" mode with a water stick every week.

Plant a row or bed of Siberian kale

Siberian kale is the true king of the winter garden and a true tenacious survivor. Kale will grow quickly in cool soil in early October. Most hardware has multiple functions, but the best and sweetest is Siberian kale. Unlike many other vegetables, do not mix different varieties of kale, but plant each variety separately for best results. Use Plant-Tone organic vegetable food in the furrow, and cover the seeds with a layer of peat moss, and then pile up soil on each side of the furrow. Once a month, mix Plant-Tone or Miracle Gro liquid plant food with an appropriate amount of water in a sprinkling can, and then pour it on the kale. When there is no rain in the forecast, water in the "shower" mode with a water stick every week.

You can still plant a row of onion wraps

The Onion set is still available and can be launched at the beginning of October. You can choose a red, yellow or white suit. Plant in furrows about four inches deep and three or four inches apart. After placing them, apply a layer of peat moss on the onion group. Add Plant-Tone organic vegetable food to peat moss. Pile up the soil on both sides of the furrow and compact it with a hoe. Every two weeks, use a can of water mixed with Miracle Gro liquid plant food and pour it on top of the onion group. Spread a layer of chopped leaves between the rows of onions.

It will take a few more weeks to plant the flowering spring bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs can be purchased at Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes Home Improvement, Walmart, garden stores, hardware stores and nurseries. You can choose daffodils, daffodils, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocuses. Only buy bulbs with transparent mesh bags or single bulbs. Check and do not buy soft or rotten bulbs. Buy a bag of bone meal or bulb starter to get the bulb off to a good start. Buy bulb planters made of durable steel to make bulb planting easier. Before using the corm enhancer or bone meal, put a layer of peat moss on the corm, and then cover it with a layer of soil. At the end of October, cover with a layer of broken leaves.

Help the hummingbird prepare for the flight to Mexico

As we enter October, the Hummers have an extra feeling that their flight across the bay is coming. The cool night and the cracks in the air sent them a subtle message. The annual plants that faded in summer also sent a message to them. With the arrival of October, their upcoming flights across the Gulf of Mexico will follow. You can help them prepare for the journey by keeping the nectar in the feeder and checking them every day. When they fly over the golf course without interruption, they need to be at their optimal energy level.

The taste of autumn in sour apples

Take a bite of a sweet and sour apple and feel the juice spilled on your face. It is paradise on earth. Only God can make something as sweet and sour and juicy as the autumn taste of fresh apples. A large number of apples of various varieties are grown in many states in the United States. Each apple and their growing state and conditions reflect their taste, sourness and mellowness. So far, the most delicious apples in the United States are products from New York State, where Mackintosh, Roman, Jonathan, Jonagold, Empire, York and Winesap are produced there. Whether it is gray fertile soil, heavy snow, late spring, pleasant summer, or just the legacy of Johnny Appleseed. New York State’s Apple is hard to beat. Their sour, full-bodied, juicy texture is outstanding, unique and unparalleled!

Making Macintosh Apple Casserole

Macintosh apples are the best apples because they are sour, full-bodied, and juicy. This makes them very suitable for casseroles. For this recipe, you need ten or more Mackintosh apples, two tablespoons of plain flour, one teaspoon of salt, two melted light margarines, a cup of light brown sugar, a cup of sugar, a tablespoon of apple pie spice, and a teaspoon of vanilla , A teaspoon of lemon seasoning, half a cup of Cabin Maple Pancake Syrup. Peel and core the apple and cut it into quarter-inch slices and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, sugar, flour, apple pie spice, vanilla and lemon seasoning, and maple syrup. Add the melted margarine and mix well. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan or plate with Pam baking spray. Place the apple slices on the bottom of the baking tray. Spread the brown sugar mixture on the apple. Cover the pan or plate with foil and bake for an hour or until the apples are tender.

Pansy is a treasure of annual plants in autumn

Dark green branches and colorful flowers have a face that can withstand the freshness of autumn and the cold of winter. The brightness of pansies brings many colors to the gray days of winter. They are the real gems of the front porch on the gray snowy days of winter. Each flower reflects its personality with its familiar face. We have seen them pop their faces from a mass of fresh snow to cheer up a gray day. You can still grow pansies in pots or containers, or even a bed of pansies. Buy a bag of pansies boosters to take your newly planted pansies to the next level. They are still blooming in Home Depot, Lowes Home Improvement, Walmart, Ace Hardware, most hardware and nurseries. They light up any porch!

Check late autumn tomatoes

October is coming, late, late, tomatoes should have green tomatoes hanging on the vine. As the night in October gets cooler, the frost date gets closer and closer. The date of the first frost on the calendar is October, but we can usually expect frost around October 24. The house or basement, covered with newspaper, is checked twice a week for maturity. They may not be as tasty as the sun ripens, but they are worse than greenhouses.

"Interesting conversation!"-One day, two factory workers were having lunch. One worker said to another worker: "My wife often talks to herself." Another worker replied: "Mine too, but she doesn't know. She thought I was listening to her!"

"Need help?"-A lady walked up to the manager of the department store. "Need help?" she asked. "No," the manager said, "we already have all the employees we need." "Well, will you send someone to serve me?" she asked.

Almanac for October 2021

There will be a new moon on Wednesday night, October 6. Columbus Day is Monday, October 11. The moon will reach its first quarter on Tuesday, October 12. There will be a full moon Wednesday night, October 20th. This moon will be named Full Hunters Moon. The moon reaches its final quarter on Thursday, October 28. Halloween is Sunday, October 31st.

August Frost Frequency Report

August 2021 is a relatively dry month, which affects the density and amount of fog in August. Twenty fogs occurred this month. There are four fields in heavy fog, eight fields in medium fog, and eight fields in light fog. This means that winter may bring us four snowman-type snow, eight snow covering the landscape, and eight snow or light snow.

Around September 26, 1780, people gathered in Elgin, eager to lend a helping hand. Major Joseph Winston of Surrey County gathered and recruited 150 men to meet at Big Elgin Creek to join the Overmountain troops waiting at Quackers Meadows near Morgantown. These untrained and underarmed people are about to rekindle the revolution in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The Overmountain marched from Morgenton to King's Hill and fought the Conservative army under the command of Major Patrick Ferguson who was sent by General Lord Cornwallis to invade South Carolina. Due to limited resources on the road to war, many patriots are extremely hungry once they arrive in a new country.

On October 7, 1780, the Patriots slowly climbed to Ferguson and his men on the top of King Mountain. Using a combination of invisibility, natural bushes, and tree lines, the Overmountain can remain invisible when appropriate. The ensuing fighting killed 28 Americans and 290 Britons. Both sides described the battle as creepy and terrifying.

Ferguson realized that he had been beaten. He asked to retreat, still riding down the mountain. The gunfire rang, causing fatal injuries to the major. At the age of 36, he died of multiple shootings that day. After his death, the loyalists surrendered.

The incident at Kings Mountain is crucial in the struggle for American freedom. These Overmountain people defeated well-trained military soldiers with expertise in remote areas. Thomas Jefferson once said that King Mountain was "a turning point in the trend towards success." Before the Battle of the Guildford Court, there will be another 16 skirmishes, battles and quarrels, and there will be more conflicts afterwards. Before the American Revolution is won, the Patriots and the Royalists will confront each other.

Today, there are many places and events to commemorate, not only the battle of Wangshan, but also the warriors from surrounding counties. Kings Mountain National Military Park is operated by the National Park Service. This website not only explains the battle, but also the colonial life.

The Overmountain Victory Trail Association is working hard to protect and explain the path that many Patriot soldiers took to reach Kings Mountain. In Surrey County, part of the trail passes through Elgin. The trail stretches for 330 miles and passes through the four states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Of these 57 miles are complete and walkable.

If you have time this week, you can take a stroll along the beginning of the Eastern Trail that crosses the historic Overmountain Victory Trail in Elgin. Look at the assembly grounds and campgrounds-imagine and remember those who are willing to give everything for freedom!

Emily Morgan is the Guest Services Manager for the Mount Airy Regional History Museum. She lives in Westfield with her family. You can contact her at or call 336-786-4478 x229.

It's time to speak up directly.

The most enduring TV show of all time is the "Andy Griffith Show."

The "Star Trek" guerrillas still have something to say about this, especially at their fan conventions and comics festivals.

But no TV series has a higher broadcast time and frequency than "Andy". Sixty years after the Griffith show was first aired on CBS, it has been broadcast on multiple nostalgic television networks many times. There is no doubt that this is why.

Since the 1990s, Mount Airy has cleverly promoted itself as the reality version of Mayberry in the Griffith Show. In the process, Granite City helped keep Mayberry fanatical in order to please the new generation. Actor Griffith was born and raised in Mount Airy. A marketing campaign for the childhood home of the genius Griffith is now a bed and breakfast for everyone.

Mayberry souvenirs and nostalgia, from T-shirts to coffee cups to posters, are everywhere on Main Street Mount Airy. Mayberry themed stores include Barney's Cafe and The Loaded Goat grill, which inspired Griffith’s most popular TV series. Fans and others are just interested and will flock to Granite City.

The most outstanding marketing concept is Mount Airy's Mayberry Days, which is an annual town street festival about everything about Mayberry. This year's edition kicked off on Saturday with a country music concert in the city center, and this week it heated up with lectures, concerts and a city parade on Saturday morning.

Mayberry Days attracted people from all directions, including some dressed as Mayberry characters, paraded in the procession, and then wandered around the town. On this page two years ago, I introduced you to Bo Pierce, a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, dressed as Briscoe Darling and holding a moonlight pot in his hand. One morning, at Snappy Lunch, Pierce was sitting next to me, and Andy mentioned his name in an episode of a possible improvisation.

Mount Airy's contribution to the nationwide Mayberry boom is obvious.

Now the smart marketing of Granite City is on the big screen. Two new Mayberry themed movies originated from Mayberry Days.

The crowdfunded independent film "Mayberry Man" with the theme of Mayberry Days will be released during this year's film festival. Producer Chris Howell said that he came up with this idea while attending Mayberry Days. He and other Griffith actors or children of actors also attended the festival. The DVD will be available on the Internet on October 1.

Then came the documentary "The Maybury Effect", which debuted on the streaming service on August 31. Chris Hudson, a Charlotte native and Clemmons film producer, said he was inspired by Maybury Days characters, mainly "Maybury Agent" David Brown in Bristol, Virginia. rather.

"I realized that there is a deeper story about the'Andy Griffith Show'," Hudson told a Charlotte newspaper. "A story with many layers." One of the layers is Mount Ally. Modern story. Hudson believes that Mayberry rescued Mount Airy's economy after the factory decline.

In return, Mount Airy has made great strides in building today's Mayberry.

"I love Lucy" Lucille Ball, who became famous, does not have a statue in her hometown of Jamestown, New York, just like Andy of Mount Airy. A Jerry Seinfeld museum in New York City lasted only five days (promotion of streaming services). Beverly Hills still has its country mansions, but you can't go in, and there is no Jethro replica truck to tour the town. No town will hold an annual festival and parade for "Star Trek", accompanied by a marching band.

Mount Airy not only helped Griffith's show become the most enduring show. It helps make Mayberry part of the United States.

"Christians do not think that God will love us because we are good, but believe that God will make us good people because he loves us." – CS Lewis

"God loves the world, and even gave his only begotten Son to them, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

John 3:16 is probably the most well-known verse in Christian history. There is a verse that says that in our southern Christian culture, it is as American as hot dogs, apple pie, and baseball. I think there are good reasons for this. John 3:16 summarizes all the words and gospel of God. It clearly stated the right gospel; God came to save sinners. All of us are doomed to perish. Because we exist in a broken world, but more importantly because we are also broken. Because of this, we cannot save ourselves. We can't do anything. However, when we were still sinners, God sent His Son to die for us.

The beauty of the gospel is that we raise no questions about salvation; except for the sin of our being saved. So salvation is not through any form of action, as Paul clearly stated in Ephesians Chapter 2. No, salvation can only be found in faith. Or as John 3:16 says, believe. Or as other parts of the Bible, especially Jesus through love in his parables. We fall in love with Jesus more than anything else. We put our faith and belief on Jesus' salvation and love for us. We give up the ability to satisfy our desires and measure them in any practical way. So John 3:16 clearly shows that we need to be saved, and only God can save.

Note the absolute beauty of who God is in this verse, but in comparison, it mentions how small our situation is. We see the greatness of God, the generosity of God, the uniqueness of God, and the eternity of God. However, all mention of our evil or our brokenness is "destruction."

This does not mean that the world is broken, our sins or their consequences are small. This is definitely not the case. When we actually read the Bible, we will see this fact being emphasized over and over again. Our fall, our brokenness, our sin, and our rebellion are huge, black, dark, heavy, devastating, and terrible. But compared with the beauty, love, nature, grace, grace, and grace of the eternal God, it is insignificant. One of the beautiful realities we see in John 3:16 is how great God and his salvation are, and how small our sin and its consequences are in the gospel.

This should encourage us to worship God and give up the little happy toys in this world, aluminum foil things. We are too easy to cling to fragile happiness. But the greatness of God and his gospel can sustain this joy to a greater extent. This also means that if we rest in the world, the fragmentation of the world and our own fragmentation are insignificant compared to his goodness and grace.

The story of the prodigal son tells us that sometimes we are in a miserable situation, he eats pig food in pig feet, we made it ourselves, he wasted his money, the world is broken, the local famine occurs. This son is suffering for his own brokenness and the brokenness of this imperfect world. So in the end I asked what our verse asked. What would you believe in true happiness, true love, and true satisfaction? Are you looking for something other than Christ to achieve? But the fact is, he is enough. He can accommodate your joy; he is worthy of pursuit; he is worthy of rest. Don't rest or put your happiness on your own abilities or things in this world; even if it is a good thing. But believe in Jesus, where you will find eternal life.

Pastor Andrew Bowman serves at Rocky Ford Christian Church.

When the 2021 conference begins, the passage of legislation to facilitate public access to the records of disciplinary actions taken by state and local government taxpayers appears to be a long way off. For a long time, the priority of North Carolina newspapers representing the citizens of the state, improving access to the personnel records of public officials is more desirable than being based on reality.

A 9-month public hearing was held in the State Capitol. After careful adjustment, the purpose of the legislation and the procedural measures adopted by the Republicans in the Senate to promote the passage of the bill were retained. The Congress is about to make the most important progress in public rights. Modern history: The Government Transparency Act of 2021. This is historic because North Carolina’s law keeps the public ignorant of improper conduct by state and local government employees, which is almost unavailable in other states. North Carolina currently ranks fifth in the nation in terms of taxpayers' right to view basic records of disciplinary actions against state and local government employees (from public school teachers and administrators to law enforcement officials). Disclosing these records will make state and local governments more accountable and provide the taxing public with a general description of the reasons for suspension (paid or unpaid), transfers, demotions, and termination of public officials for misconduct (including sexual harassment or assault on students) . Teacher abuse of force-triggered disciplinary action. Legislative work has been going on for 25 years to ensure people’s confidence in the government to provide these records. Sure enough, the groups that opposed the legislation from the beginning—national employees and public school teachers, and now the truckers’ union—have blocked passage.

It is unknown how many public officials and school teachers actually support their lobbyists’ efforts to keep personnel files secret. Our guess is that the vast majority of them—employees who work hard for their jobs and communities—are not opposed to unlocking the jobs of people whose careers are clouded by criminal activity, reckless behavior, or laziness record.

Now finally, with the latest effort by the North Carolina State Senate to advance the important part of the public’s right to know in the form of House Bill 64, the North Carolina State House has a chance to make history. It can complete this legislative work by passing drafted bills. Since HB 64 is scheduled to be heard in the House of Representatives this week-which may be the final pass-we urge North Carolina people to contact their House members and ask them to support the legislation. The bill will eventually give taxpayers the disciplinary record they deserve. This access right has inspired confidence in the government, and citizens of 40 other states have also enjoyed this right for decades.

After all, North Carolina taxpayers are the ultimate employers and funders of local and state employees, their supervisors, and supervisors of supervisors. When one of their employees is brought to the door, these taxpayers have the right to know what went wrong.

When evaluating the history of Stokes County, it is easy to see why there are so many historical markers. The region has a long history, waiting to be told.

Moratok Park and the iron furnace named after it are one of them.

Moratok Park is located on the Dan River, a tributary of the Roanoke River. The park itself is open from dawn to dusk and hosts many events and functions throughout the year, including the annual Stokes Stomp just held on September 11. Restrooms, picnic sheds, courts and pipes, kayaking, canoeing, beach fun and history can all be found and owned within the park.

The Moratok furnace is history.

The furnace and the destroyed foundry were built by Nathaniel Moody and John Pepper in 1843 for Moody's Tunnel Works. The site originally covered 107 acres and was purchased from Alexander Hampton for $300 in 1840. One argument emphasizes that when the land was purchased, the iron factory was already in place.

After completing the paperwork, the two set out to build a magnificent furnace and forge. The furnace has a 28-foot-square base, 28-foot-square, the ground is mud, and there is an iron support frame inside. Using charcoal, brown hematite, and limestone as raw materials, this forging plant is revitalized. The waterwheel drives the bellows and supplies flames to help render the iron blocks. The water is supplied by a complex system of sinks. All these elements depend on Dan River to maintain operations. When the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, there were only depressions with furnaces, supporting sinks, and buildings. During the Civil War, everything except the furnace was destroyed.

In 1854, Ruben Golding of Stokes County bought the forging plant for $3,000 and established the Stokes Iron Ore Company. Having severed contact with other sources of supply, the Confederate Army needed a method of manufacturing swords and ammunition, so the old forge was fired to respond to the demand for weapons. The company provided steel plants for the unit until General George Stoneman destroyed the foundry in a raid in April. He did not know that Robert E. Lee surrendered in Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865.

After the war, the site was damaged until Johnathan Heck purchased the property during the foreclosure in 1875. He ran the site until his death in 1894. At some point after Heck's death, the site was bought by the Taylor family until they transferred it to the county in 1973. Work on the site began to protect and interpret the site, which resulted in its addition to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Today, the melting pot is a staple food in Stokes County and Moratok Park. History is always there; next time you are in the area, stop and enjoy all the facilities the park has to offer. Be sure to stroll through the furnace and think about the history that happened there. After all, this is our history.

Emily Morgan is the Guest Services Manager for the Mount Airy Regional History Museum. She lives in Westfield with her family. You can contact her at or call 336-786-4478 x229

The acorns on the huge oak tree began to fall

The acorns on the oak tree bounced from the roof of the neighbor's outdoor garage, making a loud and clear sound. We want to know if the acorn harvest this fall will be very rich. My grandmother in Northampton County always said, "Acorns cover the ground in autumn, and it will snow in winter."

Another acorn legend says that when squirrels walk around and store acorns, they look for cold, freezing, sleet, and snowy winters. One of the more pleasant facts about powerful oak trees is that they grow in almost every state in the United States, which is why oak trees are considered our national tree. Oak trees have a long life span, and some of them can live for centuries. Many oaks do not produce their first acorns until they are 50 years old, while other oak species include Northern Red Oak, Chestnut Oak, Black Oak, Scarlet Oak, Needle Oak, English Oak, White Oak, Swamp Oak, Post Oak, and Burr Oak . No wonder the mighty oak tree is the national tree of the Americas.

Autumn 2021 is coming

Autumn is now officially here, and the first leaf harvest in autumn has reached the ground, as the maple trees are beginning to unload their colorful leaves, and other varieties will soon follow. Don't let them be blown away or wasted. Use leaf blowers, vacuum cleaners, or old-fashioned rakes to move them to garden plots or compost piles or garbage bins. Sweep some of them for mulch with a lawnmower and place them between rows or beds of cool-weather vegetables, and around rows of radishes, broccoli and cabbage beds, and kale. Add the broken leaves to the compost and place a layer of broken leaves around the azalea bed for winter protection.

Prepare American Bee Balm for the winter

If you give it a little care and attention, American Bee Balm will withstand the test of winter. When we enter October, please keep the lip balm watered well and feed the Flower-Tone organic flower food. In mid-October, trim the balsam to about a foot high. Fill the container with new potting culture medium and spread a layer of peat moss on top to increase winter protection. In winter, water gently. Put the balm on the back of the front porch. Prepare a towel or rag and cover it with lip balm on a cold night. When the sun is out during the day and the temperature is above freezing, remove the towel, but change it at night. Water gently once a week.

It is called a "breakfast" cake, but it can also be used for dinner and dinner. This is a simple recipe, most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. You need three and a half cups of plain flour, one and a half cups of sugar, two teaspoons of baking powder, three-quarters teaspoons of salt, one-half cup of Crisco shortening, two slightly beaten eggs, one-quarter cup of milk, two and one and a half Cup of peeled, cored, and diced sour apples, boiled in water until softened (and drained), two teaspoons of apple pie spice, three-quarter cups of brown sugar, a piece of melted light margarine, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the flour with three tablespoons of sugar, baking powder and salt. Add Crisco shortening, add eggs and milk. Mix into a soft dough. Spread the dough in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 bowl, mix the remaining sugar, cooked diced apples, apple pie spice, brown sugar, vanilla, and melted margarine. Spread this mixture on the dough. If necessary, bake for half an hour or longer. Eat hot or cold. It is perfect to pair with ice cream or cold whip or just ordinary.

Surrey County roadside markets and supermarkets have red, gold, green, yellow, and pink apples

From Mount Airy along U.S. Highway 52 to Interstate 77, which borders the state of Virginia, is a feast, packed in boxes and bushel baskets of various sizes and colors. Enjoy the apple season and buy many colors and varieties. From now on, throughout the winter, apples will continue to be our staple food. Use them in recipes, salads, desserts and snacks. For real enjoyment, wash and core an apple, then fill the core area with Skippy peanut butter!

September is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs

It's time for spring to bloom. The bulbs of spring flowers appear in Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe's home Improvement, Walmart, and hardware and nurseries. You can buy single or multi-color spring bulbs, sold as a single piece or in a mesh bag. Flowing bulbs in spring include daffodils, daffodils, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and tulips. Hyacinths come in white, pink, purple, red, cream, yellow, blue and lavender colors. Hyacinth is really the breath and fragrance of early spring, adding the first ray of color to the spring landscape. When you buy bulbs that bloom in spring, buy a bag of bone meal or bulb boosters to start the bulbs. Prepare the corm bed and coat it with a layer of sphagnum moss, sprinkle some bone meal or bulb boosters, and then cover with a layer of sphagnum moss, add a lot of good soil. Water once a week. At the beginning of October, spread a thick layer of broken leaves on the bed of bulbs. Continue to water the bulb every week in October.

Continue to feed purple top radish

A row or row of radishes responds well to the cool night in late September. Use Plant-Tone organic vegetable foods to side-load the radish rows. If it does not rain, water the radish rows or beds with a stick once a week in the shower mode.

Grow ornamental cabbage or kale

The Cole family of ornamental varieties of kale and cabbage adds an unusual color to the cool weather porch. You can choose a color combination of yellow, burgundy, pink, purple, mint green, cream, rose, maroon and lavender, as well as light green and dark green tones. Put the cabbage behind the porch, away from the harsh low temperature later, and protect it from frost and freezing. Keep a few old rags or towels handy to cover them on very cold nights. Remove the towel when the temperature rises the next day. Only one cabbage is placed in each container. Feed with Flower-Tone organic flower food once a month. Water gently every week.

Tips for buying spring bulbs

Here are some tips when buying hyacinths, daffodils, daffodils, crocuses and tulip bulbs. Buy individual bulbs that can be seen, fed, and touched to detect rotten, soft, or unhealthy bulbs. Don't buy bulbs in wrappers or bags, lest you can't see and inspect them. The best bulbs are those that are housed in a see-through mesh bag, which allows you to see, feel and inspect the actual bulbs. Another good way to buy spring bulbs is to choose them individually from the trash can.

Keep an eye out for Christmas cacti

As we approach the end of September, the four Christmas cacti that spent spring and summer on the porch still have a few weeks to move to the sunny living room for the winter. Before moving them into winter, we will add more cactus medium to refill the container and apply Flower-Tone organic flower food. The secret of Christmas cacti blooming is that they spend spring and summer on the porch in half sunlight.

Raising hummingbirds in September

With the disappearance of annual plants in summer, hummingbirds still frequently visit feeders. Most Hummers will last until mid-October. Keep the feeder half full to avoid waste, and check it every other day. Their appetite and consumption will determine how much nectar is placed in the feeder.

Easy-to-breathe front porch air

Breathing fresh, cool, autumn, and moisture-free breeze on the front porch is the real cure. The quiet breeze blows the colorful leaves to the waiting lawn. The sound of crows and leaves in the distance slipped gracefully to the ground, making the porch a good place for the autumn afternoon.

"Digging for new businesses." A farmer robbed a bank and was sentenced to prison. He received a letter from his wife, in which it read: "You are in prison, smoking the country’s cigarettes, eating their food, watching TV, and I am at home alone. Who will plow the land and let me grow potatoes? ?" The farmer wrote back and said, "Don't plow the land where I buried my money." A few days later, she wrote back and said, "Someone must be reading your mail. Yesterday, the sheriff and his deputy came out and searched the whole land. . What should I do now?" The farmer replied: "Now you can plant potatoes!"

"Know the future." Jackie: "My grandfather knows the exact date of the year and the exact time he is about to die. He is right about both." Blackie: "Wow! It's incredible, how could he know? All this?" Jackie: "The judge told him!"

Read and write. Dad: "What did you learn in school today?" Daughter: "They taught us to write." Dad: "Wow! What did you learn to write?" Daughter. "I don't know, we haven't learned to read yet!"

Editor's note: Community Commentary is a regular column in The Mount Airy News that contains comments from community leaders in Mount Airy and Surry County.

Mount Airy City Schools (MACS) has a tradition of excellence in the past 127 academic years, focusing on academics, arts and sports. Our current leadership-innovation-service mentality continues this tradition and brings us into the 21st century. We believe in and value every child and hope to help them develop their talents, skills and abilities. Last year, our scholars shined brightly, just out of the most difficult year in our history. Our students, faculty and staff performed well last year, and these achievements are the highlights of their achievements:

● MACS Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 3 ranked first in the state

● MACS ranks 4th in the state in all course end assessments

● MACS 3rd and 4th grade math assessment is 14% higher than the state proficiency rate

● MACS 8th grade mathematics ranks 5th in the state

● MACS Grade 8 English Language Arts is ranked 13th in the state

● MACS English 2 8th in the state

● MACS ranks 5th in the state in 8th grade science

● MACS's proficiency in vocational and technical education assessment is 86.5%

The full results are available at

When we "rethink education", we want to build on the amazing academic achievements of the past, but think about schools without walls, such as our popular MACS micro school. This is a small school environment where you can take classes at home and at the same time with the teachers you meet almost every day. Site-based learning is conducted every week, allowing these students to plant gardens or flowers with their teachers, learn to swim or learn to play football, or participate in art activities. This school makes your students' dreams come true, what they want to do, how they want to learn, and a micro school can meet their needs. This is an example of how to rethink learning methods without sacrificing academics.

Art flourished last year as our teachers continued to find innovative ways to teach visual arts, drama, band, music, and chorus. We moved the group outside, scattered them in the auditorium, and added masks around the mouthpieces of the instruments. Students of Mount Airy City Schools demand that the long tradition of art can be traced back to its 127 years of history. Many of you remember the great drama and chorus teachers over the years and all the works that this high school has done for decades. Students majoring in visual arts have graduated from four-year universities, and many of them have made their mark in the field of art and have left their mark in the world. I was fortunate to be a band director in the 90s, and I like to watch the band's show continue to grow and develop. We have many "Today's Band" trophies in our hands, followed by "Superior Ratings". We have discovered new ways to integrate art through the framework of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). We encourage and train teachers how to integrate art into their assignments and projects. We know that there are artistic elements in most STEM careers. Help rethink education by making all students become STEAM innovators, attract students and motivate them to learn and solve problems.

Rethinking Education also involves sports. Regardless of the challenges we face, we have been innovating on how to continue track and field sports. Last year, we successfully passed the season, and this year we are also working hard to achieve this. We are using strategies such as testing, vaccinations, quarantine, and modified practices to maintain our progress this year. We offer more than 27 sports and create opportunities for students who want to participate in sports competitions. Based on the past traditions, we know that our long history of sports achievements has laid a good foundation for the future. Here are some of our past celebrations in several sports such as basketball, baseball, and football:

● Football – Football provided by MACS, the first game against Winston-Salem High School on October 15, 1915, in 35, 38, 42, 46, 48, 68 and 2008 (Kelly Holder) .

● Baseball-MACS provides baseball, the first game against Goldsboro on April 22, 1915, three state championships in 31, 33 and 39 years. In 10 years of 31-40 years, the Bears participated in five state championship games.

● Basketball-Basketball is provided as the third sport of MACS. The first game was against Walkertown on December 6, 1916. He won five state championships in 47, 60, 61, 63 and 2002.

● Basketball-Basketball is the first known women's sport by MACS. The first game was on February 20, 1917. The women's basketball team won two state championships in 2017 and 2018 (Angela Mayfield).

When you rethink education, we will not only hold sports competitions, but also increase academic competitions. Mount Airy Middle School (MAMS) and MACS are among the best in the North Carolina Academic Activities Association (NCASA) competition. At the eleventh annual meeting of the association, MAMS won the first place in the NCASA Junior High School Challenge Cup, and eighth grade student Abby Epperson was named NCASA's best middle school student of the year. After completing all the challenges, MAMS scored a total of 220 points, 55 points ahead of second place. The school participated in 7 of the more than 16 competitions available to students. These competitions include; Art Showcase, The Quill, Forensics, MATHCOUNTS, Envirothon, National History Day and HOSA.

We are grateful to the tradition of Mount Airy City School for allowing us to look back and reflect. However, we face the challenge of constantly "rethinking education" and ensuring that all students learn to lead, innovate and serve. If you want to be part of our tradition of excellence and help build the tradition of the future, please visit us at

While watching a Thanksgiving documentary from Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, I heard the chief reporter ask young people the following questions about the first Thanksgiving:

1. Which country do the pilgrims come from? They replied: "Asia."

2. When was the first Thanksgiving Day celebrated by pilgrims? They replied: "1492, no, maybe 1820.

Although the answers above are often a bit funny, the reality of false historical information is a bit scary.

In Deuteronomy chapter 6 verses 4-7, Moses wrote: "Israel, listen, the Lord is our God. The Lord is one. You must love the Lord our God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. I command you today You have to keep these words in your heart: You have to teach your son diligently, talk about them when you sit at home, on the road, and when you lie down. When you get up."

God urged Moses to train his successor Joshua not to assume that the next generation would automatically follow the worship of their ancestors' God. This type of teaching must be done by parents teaching their children every day. God has given parents a command to spend time teaching religion and life skills with their children.

An unforgettable passage from Judges 2:10;

"After that generation was returned to their ancestors, another generation rose up. They did not know Jehovah or what he did for the Israelites. After that generation returned to their ancestors, another generation When people grow up, they neither know Jehovah nor what he has done for the Israelites."

When I recalled that passage, it gave a tragic historical record: Although the younger generation may have some preliminary knowledge of God, they do not know him personally. They have no heart knowledge. They became a nation that turned away from God, and as a result, they began to live a roller coaster-like spiritual life.

In this passage, the generations of Moses, Joshua, and Caleb all died. The following generations did not know much about the experience of crossing the Red Sea and the wilderness. Parents failed to teach them Hebrew history, so the younger generation grew up in the Promised Land but did not understand Hebrew history. As a result, they turned their backs on the god of their ancestors and served the god Baal of their pagan neighbor, thus accepting their culture.

Because the older generation failed to train the younger generation in accordance with the way of Jehovah and their God, they gave up their covenant relationship as a nation. According to the great critic Matthew Henry, the Hebrews “did not become atheists, but worshiped polytheisms... and used the sun and the moon as their houses... became a despicable and miserable country. ."

Despicable and miserable. unhappy. shameful. unhappy. pitful. depressed. Are these the stepping stones that Joshua’s generation wanted to place for their grandchildren? maybe not.

Looking back at Ed Hinson's article on leaving a legacy for children, he wrote in his book "The Whole Family":

1. If you want your child to be a spiritual giant, you must lead the way.

2. If you want your children to be reliable and consistent, you must lead by example.

3. If you want to have spiritual friends around your children, then you must be with spiritual friends.

Finally, remember Solomon’s instructions,

"My son, listen to me; you must be much older;" Proverbs 4:10

Most American presidents bless the American people. They usually work to improve the American economy and unite the country when possible. On the contrary, Mr. Biden seems to want us to be sick. How to explain the following Biden policy?

(1) The closed pipeline makes us dependent on foreign oil;

(2) Continuous pandemic unemployment benefits, 300-600 US dollars per week, persuaded some people to stop working and destroyed many businesses;

(3) Commit to increase taxes again to further restrict investment and create employment;

(4) As the zero interest rate continues, spending in unprecedented amounts will increase inflation expectations to 5%, more than twice the usual target;

(5) I hope to extend the national debt limit again to close to 28 trillion U.S. dollars;

(6) Open our southern border to hundreds of thousands of uncensored and unvaccinated immigrants who will be eligible for benefits paid by U.S. taxes, free medical care, and free education;

(7) Provided 80 billion U.S. dollars in armaments to the Taliban in Afghanistan and an air base worth 10 billion U.S. dollars, which may be our Chinese enemy;

(8) Declaring confidence in General Mark Milley, his treason will encourage further military incitement;

(9) Refused to comment on credible allegations that he and his family were paid by the governments of Ukraine, Russia and China due to the influence of the President;

(10) Advocate a critical racial theory, which teaches that whites hate blacks and are responsible for their relative poverty. Only a violent revolution can restore equality; and see that BLM further encourages racial division and allocates police funds;

(11) Watching his party elect district attorneys and prosecutors refuse to punish street crimes, causing criminal chaos in many cities in the United States;

(12) The blockade and suspension of evictions caused by non-payment of rent have permanently destroyed many small American businesses, reminding us that one of the main goals of Marxism is to destroy the middle class;

We recalled that Mr. Obama wanted to fundamentally change the United States. I wonder if Mr. Biden is not just Mr. Obama’s assistant, replacing American democratic capitalism with something closer to socialism?

I just read an article about the proposed Andy Griffith Mural ("Andy Griffith Mural Looks At Downtown," September 22, Airy Mountain News). I have a few comments.

The photo mural collage depicted in the article is recognized as a sketch. That is not a sketch. This is a photo collage.

In my opinion, the proposed artist is not an artist, but a technician. He just reproduces the photo image with shaded color blocks, such as "painting by number".

Lizzie Morrison leads the team to believe that you are hiring a real artist to create your image. I believe this is wrong. Essentially, Mount Airy Downtown and the Tourism Development Bureau paid $50,000 for an oversized illustration.

Similarly, this illustration, this photo montage, is not art defined in history.

This article was originally printed on December 29, 2019, and details the life and creations of the Mount Airy Regional History Museum. With the newly renovated entrance of the museum and the opening of the redesigned South Gallery, museum officials believe that now is the best time to re-run the column. Last Friday, the new gallery and gift shop opened to the public again.

The Airy Mountain Regional History Museum consists of four floors of cultural relics and information, telling the stories of the people who settled in the area and established these communities. Starting from private citizens, the collection of cultural relics began a few years before the museum opened, before anyone knew where the museum actually was.

Once this old hardware store is acquired, the gallery will open one at a time within a few years, as resources allow the exhibits to be completed. Today we have one of the most impressive local museums I have ever seen.

I don’t know if people living in the area today understand how unusual a museum of this size and quality is for a county with a large population and a remote location.

I believe this will make some people think this is selfish, but please remember that I am not from here. I have nothing to do with building a museum or collecting her collection, although I consider myself lucky to work here in the past few years.

For many people, this is obviously a labor of love. They have been committed to creating and maintaining a history museum on Airy Hill Street for more than 25 years.

The museum was originally an idea of ​​the Airy Mountain Restoration Foundation and is today known for its beautiful property, Moore’s former residence. The foundation was established in 1982 with a clear goal of “promoting, restoring, protecting and revitalizing the Great Aili Mountain area” by protecting important structures and encouraging their development into modern uses.

In 1988, they established a museum committee to explore the idea of ​​establishing a history museum in Mount Airy. They set their eyes high-Smithsonian High.

In January 1990, Mount Airy News quoted Chairman Barbara Summerlin as saying: "Our focus on the museum will be on the project, mainly related to the school’s local history. This will help many young people. Aware of where they own and live... (yes) a lot of hard work and commitment to the community."

They also hope that the historical relics of Surrey County will remain in Surrey County. A few years ago, the local collection of antique dolls was sent to the Old Salem Museum and Gardens, and a piano belonging to the Airy Mountain Brower family was sent to the Greensboro History Museum.

The committee hired Winston-Salem, a construction company specializing in historic buildings, to conduct a feasibility study. Several properties were considered, including some historic homes, but the 30,000 square foot vacant WE Merritt Hardware building was selected. It has enough space for active presentations and Smithsonian style exhibitions.

"We are fortunate to have a truly well-executed museum in this community. It is not just our collective'attic'. This really proves the lasting vision and hard work the founders put in to create a quality experience 25 years ago," Matt Edwards, the museum's executive director, said recently when he directed the institution's first major renovation in many years.

The committee was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1992, and mainly used private funds to establish a museum. Unlike many other museums in the state run by state or local governments, it continues to maintain this state.

Our mission statement is deceptively simple. "The purpose of the Mount Airy Regional History Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret the natural, historical and artistic heritage of the area." The board of directors passed in October 1994, and it left a very open goal, but our volunteers And employees continue to pursue.

"When we started this project, we were building these solid foundations," Edwards said. "We can incorporate new stories, technologies and new facilities that were not ready when the museum first opened. This project will enable the museum to continue to serve this community and visitors for a long time to come, and become one of the state's premier community museums. "

If you want to participate in the next stage of life in the museum through interpreter work, volunteer participation, financial support, or donations of photos or cultural relics, please call (336) 786-4478 to contact the museum.

Author: Kate Rauhauser-Smith is a local freelance writer, researcher and genealogist. When she wrote this column in 2019, she was the museum's visitor services manager.

September thunderstorms are not uncommon, because we do have some warm and humid days, even if they may not be so severe, they will produce strong thunderstorms. September is in the hurricane season, and hurricanes off the coast will definitely produce some thunderstorms and produce a lot of rainfall. The thunder in September is accompanied by some weather legends, some say it is a sign of a good harvest of vegetables and fruits in the garden next year. Rumble, baby boomers in September.

The season of color is slowly approaching

In September, the air slowly casts a hint of color on the leaves of dogwood, silver maple, birch and elm. With the bright Carolina blue sky as the background, the color of the leaves is as striking as the paint on the artist's canvas. In less than a month, Jack Frost will begin to touch some leaves, and the season of raking and blowing leaves will begin.

It is now mid-September, and autumn vegetables in cool weather should thrive in the garden. A few days of warm days will not disturb the autumn vegetables, because now there is less than a week before autumn. There is still enough time to plant radish seeds, but you must plant them this week. You can also plant mixed vegetables, spinach, Siberian kale, curly mustard, onions and broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower plants. Sow the cool weather vegetables deeper, cover the furrow with a layer of peat moss before sowing, and then cover the seeds with another layer of peat moss, and then apply Plant-Tone organic vegetable food and the furrow of the hilly soil on each side. Then ram it with a hoe blade. Early frost will not have any adverse effects on cool-weather vegetables. Water with a stick every week to keep hydrated. Use Plant-Tone to coat cool-weather vegetables once a month, and keep the soil uplift after each feeding. Place the crushed leaves between rows of radishes, because they are root crops, and the leaves can prevent ground freezing and prolong the long-term harvest.

The night in September was a bit cold, and the conditions were perfect for placing rows of red, yellow or white onions. The cool night in September will cause the onion group to germinate quickly. The cost of a pound onion kit is about $3. They can be grown in rows or in beds. Place the onions in a deep groove about four or five inches deep, about three or four inches apart. Cover these collections with a layer of peat moss and a layer of Black Kow compost cow dung, and coat each side of the furrow with Garden-Tone organic vegetable food and hilly soil, and then lightly tamped. When the end of October arrives, spread a layer of crushed leaves between the onion groups, and then pour them on the onions every two weeks with a jar of water and Miracle-Gro liquid plant food.

Start a trash can or a pile of compost

When the leaves begin to fall, there is an opportunity to start a batch of compost with the stems, vines, and leftovers from the summer garden, as well as the leaves decomposed by blowers or mowing. Adding grass clippings to the compost heats the ingredients, as do Black Kow compost cow dung and Garden-Tone organic plant food. The temperature in September will be enough to heat up the compost.

It's time to take care of the azaleas

With the arrival of cool temperatures in mid-September, azaleas can use a little tender care. Rhododendrons may need to try to shape them. You can feed azaleas with Holly-Tone organic azaleas sold in four-pound zipper bags at Lowe's Home Improvement or Home Depot, Ace Hardware, nurseries, and most garden departments. You can also mix Miracle-Gro liquid azalea food with an appropriate amount of water in a sprinkler. Dr. Earth also produces a slow-release azalea food that can feed the entire winter. A layer of crushed leaves will protect the azalea from extreme cold weather.

From summer annual plants to autumn cool-weather annual plants

The annual plants in summer are slowly fading with the frost at the end of next month. Now paving the way for the annual fall. The soil where the summer annuals are located can be recycled by removing all the summer annuals from the container and adding them to a compost pile or trash bin. Pour the medium in the summer annual plant container into the trolley, stir and add 50% of the new potting medium mixture to the old medium, and then stir together. Add a few cups of Flower-Tone organic flower food and some sphagnum moss to the medium. Use a sprinkler to moisten the recovery medium and fill the container used to grow autumn annuals.

Pansies are the most popular autumn year

No wonder pansies are one of the favorite annual plants in autumn. There are colorful lavender, royal purple, cream, yellow, bronze, maroon, pink, tan and light orange flowers, and each one has a familiar Their faces are in them. The dark green leaves throughout the winter are another characteristic of the pansy family. Pansies will endure the winter temperatures with a little preventive protection. There are six packs and nine packs of pansies. Most of them are in full bloom when you buy them, so you can choose the varieties and colors you like. To get the pansies off to a good start, buy a bag of pansies boosters, mix them into the potting medium, and add some to the pansies every month. When planting pansies in pots, plant only three or four in containers and baskets. This will prevent violets from becoming root-bound. In winter, water the pansy, but don't water too much, as this may cause the medium in the container to freeze. In winter, when severe cold is predicted, you may need to move the pansy container to a further place in the porch and cover it with a bed sheet or a few towels overnight. Putting a few handfuls of peat moss on the pansies in the container will also help prevent freezing.

September is the gate to autumn

We are on the threshold of autumn, and the green and warmth of summer are fading. This is a period of seasonal transition. Wearing a coat is not cool enough, but also not warm enough to make people sweat. The leaves of dogwood turned deep red and showed the berries they harvested. Some maple trees have turned yellow, and some trees have begun to shed their leaves. Autumn is coming, the air is fresh, the humidity is lowered, and the beautiful sunset is ecstatic. This is a bittersweet time, because we are slowly losing the lazy, hazy warmth of summer.

Making apple pie cheesecake

Celebrate the coming of autumn next week with this apple pie cheesecake. You need a cup of sugar, two eight-ounce boxes of cream cheese, three large eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla, a can of Comstock apple pie filling, four sour apples, peeled, cored, cut into pieces, and cooked until transformed Soft, half a teaspoon of apple pie spice. Two graham cracker pie crusts. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the sugar with the softened cream cheese, add eggs, vanilla and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Use a blender to mix at high speed until smooth. Pour into the pie crust and bake for half an hour. cool down. Mix the apple pie filling, ripe apples, a cup of light brown sugar, apple pie spice, and spread on top of the cheesecake. Sprinkle a little apple pie spice on top.

"The virus among us." A man returned to the United States after traveling overseas. After getting off the plane, he was unwell and rushed directly from the airport to the hospital. After many inspections and tests, he woke up to find himself in a private isolated room. The phone by his bed rang. He picked it up and heard his doctor say: "This is your doctor. We found that you are infected with a very contagious virus, so we completely isolate you. We let you eat pizza, pancakes and pita Bread and bread." "Can that cure me?" the patient asked. The doctor replied, "Well, no, but this is the only food we can sneak in under the door."

"The best man." An 8-year-old girl is attending her first wedding. She approached her mother and asked in a low voice, "Why did that lady change her heart?" The mother said, "My dear, what do you mean?" The little girl replied, "She walked down the aisle with a man, and The other man left with him."

Cross the road. What is the name of the chicken crossing the road? Poultry in action!

One of my favorite childhood memories is that my grandmother asked me to walk with her to her friend's house, and her farm is north of the grandmother's farm. When we were about to cross the creek on the border between the two farms, grandma said, "Now walk along the stepping stone path so you don't get your feet wet."

Stepping stones: roads paved for future travelers to reach their destinations safely. In Ruth chapter 3 verse 1, Naomi said to Ruth: "I will not seek rest for you, so that you can be at peace?" The word "rest" in Hebrew has the following meanings:

Naomi knew that her future was in Ruth, and Ruth also knew that her future was in Bethlehem. Both widows are determined to find a future among God's people in God's land. They knew that this trip was an uncomfortable and uncertain risk. They want to redeem, take back the property belonging to Naomi's name and family.

The journey back to Naomi's hometown is approximately 40 miles. Hiking requires them about five days to walk on sandy, dry soil and rugged terrain. This will include camping outdoors, unless the villagers are willing to let them rest for a night. In addition to the danger of these widows, the Jordan River had to cross the river during the spring rains that would cause the water level to swell.

This journey requires Naomi's vision to persevere in the journey; to go home and build a new life for Ruth, she is the only door for her to enter the next generation. Naomi hopes that Ruth's future will be the best. She hopes Ruth meets the right people in the right place.

When they went to Bethlehem for a five-day journey, Naomi might have described Bethlehem to Ruth. She described the dense large wheat fields that can now be harvested. She described the worship of the Tabernacle and the great Jehovah she served. What she and her husband lost when they left Bethlehem, her benevolent god will somehow recover. At about this time, Naomi explained to Ruth the meaning of salvation and being redeemed, because when Lu was collected by Daboaz's field, she understood what it meant to ask for grace and favor from the relatives of the redeemer.

Ruth took a crash course on Hebrew culture and belief in God. Because of Naomi's vision training for Ruth, Ruth was welcomed by the residents of Bethlehem. She learned that her loyalty in small matters has become a stepping stone for her to be blessed in the future, because she knows her relative, the redeemer, Boaz. Ruth began to value God's blessings.

Because of Naomi's vision and prayers for Ruth, Ruth married Boaz and later gave birth to Obed, and Obed will have everything that Boaz has.

Naomi saw the birth of Obed, but may not have seen the birth of Obed's son Jesse. Ruth saw the birth of David, but she may not have lived long enough to see David's blueprint for designing the temple. David did not go to build the temple, but he saved gold, silver, bronze, and specially ordered wood to build it. David valued worship. Who taught David how to value worship of God?

The name "Obed" means "servant, worshiper" in Hebrew. Just as David put his father's sheep on the mountain in Bethlehem, Obed gave it to his father Jesse. According to scholars, in his later years in Obed, he and David taught David about God in the field, thus laying a stepping stone for David to attach importance to the worship of God, so that he hoped to build a temple of praise for him. Ruth the Moabite told Obed that there is no God like Jehovah.

What stepping stones can we leave for the next generation? It is one thing to leave a legacy, but it is better to leave a stepping stone for immortality.

I urge the current members of the Mount Airy City Council to choose John Pritchard to fill the vacant committee seats (please refer to “Parliament Candidates Run for Vacancies” in the “Mount Airy News” issued on September 3).

For the purpose of full disclosure, I consider John a friend.

Having said that, John is one of the very few people I know who dares to speak the truth to power. He did so by using relevant facts to support his position. Many local citizens know that John has participated in city council meetings and planning meetings for more than 12 years, so he has a good grasp of past and current council activities and board policies and procedures. In addition, his extensive banking and financial management work experience ensures that he has the knowledge and ability to accurately assess the financial advantages/disadvantages of economic development proposals and other issues that are submitted to the city council for review.

It is no secret that John has always been an outspoken and consistent supporter of honesty and transparency in the city government.

I believe that John Pritchard is very capable of performing the duties and responsibilities of commissioners responsibly and seamlessly. His courage, integrity, business knowledge, and commitment to Mount Airy will help the committee discuss how to best advance the city's economic development plan, while strengthening and maintaining its history and traditions.

Surrey County is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, but in the coming weekend, Rockford Town will usher in another special moment. The Rediscover Rockford event has entered its tenth year, celebrating the town’s history and long history through food, music, traditional crafts, tourism and speakers. The event will be open to the public for free from 10 am to 4 pm on September 18th.

Surrey County was founded from Rowan County in 1771. Due to population growth in the area, the county was divided, and Stokes County was created from the division in 1789. As a result, the county seat was moved from Richmond (now near Tobacoville) to the center of the county. Rockford was selected and will serve as the county seat for 61 years from 1789 to 1850. However, with the formation of Yadkin County in Surrey County in 1850, the county seat was moved to Dobson to maintain its central position in the county and has remained there ever since.

The town of Rockford is located along the Yadkin River in the southern part of Surrey County. It is named for the nearby rocky shallows. The new county seat was developed on 53 acres of land purchased from Moses and Thomas Ayres. As the county seat, Rockford was the most important town at the time, and residents needed enough roads to enter it. Most of the roads at that time were trails or catcher trails. A lot of work was done in the early years to open up new roads, which brought us the saying that "all roads lead to Rockford".

The appeal of the county is the court and the government, but it is also the social center of the county. People come to Rockford to shop, get news, get water from springs or wash clothes, or visit blacksmiths, tinsmiths or tanners. In addition, because Rockford is close to the Richmond Hill School of Law, which operated from 1848 to 1878, many aspiring lawyers visited and worked in the town.

Rockford can also brag about the visit of three presidents from North Carolina; Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson. Both Jackson and Johnson stayed in Rockford and tentatively engaged in legal work there until they moved to Tennessee. Polk often visits his cousin William Polk Dobson.

Towns continue to develop, and the introduction of railways further negates this. The Yadkin Valley Railway runs from Winston Salem to North Wilkesboro, stopping at Rockford. This brought passengers, mail, and cargo to the town and positioned it as a commercial center from the late 1890s to the 1920s. With the passage of time and the relocation of enterprises, the town and its historical heritage gradually declined.

To solve this problem, the Rockford Conservation Society was established in 1972 to stabilize and protect the town’s historic buildings. In 1976, Rockford was included in the National Register of Historic Places. When we mention Rockford in this area today, we may immediately think of all the streets and roads of the same name, but we should not forget the importance of Rockford Town to the development of Surrey County.

Justyn Kissam is the learning manager of Kaleideum.

The theme of last week's column was legacy; what the older generation left for the younger generation. When analyzing the type of legacy that King Saul left to Queen Esther, a fascinating study can be conducted.

God told King Saul to destroy the Amalekites because they attacked the Hebrews endlessly. According to 1 Samuel 15:32-33, King Saul did not obey the command. He allowed Amalek, the king of Amalek, to survive, and it was obvious that other Amalek could easily escape the battle. The prophet Samuel later killed King Agag, but no one pursued the other members of the royal family. As a result, in his last battle, King Saul was killed by the Amalekites.

Amalek. brutal. vicious. The hostile tribes of God’s people relentlessly attacked Israel’s southern border by burning crops and houses and then stealing livestock. Children, especially babies, are killed in front of their parents. The Amalekites often fought with other countries and waged wars against Israel. In the days of the prophet Samuel and King Saul, God was fed up with this terrifying tribe.

Six centuries later, two descendants of King Saul were forced to clashed with one descendant of King Agag. Relatives Mordecai and Esther are descendants of King Saul's father Kish. Mordecai and Esther's family were taken captive by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.

Later, the Babylonian Empire was taken over by the Persian Empire, but according to Ezra and Nehemiah, many Jews stayed in Persia instead of moving back to their ancestors' homeland. Mordecai has clearly become one of the leaders of the Jews and has won the respect of the leaders of the Persian government. Haman was a member of the council of the Persian emperor and a descendant of the King of Agag.

According to some biblical scholars, Haman may have hatred the Jews because of King Saul’s past confrontations with his ancestors. Haman was very excited about Mordecai's appointment as a consultant in Capital Susa, and planned a way to remove Mordecai from his leadership position. Because Mordecai secretly murdered the king, Mordecai received a great reward from King Ahasuerus, at the expense of Haman.

An angry Haman built the gallows so that Mordecai could be hanged. In order to implement this vicious plan, Haman sought the support of King Ahasuerus and massacred the entire Jews to get rid of Mordecai. He did not know that the king's beloved wife, Queen Esther, was a Jew.

Six centuries after King Saul failed to defeat the Amalekites, his descendant Queen Esther had to plead with the king for the safety of her people. The descendants of King Saul and the descendants of King Agag faced each other face-to-face, just as the saying "History repeats itself". Queen Esther started a prayer movement, asking God to intervene on behalf of his people. She and her staff fasted and prayed in the palace, while Mordecai and the Jews fasted and prayed in their homes. Queen Esther's request was approved. As a result, Haman was hung on the gallows he built for Mordecai.

After the brutal confrontation, Mordecai was highly promoted to the court of King Ahasuerus and acquired the property belonging to Haman. Queen Esther was favored by the Persian people for her prayers and bravery.

Imagine what happens when family members fast and pray for each other! No family is perfect, but imagine what happens when the older generation fasts and prays for guidance, wisdom, salvation, and God’s blessings for the younger generation. Although Esther had to redo what Saul could not do six centuries ago, this story serves as a good example of how prayer can open the door for God to intervene in the lives of our family; leave it to them The legacy of prayer.

Ambrus R. Collins wrote in a letter to his wife Sarah Jane: "I have a bed and a sky, but I am in good health." It was August 28, 1862, and the civil war entered a year. His troops were stationed near Richmond, Virginia, and he was a staunch ally. "If you and the children can get close at home, I can get in touch with each other here until I finish my duty in the war."

Collins Farm is just north of Dobson, and No. 601 crosses the Fisher River. Like many allies, he believes that this war will be a fast and decisive event. He wrote again on September 8 in Frederick County, Maryland.

"Dear wife and children... We have to go to Baltimore and then to Washington City (DC). I think the war will end because the Yankees (sic) have been going on, and the New York newspapers are in favor of giving up and letting the South own their ritual ( The original text)."

Nine months later, Isaac Thompson, another Surrey farmer, wrote to his friend Archie Cameron.

"Our leaders have become so bold in evil, I can only think that God will crush them because of their actions. I believe that almost all soldiers in the Confederacy are for peace. Let it come... if mine My family has to suffer and die because of lack of food, so what good is it for me to gain independence? Because if I want to fight, let me fight for the rights of my family.... I am a man with southern principles Southerners, but I do not approve of fighting until we are worse than conquered."

We often think of history as a series of battles and great deeds that have nothing to do with the human nature of the humans who have experienced them. We look at history in a harsh way: for better or worse, in fact, history is complicated because people are complicated. Our ancestors did not keep pace as we do today.

David Voss of Guildford County was drafted into the army in October 1864 with three friends Joseph, William, and JC Gilmer. They are among the many citizens of Piedmont County and the western mountains of the state. They are staunch unionists and often pacifists on religious grounds.

In the first half of the 19th century, dozens of families moved from Surrey County to Indiana. During the war, those who opposed violence or supported the Union would reunite with relatives and friends there to avoid conscription. Worth and his friends tried, but they were arrested in Tennessee. In the end, the Gilmers "successfully got rid of the rebels and are now in Rush County, Indiana," Voss wrote from prison to the joint brig. General Hoffman in the 1865 Freedom Petition.

He was free and participated in the remaining wars as part of the Federation.

The Civil War is a critical moment for the United States. The difficult transition from the "special system" of the United States to the slandered reconstruction policy.

Surrey was the site of a large gathering in July 1863. Local leaders, including slave owners, called for peace and return to the Union. "The original constitution and the original federation."

After the war, despite numerous cases of abuse and bigotry in the area, the Unitedist Peace Movement gained momentum in Surrey, Stokes, Yadkin, Forsyth, and Guildford counties. In the 1866 election for governor, voters in Surrey County supported the Unity candidate almost at a ratio of two to one.

In April 1867, the Hamburg branch of the Union was established in Hamburg's Brauers Mill (near Mount Airy Middle School). Jacob Brower presided over the meeting, and he built a huge complex of grain mills, textile mills, and other manufacturing companies that often produced more than most other producers in the region.

The organization is committed to providing tuition-free public schools for everyone, removing restrictions on voting based on land ownership, and allowing free persons to register to vote and participate in public opinion surveys.

The founding members included well-known businessmen, such as Thomas Schaub and JM Marshall, the owners of two carriage factories in Surrey. Some people, including Browers, used enslaved labor to establish their own businesses, at least to some extent.

History is complicated because people are complicated. History is also heartbreaking.

Rufus Collins wrote such eloquent letters to his wife in Dobson, and he died a few days after writing the letter at the Battle of Antietam.

The loyal Southerner Isaac Thompson was so disappointed with his leader that he was killed in the Battle of Cedar Creek.

David Worth, a veteran of the Confederate and Confederate armies, returned to the state and ran a mill in Westfield.

Author: Kate Rauhauser-Smith is a local freelance writer, researcher and genealogist.

Growing rows of purple top radishes

As we enter September, it's time to plant a row or bed of purple top radishes so that they have enough time to grow large radishes. After all, they are root crops and require a long growing season to harvest. The garden soil is still warm in September, so cool the soil after planting radishes to promote its growth. In the absence of rain or showers, water the radishes with a water stick in shower mode every day.

Autumn gardening is comfortable, fun and relaxing

The temperature is comfortable, the humidity is lower, there are fewer weeds and insects, and the soil is easier to cultivate. The stock of vegetables in the autumn gardens is significant in cool weather. You can grow onions, broccoli, cabbage, broccoli, kale, mixed vegetables, curly mustard, radish, Siberian curly kale, spinach, and lettuce. Most importantly, you can extend the harvest time by spreading a layer of broken leaves between the rows in cold weather to keep warm and resist cold temperatures and frost and snow.

September brings a hint of breath in the night air, and a hint of color in the dogwood and maple trees. The harvest of summer vegetables has also slowed down. Every night, the day is still shortened by one minute. We see additional colors at sunset, the fiery hues of red, yellow, purple, orange and royal blue shining on the western horizon, marking the autumn season only a few weeks away.

Reserve plenty of vegetable food for the autumn garden

The health of the garden depends on the products you use to feed the vegetables and improve the soil with organic materials. Their usage is much higher than chemical fertilizers, and it is worth paying the extra price. You can choose from peat moss in 3.5 cubic yard bags, Black Kow composted cow dung in 25 and 50 pound bags, and Plant-Tone and Garden-Tone plant and vegetable foods in four pound bags. Tomato-Tone, Flower-Tone, Rose-Tone and Holly-Tone are organic foods. Calcium carbonate (lime powder) and Alaska fish emulsified liquid vegetable food are both good choices. All of these are good for vegetables, flowers, roses, evergreens, shrubs and your health, environment and garden.

It’s time to start growing cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and kale plants

Cool nights and cool temperatures make September an ideal time to grow broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale plants and give them a good start. You can buy plants in six-packs and nine-packs at hardware stores, nurseries, and garden stores. Always check to make sure there are six and nine healthy plants in the package. Healthy plants will have blue-green stems instead of tan or brown dry stems, which is definitely a sign that they are getting wet. Healthy plants will be eight or nine inches tall, rather than sticking out of the container.

Make a simple fresh apple pie

Apples are abundant now, and there are many ways to prepare them into unusual desserts. The ingredients for this apple pie are very simple and quick to prepare. You will need nine or ten sour apples that are peeled, cored and cut into one-inch chunks, then soaked in salt water to prevent browning. Put the apple aside. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan or plate with Pam baking spray. Rinse large pieces of apples with fresh water and spread them on the bottom of a baking sheet or plate. Mix two cups of sugar, three teaspoons of plain flour, two teaspoons of apple pie spice, and three teaspoons of vanilla seasoning. Stir well and pour on the cut apples. Add a cup of milk and a cup of water and stir into diced apples. Cut two sticks of light margarine into quarter-inch pieces and set aside. Break the two frozen pie crusts or cut into small pieces, and spread on the apple mixture. Spread margarine flakes on the pie crust. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for one hour or until the crust is golden brown. After cooling, top with cold whip or vanilla ice cream.

The county fair season is here

Last year, many exhibitions were closed due to the COVID 19 virus. Hope this will be a good season for health, weather and other aspects. Almost every county in North Carolina has a county fair, which lasts from late August to early November. It is hoped that this fall the state will be bright and well-lit, with plenty of rides, performances, fair food, exhibitions, entertainment, and other attractions midway at all sizes. Usually September starts at the Irridel County Fair in Statesville, the Stokes County Fair in King, the Surrey County Fair in Mount Airy, the Davidson County Fair in Lexington, Rowan County in Salisbury Fair, Alamance County Fair in Burlington, Catawba County Fair in Kabarus Hickory, Concord County Fair, Central Carolina Fair in Greensboro, Carolina Classics in Winston Salem The Fair and the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

Caring for asparagus and panda fern

Asparagus and Panda Fern have traveled on the deck from spring and summer to now in September. When we started to prepare them to move to the living room and spend the late autumn and winter in that environment. We will trim them and feed Plant-Tone organic plant food, and water them every other day. These ferns have flourished for many seasons without anyone caring or paying attention.

Start a compost bin or pile

The crops harvested in summer are gradually decreasing. These residues will provide vines, stalks, garden leftovers and grass clippings as ingredients in compost piles or garbage bins. All this paves the way for harvesting the ingredients used to prepare the compost pile or dumpster. Prune garden residue to break it down and make the composting process easier. Continue to save the grass clippings to add to the compost for heating. You can also use Black Kow compost cow dung or Plant-Tone organic plant food to heat the compost and decompose it. Add some water to the composite every week.

The sound of autumn comes from the mighty oak tree

The sound of acorns falling on the metal roof of the neighbor's shed reminds that autumn is approaching. The frequency of falling acorns may indicate what kind of winter we are in. We will observe squirrels because my Northampton County grandma said that when squirrels are busy storing acorns in September and early October, they are preparing for a harsh and cold winter. She also said that the oak tree overgrown with acorns is a clear sign of severe winter.

Look out for dogwood berries

The leaves of the dogwood tree have a dark red color, and the berries on the flowering branches of the dogwood tree are beginning to turn bright red last spring. Their output this year seems to be large. This may also indicate that there will be a lot of snow and cold temperatures in the coming winter. We can only wait and see.

"Cheap Hearing Aids"-A man walks into a business to buy a hearing aid, but he doesn't want to spend too much money. "How much do they cost?" he asked the clerk. "It all depends," said the salesperson, "their prices range from $2 to $2,000." The customer said, "Let's try the $2 model." The salesperson hung the device around the customer's neck. "You just plug this socket in your ear, and then put this black cord into your pocket." The salesperson ordered. "How does it work?" the customer asked. "2 dollars, it doesn't work." The salesperson replied. "But people speak to you louder after seeing the rope!"

"Church nap"-If all the members are pulled to the end, they will be much more comfortable.

"Easy to come, easy to go!"-A lady told her friend, "I made my husband a millionaire." "What was his status before you married him?" the friend asked. The woman replied: "Billionaire!"

There will be a new moon on Monday, September 6. Monday, September 6th is Labor Day. Patriot Day is Saturday, September 11. Grandparents day is Sunday, September 12. The moon reaches a quarter of the first day, Monday, September 13. Yom Kippur starts at sunset on Wednesday, September 15. There will be a full moon on the night of Monday, September 20. This moon will be named Full Moon. The moon will reach its last moment on Tuesday, September 26.

Editor's note: Community commentary is a feature of The Mount Airy News, displaying comments from community leaders in Mount Airy and Surry counties.

In the past two weeks, it is great to see that our educators are ready for the first day of students returning to school. Our theme for this school year is preparation, reset, start! Although our routines may be different this fall, we are always committed to providing learning experiences that support the skills and attributes reflected in our strategic plan and leadership framework.

Of course, the 2020-2021 school year is unprecedented; however, we are committed to moving forward to provide the best possible educational experience for student leaders in all Surrey County schools. This school year is a new beginning; a brand new opportunity to help our students design their dreams and grow as leaders.

As we discuss the future and move forward, our Surrey County school team is entering their classrooms, offices, and departments with a new perspective. This summer has given our team a chance to catch a breath, regroup, and be open to the possibilities that may exist this year. The Surrey County School System is committed to addressing the social and emotional needs of our students and staff. Students must feel safe and supported before they study. To achieve this goal, our managers, teachers, and staff are participating in unique training courses, such as first aid for youth mental health, which introduces signs and symptoms of student trauma to adults and focuses on providing support to promote recovery .

The new school year also provides students with the opportunity to grow through our leadership framework, which introduces attributes that help students lead themselves, lead with others, and change the world. Surrey County School believes that our students can go to the world and truly make a difference. Our dedicated employees feel the same way. We launched this program for our students at school this year, and we look forward to seeing the growth that comes with the development of leadership skills.

As we prepare to start over and enter this year, I look forward to leading and supporting the important work they do every day with this group of talented employees. I am excited about the wonderful things that will be observed in classrooms and schools this year, and I challenge each of us to work hard every day to help children design their dreams and grow as leaders.

Welcome back, Surrey County School!

Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary defined the term "inheritance" as "a bequest, a certain thing, a last will or a certain amount given by a will; good advice from a father or parent to a child."

Our five children are all at home, and our parents live in a simple and humble ranch house. There is nothing big or fancy anyway. Although the vicarage of the church is within walking distance of our church, my parents are always assigned to the task of receiving evangelists in our house and let us sleep on the sofa so that the evangelist can have his own room. My mother washed clothes when we were in school, cooked and cleaned if necessary.

In the morning, before we go to school, the visiting evangelist will pray for our protection and encouragement throughout the day. (In these days, the village church will have one to two weeks of revival service.) Because of these annual experiences with traveling missionaries, all five of us have participated in various ministry projects in our own church.

In Chapter 4 of Proverbs, the writer King Solomon teaches his son as if he is leaving special instructions to ensure his son’s future is full of grace and blessing. In verse 10 and below, read: "My son, listen to and receive my words; you will have many years in your life. I will teach you in a wise way; I have guided you on the right path. When you go, you Her steps will not be restricted; you will not trip when you run. Quickly grasp the instructions; don’t let her go: keep her; because she is your life."

Since my parents’ task is to entertain the preachers, I have never heard them complain. They established respect for ministers, generous provision of meals and housing, and evening stories about missions and ministries that always fascinate me.

In his book "Family Portrait", Ed Henson's views on parents passing on wisdom to their children:

1. If you want your child to be a spiritual giant, you must lead the way.

2. If you want your children to be reliable and consistent, you must lead by example.

3. If you want to have spiritual friends around your children, then you must be with spiritual friends.

When King Solomon wrote Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, he conveyed some wisdom to the younger generation, including:

1. Listen to the teaching about fearing the Lord.

5. Eliminate the grief caused by making the wrong decision.

6. Remember God when you are young.

7. God will judge everyone, so seek the path of truth and justice.

Considering this particular type of legacy, please note that King Solomon never mentioned any of the following:

1. Get wealth in any way.

2. Collect what you get from others as a group.

With this in mind, my parents have never been rich. They grew up during the Great Depression and had to learn to live without many conveniences that we take for granted today. Before we went to college, they gave us our own wisdom for us to follow:

1. Be careful to protect your reputation, because you may lose it in a short time.

2. Always remember that there will be others who are worse off than you.

3. When you start your career, save some money, spend it wisely, and give it to those in need, so that you will always have money in your account.

This month, my goal in these columns is to use biblical characters to show how the older generation left a legacy for the younger generation and what they taught and learned.

"My son, listen to me; you must be much older;" Proverbs 4:10

Editor's note: This is one of a series of columns shared by the Surrey County Office of Drug Abuse Recycling and Mount Airy News readers.

In the past two months, we have discussed an increasing number of studies showing that adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are a key public health issue. ACEs are potentially traumatic experiences and events, ranging from abuse and neglect to living with adults with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or mental health problems. ACE can have a lasting negative impact on the health and well-being of children during childhood or later in life.

However, more important than exposure to any such specific event is the accumulation of multiple bad experiences in childhood. Repeated exposure to ACE can cause long-term adverse health effects, including the occurrence of SUD. ACEs research shows that child abuse and neglect are the single most preventable cause of mental illness, the most common cause of drug and alcohol use disorders, and an important factor leading to major causes of death such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and suicide. Erke, 2014).

One thing that researchers found as a protective factor against ACE is resilience. According to the definition of Phillips, Reipas, and Zelek (2019), resilience is the active adaptation used in adversity to reduce the negative effects of stress and promote lifelong physical and mental health. Well-supported research tells us seven positive childhood experiences that can successfully build resilience throughout adulthood (Ranch, 2020). These include:

• Be able to talk about your feelings with your family

• Have family support and participate in community traditions

• Feeling of belonging in high school

• At least two non-parent adults are interested

• Feel safe at home and protected by adults

Specific examples where resilience can be built are connecting with family and friends, performing self-reliant activities such as exercise, music or painting, or maintaining optimism, calmness and/or self-confidence. When we are doing well, it is important to work hard to build resilience so that we can use it as a reserve when we need it, such as recharging batteries. The long-term goal here is to improve the mental ability to deal with difficulties or recover quickly from difficulties.

The purpose of this series of articles is to show that we can use some simple exercises to significantly reduce the impact of ACE on the affected young lives. This is especially important for young people, because their resilience will affect their future opportunities. We have a strong ability to break the ACE cycle by teaching our community to recognize signs that someone is experiencing an unbalanced life and help them find stability. Everyone should live the best life. Community members can help our youth become more resilient by teaching them the skills needed to successfully overcome negative life obstacles. Through reliable decision-making, our young people will gain self-esteem, self-confidence and enhance their adaptability, thereby enhancing their life's success and satisfaction.

If you or someone you know would benefit from learning more about ACE or resilience, please contact Charlotte Reeves at the Surrey County Substance Abuse Recovery Community Outreach Coordinator's Office at Please visit our website to learn more about substance use disorders and many resources in our county.

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