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Bourbon m Leasburg Cuba Free Press - April 24002003 -.Page 2B A message from the Mayor's desk J Hey it's spring! Time to play that favorite Bourbon guessing game--what's planted in the flower bed at city hall! Someone, (we won't men- tion names here--but those in the know can guess who), planted this flower bed with things that were supposed to come back every year, and bloom in rotation all season long--naively believing these life forms would come up and bloom their little heads off on schedule. However, the word did not get out to the weeds that this is a restricted flower bed. (I'll blame this part on Cecil Graddy's manure.) So now, the big spring question: "To pull or not to pull?" You would think that intelligent people would remember from last year, or at least make themselves a note to have for next year. But my righthand gardner, City Clerk Cathy, has thrown her hands up and left me to my own mess. My solution--pull some, leave some, plant some annuals to cover it all up. (But if there is an expert gardner in the house, I would appreci- ate some advice!) Last week the council did some housekeeping chores by putting in writing many of our policies pertaining to water and sewer. They also'dis- cussed the water project again. Private financ- ing is looking more attractive. We could control the rates if we used a lease- purchase plan. Our old bonds will be paid off in 2007, so we could use that to offset any rate increase. If we go with any type of state financ- ing we have to use their formula, (two percent of the median income), and our rates would likely double. We were forced to do this with the sewer, and it was not a pleasant experience. No one on the council wants to do it again. There's no question that the water system needs to be upgraded. We have to get more pres- sure to the west end of town, and the old section has only 4 inch lines in places. So, all the new lines out there don't help, when they tie into small lines close to the wells. We'll keep work- ing on how to pay for it. The council also voted to participate in the Community Emergency Response Team, (CERT), program that the state and federal agencies are strongly recommending. Our Emergency Management Director, Bob Hutson, and Cuba's, Les Murdock, will be attending training on how to set up this program on a county wide basis. One of those things you hope you will never have to use. We hurried and got the grass cut at city hail and Sites Park before it rained, so it would be ready for the Easter Egg hunt on Saturday. We could corner the mole market at city hail--the whole yard is full of mole runs. (I want my neighbors to know I cut the city's grass, instead of my yard: Or I'm thinking of using my dad's favorite excuse, "I'm letting the clover go to seed.") The city crew assured me that they read in the state statutes that it is the mayor's job to cut the grass at city hall.. Those guys wouldn't lie to me, would they? ll' Methodist Moments ' Asked God" I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up. I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary. I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a by product of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned. I asked God to give me hap- piness. God said, No. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you. I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me. I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful. I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things. I ask God to help me love others, as much as He loves me. God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea. Here's hoping that this poem gives you new insight about your relationship with God. We sometimes ask for things that we shouldn't have. We also ask for things we already have, but don't know how to use or know how to rec- ognize. And sometimes we for- get to ask God for things we need such as forgiveness along with an abundance of love. Those who attended the Maundy Thursday tenebrae service received special bless- ings from readings by candle- light and a dramatic rendition by Zach Farmer of a song from "Jesus Christ Superstar". Zach was home for a few days from his studies in New York. Sunday was a wonderful day in the life of Bourbon's First United Methodist Church. Didja Know By Alice Brem'er Didja Know it was a beautiful day Easter Sunday? The children all enjoyed family Easter Egg Hunts and several of the local churches enjoyed Sunrise Services and early breakfast for members, relatives and friends. It was truly a day to be thankful for our many blessings. Didja Know the woods are just full of the beautiful Dogwood trees? It seems like the flow- ering trees have just "outdone themselves," this spring. The redbud, dogwood and crab apple trees were just loaded with flowers. Didja Know we enjoyed a talk with Kay Lambing Beckett of near Branson, Missouri the other day? She and her husband, Larry, both graduates of Bourbon High, were here for the funeral of his father, Oren. Their three children, Kaleb, Kegan and Seth were happy to get to visit with Grandma Bernie and other relatives while they were home. Members and friends enjoyed sunrise service followed by a delicious breakfast. During the Easter Worship Service the following students were given certificates for com- pleting their confirmation studies; Brian Biggins, Kyle Biggins, Mason Griffith, and Taylor Louderman. Each student had created a special stole with emblems sig- nifying various areas of study they wore as they received bap- tism and took vows to join the church. Barbara Schmitt also became a member by transfer of membership. We welcome these new members into our congregation and the fellow- ship of our Lord. An invitation is always extended to those seeking to "catch the spirit" and ask God to find a new life with the risen Christ. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Blessings to all! sideration, the Bourbon Boosters are going to change the date of the Fall Festival back to the weekend after Labor Day? Originally they wanted the festival to be held while the children were still out of school, but with school sched- uled to start on August 15, there was no reason to change the date. Remember it is our sesqui- centennial year, so start planning to be in the big parade this fall. Didja Know Appreciation Day is fastly approaching? Now is the time to cast your penny votes for "Little Mr. and Miss Bourbon." All par- ticipating businesses have their collection cans out. Every penny is a vote, and the voting is over on Friday, May 16. Didja Know the City of Bourbon will dedicate a new flag pole and flag in the heart of town on Appreciation Day? The pole is being donated by Alice Kragh in memory of her husband Andy Gene. The American Legion will be in charge of Concordia Lutheran Church News v Easter Sunday was a happy day for members of Concordia Lutheran Church. After the solemn and sorrowful Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, the Easter Message of the Risen Savior brought joy again to those who attended the "SonRise Service" and also those who attended the later service. Everyone enjoyed Easter Breakfast together and the children were excited with the annual Egg Hunt. Special prayers were for Baby Zachary Walker who weighed only one pound at birth; for our servicemen and women throughout the world and for all Seminary Students and their families as they receive Divine Calls and Vicarage assignments. Members joyfully helped our new Pastor, Matthew Schaefer and his family move their Saturday. Eighth Grade Confirmation studentS, Diekmann, John Klocke, Nick Mertz, Peterson, Jenna Robertson, Julie Becky Whitson will give a written and affirmation of their faith during the ice on April 27 and they will be Sunday morning, May 4 at 10:30. Baby Collin Garrett Thacker, son Athena Thacker will be baptized on MaY the 8 a.m. service. Sunday, April 27, at 11:30, there will Potluck Meal in the Fellowship Hall, the quarterly Voters' Assembly at 12:30. ing members are encouraged to attend. May the Lord bless and keep each one as you go about your daily tasks. pray, praise and give thanks for the many possessions into their new home in Bourbon on ings we receive. BES Stories w Junior Journalist Mrs. Sutton's first graders write in a journal several times a week. We have come a long way since October and have a many budding journalists. Some of our journal entries are shared below. By Courtney Rosemann Sometimes I feel bad because my grandma is in the hospitl and this is what I do. I play with the bbies and toys that my grandma gave to my morn. Now mom gave it to me and I play with the babies. I play with the toys to. I play with them with my family. I like to read the books to that my morn got from my grandma. Some of them are about the presidents and some are about girls and boys. I like all of them but thers not any thing beter then my grandma. I think its because its my grandma. My grandma lives at a farm that has snakes. I never saw a snake there yet and she has chicks there to and houses to. We like to go walking; it's cool there too. I have not seen it in a long time, but I am sure that I will because it is my grand- mas farm but it is old and has some spiders in it. Guess what. She has a attic. It's cool and I like the old things in the attic. It has a seller in the yard. My brother and sister did some- thing and frogs came out. I got scared. My grandma is 96 I think I am not sure. But she is 90 something like that. I have not seen her at the hospitl but I wish I could. We do have school sometimes to so we can't wish what we want. I get to see the chicks they are buteyful. I think they are buteyful but some people don't like chicks and that's O.K. because they might be allergic. But their hers is a mess. Because my grandma is at the hospital my family mostly will see her in the summer. My dad dosen't reely she her becaes he works but when he is not working he goes to the hospital. She has been in the hospial for a long time but she is okay for most of the time. When she is aspeel we got to wake her up. The hospital smells good and she has a bathroom. Sometimes I use it. By Shannon Comia The frogs are green and brown. I think they are slimy when I tuch them. Frogs are. little and they can live in water. They got all over me and that was not funny. I do not like frogs eny more. I do not know wy but they came all over me. Did you know that? I hope you did. By Morgan White Playground Opinions By Shannon Metts As you know, we will soon be doing some construction on our playground. To help us with future ideas I have asked many students this question: If you could change the playground in one way, what would it be and why? The response was varied. Blake err, Ron Metts, and Hannah Louderman all agree we need new basketball hoops. They all said, "They have been here since the beginning of time, they are old and messed up. We need new ones." Martina Radford and Hannah Barch had differing opinions of the monkey bars. Martina believes we should take them away because people keep getting hurt on them. Hannah says she wishes there was more triangular monkey bars to play on. But Hannah would like to see them closer to the ground. Gabrielle Deabler, Dalton When I am sad I to ray ! and I read'a book to Sometimes I go outside play at my friends Sometimes I go to my and cleen my room. I get sad at night I go moms room. When I get the morning I go to the puter. When I get sick on the T.V. and I wach it. sometimes I go to the back and climb a tree. I write in my journal all the things I am sad of. By Joan Fajardo I have a guinea pig. He lettuce and carrots. I have snake, she eats mice. eats mice is my dad moce and he smacks Then my dad gifs it too snake. Tillet, and Hunter think there should be changes to the bubble ment and slides'. stated, "Our top ruined, it needs a new Hunter said, "I want slides attached to the Dalton agreed Dustin Farris and Campbell think the soccer could use some " Matthew would like some goals. Dustin field needs to be because it is hard to ball uphill. The blacktop is issue. Darien Jones blacktop is just taking up and should be done Kasen Jones states, should be more because not everyone swing." Well there you have opinions of the students. Didja Know, after much discussion and con- the dedication service. You are invited to join L.A.M.B. Do you want to congratulate that special graduate? Maybe wish the whole At the recent meeting of I,.A.M.B., the Leasburg Alliance for Benevolence, also known as the Ministerial Alliance, plans for the coming months were discussed. L.A.M.B. is an organization that provides emergency assis- tance with food, help with elec- tric and propane bills and reed- ical expenses. Five local churches are cur- rently involved with L.A.M.B. They are Cross Roads Baptist, First Baptist, First Southern Baptist, New Life Church and First Assembly. Reports on help given for the month of March were given. Most of the help given in March was for medical assistance. Electric and propane are usual- ly the items needed most in the winter and spring. Anyone in the Leasburg mailing area is invited to join L.A.M.B. Come join us and see how you too can help your neighbor in their time of need. Bourbon Class of 2003 Best Wishes? The Cuba Free Press will be putting all these together to Salute the BHS Class ef 2003 Deadline May 8. To be published May 22. Buy your copy of the Cuba Free Press at Bourbon's One Stop Shop Contact Sandy Morice at 885-3335 of for further details. cfp-xtrS '