Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 19, 2016
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The Harvest Festival will be Oct. 13-15
Parade, Cake and Pie Contest Bingo and more information
On web site and facebook

I sure hope you are trying out your recipes.  Bo Banks of Bank’s Drugs is sponsoring the event on October 14th.  Daisy Rutland and Gloria Rikard are heading it up again.  I found a cake recipe for Pecan Caramel Cake and I need to try it out first before I submit it to the contest.  It calls for ground up pecans and I know just the place to get that, the Nut House.
Remember: 
·         The Ridge Spring-Monetta Young Farmers Association is working on a community calendar for our diverse community. tcrim@acpsd.net
·         The Ridge Spring Harvest Festival parade is starting to come together. 
·         Ridge Hill Baptist Church: On Wednesdays, Steve will teach about Intercessory Prayer at 6:30.
·         Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church: On Sunday, September 25 from 4-6 pm, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Johnston, is hosting an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry special event
Jeffrey Clamp Director: Congratulations to the True Blue Marching Band for their outstanding performance at the Edisto High School Blue Machine Invitational band competition this past Saturday.  The band earned 1st place in Division 1, defeating 3-A school Lake Marion and also outscoring all the other 1-A bands at the competition.  The band also won Best Drumline, Best Colorguard and Best Hornline.  Next up for the True Blue band is the Mustang Classic at Midland Valley High School this Saturday, September 24th.  RS-M performs at 3:45 p.m. and the awards program is at 8:30 p.m.
RS-M True Blue Marching Band Competition Schedule:
·         September 24--Mustang Classic at Midland Valley High School
·         October 8--Palmetto Esprit de Corps Invitational at Irmo High School

 Rene Miller, RSM Elementary School: Congratulations to the students who completed the summer reading program. They will get a free ticket to the RSM vs. Williston football game on September 23rd. They will be recognized on the field before the start of the game. The summer readers are: Jermaine Cullum, Ty’Trell Smith, Tyzai Smith, Quarmaine Allen, Marcellus Wideman, Jordan Padgett, Matalyn Martin, Karmen James, Lesly Fierros Garcia, Jose Hernandez, Chandler Harley, Zoe Ford, Jamirah Lites, Ciara Kirkland, Maryann Sterling, Irene Hernandez, Jamarcus Bosket, Alonna Patterson, Lacey Rodgers, Hailey Rodgers, Celso Mendez-Cabanas, Trinity Burdett, Cody  Davenport, Lillian Burdett, Emely Jiminez, Jude Scott, Dylan Harris, Ya’lexia Jeffery, Aaron Aimar, Tara Robinson, Cheyenne Aimar, Kennedy Ligons, Gracie Myers,Addison Cooper, Randy Renteral, Heaven McField, Tylaisha Jeffery, Anthony Key, Christopher Storey.

Due to a short vacation, the history of the Immanuel Lutheran Church is the topic of the Ridge Spring News this week.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
The Green Thumb Garden Club
First of all the Green Thumb Garden Club has maintained the Church for years with the help of many generous people, organizations and of course the dedication of the members of the Green Thumb Garden Club.  Shelby Yonce has a notebook, folder, and many items to complete the history of the church, too.  Without her help I would not be able to get much information about this delightful jewel in our town.
Immanuel Lutheran Church holds many memories for the people of Ridge Spring because of its 95 year history.  Immanuel Lutheran Church was an off spring of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.  The lot for the church was purchased in 1921and the cornerstone was laid on August 22, 1922. The church is of Gothic Revival Design which was determined by the pointed stain-glass windows.  It is a primitive church. It has never had running water or inside plumbing.  It did have an outhouse that is no longer there for it fell down several years ago and the hole filled in 2009. 
It did get electricity in the 1920s. O.T.Price, Sr. designed and built the first electric generation unit in the early 1920s.  It was a Delco Remy generator powered by an Oldsmobile automobile engine.  Electric Circuits were constructed to power street lights, the Baptist Church and later crossed the railroad track to provide lights to Immanuel Lutheran Church on Boatwright Street. Broad River Power Company purchased the system from Mr. Price in 1928.
I digress.  On Palm Sunday March 20, 1921 the congregation was organized with thirty-four charter members with Rev. James D. Kinard, D. D., as pastor. In April 1923 the building was completed at a cost of $5000.00.  Much of the church furnishings were handmade such as the pews and a table that is still used in the church. Stained glass windows were purchased by other churches and donated to Immanuel.  The windows appear to have originated in Germany. 
The church bell was donated by the late Dr.Fletcher Asbill. For many years the bell was rung thirty minutes before church service and then again at the beginning of the service.  It was also a tradition to ring the bell on New Year’s Eve to usher in the new year.  The steeple fell into disrepair and had to be torn off and lowered to its present height. 
Immanuel was associated first with St. John’s in Johnston and then with St. Peter’s, Batesburg; Bethlehem, and Enon, Leesville. During this time, Sunday services were at different times to allow the Pastor time to get to the different churches.  Morning services were held for some and afternoon services held for others.
Over the years many members moved away, and death claimed many others. On May 4, 1986 the final Church Service was held in Immanuel Lutheran Church with the five remaining members: Ruth C.Buffington, Imants A. Ceips, Arnold I Ceips, Virginia Y. Yonce, and Robert D. Yonce. 
After the church disbanded the property went back to the Synod and the church was given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Batesburg-Leesville.  The Green Thumb Garden Club requested that Immanuel Lutheran Church be deeded to them.  Through the kindness of St. Peter’s congregation the Garden Club received the deed on August 28, 1986.  The Club has used the church on many occasions. 
It is a very expensive project and as all things wear, it has needed much help in being maintained.  Over the years the Green Thumb Garden Club has raised money with many different projects including the Christmas Tour of Homes that still is ongoing, yard sales, the community birthday calendar and many other projects. Through the years many people have donated their time; the windows are still in tack and are protected.  .  Think of the year it was built and how things have changed.  The electrical wiring is one thing.  The Garden Club with individual donations replaced all the light fixtures in the Sanctuary, the Narthex and the two outside the door. In May 2012 the Garden Club had the Chancel area refurbished.
The upkeep is still ongoing.  Florence Householder, a charter member at her death, requested donations to be made to the Green Thumb Garden Club for Immanuel Lutheran Church. With the help and donations of the Ridge Spring Harvest Festival, a former member of Immanuel, Robert D. Yonce, and many others have kept this lovely gem going.

. In 2015 Mount Calvary gave the Green Thumb Garden Club money to complete many of the projects to renovate the Church.  The roof was replaced; the bell tower was completely re-sided with shingle cedar shake, new door and locks replaced, and much more.  The Church is in good shape now and is still maintained by the Green Thumb Garden Club of Ridge Spring, SC.
A memory of the churches in Ridge Spring: Mr. D. S. Cone remembered at the onset of World War II, after Pearl Harbor was bombed, the whole town would meet on Wednesday night at one of the four churches.  They would rotate each week between the Baptist, the Methodist, the Episcopal and the Lutheran.  Mr. D. S. attended the service in each church until he entered the service in March 1942.
Although Immanuel Lutheran Church is no longer used for church services, it serves a very useful place within this very beautiful village. It is hoped that this landmark will be treasured for many years as a memorial to all those who worshipped at Immanuel Lutheran Church during its 65 years as a church to the Ridge Spring area.
REMINDERS
October 5: Meet the Candidates at Persimmon Hill
October 13: Harvest Festival Bingo
October 14: Harvest Festival Blue Grass
October 15: Harvest Festival
Recycling Center Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-7; Saturday 7-7; Sunday 3-7
Closed Tuesday and Thursday

Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous: The Ridge Spring Library on Fridays 7-8 pm
1st Tuesday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
2nd Tuesday:  Harvest Festival

3rd Thursday:  FORS at Ridge Spring Library 5:00 pm

Monday, September 12, 2016


September 12, 2016
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
It is hard to believe 9/11 happened 15 years ago and now is being taught in schools as part of our history.  The young people were not alive or too young to remember when this happened.  This event will be remembered by all.  For those of us who were here, it is a day we shall never forget!!!! God Bless America!!!!

Ridge Spring-Monetta High School FFA Chapter 10 J.P. Kneece Drive Monetta, South Carolina 29105 803.685.2100 tcrim@acpsd.netThe Ridge Spring-Monetta Young Farmers Association is working on a community calendar for our diverse community.  The money raised from the calendar will be used to help establish a RSM FFA Scholarship.  The Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA is supporting the young farmers in this effort by contributed to this worthwhile community project by collecting; local birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and also memorials of both birthdays and anniversaries.  If your church or organization could please share the above information concerning your congregation or membership in an email or mail to the address or email provided by 20 September 2016. Austin Scott, Ridge Spring-Monetta FFA Treasurer is heading this project up with Michael Crim, academic advisor.

We all had fun with our sidewalk sale this past Saturday. The shops were busy and I got to meet new people and connect with others.  The weather was perfect.
Harvest Festival News:
The Ridge Spring Harvest Festival is right around the corner and the parade is starting to come together.  The Harvest Festival Parade set-up will take place the morning of October 15 at the Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School Campus, 422 Hazzard Circle, Ridge Spring, SC 29129.  All set-up needs to be completed by 10:30 AM.  ALL participants MUST BE IN LINE AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL by 10:35 AM.  NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO “CUT IN LINE” AT THE CIRCLE K.  If you or a group you represent would like to participate in the 2016 parade, please let Michael Crim know before October 8, 2016.  Spots will be assigned the morning of the parade.

Saluda Investment Club: On October 5 at 6:30 the Saluda Investment Club is hosting a “Meet the Candidates /Debate at Persimmon Hill Golf Course. Public is invited and there will be light hors-d-oeuvres. In attendance will be Jeff Duncan, US House of Representatives and Senator Shane Massey. Local candidates including those running for sheriff, coroner, House district 39 and any local races.
  
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church: On Sunday, September 25 from 4-6 pm, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Johnston, is hosting an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry special event. Dania Yadago, a shoebox recipient, will share her personal story. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, fun toys, clothing items, notes of encouragement and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way.  You may or may not be familiar with this ministry. Either way, it will be a time of inspiration to see that “what goes into the box is fun and what comes out is eternal”.  Please join us to hear Dania’s personal story and learn more about Operation Christmas Child.  Adults, older children and youth are invited. Childcare will be provided for children ten and under.  It will be helpful if you RSVP to the church office (803-685-7523) with the number of people attending.  Mt. Calvary is located at 1186 Mt. Calvary Road, Johnston.  For more information or directions, please contact our church office Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Ridge Hill Baptist Church: For the next seven Wednesdays, Steve Bradley a retired Pastor, Foreign Missionary, and Teacher of Evangelism and Ministry Skills Development will teach about Intercessory Prayer. All are urged to participate. All sessions will be held in The Community Life Center at Ridge Hill Baptist Church from 6:30 to 7:30PM.

Ridge Spring United Methodist Church: The land line at the Church has been disconnected. Any Prayers requests, concerns or information about the Church please contact Reverend Miriam Graham Hadden: Home: 843.593.4895 or Cell: 843.682.3083 The Big Red Box FULL of school supplies was delivered to RSM Elementary School (see pictures on the church Face Book page). It was a joy to collect these items and hope it helps both the teachers and students. September The Big Red Box is collecting non perishable food items.  These will either go to the Back Pack Ministry program or our local food bank. If you would like to contribute, please leave items on the porch of either the Church or the Family Life Center. The Prayer Request box is located on the porch of the Family Life Center. Paper and pencils are provided. The Box is checked before Service and the requests will be added to the Morning Prayer. You need not sign your name. Ridge Spring United Methodist Church is on Face Book. Visit our page, like us and see pictures and announcements. Worship Service is at 11 a.m. every Sunday unless otherwise noted.
The Saluda Lion’s Club Golf Tournament will be September 21.  Contact tom Quattlebaum at mobile 803.629.2685.

The Young Adult Ministry of Ridge Hill Baptist Church announces A Family Fun Day and Community Cookout on the grounds of the Ridge Hill Baptist Church in Ridge Spring on Saturday, September 17 from 11 am-3 pm

Field of Worship: You are INVITED! Hollywood Baptist Church is hosting our 3rd annual “Field of Worship” on Saturday, October 22nd @ 6pm and we want YOU to join us!  This FREE concert will feature recording hip hop Christian artist B-SHOC.  He’s had over 500 performances, 4 million YouTube views, and more than 7,000 souls saved at his shows.  B-SHOC’S love for Christ is undeniable and his music is unlike anything you’ve experienced!  His testimony is very moving and relatable as we struggle to please God in all that we do.  We are also blessed to have Terry Dozier open the evening with an inspired message.  Terry is a former USC and NBA player, coach and motivational speaker. 

Rene Miller, RSM Elementary School
PTO News: Are you looking to join an organization where you can get involved with your child’s school? Then the PTO is just for you! It is only $5.00 to join. Last year the PTO achieved many exciting things. The projects funded last year included purchasing new desks for students, sponsoring a live theatrical play, donating money to charities, and hosting many other spectacular events. Our future projects include providing support during Teacher Appreciation Week and The Book Fair. We are also excited to announce our 1st fundraiser of the year. It is our FUN RUN! We are partnering with an innovative company called Boosterthon. This amazing event not only is designed to raise money for our school, it also focuses on cultivating a healthy lifestyle for our children. The PTO needs your help! If you are a parent who wishes to volunteer for the FUN RUN, we would be excited to utilize you. Our goal for this fund raiser is $10,000. We can achieve this goal with the help of each parent and student. Please ask for pledges! We can’t wait to see you at the FUN RUN. The date is September 8, 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school for more details at (803) 685-2000.
RSME 5th Grade Walk/Jog Club: We will be starting our Walk/Jog Club for 5th grade students on September 9th. We will meet every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. in the gym. An information letter and permission slip will be sent home soon. Be on the lookout for this information. Hope to see you out walking!

Review from David Marshall James:  "Harbour Street" by Ann Cleeves
   Top-shelf mysteries offer much more than a bread-and-butter whodunit plot line.  Rather, they're strategically layered stories in which the major players seem, well, mysterious.  Any one of them could suit as a suspect, or as the next victim, or else come tumbling forth with sordid secrets.  Which is to say, the reader senses that the author could take any one of them and place them at the center of another novel?
   Now, add a distinctive investigator to the mix, and the author's pouring, metaphorically, top-shelf sherry from a cut-crystal decanter.
   Then, what's a British mystery-- such as this sixth one featuring Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope and her crew up in Newcastle, just a stone's throw from Hadrian's Wall-- without a tot or two of sherry?  Up North, in Newcastle and environs, such pouring out is mostly confined to posher quarters than Harbour Street, a dead-end to the sea dominated by fisheries, a forbidding church, and a seemingly out-of-place guest house.
   Who would settle in Harbour Street if they had an alternative?  That's just it:  Everyone seems trapped, mostly through economic circumstances.
   Thus, the late Margaret Krukowski's prolonged residence in Harbour Street proves perplexing to DI Vera Stanhope and her retinue of subordinates, who have put aside their "Secret Santa" shopping to delve into her murder on a Metro train in the midst of the pre-Christmas rush.
   Vera & Co. must sift through the sands of yesteryear in order to sort out the layers of Margaret's past. Trapped in those layers are the fossilized secrets of the neighborhood, harbored by people who have encountered the deceased, from the "coven" of bony-fingered, judge-and-jury church women, to the rouge-encrusted tart in fishnet stockings cadging drinks every evening in the local pub, to the welcoming proprietress of the guest house, where Margaret resided, baking shortbread for teatime.
   Lucky for Vera that a couldn't-be-fresher fish 'n' chips eatery lies just down the street, and there's a nearby tea shop that carries enough assorted pastries to make Little Debbie French-vanilla kiss the Krispy-Kreme delivery man.
   Did we mention that Vera fancies a bacon sandwich or two for breakfast, that she's a plus-size gal as a lifestyle choice?  Then again, slam-dunked pizza boxes, crumpled bakery bags, and teeth-scraped (for the cheese, mais oui) hamburger wrappers are occupational remnants for even self-professed lettuce-nibbling detectives.
   Vera-- in the person of Brenda Blethyn-- has transitioned from page to TV series.  Nevertheless, she seems past ready for the big screen.  Something on the order of Cinerama.  Or maybe Imax.
REMINDERS
September 13: Harvest Festival meeting 7:00 library
September 17: A Family Fun Day and Community Cookout at Ridge Hill Baptist Church
October 5: Meet the Candidates at Persimmon Hill
October 13: Harvest Festival Bingo
October 14: Harvest Festival Blue Grass
October 15: Harvest Festival
Recycling Center Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-7; Saturday 7-7; Sunday 3-7
Closed Tuesday and Thursday
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous: The Ridge Spring Library on Fridays 7-8 pm
1st Tuesday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
2nd Tuesday:  Harvest Festival

3rd Thursday:  FORS at Ridge Spring Library 5:00 pm

Monday, September 5, 2016

September 5, 2016
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The Shoppes of Ridge Spring will have a SIDEWALK SALE on Saturday, September 10 from 9:30 until … Check us out on Facebook: Town of Ridge Spring

The Harvest Festival will be Oct. 13-15
The next Harvest Festival meeting is Tues., Sept. 13, at 7 pm at the RS Library.

AgSouth gave the Ridge Spring Farmers’ Market a grant for $1000.00 to help support us, Friends of Ridge Spring.  We have used the money to purchase three tents and four signs for the entrance ways to Ridge Spring.  There were four for one was torn up and we had to replace it.  We have bought ad space too.  They also gave us reusable bags to distribute to the shoppers. 
We have placed three banners on light poles for the Market.  I hope you see them. The Farmers met is the spring and liked the red back drop so thanks to Raybird Signs, we were able to order them a week ago and they got them up.  They were going to put them up this past Friday but Hurricane Hermine interrupted and they got them up Saturday.
We also need to thank the Saluda County Council on Aging for distributing the vouchers on the second Saturday in June.   
David Day sold at least 10 pints of his local honey Saturday.  Neither he nor Leonard Bell will be at the market this coming Saturday but they will be back on September 17.  George Raborn may be there with sweet potatoes and peas. I will no longer have boiled peanut or Ayla have lemonade at the market.  I have to get ready to reopen the Shop!!!
Mike Cook is seeking someone in the area who shelters stray animals.  Anyone interested can call or text him at  803 275 7387  He also has hubcaps at the Town Maintenance shop.
Callie Herlong, Principal Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School: September 8th there will be a RSM Elementary Fun Run on September 8th as a PTO fundraiser.

Pastor Key: Helpful Hands Ministries founders Day Celebration. Sunday September 11th at 1:00 pm. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Dr James Abraham. Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church Graniteville S.C... All are welcome.

The Young Adult Ministry of Ridge Hill Baptist Church announces A Family Fun Day and Community Cookout on the grounds of the Ridge Hill Baptist Church in Ridge Spring on Saturday, September 17 from 11 am-3 pm. 

As a child my grandmother would send me to the kitchen to get her a tumbler.  I always knew which one she meant but then I learned this past Farmers’ Market the difference between a tumbler and a glass by George Raborn, Jr., who happens to be younger than me.  A tumbler has a heavier bottom so it would not tumble over. A glass did not.  You are never too old to learn a bit of nickel knowledge.

Rene Miller at RSM Elementary School
Grandparents' Breakfast will be Sept. 8 and 9.  On Sept. 8, those whose youngest grandchild with a last name beginning with A-M.  On Sept. 9, those whose last names begin N-Z are slated for Friday the 9th.  Invitations with details will be coming home.  This is a perfect way to celebrate Grandparents’ Day which is Sept. 11. 
Please save your Box Tops for Education and tabs off of soft drinks. Box tops are used to help purchase needed items for our school, and the tabs go to a community service project which helps sick children and their families stay at the Ronald McDonald House.  You may send these to the Media Center and they will be distributed to the right person.
We will be collecting bottle caps for Coke Rewards again this year to raise money for PE.  These can be caps from any Coca Cola product, Minute Made, Powerade, or flaps from 12 or 24 packs of cans.  Caps can be turned into Coach Shealy or Coach Bundrick. 
Student summer reading program participants will be receiving a free ticket to the RSM vs. Williston football game which is Sept. 23.  Way to go readers!
School pictures are set for Sept. 14.  Smile!  A Fun Run is planned for Sept. 8! 
Notes from the Nurse: If your child has a medical problem (asthma, seizures, diabetes, allergies, etc.), please contact the nurse so that we can ensure we have everything in place to accommodate your child's health care needs while at school. This includes all food allergies. If your child will be taking medications at school, please stop by the office to get a medication permission form. All PRESCRIPTION medications require a doctor's signature on the permission form OR a copy of the original prescription. Any over the counter medications must be in the children's form (Children's Tylenol, etc.). If you have any questions, please contact the nurse, Brittany Bearden, at 803-685-2004.

Josie Rodgers

The next Harvest Festival meeting is Tues., Sept. 13, at 7 pm at the RS Library.  The festival will be here before you know it!   Enter your team in the local BBQ cook-off at the Festival for a chance to earn prizes and bragging rights. As part of this year’s festival theme, “Bluegrass and BBQ,”
RSM Mid:  We are collecting Box Tops for Education. They can be turned into the office. We collect them year round, but to make our fall cut-off for submission, they must be turned in before Oct. 28. 
RSM High: the RSM Young Farmers meeting will be held Sept. 15 in the middle school cafeteria. The topic is Solar Energy for the farm and for the home. A meal will be served and is sponsored by our presenter, Southern View Energy. Please RSVP by Sept. 13.
Austin Scott, FFA treasurer:  The RSM Young Farmers Association is working on a community calendar for our diverse community.  The money raised from the calendar will be used to help establish an RSM FFA Scholarship. The RSM FFA is supporting the young farmers in this effort by contributing to this worthwhile community project by collecting local birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and memorials of both birthdays and anniversaries.  Deadline for submission is Sept. 15.  Contact the RSM FFA for more info.
The varsity Lady Trojans volleyball team is 2-1 on the season! They beat BHHS in Region opener 25-12, 25-13 in the first match and 25-15, 25-22 in the second match.  The next day, they traveled to Saluda but dropped the match 2-3. The JV team beat Saluda's JV team 2-0! The varsity team traveled to Estill Tues., Sept. 6, to taken new Region 4 opponents Estill High School! The team us VERY young after graduating 8 players from the 2015 squad!

Review from David Marshall James:
"One Writer's Garden:  Eudora Welty's Home Place" by Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown Photographs by Langdon Clay

   When Chestina Andrews of West Virginia wed Christian Welty of Ohio a few years after the turn into the twentieth century, the couple had been contemplating where to settle.
   The Progressive Era was wrought with many changes-- and with them, opportunities-- and Mr. Welty had narrowed the search to Thousand Islands, New York, and Jackson, Mississippi:  two locales ripening with good prospects.
   Chestina, possessed of a Southern leaning through ancestry, may well have been planning her future garden when she selected the warmer clime.
   Until the couple's only daughter and eldest surviving child, Eudora, had finished high school, the Weltys resided "in town" in Jackson, on North Congress Street, with a cow and chickens earning pride of place in the backyard.
   The city's new extended trolley line led the Weltys to the undeveloped Belhaven suburb, where "salubrious pines," as Chestina termed them, shaded over a deep lot.
The spacious brick house with Tudor-style gables was designed with the garden in mind, focusing on a side porch instead of a more-conventional front one.
   Although Eudora would soon be off to the University of Wisconsin, her high-school graduation party was held on the lawn of the still-unfinished Belhaven house.
   With Eudora's father's death from leukemia just six years later, and with Chestina's declining health setting in during the following decade, Eudora found herself a frequent resident of the house, where she immersed herself in what she termed "My Mother's Garden," for work and pleasure.
   While Chestina kept an extensive journal of her designs and plantings, her daughter began writing stories in which the characters were frequently defined by their "home place," including the vegetation with which they were surrounded.
   Chestina's garden on Pinehurst Street in the Belhaven suburb was strictly ornamental, save for a World War II victory garden, yet many yards, particularly in rural parts of the state, proved far more utilitarian, as Eudora discovered more and more while traveling Mississippi as a photographer for the WPA during the Depression.  On the Delta, cotton could be viewed growing in rows right up to sharecroppers' front doors.  Humble "dogtrot" cabins were often obscured in front by butterbean climbers.
   As the authors relate, Eudora experienced an early writing epiphany while gardening with Chestina and a yard man in the backyard, which was divided into upper and lower sections by an extended trellis.

   This incident resulted in what would become the title story of her first short-story collection, "A Curtain of Green" (1941), concerning a widow who withdraws into the protective womb/cocoon of her garden.
   Although the authors do not hard-pedal the connection between the garden, along with Eudora's own horticultural interests, and the Welty literary oeuvre, such confluences of nature and writing are so apparent, so rife, that they demand note.
   Following World War II until Chestina's death in 1966, the garden fell into a figurative winter, with Chestina's beloved roses-- her favorite-- succumbing as early victims.  Eudora's favorite, camellias, proved hardier, and many of the bushes she set out survive.
   Chestina's labor-intensive enterprise had lost its principal caretaker and visionary to the indoors, although Eudora continued as best she could, but her caretaking was focused on her Mother, and even her writing fell to the wayside for much of the 1950s into the 1960s.
   Today, however, Chestina's garden has been painstakingly excavated and rehabilitated, with one of the authors, Susan Haltom, in charge of the project.  The entire Welty property has been named a National Historic Landmark, and the house and garden are open to the public.
   This sumptuously inviting and informative volume from the University Press of Mississippi will delight any gardener, with or without an interest in Eudora Welty.  Nevertheless, one of the benefits of this keepsake work is that it will undoubtedly lead the reader down the garden path into the Welty oeuvre.
   When Chestina Welty placed the first seeds and bulbs, the first cuttings and cultivars, into the clay-rich earth beneath her "salubrious pines," little could she have realized what she was planting in the heart and mind of her daughter-- and of generations of readers to follow.


REMINDERS
September 10: Shoppes of Ridge Spring Labor Day Sale
September 13: Harvest Festival meeting 7:00 library
September 17: A Family Fun Day and Community Cookout at Ridge Hill Baptist Church
Recycling Center Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-7; Saturday 7-7; Sunday 3-7
Closed Tuesday and Thursday
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous: The Ridge Spring Library on Fridays 7-8 pm
1st Tuesday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
2nd Tuesday:  Harvest Festival
3rd Thursday:  FORS at Ridge Spring Library 5:00 pm


Monday, August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The Harvest Festival will be Oct. 13-15
The next Harvest Festival meeting is Tues., Sept. 13, at 7 pm at the RS Library.

The Shoppes of Ridge Spring will be having their own After Labor Day Sale on Saturday September 10th. Come check us out. We will be ready with all sorts of goodies beginning at 9:30.  Just come spend the day with our unique town!!!

 Even though the Ridge Spring Farmers’ Market is slowing down, we had two new vendors and one we had not seen since June.  Scuppernongs are here.  Do come by and visit.  This coming Saturday will be my last day selling peanuts.  The lemonade stand will be closed too.  Leonard Bell and others will still be coming probably through December.  So check it out.

Mike Cook:  I am seeking someone in the area who shelters stray animals. I have found two cats and a dog so far and was lucky to find a home pretty fast. I also have hubcaps at the shop. Maybe you can put out a message that if anyone is missing them they can come by the shop and see if we have it.
Beverly Grenier:  Today was the first annual SC Police Family Fun Day. I put this together for all of the Law Enforcement and emergency personnel for all over the state to bridge the relationship between the officers and community they serve. We had over 1100 officers and their families attend with vendors. Proceeds went to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for vests for the K9s. Unfortunately my husband didn't get to attend.  He was keeping Ridge Spring safe!
Danny O’Driscoll: I will be "on the road" for 10 out of 12 weeks starting next week with Atlanta. In September I'm in Atlanta, Aiken, Augusta, and then to Murrells Inlet.  This time of year I'm very busy. I have lots of new work that can be viewed on my web site: www.dannyodriscoll.com

Callie Herlong, Principal Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School: September 8th there will be a RSM Elementary Fun Run on September 8th as a PTO fundraiser.

Pastor Key: Helpful Hands Ministries founders Day Celebration. Sunday September 11th 1pm. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Dr James Abraham. Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church Graniteville S.C... All are welcome.

The Young Adult Ministry of Ridge Hill Baptist Church announces A Family Fun Day and Community Cookout on the grounds of the Ridge Hill Baptist Church in Ridge Spring on Saturday, September 17 from 11 am-3 pm. 

The Art Center of Ridge Spring will offer a stained glass class Thursday evenings starting soon.  If you are interested in this class, please let us know because the instructor will only take six people per class. Each person will make a large sun catcher.
Please call for more information and to register for the class.
Fall Dip N' Splash- "First Glimpse of Fall" on Thursday, September 8th from 6-8. Pumpkins can be personalized if desired. Ages 12 & up, cost $30 includes 16 x 20 and all supplies. Contact Joanne Crouch @ (803)685-5577 or by email joanne.crouch26@gmail.com or join event on Facebook
Rob Lewis: What is Ridge Baptist Association?
    Ridge Baptist Association is a group of 23 Southern Baptist Churches that cover part of Lexington, Aiken, Edgefield, and all of Saluda counties. Our average church runs 100 or less in size with the exception of Saluda and Batesburg 1st Baptist. We have contemporary, blended, and traditional styles of worship.  Our goal is that we try to do what one church cannot do by themselves.  We have been in existence in our local area for the last 130 years. We are part of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), a Christian denomination based in the largest Protestant body in the United States, with nearly 16 million members as of 2012.
     Each church is self- autonomous and controls its own business, vision and direction of the local church. We all have a belief standard that we adhere to and it is comprised in a booklet called “The Baptist Faith and Message.” Instead of each church supporting missionaries, on an individual basis, we pool our monies together to support 2 groups of missionaries (foreign and home) missionaries. This allows our missionaries to work full-time without worrying about raising their support.    We support 4,000 missionaries around the world.
   Our local Disaster Relief teams just sent 2 tractor trailers loaded with water to Louisiana to assist with the flood victims. Next month we will have our brand new disaster relief mobile unit - combo washer/dryer and shower trailer ready for the next disaster.  We also were involved in the Columbia, SC floods.
    Our next local project is the Fall Festival held at 7 p.m. on October 31st at the “Monetta Walking Track”. Last year we had 1,200 people come to our event and are looking for more this year.   Our next big project will be having teams from our local churches going to Brooklyn, NY in July 2017. This is (OJT) “On-the-Job Training” while we are on the mission field.
   Our local office is located in Monetta, SC behind Bethel Baptist Church. If you need information on any of our local churches, please feel free to contact us. We have contemporary to traditional styles of worship. Our local line is 803.685.5524
RSM Elem (Rene Miller):
   School pictures are set for Sept. 14.  Smile!
A special thank you to the following for their generous donations to our school:  Ridge Spring United Methodist Church, Oak Grove Church, New Beginnings Church, Ms. Jumelle Brooks, Ms. Margaret Nicholson, Pastor Blacks, Bill and Don Rifenbury, & Ms. Shirey.  We appreciate your support!
We would like to extend a warm RSM welcome to our new faculty and staff: Candy Barnes, Clara Francis, Jasmine Gary, Leslie Lybrand, Kristin Boney, Hailee Carrigan, Candice McKee, Kathleen Taylor, Rebecca Freeman, Melody Carey-Hutto, Carson Holstein, Kim Austin, LaTraca Garvin, Tamala MimsHerrera, Ameet Bosmia, and Dollie Harris.
The beautiful sunflower sculpture outside RSM Elem was made by David Cianni.  He has a studio in Aiken and makes sculptures from recycled metals.  He also works on large commercial pieces as well as small chandeliers and garden sculptures for residents. He will be visiting our school in April.
RSME 5th Grade Walk/Jog Club for 5th graders will be starting Sept. 2 and will meet every Friday morning at 7:15 am in the gym.  An information letter and permission slip will be sent home soon. Be on the lookout for this information.   Hope to see you out walking!
Grandparents' Breakfast will be Sept. 8 and 9.  On Sept. 8, those whose youngest grandchild with a last name beginning with A-M.  On Sept. 9, those whose last names begin N-Z are slated for Friday the 9th.  Invitations with details will be coming home.  This is a perfect way to celebrate Grandparents’ Day which is Sept. 11. 
Please save your Box Tops for Education and tabs off of soft drinks. Box tops are used to help purchase needed items for our school, and the tabs go to a community service project which helps sick children and their families stay at the Ronald McDonald House.  You may send these to the Media Center and they will be distributed to the right person.
We will be collecting bottle caps for Coke Rewards again this year to raise money for PE.  These can be caps from any Coca Cola product, Minute Made, PowerAde, or flaps from 12 or 24 packs of cans.  Caps can be turned into Coach Shealy or Coach Bundrick. 
Student summer reading program participants will be receiving a free ticket to the RSM vs. Williston football game which is Sept. 23.  Way to go readers!
Josie Rodgers:
RSM Mid:  We are collecting Box Tops for Education. They can be turned into the office. We collect them year round, but to make our fall cut-off for submission, they must be turned in before Oct. 28. 
RSM High:  The Trojans fought a tough game last Friday but came up short against the Saluda Tigers.  This week, they will host the Whitmire Wolverines.
The cheerleaders put on a great pep rally for the Saluda game.  It was exciting to be able to attend a pep rally after 5 years of being at some other school at the end of each day!  The kids and teachers participated in games, chants, and dancing. The volleyball team and football team members were introduced.  It took me back to the days when Coach Rodgers and I were coaching together (football, cheerleading).  Seeing Coach Lipsey’s little girl at the pep rally reminded me when Mark would drive the Trojan bus to the elementary school and pick up Annalee (and sometimes Brenna) and come back to the pep rally.  What precious memories!
The varsity volleyball team will open its season Tues., Aug. 30 with a home game.  Coach Johnson has the Lady Trojans ready for action!

REMINDERS
September 10: Shoppes of Ridge Spring Labor Day Sale
September 13: Harvest Festival meeting 7:00 library
September 17: A Family Fun Day and Community Cookout at Ridge Hill Baptist Church
Recycling Center Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-7; Saturday 7-7; Sunday 3-7
Closed Tuesday and Thursday
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous: The Ridge Spring Library on Fridays 7-8 pm
1st Tuesday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
2nd Tuesday:  Harvest Festival

3rd Thursday:  FORS at Ridge Spring Library 5:00 pm

Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The Harvest Festival will be Oct. 13-15

Harvest Festival meeting will be SEPTEMBER 13th at 7 pm at the library.   
Titan Farms and the Nut House, Ridge Spring Products, at James Beard House in New York City: On August 22 and 23, South Carolina's four chef ambassadors will cook meals for 200 diners in the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. The menus will highlight products grown and produced in South Carolina. Nuts from the Nut House and peaches from Titan Farms will be two of the products featured. The menus will include Maple Pecan Pie with Nuthouse pecans and Titan Farms peaches with cornbread cake. Four chef ambassadors are selected each year from lesser known parts of South Carolina to promote the culinary heritage of the state. Ridge Spring's own Brandon Velie was one of the first four chef ambassadors.
The Ridge Spring Harvest Festival News: BBQ Deadline extended to August 31 Enter your team in the local BBQ cook-off at the 2016 Ridge Spring Harvest Festival for a chance to earn prizes and bragging rights. As part of this year’s festival theme, “Bluegrass and BBQ,” gather your team to enjoy live bluegrass music and to start cooking Friday, October 14, in the town square.  Find the applications on line at Ridge Spring Harvest Festival
Off the Beaten Path is excited to welcome our new artist, Mountain Momma.  Beautiful hand-woven baskets and vintage embroidered kitchen towels…  We also are excited to carrying a new local author, Slade Belgard.  Come and pick up his first novel.  Great end of summer read.  The Wacky Women, who knit and crochet beautiful scarves, will be rejoining us before the annual Sidewalk Sale in September.  We are located on Main Street in Ridge Spring.  Open Monday and Tuesday, 11:00-3:00 and Thursday through Saturday, 10-5 PM.

The Gables Inn and Gardens is looking forward to several fall weddings coming up.  We are so honored to help these couples plan and help them celebrate their special day.  We have a beautiful setting for any celebration or corporate environment you need. Call us to set up a time to come and talk with us and see our beautiful house and gardens.  Call 803-685-0099.

A BIG THANK YOU: Only in a small town would the work of a farmer change so quickly.  A lady with children made a wrong turn and mistook the train track as the road, on which she got stuck on the tracks.  A farmer working nearby happened to see the accident and got all the people out.  He quickly notified the railroad company about the location of the car stuck on the tracks in Ridge Spring.  He then quickly got a tractor and a chain, with which he pulled the car off the tracks. Everyone was safe and the car also was saved.  The people went on their way and the farmer went back to work.  No one knew about it, no press was called, no police was called, and no pictures of the rescue were on facebook.  The farmer did what needed to be done and then went about his day
The State Newspaper listed things for the students to do around Columbia.  The Big Mo made the list.
RSM Elementary Open House is Thursday, August 25 from 5:30 - 7:00.  School pictures will be made September 14.
Jeff Clamp: The RS-M Band Booster Club will be hosting a car wash on Saturday, August 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Ridge Spring Fire Department.  Please come out and get your car washed and support the students of the RS-M Middle and High School Bands.
RSM High School: Come out Thursday night, August 25th at 7:00 for our 2nd year's town wide pep rally. Meet the football and volleyball teams as well as the band and cheerleaders. Show your support for our own RS-M Trojans and show up at the Town Parking lot Thursday. Wear your blue.
The Young Adult Ministry of Ridge Hill Baptist Church announces A Family Fun Day and Community Cookout on the grounds of the Ridge Hill Baptist Church in Ridge Spring on Saturday, September 17 from 11 am-3 pm. All are invited to come and bring a grill, some food, your favorite chair, and a good attitude. The event is being planned as a day to celebrate community life in Ridge Spring, promote harmony and goodwill, and share helpful information. The general public, all churches, local government leaders and representatives, civic, and service organizations as well as the business community are invited to come out and enjoy a day of food, fun, family, and festivities. If anyone at your church would like to present a talent (sing, dance, poetry), please free to share your talent for the glory of God...  If there are any questions, contact Lacey Brunson at 803-507-2526.
Archie Fripp in Williamsburg, Virginia: I made a peach cobbler for lunch today.  The peaches were extra good so I looked at the box for their origin and would you guess: Titan Farms, Ridge Spring. 
Remember that Town Hall is now open on Wednesday afternoons for your convenience.
Our Fall Festival will be on Monday Oct 31st at the Monetta Walking Park. It starts at t 7 pm. Last year we had 1,200 people come for the celebration. It is sponsored by Ridge Baptist Association. 
Josie Rodgers
One week of school is in the books, and we’re all exhausted!  For me, it feels great to be home on the Ridge all day, getting to know ALL of the students once again.  I love my colleagues and my students, and I love being less than 5 feet away from Mrs. Bedenbaugh!  This will be a different kind of year for me with a different set of challenges and hurdles, but I am so grateful to be at RSM High all day, contributing to the education of our youth and spreading as much sunshine as I can.  There’s enough gray and sadness in the world, don’t you agree?  When possible, lift someone up!  And when I’m blue, please give me a boost as well!
RSM High:  The fierce lightening and rain last Friday caused the game at Batesburg to be postponed until Sat at 11.  Instead of being rain-soaked, the crowd was sweat-soaked, but they were out in force to pull for the Trojans.  They guys came up short in their first game of the season, but there is promise for better things to come! 
Review from David Marshall James:
"The Second Life of Nick Mason" by Steve Hamilton

   Nick Mason's doing 25 in a federal pen-- involved and at-the-scene when a DEA agent bites the bullet on the Chicago docks.
   Nick's got 20 to go when a get-out-of-jail-free card lands in his lap, courtesy of Darius Cole, the highly organized-- yet incarcerated-- mobster who's currently running Chicago.
   You can only do so much from the inside before someone on the outside wants to take your place. Darius pulls some strings to put Nick on the outside, in order to bring down those wannabes who are attempting to depose Old King Cole.
   IOW:  That Monopoly jail card ain't so free.
   But:  Nick's out.  He can attempt contact with his nine-year-old daughter and his ex-wife.  He can look up old friends.  Bump into old enemies.
   Cole has supplied him with luxe lodgings, in a park-side townhouse near Lake Michigan.  It's a Jeffersonian (as in George and Weezy) leap from the neighborhood of packed-in row houses in which Nick spent his pre-pen life.
   Lest author Steve Hamilton overstate the machinations of gangsters and gangbangers, there's a flip-side story on how the police are reacting to the re-emergence of Nick Mason, crusader for Old King Cole.
   Hamilton is used to taking the cop's perspective in his excellent Alex McKnight series.  His Edgar Award-winning, stand-alone thriller "The Lock Artist" is more akin to his latest novel, the first in a new series.
   As ever, Hamilton's writing is lean and to-the-point, feverishly paced.  "The Second Life of Nick Mason" seems like a perfect fit for a TV series.  Do Lord, deliver us from zombies.
REMINDERS
August 25: 5:30 - 7:00 RSM Elementary Open House
August 25: 7:00 PM Town wide pep rally for RSM Football
August 27: RSM Band car wash at Fire Station 8:00 till noon
September 13: Harvest Festival meeting 7:00 library
September 17: A Family Fun Day and Community Cookout at Ridge Hill Baptist Church
Recycling Center Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1-7; Saturday 7-7; Sunday 3-7
Closed Tuesday and Thursday
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Narcotics Anonymous: The Ridge Spring Library on Fridays 7-8 pm
1st Tuesday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
2nd Tuesday:  Harvest Festival

3rd Thursday:  FORS at Ridge Spring Library 5:00 pm