Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The Nut House & Country Market invites you to help celebrate Mr. Joe Cal Watson's retirement from the pecan business on Saturday, January 28th from 1-3 pm at the Nut House on Main Street in Ridge Spring. Stop by and enjoy some refreshments and give Mr Joe Cal your best wishes!
So proud of The National Champions, our CLEMSON UNIVERSITY TIGERS!!!
Friends of Ridge Spring will meet this Thursday, January 19, at 5:00 PM at the Ridge Spring Library.  The meeting will involve coming up with plans and  a budget for the year.
The next Harvest Festival meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb 7th at 7:00 pm at the library.  Please encourage others to attend the meeting and lend us a hand in planning for next year! 

George and Virginia Raborn have been part of the Ridge Spring Famers' Market.  One year I gave out Virginia's and George's recipe for watermelon rind pickle among other tidbits of life on the farm through the decades.  She will be missed.

Ridge Antiques & Dry Goods is proud to welcome two new dealers to the store.  Terry & Bart Mims come to us from Jackson, SC and bring very nice, high quality collectibles and antiques.  Included in their booths you will find very nice arrowheads, Edgefield pottery shards, old cap guns, an old church bench complete with the old hymnal holders on the back, as well as Shawnee & McCoy pottery.  You will also find a couple of very nice cabinets - old kitchen pantry and display type.  Come see and help us give them a warm welcome to Ridge Spring!!!

Rene Miller, RSM Elementary School
RSM Spelling Bee contestants traveled to Aiken Middle School on January 11th  to participate in the Group 4 Spelling Bee.  The group consisted of students from RSM Elementary, RSM middle, Aiken Middle, J. D. Lever Elementary and North Aiken Elementary.  RSM Elementary participants were Zacharea Cannon and Cody Davenport.  Jonathan Story was the alternated.  Winners were first place Aubria Johnson from North Aiken Elementary and second place was Kayala Brown from RSM Middle School.
Awards Day for the first semester will be held January 19th in the gym.  8:00 AM - third grade; 8:40 AM - fourth grade; 9:20 AM - fifth grade; 10:00 AM - second grade; and 10:40 - first grade.

This is part two of the story of Pretty Boy the Butterfly by Rona Jay of Monetta.  I appreciate her sharing this with me and therefore with you.
Part II
Jimmy would come by the office every evening after work.  Pretty Boy liked Jimmy as he brought Pretty Boy live flowers several times a week.
I didn't know that butterflies could turn their head back and forth, but Pretty Boy did that for the first time after I had him for two weeks.  He was on my disk and I was talking to him.  He turned his head from one side to the other looking at me. From then on he did it often. 
One day I had been right busy but Pretty Boy wanted to stay at the counter with me.  So he stayed on my shoulder.  After things began to quiet down someone waiting for the bus to come in came up to the counter and his name was Mr. Ed Duncan from Batesburg. He said that he is a Sunday School teacher and wishes I could come to his class on that Sunday and talk about my butterfly.  He said that the lesson reminded him of Pretty Boy.  Later he called me and wanted me to read in my Bible Proverbs 30:18. "There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four I do not understand. "
Mr. Ed Duncan said he could not believe what all the butterfly could co.   He watched him scratch his nose, put his foot up for me to pick him up and interact with me while I talked to him. 
Now after the photographer took Pretty Boy's picture the newspaper sent  a reporter over to see us  The young lady asked if she could sit in the office for about 45 minutes, for she wanted to observe the butterfly.  When she got ready to leave she told me that if she wrote everything she watched Pretty Boy do, no one would believe the story. 
After she wrote the story people were wanted the reporter to write more stories about Pretty Boy.  People  began calling me wanting to know if the butterfly was still alive.  Even some wanted to come visit and just watch him.  We had a couple come from Columbia and all they wanted was to see Pretty Boy.
One Sunday when I was working but the station was closed, a gentleman was standing outside the window trying to look inside.  So after a while I went to the door, asked if he needed a bus ticket or if I could help him.  He smiled and asked "Is the butterfly still living?" I told him Pretty Boy was still alive.  He certainly was interested in seeing the butterfly and, of course, I told him to come on in.  I reached for Pretty Boy and he held out his foot for me to get  him.  It was time to feed Pretty Boy so I let the gentleman watch me.  He was one happy man.  Then he said that his  mother was going to be so surprised that he saw Pretty Boy.  It would make her day.
Now I was working in the flowers the next morning, Pretty Boy was with me, I guess he was getting a little heavy eating all that sugar water, because he fell on the side walk and broke part of his appendage.  For several days he would get his the broken part in front of me at the desk and shake it so that I could see that it was broken.  Now I would rub his leg and he really liked it  He would come up to me and hold out his foot.  He  shook it to let me know he wanted me to rub it some more.  I knew I would have to cut the broken part off soon.  Jimmy left me his knife to use when the time was right.  Well, the time was right and I cut the broken part off.  Yes, it did hurt and he milled around and turned over and over for a few minutes.  Then he came over to me and held up his foot to get into the palm of my hand.  He was okay.
I have an allergy and sometimes I would rub my nose because it would itch.  Believe it or not, Pretty Boy started rubbing his foot across his nose.  He also may have an allergy, who knows.  One day he even came over and rubbed  his nose on my hand.
I decided to call the Cincinnati Zoo to learn about butterflies as this butterfly is no ordinary one.  The gentleman I spoke with was shocked at all Pretty Boy could do, and he told me that that a butterfly' brain was no larger than a pin head.  This was the first time he had ever heard about the things that  Pretty Boy was doing  He was interested in the article that came out in the paper.  Then I called  Callaway Gardens and they were also really interested in Pretty Boy.  They had never heard that a butterfly could do what I said he was doing.  They told me to continue feeding sugar water, but they couldn't believe he had lived with us over four weeks. He had now been with us for six weeks.  Every morning for a long time we expected to find Pretty Boy dead when we arrived at the bus station in the morning.
We received a letter from a 37 year-old inmate on death row who said the story in the paper was beautiful. He wanted me to write him and tell him more about Pretty Boy. We were also getting calls from people wanting to know if Pretty Boy was still living. They were hoping that more articles would come out in the paper.
Now if I should have several children in the bus station, I would let them come behind the counter and watch me feed Pretty Boy.  Thy really did like that.
Another day I came in from lunch and Pretty Boy was asleep.  When I walked by him I touched his wing to wake him up.  He threw his foot out at me to leave him alone.  Then he went back to sleep.
Since I removed his broken foot I fixed Pretty Boy a new bed.  He is now on my desk with a branch covered in soft material and I place him there every night.  He hangs his feet over the branch and will stay in whatever position I have placed him in until I come in the next morning.
Every day when Jimmy came in from work , Pretty boy would fly to my should and want to play.  Jimmy would get to the back of the office, I would stand at my desk, and Pretty Boy would fly from my hand across the room to Jimmy's hand and then return.  Now this was a lot of fun for Pretty Boy.  As Pretty Boy aged and was slowing up, he could not fly as far so we would keep closing the gap between us.
Pretty Boy would turn to me when I called his name, look and listen to me.  I could tell him to come to me, go to bed and take a nap, and  he would obey-most of the time. 
We took him to the SCE&G building one Sunday.  They had a beautiful bed of flowers and lots of butterflies.  He really seemed to enjoy being there, so we thought that we would leave him there.  Then we had second thoughts and decided to let him decide if he wanted to stay or leave.  We opened the car door and told  him bye.  Well he came right straight to the car.  He was not going to let us leave him.
REMINDERS
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
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00


Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The next harvest festival meeting will be on Feb 7th at 7 pm at the library.  Please encourage others to attend the meeting and lend us a hand in planning for next year! 

Ridge Hill Baptist Church's fourth Annual MLK Community Awards Brunch will be on Saturday January 14th. It will be held in the Community Life Center at Ridge Hill Baptist Church, 144 Ridge Hill Drive, Ridge Spring SC 29129. The event will begin at 10:30AM and is free to the public. The purpose of the Ridge Hill Baptist Church’s Annual MLK Community Awards Brunch is to commemorate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor his memory by awarding the MLK Impact award to an adult that has made a significant and positive impact on the lives of African Americans in the Ridge Spring/Monetta Community. It is to also award the MLK Promise Award to a High School Junior or Senior whose life demonstrates scholarship, integrity of character, sound moral values, and the potential to make a significant positive impact on the lives of others. Further, it is to foster and promote a spirit of community.

Josie Rodgers
I enjoyed watching the snow flurries but was sorely disappointed in the lack of accumulation in our area.  I sympathize with all the children who were patiently gazing out their windows hoping for enough fluffy stuff to build a little snowman.  Alas, only our picnic tables and vehicles got a dusting of the powdered sugar twin.  However, we are grateful that we did not suffer power outages and frozen water and treacherous roads.  I was quite worried about our elderly and others with comprised shelter.  It was bone-chilling outside. 
I am so thankful not only for a functional fire place with wood stove, but for its beauty as well. I would prefer the absence of the stove, as it tends to mask the glory of the fire, but it does, in fact, heat our home quite well (yes, we have other heat as well).  Our fireplace is made of slate rock straight from the creek bed of our farm and constructed by Mr. Robert Turner.  The gorgeous mantel was fashioned by Mark and Mr. Ronald Strom from a beam from underneath our house that was removed during our major remodel years ago.  The slight whisk of icy air that comes in when Mark brings in wood is just enough fresh air to lighten the room and make me pull my new super-soft throw a little tighter around me.  Reading and napping on our couch by the fire is a luxury that I cherish!  And it’s even better when my babies snuggle up with me.
RSM High:  The new wrestling team will have its first match this week!  The team will travel to North Augusta High and compete against NA and Barnwell.  Coach Andy Harris has been working with the new team and is excited about their energy and dedication.  Other teams gearing up for their seasons include softball and baseball.  The basketball teams are deep into their seasons and hitting the hoops hard for a chance in the play-offs.
Jan. 13 is an inservice day for teachers, and Jan. 15 is MLK Day.  Students will enjoy some time off after hitting the books hard in the new year!  Teachers will participate in a county wide literacy training day on Friday at various schools in the district. 
The Teacher Cadets will head to USC-Aiken for Cadet College Day on Feb. 3.  This will be a professional conference hosted by the college and led by the current Teaching Fellows from USC-A.   

Pretty Boy by Rona Jay
This is a two  part story by Rona Jay of Monetta.  I appreciate her sharing this with me and therefore with you.
Prologue: This story that I am about to write is true.  It's a story about a little butterfly that arrived at the Aiken Bus Station  in Aiken SC May 29, 1990 on the corner of a box being shipped to Charlotte NC.  The butterfly would interact with us in such a way that customers would come to see us just to see the butterfly. 
So many people are still asking me all about the butterfly that I decided to put my notes together and write this story  This is written for the young and old who have a big heart  for beautiful and delicate butterflies.  This is for you and your children.  May you all enjoy it as much as I will enjoy writing it.
Proverb 30:18 There are three thinks which are too wonderful for me. Yes, four which I do not understand.
On a beautiful day May 29, 1990 at the Aiken Bus Station a customer arrived with a box to be shipped to Charlotte NC, and on the corner of the box was a little Buckeye butterfly.   He was in pretty colors of orange, yellow, brown and had what looked like little eyes outlined in black.  I asked customer if she would like to have her butterfly and she answered, "What would I do with a butterfly?"  The customer left and I reached out to get the butterfly off the box.  He just got on my finger, then I put him on a plant that was on the side of my desk.  I was really thinking he would fly all around the office, but he stayed where I put him, and folded his wings up in a sleeping position.  During the afternoon I would talk to him is a soft voice and he would move and watch me.  The day was over and I left the butterfly on the plant and went home.  When I arrived at work the next morning I really did not think he would be alive.
I was really surprised when I touched his wing and he turned and looked at me.  so I talked to him is a soft voice and he just kept looking at me.  Now this butterfly had not eaten anything at all.  When my friend Jimmy Jay came in I asked him what to do for he had bees. He suggested sugar water.  I heated up some water, put sugar in it and checked to be sure it was not too hot.  I used a small spoon with the sugar water. I put my finger under the butterfly, and he got on my finger.  When I put the spoon in front of him, he put his feet around the spoon, his proboscis unrolled out of his mouth and started drinking the sugar water.  He drank and drank. When I was sure he had enough I went to move the spoon and he grabbed the spoon with both feet as to say I have not finished.
Now after he had finished eating, I didn't want to leave him with sticky feet.  I got warm water in an eyedropper and put a few drops on each foot.  To my surprise every time after that when I would feed him he would hold out each foot one at a time to be washed.  Smart Butterfly!!!
After he had finished eating he started flying around in the bus station.  the sugar water gave him lots of energy. I thought I should give this butterfly a name -  so we will now call him "Pretty Boy".  Now Pretty Boy flew to my desk and wanted to get on my hand, so I would open up my hand and he liked getting into the palm of my hand, and I liked him there because he would be safe.  I could not hold him by his wings for they were fragile.  When I was busy writing, he sometimes would ride on the back of my hand or get on my shoulder.  Pretty boy would do that a lot if I was working with customers at the ticket counter.  Now customers were ask me about Pretty Boy and I would tell them that he was my pet butterfly.  Some of the customers would come back by the bus station just to see Pretty boy.
Jimmy, my husband, and I decided that we should give Pretty Boy his freedom.  After making a decision to do that, we took Pretty Boy out to the park across the street from the bus station and turned him loose.  He had a wonderful time flying up in the trees and crawling on the grass.  It was a beautiful day to be outside.  You would not believe this , but when we left Pretty Boy to go back to the bus station he followed us.  He made a choice to stay with us.   We were so happy to keep him.  He still had the outings as I would take him often to the park and took him with me to take care of my flowers in front of the bus station.  He would fly around but stay close to where I was working.  When I would start to go in, he would hold his foot up for me to pick him up and take him in, too.
Pretty Boy would take naps off and on during the day.  He would sleep with his wings closed then open them up, turn around to see where I was and what I was doing.  Sometimes I did not have time to spend with him so I would have to speak to him in a tone that  he understood to stay on the plant and he would.  Then when I had time for him he would hold out his foot for me to take him. I would feed him again or just talk to him on my desk.  Jimmy gave me the scope off his rifle so I could look through that and see him really well. He would look at me also. 
Now I had an allergy and would rub my nose every once in a while.  Well Pretty Boy started copying me and would take his foot and rub his nose.  We had a good laugh over that.
 I was concerned just about how long I would have Pretty Boy as every morning when I would open up I was afraid I would find Pretty Boy had died.  So I wanted to get a picture of him to keep.  I visited the Augusta Chronicle Newspaper office just around the corner from the bus station.  When I asked for their photographer to see if he would come by the office and take a picture of Pretty Boy, they looked at me as if I was kidding them.  They asked, "Are you really wanting us to take a picture of a butterfly that you have at work?"   "Of course that is exactly what I want."  He laughed and said he would come around in the next day or two.  The next day it was so windy that I would never think of taking Pretty Boy to the park, but the photographer came by with his camera hanging around his neck telling me to get Pretty Boy and take him outside.  I told him it was too windy but he insisted that he could take the picture very quickly.  I could protect him from the wind with my  hand.  The Photographer did not want to take the picture inside.  Now I tried to let Pretty Boy know that we were going to the park but  not to fly around.  So here we go outside. Pretty Boy, believe it or not, understood that this outing to the park was going to be different.   While standing in the park with Pretty Boy on the end of my finger, I could feel his feet snuggle to be so that he wouldn't get blown away, and I kept my other hand behind him for protection from the wind.  After asking me to move a little to the left, a little to the right, a little higher, he dropped his camera and looked at me really strange.  I asked what was the problem?  The photographer just looked at me a minute or two then shook his head and said, "I can't believe what I am seeing - this butterfly looks at me every way you move, his eyes are looking right at me all the time."  Well the picture did turn out okay. Pretty Boy probably smiled at him, but he missed that.  Pretty boy was not blown away.  I told Pretty Boy I was really proud of him.
If you have read this far, you may wonder why I have said nothing about the College Football Championship Game Monday night.  I submit my column to the newspapers on Monday morning.  I will be watching for I am a Clemson graduate and proud of it.  I know Frank Howard and Bear Bryant are having a ball.
REMINDERS
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
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783

Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00

Monday, January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

I have enjoyed writing the Ridge Spring News Column, have been doing it for about  15 years and for free.  I could not have done this without the help and support of so many.  I thank you.  I started taking January off a couple of years ago.  News columns were repeats or something like that.  Now, luck just falls in my lap during January.  Three people have given me unique articles to put in the RS News and this author can relax.  One is a letter, one is a story about a butterfly and one is a book review. 

Juniper Restaurant is open after a nice Christmas vacation.  Harriet's Garden owner is checking out her tomato seeds as well as herbs to start planting.  Aren't dreams and seed catalogs fun?

Don't forget about the Nut House and Country Market in the new year... stop in for your Hickory Hill milk, Clemson blue cheese, Yon beef, not to mention all the goodies cooked right on the spot and so much more Happy New Year.

RSM Elem (Rene Miller):  The Walk/Jog Club is currently at 167.7 miles for the year out of the 516 miles that we need to get to Washington D.C.  Students meet at 7:15 on Friday mornings and will resume their walking/jogging on Jan. 6.

Josie Rodgers: RSM High:  Just a reminder! There are some exciting things happening on the Ridge in Monetta!  The new high school will be built and in operation in the next two years!  All high schools in Aiken County will have a designated theme related to the programs and certifications they offer.  Ours will be a Farm to Table theme as we promote agriculture, business and entrepreneurship, and health occupations, as well as a military aspect with JROTC.  More surprises to come that will make our community proud!
St. William Catholic Church held midnight mass and Christmas morning services with Father Higgins bringing the homily.  Special quartet music at midnight mass was provided by Steve Miller, Katie Miller, Jeff Clamp, and Josie Rodgers, and Tyler Rowe brought his trumpet talent.  On Christmas morning, the trio of Steve, Katie, and Josie sang with Katie singing a beautiful solo!

Warrena Stywaskee (Stu) Broadnax Hankinson was born April 18, 1953 in Ridge Spring, South Carolina to the late James Wallace Broadnax and Ora B. Williams Broadnax. She took her ascension on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

To say that she loved Ridge Spring would be an understatement.  The tag on her car read, “Proud Product of Ridge Spring.”   Yes, she loved Ridge Spring.  She attended Ridge Hill Elementary and Middle School.  She graduated from Ridge Spring-Monetta High School; and attended the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  Longing for South Carolina and her roots, she transferred to the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and graduated with a BA degree in Education and later earned her Master`s degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Her first teaching position was at Hammond Hill Elementary School in North Augusta, SC. Then she was offered a position at her elementary school, Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary. Returning to the school where she was once a student to teach was awesome and a little bewildering to her. Yet Ridge Hill Elementary (now Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary) School prepared her for the career track that shaped the rest of her life and professional vocation.
Living is about giving and serving others, and in this regard, Stu tried to render her best to her church and community. Whether the capacity was that of an usher, van driver, member of the Board of Directors or Hospice volunteer for ten years, she always endeavored to give unselfish service to her church, its various ministries and her community.

Open Letter to Our Wedding Party
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The saying is true: "Time flies when you're having fun."  It seems like only a few weeks ago that we asked you to be part of a simple affair designed to uniie us in holy matrimony and to blend the Broadnax- Hankinson families.  We charged Rev. Brightharp in his sermonette to speak to the importance of God in the lives of families and to the power of love.  That day at high noon was not a few short weeks ago.  It's now been 25 years!
Our wedding as you may recall was a little unorthodox.  It paralleled what home decorators refer to as a minimalist style in which functionality, practicality, and beauty defined it.  The groom wore brown.  The bride's gown was beige for no other reason than that was the color preferred (but ooohhh that had'em talking in The Ridge!).  We asked you, our hosts and hostesses to wear something that you already had in your wardrobe that complimented brown or beige if possible   Our parents, whose on unions made our imminent paring possible, replaced the traditional best man and maid/matron of honor roles and preceded us down the aisle.  During the recessional, not only did the bride and groom leave together, but also our parents exchanged partners and left together to symbolize the uniting of our families.
You may not know or recall that we met on a blind date or that we discovered that our fathers were wait-at-the-gate-for-each-other-each -morning work friends.  Family get-togethers were never difficult to plan due to the proximity of the cities Augusta and the Ridge and because the blending of families also united friends.
I said to my Mom once how lucky I was to have found such a good partner.  She chastised me for my choice of words ad told me that I wasn't lucky but blessed, proving once again that mother knows best.  God has blessed us and continues to be good to  us and we give Him all the glory for his grace and mercy.
We count among our blessings that time that was ours to share with Alice Hankinson and James Broadnax who now rest with The Lord but whose presence on earth left indelible impressions on our lives.  We are grateful that our surviving parents are of sound minds and are in good health.  Mr. Hankinson will be 93 years young in November and we sometimes feel that we have to make an appointment with Ora Blanche if we want to see her (for she is a busy lady).
We were blessed with the birth of a beautiful baby boy, Evan, who has managed to turn 22 years old.  It is most bizarre that he is 22 and his Mama is just 21.  He's an NC State graduate who has yet to boomerang from Raleigh  to Charlotte.  His desire to be "financially independent " has finally come on line with ours for him to be!
We were blessed with steady jobs that allowed us to become homeowners in the truest sense of the word.  Hank is in his second year or retirement while Stu(which is me, the author of this letter) crawls out of bed each morning for the next 7 or 8 years.  That is the downside when the groom takes a young tenderloin!.
We are also blessed in that after 25 years we are two people who still are very much in love with each other.  We are good friends who are blessed to have relatives and good friends like you who shared in making August 16, 1980 the pinnacle of a blessed union.  Someone recently asked Hank if we were going to renew our vows.  He told them that since the ones we first took have held so well, we are not going to mess with them, but we did want to thank you again now as we did then for being part of our blessed event.  Keep us in your prayers as you shall be in ours, that God will continue to bless you and your families and to strengthen the love that you share for each other and for mankind.
With Love, Stu


REMINDERS
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
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783

Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00

Monday, December 26, 2016

December 26, 2016
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Happy New Year!!
It is time for the hopes to continue into the new year.  The New Year's Resolutions we make hopefully will contain peace and kindness to all and for all.
The town of Ridge Spring has come a long way over the years. It was founded in the 1700s and incorporated in late 1800s.  When the grocery store closed many thought that was the end.  But that did not keep our small town down.  Look at Main Street.  We only have two buildings empty. Several people have tried to rent them but it has not worked out.  WOW!!!! 
Here is a short history of Ridge Spring submitted by Converse Cone when we were working on a tourism project in 2008.  I hope you enjoy the review or first time reading this.
History of Ridge Spring

To a lover of history, Ridge Spring holds an irresistible charm.  Here is a community that was settled over two hundred and fifty years ago and is still populated to some extent by descendants of the original families.  Ten generations have lived side by side, loved the same soil and have offered their loyalty to the Ridge.

Prior to being settled by those who received land grants in the mid 1700s, The Ridge area was occupied by the Native Americans who maintained pristine beauty of the area.  Their presence here is evidenced by arrowheads and spearheads found in freshly  plowed fields of the farmlands.  Through generations it has been told that the Native Americans chipped out the basin in the rock into which flows the water form the spring for which the town was named.

The first “settlement” was made about one mile east of the present town of Ridge Spring where the public wagon road to Orangeburg forked off of the road to the Congarees (the Columbia Road).  On an early map this is referred  to as The Ridge. A tavern was located where the Sweeney House once stood.

IN 1751 there was an Indian Trader named Issac Cloud in The Ridge area.  He and his two children were killed.  His wife Mary (Gould) after being struck twice by a tomahawk escaped on horseback.

On November 29, 1752, John Carlin was granted 200 acres situated on a branch of the Little Saludy River called Clouds Creek.  This was just North of present day Ridge Spring.  Also, on October 3, 1758 William Watson was granted 300 acres on a land on a branch of the Little Saludy.  His son, Captain Micheal Watson, fell in action against the British in the Revolutionary War at Dean's Swamp, Orangeburg District in 1781.  A large granite rock monument stands on Main Street in his memory  On May 21, 1791 President George Washington stopped, dined and spent the night at the Michael Watson house with Micheal Watson's widow Martha and his children.  The house stood just out of the present town limits near the cemetery.

In the decades which followed beautiful plantation houses were built throughout the area. Cotton began as an important crop in the early 1800s.  Vast acreages of cotton were grown for many generations and the cotton was transported by wagon to Hamburg, S. C. for shipment by barge to Savannah, Georgia.  Many of these lovely homes have survived and grace the countryside.

When the railroad was constructed through The Ridge area in 1869 a water tank was build near a good supply of water. Hence the earlier “settlement” moved to the towns present location where the train stopped for water.  Stores, homes, and hotels began to be built around this train stop by the water tank and depot.  The town was named Ridge Spring for the natural raised ridge of the land and for the spring of pure water which provided delicious drinking water.

From early days the cultivation of the peach seemed particularly suited to the soil and climate of The Ridge.  Through the years other crops such as corn, asparagus, soybeans, cotton and numerous more have been grown in the fertile soil of Ridge Spring.  It is a peaceful sight to see herds of cattle grazing in the open pastures and timberlands.

First incorporated on December 23, 1882, the town held a Centennial Celebration in the Fall of 1982.  From this celebration grew the annual Harvest Festival each October.  The charm and gracious southern living of this agrarian community continues today for those who call “the Ridge” their home and for those who are fortunate enough to visit.


REMEMBERANCE: SIX YEARS AGO December 27, 2010 Check out the new pictures on the website banner on the front page.  www.ridgespringsc.com   They are of snow and winter time.  When it snows around here we all close down.   I am glad that snow is so seldom that we get to really enjoy it, and then say good-by to it rather quickly.  Now it is snowing.  It missed Christmas Day by two hours.  It began to snow around 2:00 AM Christmas night according to the television.  Therefore, the snow pictures on the web site are just right. 
The new electronic sign for the Town or Ridge Spring is also available for advertising community events.  You can also advertise your business for a small fee
The RSM Young Famers have the Ridge Community Calendars in and they available for purchase.  These calendars are $5.00 each.  Please contact the following if you are interested Mary McKay at 803.627.6289 or Heike Scott at 803.646.3193.  This is a fund raiser for the RSM Young Farmers.
Spicy Sweet Nuts from One Ash Homestead

2 tsp. olive oil                                    3/4 cup natural walnut halves
3/4 cup natural pecan halves        1/2 cup natural whole almonds
1 tsp. ground cinnamon                 1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. paprika                                    1/2 tsp. ground cayenne 
1 TBS. light brown sugar

Heat the olive oil over low-medium heat.            Add the nuts and spices and cook for 8-10 minutes until golden and fragrant, stirring often.           Crumble the brown sugar over the nuts and heat for another 3 minutes until the sugar has melted and covered the nuts.These can be served warm or cool. (give them about 15 minutes to cool if serving warm so that no one burns their tongue).  Will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for one week. (if you have any left!)

RSM Elem (Rene Miller):  Ms. Linda Washington, Parent Educator with our Aiken County First Steps Countdown to Kindergarten Program, recently visited RSM.  She came to bring tidings of great joy and to wish a very “Merry Christmas” to students and teachers.  We appreciate her involvement and help at RSM Elementary.
Congratulations to our 5th grade Spelling Bee winners. Our first and second place winners will be participating in the Group Spelling Beeat Aiken Middle School on Jan. 11. First place was Zacharea Cannon, 2ndplace was Cody Davenport and 3rdplace was Johnathan Storey.  We wish them lots of luck!
Congratulations to Mrs. Najmola for being RSM’s Distinguished Literacy Teacher for the 2016-2017 School Year.  Mrs. Najmola is also one of the teachers who welcomed RSM High’s Teacher Cadets into her classroom!
Thank you to the Boosterthoncompany who led our school wide "Fun Run" in the fall. They visited our school recently to wish us a Merry Christmas, and to donate two oversized umbrellas. We will use them in the car line dismissal area.
Last week our Walk/Jog club made 11.3 miles.  That puts us at 167.7 miles for the year out of the 516 miles that we need to get to Washington D.C.  Students meet at 7:15 on Friday mornings and will resume their walking/jogging on Jan. 6.
Thanks to our PTO for giving our school a Christmas play by Porkchop Productions.  The play, The Christmas, the Measles, and Me,thoroughly entertained the whole crowd.  We especially loved watching our own Emely Jiminez appear on stage to be dressed as a snowman. 
RSM would like to say a big thank you to several businesses, churches and clubs for their generous donations to our school for our students. Thank you to Bethel Baptist Church, Ridge Spring Baptist Church, Ridge Hill Baptist Church, and Cedar Creek Church, along with local business Valley Proteins and Ken and Judy Fallaw and their church home group.

Review from David Marshall James:  "The Whole Town's Talking" by Fannie Flagg
   Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is Fannie Flagg's Yoknapatawpha County.    Flagg's readers know the burg from at least three of her previous novels, notably "Standing in the Rainbow," which I still contend ought to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
   Here, in what she's saying is her final novel, Flagg follows the town from its founding during the second half of the nineteenth century by a Swedish emigre who becomes a highly successful dairy farmer.  During the time covered, the author takes the reader from box-supper socials to big-box stores.    She pulls out the Rockwell-ian stops, with Fourth of July parades and inviting storefronts operated by colorful characters, with an ice-cream-truckload of small-town bonhomie.  Naturally, tragedies and disappointments invariably cross paths with Elmwood Springs, along with the less-than-progressive developments fraught by the World at-large.
   Readers will revel in the return of familiar characters, such as Elner Shimfissle, whose first name should have been "Good Ol'," for Elner never met a stranger, never dismissed any case from the human or animal kingdom as hopeless.  She's renowned far and wide-- all the way to Harry and Bess Truman's White House-- for her fig preserves, which naturally belong on Elner's piping hot homemade biscuits.  She even entertains Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who have taken a wrong turn on their route to Joplin, MO, for breakfast.  Elner warms Bonnie's and Clyde's innards so effectively, never realizing that they are the notorious criminals, that they decide to skip robbing the local bank, run by Elner's brother-in-law, Herbert Jenkins.
   Ida Jenkins is the antithesis of her sister, Elner, so obsessive-compulsive about everything-in-its-place, prim-and-proper, that she misses the beauty of the sunrises and sunsets.  Ida nearly drives her daughter, Norma, bat-guano crazy, as well as members of the local garden club.  Forsooth, Ida is not above digging up and replanting a member's camellia bushes when they're out of town.  Her philosophies are further manifested in her local newspaper column, "The Whole Town's Talking."
   Readers will readily recognize Mrs. Tot Whooten, a hairstylist who should have been anything-but.  With a drunkard husband and two children fond of illegal drugs and frequent divorces, Tot's woes accrue like peroxide blonds in a roadhouse.  Still, she finds solace during the disco era, teeter-tottering on her platform shoes to the strains of "I Will Survive," which she co-opts as her theme song, along with every other been-done-wrong loser-at-love who kept a-twirling on a dance floor.
   Although Flagg has mined much of the riches from her Elmwood Springs locale, I live in hope that she hasn't closed the book on her novel-writing career, that she'll one day come forth with a Proustian-- by way of Balzac-- account of 1970s Hollywood, a time and place she could remember with gusto.

REMINDERS
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
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission
Every first Tuesday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 19, 2016
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Merry Christmas to all.  May the  spirit of Christmas continue throughout the year for there is kindness, forgiveness, and charity in the air during this season. 
Leonard Bell: I gave his wrong phone number last week so here is the correct one and he can be reached if you want to order collards or other winter greens for New Year's Eve. That number is 803.646.2169. 
The Artist Guild of Ridge Spring meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:30.  All are welcome to come. The Art Center is having a before Christmas sale with many artist reducing their prices before closing after Christmas.  The Art Center will reopen in March. We will continue to have classes throughout the year. Thank you for your support.
American Legion Post 133 and the Ladies’ Auxiliary held its annual Christmas dinner on December 6th. Recently re-elected Sheriff John Perry spoke to the group about law enforcement in the County and the Sheriff Department’s efforts to provide safety and security to and for the citizens.
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church will have its’ annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, with Holy Communion on December 24 at 7:00 pm.. We will also have our regular Sunday morning service at 11:00 am December 25.
Off the Beaten Path can help you with your last minute shopping needs. Let us help you with a present for that hard to buy person. We will be open Monday and Tuesday 11-3, Closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10-5. Saturday, Christmas Eve, we will be closing at 2PM.
The Gables Inn & Gardens had a great time celebrating Santa pictures and our Dickens Christmas this past week. Huge thanks to our Mayor Larry Lang for bringing his lamb, baby goats, and miniature donkey for us to enjoy. You really need to check out his honey, sausage and eggs!! Brittany Anna Photography created an amazing Santa workshop for our Santa pictures. We had the most adorable children come to visit Santa and get their pictures taken. Check out the sneak preview on our facebook page.
From the Mayor's Desk: Town Hall will be opened Monday at 906 West Main Street. Thank you for your patience as we found our new home.
RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: This Christmas Ridge Spring United Methodist Church, RSUMC, once again participated in the Palmetto Project’s Families Helping Families program. We asked for and received a family from our zip code as well as another family in need. This is the only assistance for Christmas these families receive. We purchased gifts for two single parents and 3 children. AND had much fun and joy doing so! The gifts were delivered on Friday December 9th by two RSUMC elves. If you would like more information about this program visit the Palmetto Project web site of contact a church member.
RSUMC will not have Church Service on December 25, 2016. RSUMC wants to thank the Community for all its support of the Church outreach projects and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and blessed New Year!
The US Post Office has the new hours of Monday through Friday 7:30 AM until 11:30 AM and Saturday from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM.
Juniper Restaurant said that Santa was good to them and they will be closed from December 21 through December 28.  Happy Holidays to all.
The new electronic sign for the Town or Ridge Spring will post any event including Church and Christmas programs and Cantatas.  You can also advertise your business for a small fee
The RSM Young Famers have the Ridge Community Calendars in and they available for purchase.  These calendars are $5.00 each.  Please contact the following if you are interested Mary McKay at 803.627.6289 or Heike Scott at 803.646.3193.  This is a fund raiser for the RSM Young Farmers.
The Christmas Eve service at Spann United Methodist Church in Ward will be held at 6:00 with songs of the season and a Christmas meditation by Rev. Miriam Hadden.  Children who arrive prior to 6:00 will be able to help decorate a Christmas tree. Christmas Day worship service will be held at 9:45.  All are welcome.
Shelby Yonce: Another wonderful Tour of Homes event occurred and it was a success. A big thank you goes to the homeowners for showing their 100 plus year old homes. Reviews have been "these homes were so warm and inviting, I didn't want to leave".
Harriet’s Garden will be taking the winter off and reopen in March.  The shop still has a phone and thanks to Comporium the shop has call forwarding to my cell phone. Stop by if you see the car.
Rene Miller, RSM Elementary School
Holiday Wishes: On behalf of our entire staff, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  We hope that you will enjoy this time to spend together with family and friends.  We are grateful for all of our students and families here at RSM Elementary School .  Each student is a gift to us!  Thank you for sharing your child with us as it is an honor to be able to serve him/her.  May you all be blessed with love, peace, and joy during this holiday season.  We look forward to seeing you students back on January 3, 2017.
Congratulations! Congratulations to our 5th grade Spelling Bee winner.  Our first and second place winners will be participating in the Group Spelling Bee at Aiken Middle School on January 11.  First place was Zacharea Cannon, second place was Cody Davenport and third place was Johnathan Storey.
Josie Rodgers
Leagrace’s 7thbirthday was Dec. 16, and we all reminisced about our wonderful memories and all that the Princess taught us.  This was her 2nd birthday in Heaven and her first with her Papa celebrating with her!  I can only imagine what a merry party they had, complete with my sister, my own Papa, Dani Yonce, and other very special people who have gone home before us.  Though our hearts still ache every single day without them, we know that they are having the most wonderful time, just waiting for us all to join them in Heavenly splendor!  What a day that will be!  For we are people of hope.  We are people of faith.  We are people of love.  We are the children of the one true King!
Merry Christmas to you all!  Thank you for being a part of my connections with our local communities!  Without your help and encouragement, my column would be a bore.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share our communities’ events and successes, especially those of our children.  Keep that information coming and we’ll be able to let everyone know what is so special about our little corner of the world!
RSM High:  The Beta Club collected toys for the Shriners Hospital and will have them delivered before Christmas!  How wonderful that our kids share with those in need!
There are some exciting things happening on the Ridge in Monetta!  The new high school will be built and in operation in the next two years!  All high schools in Aiken county will have a designated theme related to the programs and certifications they offer.  Ours will be a Farm to Table theme as we promote agriculture, business and entrepreneurship, and health occupations, as well as a military aspect with JROTC.  More surprises to come that will make our community proud!
Review from David Marshall James:  “Christmas Mourning” by Margaret Maron
   From first chapter to last, Margaret Maron's sixteenth Judge Deborah Knott novel exhibits a masterful integration of her large cast of characters with a mystery grounded in the past of many residents of not-so-rural-anymore (and fictitious) Colleton County, North Carolina, about twenty-five miles southeast of Raleigh.
   Moreover, the story opens one week before Christmas, with festivities woven merrily into the plot, marred by the death of a popular high-school senior, who flips her car on a straight road en route home from a party.
   Then, another high-school student-- not as popular, with a far-from-sterling reputation-- is discovered shot dead alongside his older, also ne'er-do-well, brother.
   Because both students were classmates of a myriad of Deborah's nieces and nephews (after all, she has eleven older brothers), and because Deborah and husband Dwight well recall the deceased girl's parents from their own high-school days, personal histories crisscross with the recent tragedies in both fresh and memory-fraught fashions.
   While Deborah contends with her usually overloaded (now that there's a not-so-efficient district attorney) docket of district-court cases, Chief Deputy Dwight and other officers at the sheriff's department investigate the untimely deaths.
   Regular readers of this series will recall that Deborah's and Dwight's first wedding anniversary falls right in the middle of everything. Now, it’s bad enough to have an "anywhere near Christmas" birthday, but a wedding? June is admittedly too hot, but there are other months.
   Maron's mystery storyline remains deceptively simple, with artfully placed clues and a somewhat surprising (although completely logical) solution.
   The seasonal rituals for the Knott (and Dwight's) family color the characters' relationships more deeply while gently prodding the action.
   Mr. Kezzie's (Deborah's father's) story about the mule and the tangerines stops the show. He swears up and down that he has foregone moonshining, but there always seems to be yet another quart of peach brandy to season Aunt Zell's fruitcakes (heavy on the nuts, light on the candied fruit). Call him "Kezzie-wig."
   Maron's thoroughly entrenched Southern settings further enhance one of the best Deborah Knott novels in recent years-- a praiseworthy mystery in every department.

REMINDERS
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
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission

Every first Tuesday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783