Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

Great News!!!! Security Federal Bank is coming to meet with potential customers this week.  Call Town Hall to set up a time to meet with their representative.  Mobile Banks are wonderful!!! Phone number is 803.685.5511.

Ridge Spring Harvest Festival News: The lines have been drawn and the teams are set to do battle! We have a full boat in the BBQ Battle for the Ridge on October 14 at this year's Harvest Festival. 15 of the absolute best BBQ cookers in the state of SC will be competing and you will have a chance to taste all of them! We are now taking BBQ orders for individual pounds for $8.00 and whole butts for $25.00. Please submit payment at the Ridge Spring Town Hall. Supplies are limited so get yours before they get gone!  See y'all at the Harvest Festival! 

The Cub Scouts PACK 555 will be signing up new scouts on September 25th at 6:30.  We will meet in the fellowship hall at Ridge Spring Baptist Church.  

The first annual Saluda County Farm to Table and Honey Tasting Celebration had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma's aftermath.  It has been rescheduled for November 4.  There will be wonderful food, music, and tastes of honey at the Gables Inn and Gardens on November 4.  Tickets may still be purchased for the event.

The Ridge Spring United Methodist Church is sponsoring "Beat the Heat Blitz" on September 30 from 8:00 to Noon at the Ridge Spring Fire Department .  They will be accepting donations of 16 oz. waters and Gatorades for the Ridge spring Fire Department. Cash will also be accepted.

Friends of Ridge Spring met Thursday night.  The End of Summer Sidewalk Sale was good. We will donate money to purchase water for the Fire Department.  We have Small Business Saturday, Christmas Open House, and more events planned to help bring customers, tourists and visitors to our great town. We are grateful for the Harvest Festival for this is a great way to promote our town and businesses, too.

At the Farmers' Market George Raborn enjoyed telling how things were at a different time.  I also got the recipe for Irish potato pie.  It sounded so different that I copied it down for all to try and share:2 hot Irish potatoes 2 eggs, sugar to taste, stick of butter, canned milk, lemon extract, dash of nutmeg, place in pie crust bake 325-350 degrees for 45 minutes.  This pie is from the "Delmarva" region-Delaware, Maryland, Virginia.  By the way there were four and a half vendors there.  I was the half with my pansies and mums.
Dined at Juniper last Tuesday without electricity due  to Irma's raining havoc on electrical service..  There are advantages of having a gas stove.  The chicken was delicious.  The menu was shortened but "necessity is the mother of invention".  Electricity  was back on by afternoon.


Congratulations to the RS-M True Blue Marching Band for their First Place finish in Class A at the "Blue Machine Invitational" at Edisto High School this past Saturday.  RS-M also received the awards for "Best Drum Line" and "Best Drum Major".  At the competition the True Blue Band scored higher than two Class 4-A schools.  The next competition for RS-M is this coming Saturday at the "Mustang Classic" at Midland Valley High School.  The Ridge Spring-Monetta performs at 2:00.

Remember Jerusalem Baptist Church will celebrate its 140th church anniversary Sunday, September 24th at 10:30 AM.  If additional information is required please call Mrs. Marlene Murray at 706-210-0433

Rene Miller, RSM Elementary School
Eclipse Glasses Give your eclipse glasses a second chance! Astronomers without Borders and Explore Scientific are collecting glasses to be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. Students in those countries do not have the same access as our students. By donating your solar glasses, you are ensuring that other children can experience this event with the same amount of wonder and excitement. You can bring your solar glasses to your child’s school library! Many of the libraries in our Aiken County Schools are banding together to collect solar glasses as partners in this program. The last day to turn in your solar glasses is Friday, September 22nd! Thank you for making a difference.
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, Diane Bolen at 803-685-2004.
Soft Drink Tabs Please save your drink tabs and turn them in to the media center. These tabs are collected and donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia. The donation helps families with sick children who need to stay in the House while their child is in the hospital.
Josie Rodgers
The Teacher Cadets, Beta Club, & National English Honor Society have teamed up with Crayola for the Crayola ColorCycle Project and are collecting old and dried up markers of all makes and types.  They will be sending these to Crayola for recycling.  If other schools are interested in joining this project, visit their website at http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx
RSM High: The True Blue Marching Band competed last Saturday and won first place in the 1A division!  They also won for Best Drumline, and Tyler Rowe won Best Drum Major! 
The Teacher Cadets joined Fox Creek High last Friday for a day at USC-Aiken.  The highlight of the day was playing with the children at the on-campus daycare.  The teens fell in love with the youngsters and didn’t want to leave them!  Next, they had their official USC-A IDs made and then toured the freshman dorm.  The Cadets also visited the Business & Education Building, the Student Activities Center (with Starbucks!), and the library.  Dr. Tim Lintner and two of the college’s Teaching Fellows guided the group throughout the day and answered all kinds of questions about college life.  And I got to spend some time with my friend Nancy Cowart, Fox Creek’s Cadet teacher.  It was a fantastic day!  And the Chinese food was scrumptious, too!
The Trojans traveled to North last Friday and defeated the Eagles 46-0.  This week, the Trojans will travel to Williston.

RSM Mid/High opened its doors to all parents and families last Tuesday evening for Open House. It was wonderful to meet new parents and talk with ones we know.  We are all ONE TEAM when it comes to the success of our children, and we want parents, students, teachers, and administrators all working together for success.  It is such a blessing to have parental support when teaching children, especially teenagers!  Teachers genuinely love their students and care about their future endeavors
Review from David Marshall James:  "The Witches' Tree" by M.C. Beaton

   "You're a sort of butler, aren't you?" said Agatha.  "So, buttle.  Get me a coffee and a toasted cheese sandwich and maybe I might get an idea."
   Agatha Raisin, Cotswolds P.I., is up to her old growling-- and prowling-- in her latest mystery novel, which finds her investigating murders in a particularly creepy village, several over from her own.
   However, this one's off the tourist path, devoid of lace-curtained tearooms and wood-paneled pubs with stone fireplaces and fetching barmaids.
   Of course, Agatha doesn't investigate a case without immersing herself in it, usually followed by a hospital stay, or a convalescence in her thatched-roof cottage, gin-and-tonic in one hand, cigarette in the other.
   Agatha's been in mourning for the U.K. since smoking was banned in all the pubs.  At least she can get her soon-to-be-greasy hands on a full English breakfast, blood sausages and all.  But that does go lacking without a ciggie to accompany the third cup of coffee.
   Such is her charm:  She operates on old-style fuel sources, on intuition and legwork, on chasing down the rats in their rat holes, like detectives of yore.  She's not above breaking and entering, nor is she above waving fifty quid at a prospective informant to get him to sing like the proverbial canary.
   Thus, it can be great fun for her chums and employees to detect with Aggie, as long as they do things her way.  After all, she's the boss, and a rather successful one at that.
   Nevertheless, her autocratic proclivities can make for some lonely evenings.  At least there are her two kitties, her drinks and ciggies, and those endless boxes of microwaveable meals in her freezer.
   "Careers last.  Men don't," Agatha laments.  And, as she remarks to the aforementioned butler (not hers, but her friend Sir Charles Fraith's), "I am the best. Now shove off."
Harriet's Garden Tips:  Gardeners share.  We share knowledge, seeds and time for each other. Kim Steele and I were talking seeds.  She has hummingbird vines growing well in her yard.  She had gotten the seeds last year from her mother.  She put the dead  plants with their blooms in a bag and stepped on them and the seeds came out.  She shook them out and the seeds ended up in the bottom of the bag.  What a simple way to harvest the seeds.  Then she just planted them.  She will share some of her seeds and I gave her some of my purple hyacinth bean pods for next year.
Harriet's Garden is reopening slowly.  I will be out of town this coming weekend, September 21-23.
REMINDERS
September 30: RSUM church Beat the Heat Blitz
October 14: Ridge Spring Harvest Festival
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; Sat 9-12
Ridge Spring Library Toddler Time Mondays at 10:30
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm;   Fri 8:30am – 5 pm; Sat closed new fax machine and can send toll free
Narcotics Anonymous Fridays at RS Library at 7:00 PM
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
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
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Farm to Table event delayed to Nov. 4
Due to problems that Irma caused so many the date for the Saluda Farm to Table and Honey Tasting Event has been changed to November 4.

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The anniversary of 9/11 is this week and many of us have such vivid memories.  You know where you were and what you were doing if you were old enough.  When I see reruns on TV and the New York sky line is in it, I notice whether the twin towers are in the scene or not. The Pentagon is another reminder, too.  The twin towers site has been reborn and so has our country.  Let us continue to go forward into the future together. 
Art Center in Ridge Spring  Adult Pottery Classes: September 18th 3 legged cup and frame, October 9 coiled pumpkin cup, November 13 box with a ribbon and spoon rest.  All classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Class fee is $35.00 and reservations required for space is limited.  Email artassnridgespring@gmail.com, joanne.crouch26@gmail.com, or or makerart@aol.com   or call (803)315-9203.  Contact members of the Art Association of Ridge Spring on Fridays or Saturdays from 10-4.  For those who took the first class, the pieces are ready to be picked up during Fridays or Saturdays 10-2.  
We're ready for fall at the Nut House & Country Market! Stop and pick up cotton from Cumbee Farms and cornstalks, sorghum, and straw bales from Yon Family Farms - all locally grown by your friends & neighbors right here in Ridge Spring.
Jerusalem Baptist Church will celebrate its 140th church anniversary Sunday, September 24th at 10:30 AM.  The speaker will be Rev. Sim E. Murray.  You are invited to come and worship with Jerusalem.  If additional information is required please call Mrs. Marlene Murray at 706-210-0433

RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: September the Big Red Box is collecting water and Gator Aid for the all volunteer RS Fire Department. Please look for flyers and signs around Town to remind you to purchase these items. RSUMC will host a BLITZ on September 30th to round out the month of contributions. Want to help? Leave items on the porch of the Family Life Center or church and a member will make sure they are placed in the BRB. There is paper on a clip board to record your donation.

Don’t forget RSUMC is on Face Book. Check the page out and like us to keep up with activities, events and church services. Church Service is at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Joe Cal Watson and I ate lunch together and as I was taking him home he asked if I knew about the  pecan orchard next to the Pecan Grove Road.  When he and Betty moved back to Ridge spring, he wanted to buy the property and plant pecan trees. It would have cost $10,000.00 an acre so he and Maynard Watson came up with a deal that Watson Farms could plant peach trees on the land but skip every fourth spot on a row.  Joe then planted his pecan trees.  While the pecan trees grew, the land was profitable for him in leasing the acreage and the peach trees lasted about 15 years. 

Another time we were dining at Juniper and the conversation came around to the naming of streets and roads or the un-named streets.  Bob Householder's father Bob Sr. was a deputy sheriff for Saluda County beginning in the 50s.  He kept a notebook with him for directions to places and to people's houses.  You see, the streets and roads had no names.  To get somewhere, you went down to a person's house or property turned there and went down to so forth and so on.  His notebook came in handy.  His son Bob still has the notebook.
Rene Miller, RSM Elementary School
A special thank you to the following for their generous donations to our school: Aiken Co. United Way Jason Hall with Greater Ministries of Aiken Saluda County EMS Margaret Nickerson & Dr. Jumelle Brooks RSM PTO - Faculty & Staff Breakfast We would also like to thank Coach Lipsey and some members of the football team for helping teachers move furniture around in their rooms and to their rooms. We also thank our many volunteers, many who are members of our own families, for giving of their time to help us get settled in for a new school year. We would also like to thank Coach Lipsey and some members of the football team for helping teachers move furniture around in their rooms and to their rooms. We also thank our many volunteers, many who are members of our own families, for giving of their time to help us get settled in for a new school year.
We would like to extend a warm RSM welcome to our new faculty and staff for 2017- 2018.They are: Sharon McCain, Tiffany Upchurch, Summer Mundy, Judy Kopp, Casey Powden, Tieshia Walker, Kristen Sojourner, Joni Ray, Kellie Watson, Robin Etheredge, Amy Ciravolo, Lauren Tacchi, Lois Workman, Crystal Ford, Patricia Douglas, Barbara East, Roland Smith, and Cherrish Jones

REMINDERS
Miranda Banks:  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 16 from 11 am-3 pm. All are invited to come and bring a grill, some food, your favorite chair, and a good attitude. and festivities.  This year we will be sponsoring a bottled water and Gatorade drive in honor of the Ridge Spring Fire Department.  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.

Remember The first annual Saluda County Farm to Table and Honey Tasting Celebration. Come celebrate the bounty of The Ridge through local fresh foods prepared by Brandon Velie, drinks from local breweries, wineries, (artisanal wares) and music entertainment by Shelby Raye. Honey producers, from The Ridge will be on hand for a honey tasting.  Honey will be available for tasting and sale and other products from local apiaries will also be available for purchase. Come experience The Ridge’s Finest Cuisine and help provide financial support for future agriculture students from The Ridge Community.

Review from David Marshall James:  "Lana Turner:  Hearts and Diamonds Take All" by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince
   When asked who could portray her in a biopic, screen goddess Lana turner quipped, "Honey, she hasn't been born yet."   True, no one springs to mind, but let's hope she's out there on some malt-shop stool, waiting to be discovered, a la Lana herself when she was a mere 16-year-old at Hollywood High, skipping her typing class for a nickel Coca-Cola across the street.  For there's enough sin and scandal in this massive tell-all-and-then-some to turn Turner's life into a full-season TV series, like the recent, excellent "Feud:  Bette and Joan."
   Incidentally, Miss Crawford figures throughout this account, as she and Lana had a feud of their own, both "sharing" many men, notably Hollywood attorney Greg Bautzer.   Miss Joan even crashed Lana's third wedding (there would be seven at final count) on the arm of invitee Bautzer.
   Lana gleamed unsurpassed throughout the 1940s as Hollywood's premier blonde beauty, in spite of plenty of competition.  She bridged the gap between Jean Harlow, who died just as Lana was breaking into pictures, and Marilyn Monroe, who hero-worshiped Turner.  Yes-- they met.  And Lana had her first encounter with Jack Kennedy (note, first) while he was still in the Navy, a sometimes roommate of Robert Stack.
   Eva Peron was also fixated on Lana, copying her hairstyles, jewelry, and couture. They met during Lana's MGM publicity tour of South America.  Lana also drew the attention of Eva Braun, who sent a fan letter via an intermediary and translator in England. Braun assured Lana that she would be spared once the Germans had conquered America, although the Roosevelts and many others would be executed.  Lana got busy selling war bonds, setting a record for $20 million-worth in one day.
   Aside from her on-again, off-again fling with Kennedy, Lana had an affair with Ronald Reagan when they were both at Warner Bros. during the 1930s.  Neither admitted as much in their respective memoirs. That's one reason to read posthumous tell-all's, as memoirists are notorious self-editors.
   Enough of future presidents-- how about scores of leading men, from Clark Gable (four films together) and Spencer Tracy (two films together) to her favorite, the one that got away, Tyrone Power.

   Why Lana would want to wed Power, who was well known to her as bisexual, is a matter of her own heart.  Besides which, he left her expecting, off to make a film overseas.  Power had left Judy Garland in the same state prior to his WWII service.
   Howard Hughes proved a here-and-there romance as well as a powerful ally when Lana skidded into horrific scandal.
   Somewhere amid all her affairs, Lana managed to star in glossy, high-grossing dramas for MGM, including her favorites, "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946) and "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952).  Lana's contracts with MGM ultimately ran 21 years, longer than Gable's and Crawford's.
   When the studio cut her, darned if she didn't jump into the mega-hit "Peyton Place" (1957), earning her first Oscar nomination.  "Imitation of Life" (1959) would set her for life, as a profit participant. That four-hankie weepie has been minting money for the past fifty-plus years and has been shown on cable TV hundreds of times.  Indeed, TBS viewers voted it their all-time favorite.
   Tragically, one of Hollywood's worst scandals has cast a long shadow over Turner's life and career: The murder, by butcher knife, of gangster Johnny Stompanato in her boudoir.
   Turner's 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl Crane, took the rap.  Nevertheless, she has never recanted her story, even though she has written two books.  The authors do a good job of looking at the murder from several angles, through multiple sources.
   Most of all, they demonstrate how well-known Stompanato was to many Hollywood celebrities,, female and male, whom he was blackmailing.
   Lana Turner, from malt-shop stool to hellish Hollywood scandal, leaves the impression of being the creation of a film scenarist, or a novelist.  As her longtime friend and confidante, actress Virginia Grey, noted: "If the movies had not existed, they would have had to be invented just for Lana Turner. She could have been nothing less than a movie star."

Harriet's Garden Tips:  I know we need the rain but hurricanes are not wanted. Hope all are safe.  When this weather settles down it will be a good time to dig up more trees and weeds for the roots will be looser. By the way when you talk to truck farmers and they discuss going to the bank, it can be the bank of sweet potatoes they are saving for fall and winter.
Herbs: Plant cilantro now.  Cut and freeze chives.  Dry basil, oregano, sage and tarragon.  Gardening can be 12 month job. It is also great therapy.

An Irish potato pie that is sweet will be in next week's column.

REMINDERS
Sep. 16: Farm to Table Event
Sep. 16: Ridge Hill Baptist  Church Family Fun Day
October 14: Ridge Spring Harvest Festival
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; Sat 9-12
Ridge Spring Library Toddler Time Mondays at 10:30
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm;   Fri 8:30am – 5 pm; Sat closed new fax machine and can send toll free
Narcotics Anonymous Fridays at RS Library at 7:00 PM
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
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
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission

Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00; no meetings in July & August

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 4, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

September 9th-Sidewalk Sale
September 16th-Farm to Table & Honey Tasting

Harvest Festival:  Weeeeedawgie! We only have 3 spots left in our 1st annual BBQ Battle for the Ridge competition. We have BBQ cookers from all over the state coming together in downtown Ridge Spring to throw the BIGGEST Harvest Festival this town has ever seen! From newbie backyard cookers entering for the first time to grizzled veterans and champions of SC BBQ. Don’t miss the opportunity to say you were at the 1st BBQ Battle for the Ridge at this year’s Ridge Spring Harvest Festival. Tickets are only $1 to be purchased at the festival. We will also be taking preorders for whole butts and individual pounds of BBQ, so check www.ridgespringharvestfestival.com or check in on our Facebook page for prices and availability. See y’all at the Harvest Festival.  Harvest Festival will be decorating the town on September 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Volunteers are apreciated.
Members is AARS will be showcasing some of their work during the Ridge Spring After Labor Day Sidewalk Sale.  Additional works will be available at the Art Center of Ridge Spring.  Check around town and find a rock with AARS written on it and get a10% discount off during that day. 
Miranda Banks:  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 16 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.  This year we will be sponsoring a bottled water and Gatorade drive in honor of the Ridge Spring Fire Department. Please assist us in our efforts to show our appreciation for their service to the community. 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.
RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: The Big Red Box ( BRB) was fill to the RIM and overflowed to the floor with school supplies. These were delivered to RSM Elementary School. It is our pleasure to help the hard working teaches and employees make sure the students have what they need to succeed. Thanks to all that contributed.

September the BRB is taking another route. Not school supplies but water and Gator Aid for the all volunteer RS Fire Department. Please look for flyers and signs around Town to remind you to purchase these items. RSUMC will host a BLITZ on September 30th to round out the month of contributions. Want to help? Leave items on the porch of the Family Life Center or church and a member will make sure they are placed in the BRB. Don’t forget RSUMC is on Face Book. Check the page out and like us to keep up with activities, events and church services. Church Service is at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
Josie Rodgers
RSM High: The Trojans football team whooped some Wolverines last Friday in Whitmire.  The final score was 39-0.  This was a great win for the Trojans!  This week, the Trojans have Friday off, but  will travel to North Fri., Sept. 15. 
Summer Cherry, RSM HOSA Historian:  “At Jim Satcher Motor Dealership, RSM HOSA hosted a fundraising car wash on September 2. The sunny day brought in many cars to be washed by RSM HOSA members. The members made 135 dollars. The money made goes to the HOSA members that volunteered to work so they can attend the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Charleston, SC. RSM HOSA will be doing another car wash on September 23rd, location is to be announced soon.”
The Beta Club and National English Honor Society will kick off the year with their first meeting planning service projects and fundraisers as well as electing new officers.  These organizations try to complete at least 3-4 service projects per semester, which has led to the Beta Club being name a Beta Club School of Distinction

Review from David Marshall James:  “Miss D & Me:  Life with the Invincible Bette Davis" by Kathryn Sermak, with Danielle Morton
   This past spring's "Feud" miniseries on FX has resulted in a renaissance of all things Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, down to the hateful memoirs of their ungrateful daughters, B.D. and Tina, respectively.
   Davis lived to see her daughter's screed, on the heels of a stroke that resulted in a three-month hospital stay, plus a protracted recovery period.  B.D., it seems, signed the book deal when Doctors announced that Davis only had a week to live.  Only a fool would have underestimated Davis.
   B.D.'s venomous swipe at her mother prompted Davis to encourage her longtime, live-in personal assistant, Kathryn Sermak, to write a more balanced account of life with the cinema legend, so this volume received Davis's blessing.
   Not that Davis couldn't be tough as nails; however, that was part and parcel of her survivalist manifesto.  Nevertheless, she was often generous to a fault, especially with B.D., whom she openly adored, as Sermak recounts.
   The B.D. issue was more rooted in her husband, whom Sermak writes was openly contemptuous of Davis, particularly as witnessed at a Fourth of July gathering on Long Island.
   Sermak's memoir includes trips to New York City with extended stays at The Lombardy, along with overseas journeys, often on the Concorde, as well as experiences on film sets, at home and abroad.
   If Sermak needed to learn ballroom dancing, Davis summoned an Arthur Murray instructor.  A butler popped in to teach the author formal table manners.  When a hairdresser was required, Jose Eber blew in at Davis's beck and call, to re-style Sermak's tresses.
   As such, Davis never relinquished her star perks.  She enjoyed cooking and gardening, but when someone was needed to provide goods or services, Davis did her dialing, and whatever or whoever appeared at her doorstep.
   Sermak's memoir of the latter-day Davis serves as a diagram of the differences between her and Crawford.  For Davis, work was the be-all and end-all, the great sustainer.  It was, after all, her legacy.
   In 1974, when some unflattering photos of Crawford ran on the AP wire, she declared:  "If that's what I look like, I'm not going out anymore."  True to her word, Crawford spent her final three years in reclusive withdrawal in her NYC apartment. Davis, however, kept in front of movie cameras following her stroke, even though the event had taken a toll on her face and body.  Work was her fire and water, her bread and wine.
   She surmounted B.D.'s book with Davis-esque invincibility.  A few days before her death in 1989, she was celebrated at the film festival in San Sebastian, Spain, where thousands thronged the streets to cheer her and filmgoers gave her a ten-minute standing ovation.  Amost thirty years later, she probably wouldn't be surprised that she's more popular than ever-- just maybe a mite testy that she's sharing the marquee with Crawford.

Remember the Saluda County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with The Town of Ward, The Town of Ridge Spring, Gables Inn and Gardens, Clemson Extension, and Juniper Restaurant to bring you the first annual Saluda County Farm to Table and Honey Tasting Celebration. This exciting event will benefit aspiring young farmers from The Ridge area.
Come celebrate the bounty of The Ridge through local fresh foods prepared by Brandon Velie, drinks from local breweries, wineries, (artisanal wares) and music entertainment by Shelby Raye. Honey producers, from The Ridge will be on hand for a honey tasting.  Honey will be available for tasting and sale and other products from local apiaries will also be available for purchase. Come experience The Ridge’s Finest Cuisine and help provide financial support for future agriculture students from The Ridge Community.

Harriet's Garden Tips:  Have you started dreaming about all those beautiful spring blooming bulbs? Have you seen the catalogs?  Daffodils, jonquils, tulips and so many more need to be planted in the late fall in the South.  Tulips are beautiful but the moles love to munch on them. Try to protect them when planting such as cages.  For future reference you fertilize the bulbs after they bloom when they are storing up nutrition for next year.  If you want to transfer some bulbs such as ones that were planted  years ago, if you know where they are, dig them up, and transfer them to that new spot.  Sometimes when the bulbs stop blooming, just dig them up and you will realize that they had worked their way down to a deeper depth and therefore did not or could not bloom.

REMINDERS
All Summer Saturdays: Ridge Spring Farmers' Market
Sept. 9: Ridge Spring Sidewalk Sales Event
Sep. 16: Farm to Table Event
Sep. 16: Ridge Hill Baptist  Church Family Fun Day
October 14: Ridge Spring Harvest Festival
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; Sat 9-12
Ridge Spring Library Toddler Time Mondays at 10:30
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm;   Fri 8:30am – 5 pm; Sat closed new fax machine and can send toll free
Narcotics Anonymous Fridays at RS Library at 7:00 PM
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
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
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission
Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00; no meetings in July & August


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August 21, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
The day has finally arrived and the eclipse has come and gone.  It was a wonderful experience and no damage to my eyes. NASA was at College of Charleston and we watched it some.  It did get very dark here and it was exciting.  You could look at the sun during the totality and it was just WOW!!! This is one of those events that you will always remember.  People remember  where they were when they got the news of  tragic events, but this one was a super-duper one.  Nice!!!!
The Ridge Spring Farmers' Market is slowing down. We still  had six vendors and fresh local vegetables  such as scuppernongs are here as well as peas, tomatoes, corn, peppers, baked goods and more.  This will be my last Saturday of having boiled peanuts. Okra is now in and I am trying to roast it like I have been given the recipe.  Chop off the ends, slice it down the middle length wise, spray it with olive oil, salt them and then roast at about 400 for twenty minutes, shake a little about half way through the roasting. Enjoy... I am going to try it again.  While at the market Ed Gregory relayed some history as he remembers it.  I will put that in next week's column.
Two events are happening in the Ridge during the month of September.. 
1. End of the Summer Sidewalk Sale on Saturday September 9.  Bargains can be found. Participating will be Ridge Antiques and Dry Goods, Olde Treasures, the Nut House, Off the Beaten Path, Stuff and Things, and the Farmers' Market.  Stroll down Main Street, enjoy ice cream from Bank's Drugs, Enjoy the Ridge spring Art Center, dine at Juniper, and as you get ready to leave, purchase some of that sausage from Cone's Meats.  What a day!!!!!
2. Farm to Table and Honey Tasting Event will be September 16th from 5:00 to 9:00PM at The Gables Inn and Gardens.  A dining and entertainment experience to celebrate and support local area agriculture. Tickets are on sale now.
The Ridge Spring-Monetta Band will be having a car wash this Saturday, August 26th at the Ridge Spring Fire Station from  8:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  The cost for a car wash is whatever you wish to donate to the band.  Please come out and support the RS-M Band Students.
More about the Farm to Table and Honey Tasting event: The "farm to table" is an opportunity to raise scholarship funds for future farmers and other students entering into the agricultural field in and to bring focus to the agricultural community in Saluda County. To accomplish this we are focusing on several farmers and Chef Brandon Velie is specifically using them and their products to cook the food. So it is a multi-purpose event. It is to bring awareness and focus to the agricultural community in Saluda County and The Ridge area and also introduce local honey which makes this event a little bit different then the other farm to table events. The money raised will go towards scholarship for the future farmers and young people in Saluda county committing to Agriculture as a profession. The scholarships will be divided up between Saluda High School and  Ridge Spring-Monetta High School. Sponsorships are necessary in order to cover the costs associated with putting on this event so that we can look to making a profit for those interests. Please check out SaludaFTT on facebook.
RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: The Big Red Box (BRB) is overflowing with school supplies BUT always room for more. These supplies will be taken to Ridge Spring Elementary School to help supplement what was not purchased. If you would like to help, please leave your donation on the porch of either the Church or Family Life Center and a member will make sure it makes its way into the BRB! Plans are to contact the School and get the supplies to them end of this coming week. Thanks if you have already contributed.  
The Prayer Box is located on the porch of the FLC. If you have a prayer request, need a call from our Pastor, please use the material there to write it down and place in the box. It is checked right before Service on Sunday.  
Another thoughtful message from Pastor Ashley this Sunday. Don’t look down (i.e. phone, tablet, iPad) look up. That’s where your strength and answers come from. The congregation was treated to a solo song by Pastor Ashley. What a lovely gift. Thanks.
 The Church Council met and plans for outreach and fellowship have been firmed up for the next several months. Join us as we begin the next leg of our faith journey.  Service is 11 a.m. on Sunday unless otherwise noted. We will save you a seat!

Spann United Methodist Church in Ward welcomed new pastor, Rev. Ashley Buchanan, in July.  Her timely messages and beautiful singing voice make for a very meaningful and uplifting worship experience.  Spann always has a warm welcome for visitors. Worship service is at 9:45 every Sunday except fifth Sundays.  (803-430-1314)

Leonard Bell is offering Market Boxes on Thursdays at the Johnston Farmers Market. Each box will contain a variety of, in season, fruits and vegetables as well as offerings from other farmers and artists at the market. If you are interested in ordering a box they are $20 and available for pick on Thursday around 5pm. Please call Mr. Bell at 803-646-2169 or Janet Burgess @ 803-275-8030

Art Center by Joanne Crouch
           Get started on Christmas early with Christmas in August at the Art Center on Thursday, August 24th from  5:30-7:00.  Using pinecone petals, gold leaf and a gourd to make an ornament that can be used on your tree or displayed year-round.  Cost is $30 ages 10 & up.  You can see a picture on AARS facebook page or our website.  Text instructor, Joanne Crouch at (803)480-0576, call (803)685-5577 or email joanne.crouch26@gmail.com to pre-register for this class.  Pre-registration is required for this class.
     Ridge Spring Rocks!  The Art Center is initiating a movement that takes the simple rock and paints images on them.  The rocks are then hidden around town.  When the rock is found, a picture is taken and put on the group’s facebook page, Ridge Spring Rocks!   The finder then hides the rock for others to find.  If you need help getting started, please contact the Art Center on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4 for more information.  Please join Ridge Spring Rocks! on facebook.
      The Art Center is open on Fridays and Saturday from 10-4.  Come and enjoy the work of local artist. 
Josie Rodgers:
All Aiken School District employees gathered at the USC-Aiken Convocation Center for the second annual pep rally.  Schools represented themselves with various spirit items and cheers and chants.  The very large crowd enjoyed some very special guests, including our very own Melvin Gibson of RSM High.  We all love us some Melvin!  Now everyone is ready to kick off the school year as the students arrive Wednesday! 
RSM High: The True Blue band will have a car wash this Sat., Aug. 26, at the Ridge Spring Fire Station from 8 am to noon.  The band members will be taking donations instead of charging a price.  Please come out and support the RS-M Band Students.
The Trojans opened football season at home last Friday hosting the B-L Panthers.  They lost 40-16, but are ready to get back on the gridiron this Friday as they host the Saluda Tigers for Military Appreciation Night. 

Review from David Marshall James:   "Ava:  A Life in Movies" by Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski

   How fitting that Ava Gardner portrayed both Pandora and Venus in the movies-- an earthly goddess playing real ones.   To think, she hailed from near-poverty, born and raised in the midst of eastern North Carolina tobacco country.  However, she came from a loving family who watched over the youngest child and baby sister.  When she was summoned to MGM in Culver City, California, at age 19, her sister and frequent future companion, Bappie, accompanied her.
   It was through a window display in Bappie's husband's New York City photography studio that an MGM executive discovered her.  After a mercifully silent screen test in New York, she was hired as a starlet-in-grooming.  After all, Leo the Lion didn't need glasses.
   From the outset, Ava's career proved far from conventional.  Mickey Rooney, then the no. 1 movie star in the World, took one look at her and flipped.  Ava became the first of many Mrs. Rooney's, rather reluctantly.  He pursued her relentlessly and that was that, for a brief while.
   Bandleader Artie Shaw soon followed Rooney as Ava's no. 2 husband, after his brief union with Lana Turner, Ava's good friend and fellow MGM-er.  Meanwhile, the studio's voice coaches managed to eliminate the more untenable aspects of Ava's thick-as-grits Southern accent, although, throughout her life, her friends often spoke of her "sweet drawl."
   The studio really had nothing for her-- Turner and Hedy Lamarr were its reigning glamour gals-- so they loaned her out to other studios.  But, when she and newcomer Burt Lancaster clicked in 1946's "The Killers" from Universal Pictures, MGM chief Louis B. Mayer sat up straight at his famous white desk.
   The role that finally put Ava into The Big League at Metro came, oddly, in a musical-- the 1951 version of "Show Boat."  Lena Horne and Dinah Shore were both hot for the part of Julie Laverne, which had been beefed up considerably for Judy Garland, whom MGM fired just before production began.
   (Garland would have a great "eff-you, MGM" moment twelve years later, when she gave a for-the-ages rendition of "Ol' Man River" on her CBS-TV show.)
   For the next five years, MGM placed Ava in one blockbuster after another.  Thus, a full decade had passed before her true arrival at the studio.
   Also blockbuster-y was her third-- and final-- marriage, to Frank Sinatra.  Their tempestuous wedlock held for just a few years, but their love carried on until Ava's death at 67.  As Tina Sinatra recalls, her father and Ava spoke on the phone several times a week until her death in 1990, from which she says, "He never recovered."
   This magnificently photo-illustrated volume overseen by the talented Kendra Bean, with a well-researched text by Anthony Uzarowski, will remind readers just how goddess-y Miss Gardner could be.  Her couture often dazzles, too, her image offering a bittersweet reminder that Hollywood glamour died some decades ago.
   The text illuminates her many film accomplishments and international friendships-- including Princess Grace of Monaco, English poet Robert Graves, Ernest Hemingway, and Tennessee Williams-- as she lived abroad for more than 30 years, mostly in London.  Ava Gardner is buried beside her parents in Smithfield, N.C., where one can visit the Ava Gardner Museum.  As Truman Capote reflected, "Sooner or later, all Southerners return home, even if it's in a pine box."

Harriet's Garden Tips:  Still have some parsley left.  Looking at my flowering pots, I see that many of the annuals have bit the dust, but there are a few that have remained strong.  Geraniums, vinca, zinnias, Persian shield, the dark colored potato vines, and a few more have done well..  Time to start thinking about fall

REMINDERS
All Summer Saturdays: Ridge Spring Farmers' Market
Sept. 9: Ridge Spring Sidewalk Sales Event
Sep. 16: Farm to Table Event
October 14: Ridge Spring Harvest Festival
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; Sat 9-12
Ridge Spring Library Toddler Time Mondays at 10:30


Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The Ridge Spring Farmers' Market is slowing down. We still  had six vendors and fresh local vegetables  such as scuppernongs are here as well as peas, tomatoes, corn, peppers, baked goods and more. We have not been rained once this summer.  How fortunate!!! We had a visit from George Raborn. 
This is a complicated story line and I hope I get it right.  Carol M. is related to Joe Cal Watson and has visited here.  When she saw George Raborn's name in the news column she contacted me and asked me to forward an email to George. Note that I sent the email to his son.  George does have a cell phone but let's his children and grandchildren deal with computers. Carol was from California, had been doing genealogy research and found a connection to the Raborn name.  Well, George called her and they began discussing names, dates and places.  He remembered a family member had moved to Texas.  When he said the person's name, Carol M. in California remarked that that lady was her great-great-grandmother.  It sure can be a small world.
Coming soon will be the end of summer sidewalk sale.  Remember the date SEPTEMBER 9TH.  Many businesses will have specials for you to browse and the Farmers' Market will still be going on.
Judy Adamick ,local artist, was accepted into "With These Hands Gallery" on Edisto Island, SC. She delivered six paintings including "Pond Turtle". See her website: Judyadamickfineart
 Leonard Bell is offering Market Boxes on Thursdays at the Johnston Farmers Market. Each box will contain a variety of, in season, fruits and vegetables as well as offerings from other farmers and artists at the market. If you are interested in ordering a box they are $20 and available for pick on Thursday around 5pm. Please call Mr. Bell at 803-646-2169 or Janet Burgess @ 803-275-8030

School is gearing up.  The school buses are geared up and all is ready to go.  Have a great year.

As if  you have not heard enough about the Solar Eclipse here is a little more about it.

Even if you get clouded over, you'll still feel the world plunge into darkness, yet parts of the distant horizon, depending on where you are, will still appear sky-blue in color. Overhead, where the Sun was in the sky, especially if it's clear, you'll be able to see:
·         the Sun's corona, an extended mass of ultra-heated gas which goes out more than five million miles into space,
·         a very bright star right next to the Sun: Regulus, whose position will be slightly distorted owing to General Relativity,
·         and, if you're lucky, the planets Mars and Mercury, ahead and behind the path of the Sun through the sky, respectively.
·         There will be plenty of other interesting facts about the eclipse for those who view it from space or with scientific goals, such as the fact that the shape of the eclipse's shadow itself isn't a sphere, or that the bending of starlight is how we measure the gravitational field and effects of the largest mass in our Solar System. For those experiencing it from the ground, these are the top seven practical things you should do. Be early, be safe, be warm, and as soon as totality comes to an end, put those eclipse glasses back on. Do not view the eclipse with binoculars or a telescope, as even the slightest sliver of direct sunlight through a device like that can cause permanent blindness! If you do it right, the memories and sights you'll see will be sure to last a lifetime!

Art Center by Joanne Crouch
           Get started on Christmas early with Christmas in August at the Art Center on Thursday, August 24th from  5:30-7:00.  Using pinecone petals, gold leaf and a gourd to make an ornament that can be used on your tree or displayed year-round.  Cost is $30 ages 10 & up.  You can see a picture on AARS facebook page or our website.  Text instructor, Joanne Crouch at (803)480-0576, call (803)685-5577 or email joanne.crouch26@gmail.com to pre-register for this class.  Pre-registration is required for this class.
     Ridge Spring Rocks!  The Art Center is initiating a movement that takes the simple rock and paints images on them.  The rocks are then hid around town.  When the rock is found, a picture is taken and put on the group’s facebook page, Ridge Spring Rocks!   The finder then hides the rock for others to find.  If you need help getting started, please contact the Art Center on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4 for more information.  Please join Ridge Spring Rocks! on facebook.
      AARS is also looking for someone who could help us revamp our website.  We also need a way for folks to register for classes online.  If you know someone reliable that we get to help us, please notify me at joanne.crouch26@gmail.com of call (803)658-5577 and leave a message and I will return your call.
      The Art Center is open on Fridays and Saturday from 10-4.  Come and enjoy the work of local artist. 

Review from David Marshall James:  "Y Is for Yesterday" by Sue Grafton

   Kinsey Millhone-- Santa Teresa, California, P.I.-- has gumshoe-d her jeans-clad way through 25 novels over the past 35 years.    And she's only 39.  Author Sue Grafton wisely left her protagonist time-encapsulated during the 1980s, at which point the writer sent her detective out on the literary stage.
   Date-wise, in this 25th Kinsey Millhone mystery, it's still 1989, as she wraps up her latest rounds of business. People still use pay phones (Kinsey hath not a cell phone-- I don't recall someone using one until 1993), and she's still typing reports on her portable Smith Corona.     Her P.I. biz is still mostly concerned with legwork, with hours stuck on the freeway (or staked-out at some curb), in her Honda.
   Kinsey works off intuition, reading people's faces and voices, when she gleans information.  Life doesn't come processed through a computer or a texting device. Rather, it hits Kinsey like a gust off the Pacific Ocean.  She breathes in its saltiness, tastes it, feels it in her nooks and crannies.
   The clock turns back even further in Kinsey's latest case, as she deals with a passel of twenty something's who attended an elite private school in 1979, when one in their midst was murdered.
   After serving an abbreviated juvenile sentence, the boy who fired the murder weapon is back in Santa Teresa, living with his parents, who find themselves blackmailed.  This powder-keg mix of high-schoolers generated several scandals, including the production of a sex tape.  The tape's existence is known to a group of students and parents, some of whom have viewed it.
   The police have heard about it, but it did not surface during legal proceedings.  Hello, here it is ten years later.
   Additionally, Kinsey is preoccupied with protecting herself against Ned Lowe, the psychopathic serial killer who darned near notched Kinsey's name on his vic-list.  He's also stalking his ex-wives.
   Grafton's plotting, stylistics, and characterizations demonstrate why she's been a major player on the publishing scene for 35 years.  The almost-500 pages of her latest novel flip by as if propelled by a Pacific gust.
   All bets are still off as to how Grafton will tie up the matters of Kinsey Millhone in her "Z" narrative.  No deaths of recurring characters, please.  Howzabout fading out on Kinsey in a beach chair, watching the sun set over the Pacific, sipping her beverage of choice (a fine Chardonnay), while dining on one of her favored peanut-butter-and-pickle sandwiches?  With perhaps an engagement ring from Det. Cheney Phillips, STPD, glistening in the waning sunbeams?

Harriet's Garden Tips:  The caterpillars have found my hidden parsley.  I will tell you that I do not kill them, I just remove them.  With all the rain and the ground being soaked, it is a good time to dig up those trees that are in the wrong place.  The longer you wait, the deeper those roots will grow.  I am still finding pecan trees in the oddest places.  The morning glory vines are not nice vines.  They are flimsy and small at the base but then grow thick and unyielding as they get to the top of the plant they are growing on.   Get your soil tested for your fall garden of vegetables or plants.
REMINDERS
All Summer Saturdays: Ridge Spring Farmers' Market
August 21: Total Solar Eclipse
Sept. 9: Ridge Spring Sidewalk Sales Event
October 14: Ridge spring harvest Festival
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; Sat 9-12
Ridge Spring Library Toddler Time Mondays at 10:30
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm;   Fri 8:30am – 5 pm; Sat closed new fax machine and can send toll free
Narcotics Anonymous Fridays at RS Library at 7:00 PM
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
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
Every Friday & Saturday:  AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission

Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00; no meetings in July & August