September 18, 2017
Ridge Spring News
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.
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.
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