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Hey grandpa, what's for supper (remember the Hee Haw Show?) Trout tar tare, pork belly with spicy sorghum and crushed peanuts, pork chop with blueberry and mustard seed chutney, roasted sweet potatoes and sweet NC kale. Nope, this wasn't part of an old TV show; this was just a few of the items on the menu at SoCo an 11-acre farm and restaurant on Slabtown Road in Wilson. Jennifer and Carl Turner along with Donna and Terry Milligan and other Body Image Gym members from Dortches, including the owner Dennis Ray enjoyed a fine meal creatively prepared using wholesome NC ingredients. There was no carb or calorie counting in this perfectly converted tobacco barn-now restaurant but Monday it's back to the gym for this bunch.

July 3rd was Madie Jenkins's 12th birthday. Her grandmother Dolores Journigan, Madie's Mom, Allison and friend Mary Whitaker Jones took Madie to Raleigh for the day. Madie had her ears pierced and received her grandmother's "J" engraved earrings that she had used 45 years ago when she had her ears pierced. Dolores passed the earrings down to Allison, and now to Madie. Ear piercing and lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory, you bet a fun time was had and many memories were made.

Dan Shearin enhanced the beauty of Aventon by trimming a very large cedar tree in the Shearin-Ward cemetery on Shearin road, where limbs had been covering tombstones for a years, but not anymore. Dan is such a smart man. You need to walk in his cabin that he and his wife Gerry built by themselves, and with some help from Tommy Griffin. Awesome place!! Way to go Dan.

It sure doesn't take much to please and entertain Sue Shearin and JoJo Ricks. It kinda sounds pitiful, but it really wasn't.....it was truly fun and we enjoyed laughing at the way we must have looked to anyone that drove by and saw us.......finishing our milkshake supper, sitting in front of the new sign in Red Oak and laughing the whole time. The sign was too slow to read in passing, so we turned the car around, pulled up in the parking lot and just sat there reading....and eating. You bet a grand time was had, and fun memories were mad. I giggle now just thinking about it.

Sue Shearin and Harriet Griffin went to Raleigh last week for several appointments. These two ladies had a good time, but not the awesome, grand time they normally have with their pal and sista, JoJo Ricks. JoJo had to stay behind to be help with her grandchildren. These two wonderful ladies did bring JoJo back a surprise! Wouldn't life be dull without the love and companionship of good friends?

Terry and Donna Milligan, along with Sue Shearin went to Gaston Lake on Sunday after church. A long pontoon boat ride, fun on the Jet Ski and good cooking made for a fun, relaxing day.

I was talking over the phone the other day with my brother in-law, Kelton Frazier, and he was telling me how much he enjoyed reading about Aventon," but" he wanted to hear something about good "ole" Tommy Griffin. Kelton, Tommy is doing great and looking good. He stays busy in his two beautiful, large gardens and when not in his gardens, he is cutting grass or helping Harriet "put up" the vegetables for the winter. He and Harriet also spend a lot of time just hanging out with each other. Tommy has been enjoying his retirement, but just started back working part-time so he could stay in touch and visit with all his old friends.
What would life be without friends and family and people you can depend on? I would like to thank David Griffin for taking such good care of my little farm and my cows and for watching my dog Molly while I go away. I have known you since I was 14 years old, and you are like my second brother. We get on each other's nerves at time, fuss some and avoid each other at other times, but we always get over it, laugh and move on. Thank you for all you do, nothing goes unnoticed! PS....I hope you find my missing orphan calf you were babysitting this past spring.

4th of July Fireworks at the Keffer home place was enjoyed by Sue Shearin; Dan and Gerry Shearin; Harriet and Tommy Griffin and of course all the Keffer clan. Getting together and enjoying each other's company ....now that is what life is all about.

Stan, Garrett and Logan Ricks enjoyed the 4th of July watching a Mudcats game. After the game they got to see a spectacular display of fireworks. Joining them were Ashley Batten, Sarah Massey and her daughter, Victoria. A fun time was had by all.

JoJo Ricks enjoyed the Castalia fireworks with her youngest son Isaac and his family, Sophie and Caroline. This was Sophie's first 4th of July celebration and she was so precious in her red, white and blue dress. Yep, we have a major event coming up on August 9th. Our little "she" Ricks will be celebrating her first birthday. She Ricks because she is the first girl born in our family, the Ben Ricks family in 42 years and after 3 sons and 4 grandsons. I still can't believe we have a girl in the family!

Aventon is such a wonderful place to live. I have said it before, and I will say it again and again, "There is no place like home, no place like Aventon." Are we a perfect community? ABSOLUTEY....NOT!! We are just like any other family. Yes, we disagree, may even have a conflict or two, but we grow together, come together and stay together. That is why we are called "Aventon Strong."

FROM OUR CHURCH BULLETIN: William P. Mackay wrote a song calling on God to "Revive us again - fill each heart with thy love; may each soul be rekindled with fire from above. Revive us again."

Due to family vacations and travels, Fishing Creek Baptist Church will stop the Wednesday night Bible Study, dinner and desserts for the next few weeks. I know they will start back with a large turnout at the end of the summer.

As always Aventon, please remember our sick and shut-ins. Opportunities for prayer and visitation can be found in your church bulletin. Go out and be an Aventon Angel, Jesus in Skin. Keep your eyes, ears and heart open to the needs of others.

Community news can be emailed to jochasonricks@gmail.com anytime during the week.


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