Did anyone get a three day weekend? Took advantage of all the sales? Watch the temperatures plummet as well as the Panthers performance at Bank of America Stadium? Well, on the brighter side, last Saturday was a beautiful day to be outside and enjoy a last taste of summer temperatures and this coming weekend promises to be another beautiful, sunny taste of fall.
Around Davidson today took advantage of the pretty sunshine to check on apples at The Pines, dirt at the Post Office, fleece blankets for the Humane Society and adventures of Judy Schuh with her sister.
A PRESSING MATTER
Ever tried pressing apples to make juice? How about 18 bushels straight from the packing house of Deal Orchards in Taylorsville, NC? With picture perfect weather and jugs in hand, Pines’ residents lined up last Friday for some fresh juice pressed by the well-muscled arms of Pines’ staff members, Stuart McCachern and Justin Hubbard, and ably assisted by Pines’ resident Bob Millikin. This has become an annual activity in memory of Jack Sherrill who pressed apples each fall at his Statesville home and donated his press to The Pines when he first became a resident.
The apples were first chipped with a motor driven device. Then came the hard work of hand turning the press to extract the most juice from the slatted canister. Each bushel of apples provided just under two gallons of juice. Not a fast process but those patient individuals waiting in line were rewarded with a delicious treat. There was even some extra to serve in the Pines’ dining room.
Thanks to Plant Services Office Manager, Alice Stillwell, for providing an attractive table arrangement and chairs for the occasion.
Judy Schuh has lived in Davidson since 1975 so most friends are well acquainted with her sister, Ellen Boso. Ellen has come many times over the years to visit in Davidson from her home in Indianapolis. This year she arrived Wednesday, September 26, for a week-long fall visit and Judy had her car full of gas for some days of adventure.
Thursday Judy and Ellen packed Marion Thomas and Dianne Gabriel into their car and headed to Abington, VA, where they caught a matinee, “Zombie Prom,” and an evening performance, “Tarzan,” at the Barter Theater. Both were musicals and very well received by these four enthusiastic visitors. Driving home they detoured through Blowing Rock where they had lunch. The weekend was spent visiting with friends and baking some of their mother’s favorite recipes which were used on Monday when Ellen and Judy hosted a lunch for eight other ladies. Following a Tuesday morning session of Pilates at the Davidson United Methodist Church, Ellen flew home to Indiana with many happy memories from an exciting week in the South.
DIGGING FOR A PURPOSE
Last Saturday was the first day for Boy Scout Daniel Griffeth to get “down and dirty” with his Eagle Project. Daniel will be providing much needed landscaping on the south side (parking lot) of the Davidson Post Office. In addition he will be installing a flag disposal box near the entrance doors.
This past weekend, with the help of fellow scouts and his parents, Joe and Linda Griffeth, Daniel loosened the packed dirt, prepared the area for planting new nursery stock and trimmed the existing bushes. Town residents are eager to see this “eyesore” turned into an attractive area. Thanks to our Acting Postmaster Sheri Cole and postal contract landscaper Jonathan McCoy for working with Daniel on this project.
The flag disposal box will hold frayed, tattered, worn out American flags until Davidson’s Boy Scout Troop 58 schedules a flag burning to properly dispose of these symbols of our great country.
Daniel will be working again at the post office on Saturday, October 20. Be sure to stop by and wish him well as he continues work on his Eagle project.
Last Wednesday, October 3, fifteen area teens participated in a library sponsored “volunteer service project” making fleece recovery blankets for the Humane Society’s spay/neuter clinic. The teens made over 50 blankets to be donated. Many thanks to this group of energetic teens giving their time to work together on a project much appreciated by those who work with the Humane Society. Also many thanks to teen volunteer coordinator and Davidson branch library Children’s/Teen Specialist Beverly Swanson, who keeps us up to date with library youth news.
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