Mountain Top Party Line

Ivalien Reynolds
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Pictured: Raymond Douglas Fain at age 14 in this school picture. Sadly, he passed away in 2006. Thanks to Judy Fain Hughes for this photo.
Pictured: Raymond Douglas Fain at age 14 in this school picture. Sadly, he passed away in 2006. Thanks to Judy Fain Hughes for this photo.

I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July in spite of a few showers and some fog. I just had a busy day working at the food ministry nonstop for five hours. We had lots of food and a lot of work to do.
In my last column of The Party Line there was a mistake. It was Blueberry Hill, not Blackberry Hill, that I was mentioning.
My heart is saddened with the death of my long-time friend Bonnie Hall. We shared a lot of flowers over the years and I loved working with her at Poor Farmer’s Farms. She loved to cook and bake. I always got pumpkin bread at Christmas. My love and heartfelt sympathy go to the family.
I enjoyed breakfast at Providence United Methodist Church and had good company to eat with—Pastor Marion and Sue and Mike Hall.
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Elizabeth Conner Hockett. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family.
Thanks to Van Rowe for a truckload of food—watermelons, collards, cucumbers and sweet potatoes—all for the food ministry. Walmart is also very generous. God bless you all!
On Sunday I enjoyed going to Mama Ruth’s house for a cookout with the Martin clan. As always, we had good food, and also had fireworks.
Continue to remember Pastors Jim and Ethel Churchwell in your prayers. Pastor Jim is coming home soon.
Patrick County came together and helped the flood victims in West Virginia. We all know that Patrick County people are always ready to help people in need.
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Harless Wood of Meadows of Dan at the age of 99. He was a famous basket maker. My love and heartfelt sympathy go to the family.
It seems like I’m losing a lot of special friends lately. It was so sad to hear of the death of Bonnie Kipple. Remember her family.
I had a note from Yvonne Tinker and she sent an interesting article on hummingbirds. Yvonne and husband Gene live in Charlotte, N.C., and have a place on the mountain also.
Household hint: for an easy, no-mess side dish, try grilling your vegetables along with the meat.
SOUR CREAM
APPLE PIE
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp. vanilla
2 cups peeled apples, chopped
1 9-inch pie shell, uncooked
Combine sugar, flour, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and stir well. Add apples and pour in pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes and reduce heat to 325 degrees for 15 more minutes.
Topping: 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup margarine and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Mix well and sprinkle over top for the last 15 minutes of baking. (Recipe from “Kitchen Keepsakes” and residents and friends of Blue Ridge Nursing Center, 1999).
Food for thought
It’s easy to get distracted because Satan would rather have you do anything besides sharing your faith.

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