George Smith: A bit late, but peaches on the way
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans ’n greens ’n other things:

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IF YOU’VE been waiting for Ken Easterling and his Chilton County peaches, you can circle June 11 on your calendar. That’s come next Tuesday.

“Just a bit late this year,” says Ken, “but I’ve got peaches and it now looks as if we’ll have a really good crop. I wasn’t too sure of that a couple of weeks back. We had a bit of cold weather down here and for a while it looked as if the crop would be down.”

For the record, this is year 61 for Easterling peaches in our town. Ken, at age 10, rode shotgun for his late father Leon on the very first trip in 1952.

It is also worth noting that he, with wife Faye riding along, will be driving the last pickup his dad bought new, a 1998 Chevrolet. He also has another Chevy pickup, a 1990 model, he uses from time to time. His dad also purchased that one.

When it was mentioned that Chevrolet might like to know about the Easterling pickups, I got a laugh with:

“Oh, they know about us. When we buy one, they know it’s going to be a long time before we buy another one. We take care of our trucks.”

One other thing. In the 61 years there have been just two when Easterling peach crops failed, 1955 and 1994.

Again, next Tuesday.

“We’ll be at Regions Bank in Oxford at 6 a.m.,” says Ken. We’re looking forward to seeing a bunch of old friends.”

There was a mix-up on the date this week and it was my fault, not Ken’s. My apologies.

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PAUL BROUILLETTE needs a few good men. And a good woman or two would be more than welcome.

Paul is the coordinator for the veterans van service and he needs some drivers. It’s a six-day run to Veterans Hospital in Birmingham for local vets’ doctor appointments and to obtain medication needed.

We make a big deal — and we should — of honoring our military men (past and present) — and one of the better ways for you to serve is to sign up with Paul to drive one of the vans.

You don’t get paid, but you do get $9 per trip for meal money.

The van leaves the Oxford VA Clinic each morning at 6:30 and returns when the veterans are finished.

I know of no worthier service and you can “enlist” by calling Paul at 256-820-0248.

You need a driver’s license and must be of really good character.

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QUOTABLE: “Beware of ‘yes men.’ Generally they are losers.”Bear Bryant

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BIRTHDAYS: May 26 – Harvey Talley; May 27 – Tiffany McFarlane and Faithe Burdett; May 28 – Kay Feazell and Carol Braden; June 6 – Hank Alexander; June 8 – Ann Peoples.

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ROMA’S on the square in Jacksonville serves pretty good food.

Roma also does a couple of things most restaurants would do well to copy. On each table are a roll of paper towels and a bottle of hand sanitizer.

That touches on a peeve of mine. You go to the bathroom and wash your hands, walk out, and somebody wants to shake your just-washed hand.

I’m not all that unfriendly and I don’t mind washing my hands twice. It’s just that I hate like the dickens to use that hand dryer again. The cat that came up with that deal should be ...

Fill in what you want there, but remember, this is a family newspaper.

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TOP TEEN will return in September. School’s out and the kids are off somewhere having a good time without the books.

Thanks for visiting ...

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George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: gsmith731@gmail.com.

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