Monday, May 25, 2015

ELKMONT WWII VETERAN SHARES HIS STORY

The Decatur Daily has a great article featuring one of Elkmont's own today. As America acknowledges the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end, The Decatur Daily is honoring the surviving veterans in Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone counties with a multimedia series titled “The Vanishing Generation.” Each week, veterans will tell their stories. Go to DECATUR DAILY  or buy a hard copy today at the Pig or the Elkmont gas station to read Elkmont veteran Clifford Wilford describe his experience during battles across France and Germany as part of Patton’s 3rd Army. 

Clifford Wilford, 91, served in the 10th Infantry Division in Patton’s 3rd Army during World War II. He saw action from Normandy, across France and through Germany, including being part of Patton’s famous counterattack during the Battle of the Bulge. Wilford lives in Elkmont.
THE BEGINNING OF ARTICLE:
Memorial Day is more than backyard barbecues, cold drinks and a day off work in World War II veteran Clifford Wilford’s mind. Today he remembers Christmas Day of 1944, when his best friend was killed during the Battle of the Bulge. Time and age have wiped the friend’s name from his mind, but his memory of the event is still stark and painful.

“I cried like a baby,” said Wilford, who lives in Elkmont. “He was a master sergeant, oh my, I can’t think of his name. He was my closest friend. He took a mortar shell right (at) the legs. It blew him apart and killed him. I cried all day on Christmas Day.”


Wilford, 91, said he typically observes Memorial Day at the Alabama Veteran’s Museum in Athens. He thinks about his friends from World War II and he thinks about his wife Cathy’s son, who served during the first Gulf War.


“We think it is a wonderful day that should be honored by all the people of the U.S. because if it were not for those soldiers, there would not be a United States,” said Wilford.


To read more, go to DECATUR DAILY article link or buy a hard copy today at the Pig or the Elkmont gas station. Elkmont veteran Clifford Wilford describes his experience for us about the battles across France and Germany as part of Patton’s 3rd Army.

MARY JEWELL LEWTER - OBITUARY

Name:
Mary Jewell Lewter

Dates:
Birth date: July 4, 1932
Death date: May 24, 2015

Obituary:
Mary Jewell Lewter, 82, of Prospect, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at her residence. Born Wednesday, July 4, 1932 in Hazel Green, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Burl Church and the late Irma Lemley. She was preceded in death by husband, Jessie Lewter; son, Marshall Miller; sister, Juanita Baughers; and brother, Buddy Church. She spent most of her life in this area and she loved quilting. She was a member of Sweet Springs Baptist Church.
 

Surviving are son, Jesse (Theresa) Lewter of Elkmont, AL; daughters, Becky Johnson (Guy Pavey of Fayetteville, TN, Christine (Mack) Hill of Fayetteville, TN; grandchildren, Scott (Brandi) Quick, Clay (Brooke) Quick, Stephanie (Aaron) Buckelew, Dawn (Chris) Tanner, Erica (Stephen) Enfinger, Taylor (Heidi) Miller, Audrey Lewter, Haley Lewter, Reagan Lewter, Jessie Lewter; seven Great Grandchildren; one Great Great Grandchild; and several nieces and a nephew.

There will be a graveside service at Gatlin Cemetery on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM with Rev. John B. Neal officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, AL.

SHANE HUBER - OBITUARY

Shane Huber, age 34, of Elkmont, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center , Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Huber was born September 3, 1980 in Huntsville Alabama to Philip Huber and Linda Cryar Huber.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially Alabama football.
 
Graveside Services are Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Athens City Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home from 10:00 until 11:00 am. Burial will be in Athens City Cemetery with Tim Keenum officiating. 

He is survived by his parents, Philip and Linda Huber of Elkmont ; sister, Shannon Norwood, husband Steven, Aunts; Barbara Huber of Elkmont, Sharon Hunninan ,husband John of Nashville, Tn. Sandra Wood, husband Cubert of Columbia Tn. Nieces; Olivia and Addison Norwood of Athens.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ELKMONT THIS WEEK?




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Elkmont Pickin' & Grinnin'  
6:30 pm - Downtown Elkmont Depot   
Live Music and Dancing
Bring your own chair
Players and Dancers Welcome   For info:  931-427-6296  

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Youth Baseball
*5&6 Elkmont 1 vs Owens 2 @ 6:30 pm
*9&10 Elkmont 2 @ West 1 @ 7 pm

* 11&12 Elkmont 3 vs ABS 1 @ 7 pm

Youth Softball
10U Elkmont 1 vs Ardmore 2 @ 7 pm

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CHURCH NIGHT 


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Youth Softball
10U Elkmont 1 vs Lindsey Lane @ 5:30 pm

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Elkmont Outdoor Market
*8 am-Noon; across from the depot

Youth Softball
10U Elkmont 1 vs Clements 1 @ 11:30 am

Youth Baseball
*9&10 Elkmont 2 vs Clements 1 @ 11:30 am

*11&12 Elkmont 3 vs East 3 @ Creekside @ 1:30 pm

THOUGHTS ON MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial DayMonday is Memorial Day - a national holiday; a time to be with family and friends, have backyard BBQs, the end of a long weekend.  However, Memorial Day means so much more.  It is a day set apart as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day where the graves of Civil War soldiers were cared for and decorated with flowers.  The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day", which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II and became an occasion for honoring those who had died in all America’s wars. It was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.

The traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead,and not just those fallen in service to our country.  
However, today we will reflect on honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice during their service. "greater love thath not man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13

Honoring the dead:
First, know who they are and what they fought for.  Take responsibility to learn the true history of this county, not the agenda driven, politically correct history that is now the official version.  Read original documents, read sources that contain actual deeds and words.  You wouldn't replace the scriptures with someone's interpretation of the Holy Word so you should not replace the inspiring lives and actions contained in  journals, letters and the founding documents of this country either. 
Honor what our soldiers and founding fathers fought, sacrificed and died for by learning what makes this land, this people  and country exceptional.  None of these are common and we are not just like every other land and nation.   The Lord has watched over this land for thousands of years and righteous people have been brought here to allow His work to continue.  
As Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address reminds us that: "It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored deed we take increased devotion to the the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom."
Learn that the founding fathers were almost to a man, men of great faith and love of God.  They knew His hand was in the creating of this nation.  Again, read their words and find out the depth of their devotion to their country and Lord.  Many of them sacrificed all they had and loved to accomplish this great work. 
Learn that this land can only retained by a righteous people and from a righteous people spring servicemen and women that  serve with integrity and truth.

Honor the dead by learning and embracing correct principles and allowing those principles to guide your actions.  They fought and died for you to have the opportunity to choose what path your life will take.  

Don't surrender your God given freedoms and the responsibility to be self-reliant by giving others the responsibility to make the decisions for you and the illusion of comfort.  Those who left their families and lost their lives to protect this country and the freedom of their countrymen didn't do it because they wanted others to take care of them and that their lives would be free of responsibilities.

 
Enjoy today; many died so you could do so. However,  please take advantage of the "National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 p.m. “to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.”

FIRE UP THE GRILL - IT'S MEMORIAL DAY


Before you fire up the grill, lightly coat the racks with vegetable oil or a nonstick spray. Meats and vegetables will slide off easily.

And, toss some fresh herbs on the coals—rosemary, basil, sage or a few bay leaves work well. As the coals get hotter, the scent of the herbs will subtly flavor the food. The herbs will also permeate the air with the promise of good eats.

When you’re finished barbecuing and the grill is still warm, sprinkle baking soda on it. Let it stay that way overnight. The next morning, wipe it clean, then rinse and dry.

Grilling safety: Keep antibacterial wipes close by to clean your hands after handling raw meat.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WHAT'S ARE YOUR KIDS DOING THIS SUMMER?

Elkmont High senior Jordan Lewis didn’t know the Limestone County Career Technical Center existed — until he took a tour midway through the eighth grade.
It is just one of several summer camps that offer opportunities for students throughout the Valley.“I think it would have helped me to know my options and what the center offers,” Lewis said. “I just chose design drafting because I like to draw.” Lewis said he would have loved to have attended one of the area summer camps that introduce secondary students to science, engineering, computers and other areas of career technology. 


Many of those camps are now holding registration:
 

Limestone County: 
Career-tech summer camp June 15-19 and June 22-26 for students who will be in grades six through eight during the 2015-16 school year. The students must attend an Athens or Limestone County school to be enrolled. The cost is $20. They will build a project in construction arts, make an electrical booth in the electrician program and get coding instruction in pre-engineering.“Precision machining requires a lot of trigonometry, while knowledge of the human body is required in health sciences,” Sisk said. “Math is a core principal in computer science.”


Calhoun Community College is registering now for its July 6-9 Summer Welding and Electrical Technology Camp, also known as SWEeTYs, for high school girls. The free camp will be held at the Decatur campus. Registration is through high school counselors.


 The college is planning two cosmetology summer camps for girls. The June 8-11 camp is for grades 5-6, and a June 15-18 camp is for grades 7-8. Registration has not begun.

Decatur City Schools holds its annual

engineering camp for third- and fourth-graders at Banks-Caddell Elementary School. The dates have not been set and registration dates will be announced later on the school system website this Decatur camp introduces students to engineering and creates a different interest in math and science careers.