As spring emerges and the world continues to heal, our cooking lightens and our commitment to exercise deepens — in theory, at least. At the very least, sunshine and warm breezes can’t help but brighten our attitude this time of year.
Three young Rockingham pianists were awarded Highest Honors distinctions in the recent District 6 competition of the North Carolina Music Teachers’ Association (NCMTA). John Patrick, Alexander, and Evelyn Hutchinson competed in the Senior A, Junior B, and Junior A divisions respectively. The pianists study under Valerie Cox of Southern Pines. They are the children of Sharon and John Hutchinson of Rockingham.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) serves limited resource individuals and families nation-wide, including right here in Richmond County! SNAP-Ed is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and, in North Carolina, works in collaboration with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services. The goal of SNAP- Ed is to assist those eligible for food assistance to eat smart and move more. SNAP-Ed works to help participants make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.
When video first emerged of former officer Derrick Chauvin kneeling on the back of George Floyd’s neck until he died, I said both in print (See my column “On Riots And Righteousness”) and from the pulpit that it was murder, and I stand by that evaluation. A jury has now determined that to be the case, though what will happen on appeal, especially given Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ foolish and incendiary rhetoric and other pressures on the jury aforetime is anyone’s guess.
Last week’s story ended with my mule going to Washington, but I had to have something to work my garden with, so I got me one of them mechanical mules. You know, the kind that has a big tire in the back and the little tire in front and a Briggs & Stratton motor on top. The first time I used that thing it worked fine till I got to the end of the row. Why, that thing didn’t know the difference between gee and haw. That rascal took off through the woods with me holding on for dear life. I didn’t want to lose this here mule. Why, it pulled me through a hollow log that had two rabbits, a small bear, and a hive of bees in it, don’t you know. When I came out the other side, I was covered in rabbit fur, bear grease and wild honey. Them bees was a popping me pretty good so I headed that contraption down toward the creek hoping to get rid of them bees and to choke that thing down. When we hit the creek I looked down the creek and some of them church folks was a having a baptizing. Why, that preacher had just put one of them new converts under and he was so surprised to see me that he almost drowned that poor fellow.
Spring is here, and many people are looking forward to getting outside with family and friends in a safe environment after a year of restrictions and staying close to home. And by close to home, I mean: just in your backyard. There’s a new way to explore your region and the state and find fun things to do, exciting things to see and good things to eat. It’s the Visit NC Farms Mobile app, and its available for free for your iPhone or android smartphone.