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Greetings from Rockvale, Tenn., where I’m house setting and caring for pets of vacationing friends. Pets Hank, Toots, and Bit say Hi to Tigger.

Thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Marion Lee. I was not acquainted with Mr. Lee, but those who were, speak ve5ry highly of him. He will be missed.

Follow-up notes on Auburn Autumn Days. Except for the damp weather on Friday night, the event was successful, raising jut enough money to pay for the main events, the midway, band, and advertising. This provided a most enjoyable time for our out-of-town guests, and locals who came out to spend the day, do a lot of visiting, a little shopping and eat a lot of fattening food. Did any of you try the huge red velvet funnel cakes?

Did you know that Kathy Rust has the fear of water phobia? Yes she did agree to an hour spot on the dunking booth wet seat. She said she received some tips from Ron Mills about what to wear, most importantly a pair of socks, which she forgot and had difficulty getting up the first time she went completely under. After she was given a pair of socks, she found it much easier to get up when getting dunked. She did not conquer her phobia, and says, it is an experience she has no intention of repeating.

Personally, one of the most interesting venues to me, was the model train exhibit. It took a lot of talent and patience to design and construct all the mountains, tunnels, towns, depots and lay the tracks. Even more patience is needed in the are of each section as it is dismantled and stored for the next location. All of these sections must fit perfectly, so the rails match up and the trains can make a successful run each time around. The men who run this have a great love for what they do. You don’t have to be a child to have fun with trains, although this setup is far above being called toys.

The Cruise In that was rained out earlier this summer has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. downtown in and around the square. It is planned to be a “Back to the 50’s Day,” and will also have some fun contest such as “Hula Hoop,” and the best “Beehive” hairdo. Remember the hair styles, guys in crew cuts and duck tails, and gals in pony tails and pageboys of different lengths. It would be great to see everyone decked out in period dress, saddle oxfords and white bucks, gals in poodle skirts and guys in FFA, school Letter jackets and sweaters, pink and black outfits, or jeans, white tees and leather jackets like the Fonz on Happy Days. Awards to be given for the best dressed. Having grown up in the 50’s, I can’t wait.

The Auburn community senior’s caravan to Jackson’s Orchard last week was a very pleasant sunny fall day trip and nostalgic… seeing the results of the harvests and of course coming home with one or two treasures. Such a beautiful setting located on one of the highest points in Warren County, with a challenging drive up that hill off Slim Island Road. Great place for children of all ages, especially in October.

Yesterday was the last of this session of strength/weight exercise classes at the senior center. Also had “Coffee with the Chief.” Officer Ron Mills came by to answer questions and give helpful tips on safety.

Next week along with regular activities, a new type of exercise class will begin. It’s called Tai Chi Arthritis. Not being familiar with all the moves, I can only tell you that it is low impact, no weights, but many movements to help keep one limber and help maintain good joint functions. From what I’ve seen, I think it might help lower my blood pressure as it seems to be somewhat relaxing. Don’t quote me on that. These classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10 a.m.

On Friday, Oct. 11, the seniors will be going to Franklin for a tour of Octagon Hall, a house of unusual architecture, with much history and believed to be haunted. It now houses records of the Civil War and includes information for both Rebels and Yankees. Although this is not the purpose of the trip, those of you who are involved in family history might want to take names and information with you.

Now for the younger natives. Congratulations to Auburn School on it’s National Blue Ribbon award. Hip-Hip-Hooray to students, teachers and staff.

Hard work and practice pays off. Just ask young Damian Dickerson. Damian, who has maternal Native American ancestry, accompanied friends to a pow-wow last month. He was so fascinated by all the exciting things he learned and watching his friend Cory Mayes dancing made him want to try. So he began to learn and practice the steps, borrowed a regalia outfit and entered his first competition in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. last weekend. He won second place prize money on his first time out. Way to go Damian.

Have to go now, one of the cats is coughing up a hair ball. Yuk!

I shall return… miss going out to eat and chat with Park Place People. Everyone, have a blessed day.

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