Solar eclipse day is Monday. Don’t forget to notice. Maximum coverage will be around 1 p.m.


The recent Annual Crabtree Community Reunion saw lots of merriment, memories and tall tales. Former longtime Crabtree correspondent Opal Tester, traveled from Conway, to attend and remembered with amusement her Mom telling her, “You gave me more trouble than all your 3 brothers! You’re not afraid of anything.” Virgil Lemmings, bouncing back from a recent hospital visit, said the blessing over a mouthwatering array of country fixings. Izene Collins told of his successful hay bale garden project with tomatoes, cantaloupe, squash, and cucumber. Eunice Lemmings’ black raspberry cobbler was delicious and husband Leon told how to double crop red raspberries. I’ll have more on this and the Crabtree Reunion news next week.


Saw my first timber rattlesnake of the season. He was a big one approaching 4 foot long. He coiled up in defense as I took photos but retreated to cover as I withdrew. I forget how big they can get until I run into one.


“Blooms of Note” going on now: Ironweed and Jerusalem artichoke, which has a very edible tuber favoured by diabetics.


If you have info about the greater Crabtree and 16 West community call Jeff Burgess, 745-1249.