Thursday The Volunteer Fire Department meets, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Alread Station. For more call 745-7729.

Friday a Taco Salad Dinner benefits ACCDA, 5 - 7 p.m. in the Alread Cafeteria. Everyone’s welcome.

Saturday is Recycling Day, 8 - 10 a.m., at the Alread Cafeteria.

To sign up for the Community Blood Drive in Alread, Tuesday, Oct. 10, call 745-5278.

After mentioning how green the forest was last week I began to notice hints of season change: sumac turning red, poison ivy and grapevine leaves turning yellow, a bit of burgundy on some dogwood leaves. The earth continues to turn on its axis while revolving around the sun.

Which reminds me, I traveled to Sullivan, Mo. to see the total eclipse of the sun couple weeks back. The Chamber of Commerce there had eclipse glasses, t-shirts, food and drink for sale. Watch parties were organized on the fairgrounds, park and elsewhere. Businesses advertised “eclipse specials” and I-44 was bumper to bumper for miles afterwards as people headed home. Surprisingly night insects called loudly as totality approached. The people in the park all simultaneously expressed sounds of awe, wonder, amazement, and admiration as the sun was covered and day became night.

April 8, 2024 a longer and darker total eclipse of the sun will pass directly over Van Buren County. Seems like we might be able to benefit from that happy fact.

“Blooms of Note” going on now: moon flower (night bloomers), garlic chives and goldenrod.

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