Mark your calendar for the Ninth Annual Crabtree Community Reunion set for Saturday, Aug. 4, this year to be held in Clinton. For more info call 870-307-2577.

I talked with Jacquie and Ed Alexander last week. Ed says he’s been in his present home on The Pinnacle for 27 years but he’s considering moving. He didn’t remember that we had met 20 years ago when I had a flat tire in front of his place. At that time he came out to offer help and ended up giving me a tour of all his plantings in the yard. I marveled at how much everything had grown up since then.

Cow Appreciation Day is Friday. Considering the important economy value they have for this area maybe it’s a good time to let them know how much we appreciate them. Hug a cow?

After my close encounter with a copperhead last week I did some research. Turns out they’re one of the “most likely to be bit by” snakes but their venom is rarely fatal. Their major protection is their camouflage, so often they just sit and wait for prey to ambush. They strike accurately at night due to being able to see heat with their “pit” sense. But in cooler weather they prefer to hunt during daylight. The number one bite site on humans is on hands and lower arms. So the moral of that story is look before you reach. They sure are a pretty snake.

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