Thursday EHC meets, 1:30-2:30 p.m., in their building in Alread.

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

Also Saturday Crabtree’s “Back To School Blessing” at the Foursquare Church is being held from 10 a.m. to noon. Activities include back to school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, dunking booth, water slide, games, food and drinks.

Saturday past the Ninth Annual Crabtree Community Reunion was well attended. Former longtime Crabtree corespondent Opal Tester was there. She said that while there are daily activities at her apartment building in Conway, it’s always “good to come back.” She explained that the mix-up on when Crabtree’s Senior Night was held in July was in part due to Ruth Watson (always the last Friday of the month). Ruth was ready a week too early, but Opal, who was here visiting at the time, had Ruth bring her food to Opal’s old homestead and a good meal and fine time was had by all.

Leon Lemings was also in attendance and went on at great length about his garden. Late frost nipped his peaches and squirrels got most of those that were left. During his surgery and recovery, and a work visit to his son’s, lack of water hurt plant growth. When the tomatoes started to recover, squirrels attacked them. Wind blew down his corn three times and deer ate his hot pepper plants. On the positive side, his fall raspberries are looking good, bok choy and Swiss chard are ready for harvest, and cabbage will be soon. More Crabtree Reunion news here next week.

Neighbor Johnny Fizjurl reports he’s growing Poblano (Ancho) peppers, Malabar spinach, lemongrass, yardlong beans, and basil, which all seem to thrive in our summer heat. He says the spinach is good with Thai noodles, lemongrass makes a tasty tea, and the yardlongs are best in stir-fry, soups, and vegetable curries.

It’s a big one. The Perseids meteor shower peaks Sunday night with as many as 80 meteors per hour. Look to the northeast.

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