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Bethesda News: Make sure you catch ‘The Hatcher Family Dairy’

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Joyce Smith, Columnist

Thought for the week: God wants you to serve Him now, not later. So, don’t put off until tomorrow the good works you can perform for Him today! 

Did you watch the National Geographic Wild “The Hatcher Family Dairy” farm series that aired on Saturday, July 10, at 9 p.m.? I actually stayed up past my bedtime because, after reading the story in the Williamson Herald, I wanted to make sure that I saw it. 

This is truly a family dairy as Sharon Hatcher; her daughter, Dr. Jennifer Hatcher; son, Charles Hatcher; and daughter-in-law, Mary Morgan Gentry, all work on the farm. It was such an interesting hour of things that happen “down on the farm.” This is a series that will air each Saturday evening on this channel, which is 190, if you have Dish. 

I was so impressed with all the talent this family has. I was so amazed that Charles could name all the cows they were milking just by looking at their udders. I, too, was concerned when Callie the cow had torn up her front hoof and hit a blood vessel that was bleeding profusely. Jennifer was able to take care of it with the help of Charles and another worker. They not only work on their own farm, but Jennifer makes house calls, and she went to the home of Arden Ward to check on her goats. 

Sharon, their mother, lets you know that “her girls” (her chickens) are the ones she “looks out for.” You may want to drive by and see the scarecrow that Mary Morgan made to look like Charles to help keep the hawks away from the chickens.  

This farm has been in the Hatcher family for 200 years. Congratulations to the Hatchers for this educational series. 

This is the weekend that a lot of work and uncertainty has gone into: the ice cream social at Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church. They will begin serving at 5 p.m. grilled hamburgers/cheeseburgers, grilled chicken with all the trimmings, as well as chips, drinks, homemade desserts and a large variety of homemade ice cream. The live auction will begin at 6 p.m. There will be items that have been donated by local merchants as well as members and friends of the church for you to bid on. The church is located on Lewisburg Pike. “Beefy” Baxter will be the auctioneer. Call me at 615-790-1833 if you need more info or if you would like to donate to our auction. 

Wednesday, July 28, is the date for the End of Summer Reading Party of the Bethesda Public Library. They will have the police and fire departments at the Bethesda Park pavilion. Make sure your child wears their bathing suit if they want to be sprayed by the hose on the fire truck or to run through the sprinklers. They will award door prizes and have popsicles for them to enjoy beginning at 10:30 a.m. Even if you have not been able to have your children in the summer program, you are still invited to attend this event. 

Congratulations are in order for Beth and Robert Reed on the arrival of their first grandchild. Their daughter, Whitney, gave birth to a son on Sunday, July 11. She and her husband, Ryan Morphew, have named him Colt Reed. He weighed 6 pounds and 1 ounce. 

This weekend, there will be no reason for you to say, “I wish I had somewhere to go!” I know of three events that will be taking place. Beginning Friday evening, you can enjoy Bluegrass Along the Harpeth. This will continue all day Saturday. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold their annual barbecue from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday. You can call ahead and place your order. From these events, you can drive on out U.S. Route 431 South and come to Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church and have some homemade ice cream as well as homemade desserts. 

Hopefully, if you are a member of the Marlin family, you have already marked your calendar for your family reunion. Also, I hope you noticed the change of location. You will gather at Graystone Quarry on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 11:30 a.m. You are asked to bring your favorite food, dessert, as well as drinks. All utensils, plates, cups, napkins and ice will be provided. They plan to eat around 12:30 p.m. Graystone is located at 4520 Graystone Quarry Lane in Franklin. If you need more info, call Shannon Marlin Polk at 615-944-5062.

Do you have your calendar marked for the Revival at Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church July 25-28? Mark King will be the visiting evangelist. Special music will be provided each evening. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, when you can enjoy listening to Earl Nichols and others. Monday evening, Dwight Lyles will deliver music on the piano and vocals. Tuesday evening, the Mt. Carmel Singers will be on hand to deliver messages in songs. If you need more info, call Annette Cathey at 615-794-8457. 

Congratulations are in order for Tim and Melissa Stillings on the arrival of their new granddaughter. She has been named Reese Hannah Stillings and weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces. She is the daughter of Greg and Lauren Stillings. Tim serves on the FSSD Board of Education, and Melissa teaches physical education at Liberty Elementary. 

Members of Holt’s Corner Baptist Church have set the date for their ice cream social: Saturday, Aug. 21. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. I will try to get the final details for my next column. 

It is time again for the wonderful Williamson County Fair. It will begin on Friday, Aug. 6. Of course, there will be some booths that will not be on display. Also, the Little 1’s Farming will not be open this year, but I understand the “birthing pig” will be there. Thanks to each of you who have had a part in seeing that this event will be up and running. (Due to health reasons, Russell and I have not been able to be a part of this. I really miss seeing all the committee members.) 

Please continue to remember our friends and family in your prayers who are battling illnesses, surgeries, etc. Our prayers are with Betsy Hester, who had hip surgery this past Tuesday; Elaine Anderson, who had emergency surgery; Phillip Jones; Mary Tidwell; Doris Pedrick; Charles Wilson; Sherry Bellenfant; Pam and Ricky Hickman; Penny Barnes; “Punkin” Porter; Eddie House; Carolyn Turner; Jane Reed Newcome; David and Delores Gilreath; Porter Irwin; Jessie Bennett; Doug Smithson; Clifton Veach; Jack Williams; Dee Lynch; Judy and Ronnie Pitt; Billy and Katie Giles; Jimmy Thompson; Dot and Allen Marlin; as well as others who are in need of prayers. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of those who have lost loved ones over the past weeks. I was deeply saddened when I learned of the passing of “Aunt” Ernestine Beasley Wade. She had been at Somerby and then was moved to NHC Cool Springs where she passed away this past weekend. Services were yesterday at Williamson Memorial with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Also, to the family of Ralph Massey, a college friend; Sandra Elaine Shorter Sanders, wife of Gary Sanders; Zoee Dabbs; Izella King; Melanie Mayes; Geraldine “Gerri” Mayes; William Thomas Warpool, brother of Billy Warpool; Serrilla Belle Hartley; William Michael Cherry; Billy Joe Rader; Mark Phillips Jr.; Barbara Faye Davis; Bill Duncan Smith; Bill Hesse; as well as others.

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