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Rain didn't shoo away fun of Highland Days

The annual Highland Days event took place on a rainy Oct. 7. The day started out with the sky crying very heavy tears. It was raining so hard that it woke me up.

At about 9 a.m., I got a call from Lorraine Miller. "Chuck," she said, "are they still having Highland Days? You would know, if anyone would."

Like many of you, I had received a postcard about the event and I scoured it again, looking for the rain date that I was pretty sure I missed.

"Lorraine, I don't see a rain date so I'm pretty sure it's still on," I said. I puttered around the house the rest of the morning and around 11:30 a.m., the rain stopped. So off I drove to the Highland crossroads to check out the festivities.

The first place I stopped was the Highland Post Office; alas, the car show was canceled. I drove back through the crossroads and parked in the field next to Highland Feed and Seed. Boy Scout Troop 702, based at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland, performed the most important task of directing the parking. More about the troop later.

I stopped by Boarman's Market where I saw Terri Boarman, manning the hotdog stand out front. She was surrounded by the "Boarman Bunch." These are the kids who work the stand with Terri. Besides her youngest son Joe, there was Tatiana Seeson, Casey Jesten and Amiya Williams. The Boarman Bunch was having a ton of fun serving up the hotdogs and soda.

Ben Feaga was outside (I wrote about Ben's dad, Chris Feaga, in last week's column). "Did you hear about dad's retirement?" Ben asked. "Sure did," I said. I asked him if he thought his dad would "stay retired" from St. Louis. "I hope so," Ben replied. "He'll still be involved (no doubt, heavily) with the Clarksville picnic, though." I thought so.

I crossed the street and found Troop 702's tent across from the Highland Veterinary Hospital. I met Tom Goff, the scout master, and the troop treasurer, Mike Fennessy. Mike is also involved with the Greater Highland Community Association.

"Chuck was our first cub master of Cub Scout Pack 108," said one of the other troop leaders who was also manning the tent. I looked up and saw Dan Dawson. Dan is the father of Josh Dawson, a member of Troop 702 and currently a Life Scout. Dan was one of my den leaders way back when Josh started with the Cub Scouts. Josh "bridged" over to Troop 702 when he completed his Webelos year with the pack.

Josh's mom, Jo Ann, was also at the tent. I didn't recognize Josh. He had grown up. Josh is working on becoming an Eagle Scout and his project deals with storm water management over at Schooley Mill Park. He's working with an engineer and Schooley Mill Park management to come up with ways to fix washout of the horse trails during storms.

Across from the Boy Scout troop tent was the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church tent where Julie Taylor was handing out information about the church to those who stopped by.

Liz Davis was staffing the GHCA tent where she was selling GHCA T-shirts and giving out information to all who asked. "The rain didn't help the day, did it?" I asked. "No, it didn't. It's kept a lot of people away," she said. The GHCA was expecting higher turnout than that of last year. Hopefully, next year will be better.

The Fulton 4-H Club will be holding its annual fundraiser yard sale on Oct. 21 at 12930 Clarksville Pike (Route 108). This is located on the section of Route 108 between Boarman's Market in Highland and St. Louis Church in Clarksville. There are always great buys for everyone and all the money goes directly to support 4-H and/or charity. Kathy Thornton, the recording secretary for the Fulton 4-H club, sent this in. Kathy is a sophomore at River Hill High School.

With Halloween just around the corner, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton is having its annual Halloween Harvest festival. This year's festivities will take place on Oct. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. The members of the church want to meet you and show you their church, so come on out for lots of fun, crazy games, free food, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house, harvest bingo with a cornucopia of fantastic gifts and a Halloween parade with prizes for best costume in all age groups.

The cost is a one can of non-perishable food per individual (2 years and older) plus $3 per person or $5 per family. That's pretty reasonable, if you ask me.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church is located at 11795 Route 216 in Fulton. Its phone number is 301-725-0241 and its Web site is www.stpaulsfulton.org.

Well, that's all for this week. Look out for your neighbors. Remember our troops who are serving in harm's way. Pay it forward by committing a random act of kindness.

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