Autumn is here again and for many of us its a favorite time of year with the changing of the leaves, vibrant colors, beautiful sunsets, chill in the air, the smell of campfires, mulling spice, cinnamon, the taste of a warm s’mores, caramel apples, spiced wine, cinnamon coffee, pumpkin anything, fire roasted hot dogs, the taste, sounds and texture of a crispy apple, the warmth of a sweater, a campfire, and snuggling under a blanket. This time of year offers many enjoyable festivals, hikes, family outings, hayrides, Halloween parties, and Thanksgiving dinners. There’s also the culmination of high school football cross country, volleyball, professional baseball and the ongoing of collegiate and professional football.
There is Trick or Treat, Halloween parades, pumpkin carving, and before the winter weather catches us many shops, stores and towns give us a preview of the Christmas season with holiday parades and open houses.
This is beautiful time of year and it is also the season of reflection and contemplation. We fill with gratitude for what we have received and we hope for the future, as our awareness grows in the knowledge that our lives have, or will soon, also enter into the Autumn of our youth.
Sometimes we are so caught up with all our activities and social responsibilities that we don’t realize that time is slipping away until we reach the Autumn of our lives. Just as the farm fields display the completeness of the harvest season, with its barren ground, we too feel that silence of the earth. Perhaps we take inventory of our lives, recollect our 2016 resolutions, evaluate our progress, or render an account of our entire lives.
Undoubted, autumn can be a melancholy time with winter doldrums upon our heels. Remember even though it is natural to experience some of these feels they are only emotions and we are not controlled by our emotions. We have the power to override our emotions to trample out discouragement with joy, fear with faith, and sorrow with hope.
So be part of the great fall festivities, participate in church and community functions, such as the Wednesday evening community meal. Help a neighbor with the leaf raking or bake them cookies as an act of caring. This is such a great time of year to connect and reconnect with others.
The Darke County YMCA of Greenville is offering free weekly classes on preventing or managing diabetes. Classes are every Thursday from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. from now through November 17, for more information or to get registered call 548-3777.
Saturday, Oct. 29 is the annual Versailles Athletic Boosters Dinner/Auction. Doors open at 5:30 and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20 each or 2 for $30. Reservation can be made through Cathy Peters at 937-214-2974.
Sunday, Oct. 30 is the Versailles Eagles Auxiliary breakfast buffet from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with all you can eat sausage, scrambled eggs, hash brown, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, toast, coffee and juice for $7.50 adults and $4 for children 4-10. The Lions Club will also have their all you can eat pancake, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice breakfast from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for $7 adults and $3 children 4-12. Children 3 and under are free at either breakfast. Also Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. Versailles will hold Trick or Treat.
Birthday wishes to Suzy Grilliot, Mary Kay Colwell (95), Erin Horst, Sarah Lester, Debbie Richard , Bob Nixon, Catherine Grow, Amy Harman, Martha Oliver, Judy Marshal, Madison Henry, Shelby Marie Smith, Jerry Paulus, Dorgan Phlipot, Marge Dealt, Noreen Wendell, Kathy Schulze, Renee Dirksen,
Marilyn Schmitmeyer, T.J. Suter, Jana Francis, Mercedes Fellers, Bonnie Paulus, Louie Huber, Rose Whittaker, Doug Schmitmeyer, and Mark Barga, as their birthdays approach as well as, anniversary wishes to Haley and Brian Francis (6), Amy and Brian Wagner (21), Janet and Don Pothast (24), Vicki and Steve Buschur (25), Mary Ann and Randy Grilliot (26), Cindy and Tom Schulze, Karen and Dale Luthman (37), Sharon and Jim Siders (39), Karen and Jim Raterman (41), Mary and Joe Larger (41), Karen and Frank Fullenkamp (44), Donna and Tim Wagner (46) and Jean and Jack Turpen).
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Kathy Wespiser, Angie Keiser, Mary Barga, Zane Francis, Dan Norris, Theresa Turner, Al Bliss, Regina Fischer, Wilma Didier, Anabelle Subler, Steve Grilliot, Lavern Brunswick, Jeanette Simons, Julia Billenstein, Fr. John White, Glenn Monnin, Merilyn Borchers, Lewis Didier, Alan Stammen, Cameron Magoto, Lewis May, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Linda Henry, Jan Turner, Pete Ecabert, Levadia Barga, Susan Crocker, Patty Jenkinson, Paul Cordonnier, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Linda Wilson, Lois Youngker, Sam Yagle, Barb Goubeaux, Jan Turner, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Michelle Ullom, John Davis, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, and all those not mentioned by name who are ill, suffering, hospitalized or homebound.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Richard Dershem (61), Lester Linebaugh (67), Dan Norris (74), Warren Davis (76), and Agnes Pohlman (98), also remembering the lives of Joe Eilerman, Dennis Cruse, Tom Magoto, Sr., Norb Schlater, Bill Thompson, Bonnie Gilmore, Ralph Winner, Barney Barnhardt, Vicki Kindred, Marge Giere, Joe Schmitmeyer, Denny Petitjean, Frances Williams, Ruth Brown, Marie Meinerding, Nancy Heitkamp, Paul Barga, Patricia Heath and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing nears.
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.“ ~Stanley Horowitz
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” ~Mahatma Gandhi
“Our greatest harvest is the one that is shared with others.” C. Edwards
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.