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Gilbert and Frances Stack recently attended the 66th Farm Progress Show held in Decatur, Ill., Aug. 27-29. This show is considered the World’s Fair of agriculture. Forty-five states and 40 countries were represented. Field demonstrations displayed the latest infield preparation, planting and harvesting technologies. Each year, the show “This Week in Agriculture” with Max Armstrong and Orien Samuelson from the RFD TV channel tapes their program from the farm show. Special guest on Wednesday was Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture. During their interview with Secretary Perdue, President Donald J. Trump called and was placed on speaker phone so the audience could hear the conversation. Toward the end of the call, the signal began to fade, and Secretary Perdue told the President that the farmers in rural areas needed broadband internet so they could make use of the farm technologies available.

Larry and Anita Lambert, along with Don and Fran Willis, vacationed recently in Alaska. Their first stop was in Anchorage where they stayed for three nights. They visited Seward and took a boat ride. They enjoyed shopping and eating at the mom and pop’s cafes along the way. They hiked the Matanuska Glacier and Thunderbird Falls. They then traveled to Healy and stayed three nights in a cabin. They toured the cabin owner’s dog sled business and met the dogs. A moose paid them a visit at the end of the driveway. They took the 12 hour, 92.5 mile one-way bus ride to the end of Denali National Park. On their drive they saw grizzlies, moose, caribou and a golden eagle and her nest. They enjoyed a covered wagon ride at Black Diamond. They drove to Cantwell for three more nights in a cabin. Anita said that this cabin is now the favorite place they have ever stayed. Their last stop was at Fairbanks. They went back to Denali and hiked the Loop at the Nenana River. Their vacation time was ending, so they returned to Anchorage via Hatcher’s Pass, which is a must drive in Anita’s opinion. They spent their last night in the mayor’s cabin, which is the oldest cabin in Anchorage. They saw an earthquake park and enjoyed more shopping and tasty food. When they landed in Seattle, they spent the night with Toby, Don and Fran’s son, and Allison. “They cooked us a very nice dinner,” Anita said. The next morning, they boarded their plane for Tennessee. Anita stated that Alaska is so big and offers so much to see and do.

The Women’s Day at the Silerton Baptist Church on Aug. 30 was enjoyed by all attendees. A delicious salad was served to start their time of fellowship together. Rachel Jeter’s testimony certainly inspired each listener. Games were played, and prizes were presented. A white elephant swap ended their day.

The Lambert Reunion was a big success. Ann and Hughlon Wade were not able to attend this year. Ann is the oldest living child of Clay and Ilda Lambert. Even though it was hot, the crowd enjoyed the potluck meal. As is tradition, after lunch, ball players lined up to be chosen for their team. After the ballgame, family members gathered, shared current events and recalled memories. Family members agreed it was a wonderful day.

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