Around the Burg

By Judy Mayrer & Janet Philpot - For The Register-Herald

LEWISBURG — What a difference a week can make. Last week summer was still present but this week, Fall is in the air. The mornings have been clear and cool, the days warm and the evenings great for sleeping. Some leaves are already starting to change. Just yesterday I read that the leaves will be falling in four weeks, the mornings will be crisp in eight weeks and (get ready) we will see Christmas lights in 12 weeks!

Enough of that. Have you noticed the new benches on Commerce Street? Another beautiful addition is the new gazebo surrounded by new rose bushes. Let the folks from the Village who made the purchases know how much we all appreciate them.

A couple of weeks ago we were shopping in Eaton when the sky opened up and poured rain. I was waiting in the car with Ed (our 17-year-old Malte-Poo) while Janet ran in for a few items. The harder it poured, the louder the thunder became and the more the lightning flashed. In the words of my grandma, it was a real “gully washer.” As I settled in for a long wait, I was surprised to see the driver’s door open. Then the back door opened. The store manager had walked Janet out with a large umbrella and two young employees followed with her purchases. Now that is real customer service! How sad that we don’t see more of that. A big shout out to Jennifer, Damon, and Wade from Dollar General. You all set a great example for all of us to follow.

We haven’t been able to attend any sporting events yet this year but it sounds like our teams are on the way to another successful season.

Congratulations to the football team for a win over Ansonia and to the girls’ soccer team for starting out with a 3-0 record.

We have a knack for getting ourselves into predicaments without even trying. About a month ago we met a man buying a huge amount of freezer containers. When asked, he said he was going to attempt to freeze some tomatoes for his 81-year-old father. We asked if he had any to sell and were told he would check and let us know. Last week he walked into our store and asked if we would be willing to make some tomato juice in exchange for fresh tomatoes. How do you say no to an 81-year-old? His son returned with twenty-six dozen ripe tomatoes. It seems his father plants a tomato for every year of his life. However, a deal is a deal so with the help of our friends and the use of the church kitchen (Thank you, Pastor Brent), we finished in only 11 hours. Thank you, Michelle, Pat and Mary Kay. It was a lot of work, but when you get to spend that much time with good friends, the work becomes fun. None of us is anxious to see another tomato for a while though.

Keep the victims of the recent hurricanes in your thoughts and prayers. Get out and enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts and take time to be with friends and family.

There is spirit, there is grace in our peaceful country place. Until next time, see you around the ‘Burg.

By Judy Mayrer & Janet Philpot

For The Register-Herald