Last updated: August 27. 2014 1:56PM - 334 Views
By Victoria Horsley

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Summer seemed to go more quickly this year, even quicker than most, for some reason. Maybe it seemed that way because the temperature was cooler than usual this year. It almost seems like we didn’t have a summer and now Labor Day is upon us.

School has started and the kids are busy with homework and friends. It is another school year in progress.

Being a shy girl when I was in school, I always dreaded the thought of a new school year after the summer break. I would have a feeling in my stomach that can not be put into words. Even as an adult I would have that feeling every year when it was time for my daughters to go back to school. I still experience it every time I walk into a school for any reason. I enjoyed school once I was there, I enjoyed classmates and school work in general. Getting started was my apprehension.

Now, it is extremely hard for me to believe that my twin grandchildren, Rozalynn and Trent, are now freshmen in high school, Drake is in fourth grade, and Logan who will be celebrating his third birthday in just a few days and will be heading to preschool the next school year! As my grandmother would say, “Time waits for no one.”

Fall will be here before we know it. Fall to me, means beautiful mums in burgundy, orange, red and yellow colors. Football, sweat shirts and crisp colorful leaves on the ground. Pumpkins and apples in many shapes and forms. The pleasant scents of fall, along with making plans for the holidays to come.

To me it means special times with my daughter and me in the kitchen wearing our aprons, as we make pumpkin pies, apple dumplings and apple pies. We also can applesauce and apple pie filling. I love the smell of apples cooking and pies baking. I enjoy our talks and giggles while we work in the kitchen. I like the cute little hand of Logan, my grandson, that reaches up for an apple slice while we are peeling them. We all enjoy the fruits of our labor!

There are hayrides, and pumpkin patches where little ones wander about trying to select the perfect pumpkin to carve and where gourds and squash are chosen as decorating items for our homes.

Fall can be a beautiful time, just allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy the season and all it has to offer.

Good luck to all the students and teachers who are back in class. Have a great school year!


By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. Helen Hunt Jackson

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost. Henry Rollins

Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. Hal Borland

Mark your calendars:

- Class reunion: The Class of 1984 is celebrating their reunion Sept. 13 at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, Thirsty Turtle Lounge. Dinner will be $20 a person which needs to be prepaid. Dinner will be served at 5. A live band is playing at 7. All reservations should be mailed to Tracey (Meinerding) Drew, 800 Wasson Road, Union City, Ohio 45390. Come and enjoy a great time reuniting with your classmates!

- Greenville’s Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event held in October, which has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan craft! The event will be held from 6-9 pm in the downtown district on Oct. 3.

The committee (consisting of Patti Jetter, Kim Murray, Mary Saintignon, Victoria Horsley, Fran Brubaker, Deb Niekamp, and Susan Fowble) is working with Main Street Greenville’s Director Amber Garrett, to plan the Artisan’s Stroll and they are looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children’s apparel, wreaths, flower arrangements and more during the event.

All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. The artists will join many downtown businesses who will be staying open late for October’s First Friday event. The event will also feature music and Chalk the Block (a chalk-art contest for those who attend the event)!

Registration to showcase and sell your items is $15 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is Sept. 10. For more information, contact committee member Susan Fowble at 937-548-1414 or fowble51@gmail.com.

- Oct.10-12 Artisan Crossing Union City Arts Festival. Unioncityartsfestival.org for more information.


Aug. 27 - Jason McCord

Aug. 28 - Marlene Hines

Sept. 1 - Logan McCord—3 years old!

Sept. 1 - Nila Imel

Happy birthday, Jason, Marlene, Logan and Nila!

Victoria Horsley is a volunteer citizen columnist who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Union City News Reel. She can be contacted with local events, news, birthdays or anniversaries at memawthree@woh.rr.com or by calling 937-467-3945. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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