I know I have said this before, but August is the Sunday of summer—and like the weekends which fly by too fast—so does the summer. Don’t you wish the winter flew by that quickly? I know there are plenty of hot days coming yet, but this past week, there were a couple of times while driving in the car that we had to put the windows up because it was too chilly for old bones.

With August comes some very fun events. Several people from the area took in concerts and such at Ashley for the Arts, the Corn Broil at Melrose and the York Rodeo. August also brings the ripening of sweet corn and there were a few households making major inroads on filling their freezers with corn goodness. And we are starting to enjoy the bounty of our garden with our first cucumbers, peppers and kale. I love that part of this time of year.

It was great to welcome the Pack back this past Thursday, especially with a win over the Eagles. It was an interesting and exciting game although I could have done without all those injuries this early in the season. It was kind of déjà vu to find out that former Packer Doug Peterson is now head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. I met him when he was back up quarterback for the Packers while I was working on a feature story—heck of a nice guy to talk with.

The Jackson County Fair may only be held a few days, but there are several things to enjoy well after it’s done. Loved looking at the photos and hearing about how the area kids did. Isn’t it nice that each can choose events they love and do well at?

Lots of families of the Hixton Lucky Clovers worked in the food stand—their next meeting is Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall. Bring ideas to put on the club’s calendar.

All is right with the world when my boys come home. My Jason was home this past weekend, and I hadn’t seen him since May so I was more than ready. He usually has a few constants on his visits home—meal requests for shrimp scampi from Mom and hunter‘s chili from Dad, get-togethers with friends, movie nights and another pool and sauna visit at the Lunda Center. This visit brought a few different things—being finally able to catch his Grandma Johnson at home for a short visit, being able to check out Revolution Coffee and piling into the car for a ride to best buddy Sue’s with me to make the acquaintance of Gus, the new yellow lab puppy of their household. There were a few cuddles and plenty of both awws and laughs at Gus’s antics in the time we visited.

It’s nice to see progress on the road work around the area. County FF by our place has had major improvements and new blacktop and is just waiting for the center line to be painted. Last time we went through town there is still a big hole in the streets with big machinery guarding it. It will be nice when things get finished up.

Paulette Fox Beardsley had the honor of having some of her photography on display at Ashley for the Arts. She got her first camera about eight years ago and has been doing nature and outdoor scenes for some time. She likes to capture wildlife without invading their habitat as much as possible. It is a hobby she enjoys—feeling that every picture has a soul and a moment all to itself and capturing one of those moments is priceless. Paulette submitted photos on a flash drive to the event a few months ahead—judges process all entered photos and decide which photos are accepted.

Always plenty of fun at the York Rodeo. Congratulations to the team from Jamie’s Last Resort who were undefeated Co-ed Softball tournament champions. Hixton names I recognized on the team were Maggie Mickelson, Glay Nordahl and Tommy Bahr. I can’t get over how the organizers can pack so much fun into a weekend. From a tractor ride to our favorite local band SAGE, and Piano Man providing great music, nice variety of refreshments, pony and horse pulls, horseshoe tournament, parade, bingo, kids games and a raffle. Congratulations to Avery Baumann who was crowned as this year’s York Rodeo princess.

I hope I don’t get so excited about having Jason home that I forget about the Roast Beef and Pork Dinner at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Alma Center on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 4-7 p.m. in the church the day after he leaves. There is a piece of lemon meringue pie that I want my name to be on!

The Hixton Fire Department recently reached full roster level with 24 active members. They are still accepting applications for an eligibility list. Contact one of the department members for an application. While getting a fuel fill up in town, we saw our fire department in action as they put out a semi fire this past Saturday. Sure glad for them and their expertise in an emergency situation.

I love reading inspiring stories and read with interest an article in ourfitstory.com about Kacey Stefan—a young lady who overcame a serious illness to become a successful pro body builder, who has competed in pro shows in New York, Puerto Rico and Chicago as one of the youngest figure athletes. But what else was interesting is that she is the daughter of Jeff and Kathy and granddaughter of former Hixtonites, Chuck and Mary Ann Sindelar.

The Hixton Rod and Gun is holding their Fall Trap League—six week, two person teams on Monday nights Aug. 7 to Sept. 18. The fun night/makeup night will be held on Sept. 25. For more information contact Greta Gearing at 715-299-8866.

This is both a “save the date” and a “get your tickets soon” announcement. The Taylor Lutheran Church will be hosting a Dinner Show on Oct. 1 featuring the Clauson Family from the Coloma Dinner Theater with a variety of musical selections. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale at $35 per person and $20 for children under 12 years. Mail checks to the church at PO Box 67, Taylor, Wis. 54659 and they will hold your tickets for you at the church. More information will be available closer to the date but for questions, phone 715-662-2561 or Lois at 715-662-2664. The church is handicap accessible with an elevator.

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