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Steve Stewart

In bad need of the Baptist kind of rain

Methodist readers probably enjoyed reading Kaye Young McFarlen's weather comment in Holly Hollman's article about the annual Day of Caring cookout in Athens.

Participants had to eat under a tent because of the rain.

"I told one of the preachers this was a Methodist event," Kaye said. "We're all getting sprinkled on."

But Holly says there's more to this story: Jackie Greenhaw's retort.

"I'm a Baptist, so I hope it rains so much we get immersed. Can I get an amen?"

Laughter, applause and some "amens" erupted from the audience.

Clean cars relieve drought

In the midst of drought, Chris Paschenko claims at least partial credit for recent rainfall.

Chris cut his grass, washed two cars, put new wiper blades on one and buffed the windshields thoroughly with a rain-repellant wax.

It worked, but only slightly beyond the 24-hour rule.

'We the People'

Decatur's Stephens Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, reminds citizens that Monday through Sept. 25 is Constitution Week, commemorating the signing of the Constitution of the United States.

It is the oldest constitution still in active use in the world today, Martin Burkey notes. The basic document of our republic, it protects the individual liberties of all citizens through written law.

Convention delegates in Philadelphia ratified it on Sept. 17, 1787, and submitted it to the states for approval. States worried about centralizing federal power, so the founders added 10 amendments known as the Bill of Rights.

Bye, bye, bye

Children at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church have the story of the Prodigal Son down.

During children's church, they grimaced as they explained that the prodigal had to handle pig slop, Eric Fleischauer recalls.

"What happened to all the money his dad gave him?" asked the leader. One child piped up with authority, "It went bye, bye, bye."

Expensive telephones

If you have had the same telephone around the house for decades, you might want to see whether you're paying rent on it.

You can now buy a new phone for a few bucks, but Ester Strogen's family figures she paid more than $14,000 to rent two black rotary phones from AT&T for more than 40 years in Canton, Ohio.

The Associated Press notes that before the phone business was deregulated, most people rented phones. Ester's granddaughter Barb Gordon says she believes most who still do so are elderly and may not realize they are paying too much.

Ester, 82, has a new push-button phone but says, "I'd like to have my rotary back."

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