This Saturday, July 29, is the fundraiser for Steve Chaney who has bone marrow cancer and pre-leukemia. Beginning at 11 am, come out and enjoy music by Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys as well as Robert Tilley & The Hard Times Band. Hot dog plates will be served for $6 consisting of 2 hot dogs, one side, dessert and drink. There will also be a live auction, 50/50 raffle and bake sale. Beginning at noon, sign up for the Corn Hole Tournament for $10/person. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner.
On Saturday, August 5, we will have “Clean-Up Day’ at Sandy Ridge Community Center. Volunteers are needed to clean inside and help spruce up the outside. S & S Lawn Care is donating pine needles and will come and mow. Trisha Knight has offered to help with some perennial flowers to be planted in the Veterans Memorial Garden and in front of the building. We will begin around 8 am and plan to have biscuits, coffee and juice for all volunteers.
On Saturday, August 12, Sandy Ridge Music Association welcomes Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys and None of the Above. We begin at 6 pm and have 50/50 raffle and concessions. Come on out and support us in our efforts to “bring bluegrass and gospel music back to the ridge”. Thank you to Barbara Spencer, Junior Hall and George Cutchins for all your help.
I encountered my first black bear this past Saturday. Thank goodness, I was in my car. I was on my way back home with breakfast from Pintos when that bear crossed in front of me. I slammed on the brakes, breakfast went in the floor of the car and my heart raced all the way home. Everything that I have read tells us do not go near bears and allow them to come near you. And, don’t feed them! Really? Do you think I would get near enough to a bear to feed it? And, as long as I can run faster than the bear, (that’s debatable) I definitely won’t let it get near me. So, watch for the bears. That one is still somewhere in Sandy Ridge.
CITIZEN OF THE WEEK
David Ferguson was born in 1961 in Reidsville to Dean and Paula Ferguson. He has a sister, Lisa, who resides in Eden. He graduated from Madison-Mayodan High School in 1979.
His father, Dean, opened his own business, Ferguson Lumber, in 1980 and David went to work with his Dad. He took over the business in 2003 when his father passed away. David moved to Stokes County in 2005. David has shut down the lumber company in June, and it is for sale. He said he doesn’t know what he will do after it is sold. He said, “I’m still thinking about that.”
He met his wife, Cindy, through an introduction by a friend and they were married in 1984. They have one son, Daniel, who resides in Mayodan.
In his spare time, he enjoys horseback riding (they have 3 horses) and jet skiing. He said he seldom goes on a vacation, but he does enjoy visiting Nags Head or the mountains. He said, “When you own your own business and work six days a week and the wife doesn’t want to leave the animals, you just don’t have time.” If he had the money and the time, he would like to travel across the United States. He said, “I have no desire to travel outside the country. I enjoy the simple things; no fancy vacation or restaurant for me. I enjoy spending time with my family and relaxing.”
When asked who or what event has inspired him and make him who he is today, this is what he said: “I can’t think of anyone. I try to be honest and true. What you see is what you get. If you ask me a question, be prepared for a truthful answer.” I did ask him if he could have a “do-over” in life, would he do anything differently. He said “probably, a few things. I would have went on to college after high school.” If he could have dinner just one more time and sit down and talk to any one person, it would be his grandfather, Troy Ferguson. His favorite childhood memory is sled riding with the neighborhood kids where he grew up.
David is a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church where he has served as a deacon for the last 9 years. He is also a Gideon. He said, “I am always the same every time you meet me. I don’t try to impress anybody. I don’t feel like I am better than anyone else, and I don’t feel like they are better than me.”
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” –Alexander Graham Bell
TRIED AND TASTED RECIPE
4 cups nacho cheese tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
1 lb. ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste
1 can (15 ½ oz.) chili beans
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
Place chips in a lightly greased 9” pie plate and set aside. In a skillet over medium heat, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon over chips. Top with beans, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Bake, uncovered, at 355 degrees for 15 – 17 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 – 6 servings (So, you may want to double this. You can also substitute sausage for the ground beef and cheddar cheese for the mozzarella.)
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