Busy time for Gause 4-H members

Reporter correspondent

Gause 4-H Club members have been busy lately. Week before last Calla Vinton and I participated in consumer decision making and clothing and textiles workshops in Cameron. On Wednesday Calla, Ginny Cunningham, Kendall Lee and I were back in Cameron for a food and nutrition workshop.

On Friday afternoon, Gause 4-H members Seth Vinton, Holly Kornegay, Lynsie Kornegay, Ginny Cunningham, Kendall Lee and I joined with other Milam County 4-H members for the weekend at the District 8 4-H Camp at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine. Holly served as a Teen Leader.

Next week some of our Gause members and families will be in San Antonio for the annual 4-H State Shooting Sports games. That will be a fun week.

Nate Gray, Brett Czajkowski and Jared Lagrone recently participated in the Hearne Little League All Star games.

Visiting recently with Wanda and Al Coats and Mrs. Mildred Ely was Wanda’s cousin Charlene from Ennis. On Thursday Lois Wilkins joined the ladies for a “Girls Day Out” in Bryan and College Station.

How the years fly by–our oldest grandson, Connelly just got his driving permit. Where have the last 15 years gone?

Jaxon Hayles spent this past week in Seabrook with his dad, Bryan and grandparents, Kathy and David Hayles and visited other relatives. While there they went to Schlitterbaun, and to Palm Beach, a swimming center. Jaxon is excited about the arrival of a new cousin, Page Emily Hayles, who was born, Sunday, July 10.

The descendents of the late Professor Smith family will be having their family reunion in remembrance of Prof. Smith 49 years of service (40 0f which was in the school here) this weekend, July 15-17. Everyone is invited to their annual cookout on Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the home of his daughter Dorsie Wilson here in Gause.

Smith Family Vacation

Family fun and nature came together as 32 members of the Doyle Shelton Smith, Sr. family ranging in ages one to 90 left the Texas terrain and heat and traveled by plane, car, SUV and van to the high altitude of the Smoky Mountains. This week long trip was coordinated by Ferias Ferguson, Jr. (Atlanta, GA). The matriarchs of the trip were Dorsie Wilson and Alma Gray of Gause.

Family members traveling by automobile left before daybreak June 26 and leisurely drove the highways, staying overnight at the halfway mark in Memphis, TN. Sunday afternoon, they toured the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That evening, they enjoyed the sights and sounds of the famous Beale Street and enjoyed the fine cuisine at BB King’s restaurant.

On June 27, the entire group convened in a private, luxurious eight bedroom, four story log cabin, with balconies on every level and great views of the Smoky Mountains. The cabin was secluded in the mountains, however along the main road, countless shops, attractions, and restaurants lined the streets. During the stay, the family left the cabin for the world-class family attractions in the surrounding towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TN. Although there were a variety of dining options with restaurants and eateries all through the small towns surrounding the cabin, the Smiths true to form, prepared family meals and ate together at the cabin for breakfast and dinner.

The main activity was at Ober Gatlinburg where an Aerial Tramway transported family members high atop Mount Harrison to an elevation of 2,700 feet. At this mountain resort, the family had a day of excitement sledding down the slopes on an Alpine slide, walking through the Wildlife Encounter with black bears and other native animals, and riding a scenic chair lift which took us even higher up the mountain, providing a magnificent view.

Other outings included trips to four major outlet centers, a 6.5 mile trip down the Upper Section of the Pigeon River, the NASCAR Speedpark and Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg.

Family members attending were: from Gause: Dorsie Wilson, Alma Gray and Delores Fisher.

From Bryan/College Station: Doyle and Agnes Gray, Aneysha Gray and Adyson Starks and Doyle Jr. and Angela Gray and Aiden Gray; from Houston: Yvette Ferguson and Rylan Jones, Derrick Ferguson, Laverne Ratcliff, James and Chandra Donald, Jasmine and James II Donald, Natalie Holloway, Cedric Hunt, and Reginald and Gwen Holloway.

From Dallas/Ft.Worth: Gayle Smith, Garlen and Garrett Smith, Rose Pruitt-Cornish, Shirley Williams, Verdie Sadberry, Stephanie Carter and Kennedy and Carson Carter and Ferias Ferguson, Jr. from Atlanta, GA.–submitted by Ratessalyn Ferguson

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