Have you noticed that the days are getting shorter? It is dark out by 8 now. It creeps up on you. With some cool nights lately, some leaves are beginning to turn color and some are falling to the ground. Fall is fast approaching.

A number of signs indicate we will have a hard winter this year — heavily laden apple trees, a large crop of acorns, a lot of pine cones at the tops of the pine trees and geese already flying south. The Farmer’s Almanac says that we will probably have a cold, snowy winter. Time will tell.

• It has been a quiet week, not only for me but for Waterville. Not much was going on in Waterville this last week. I rested most of the week until Friday. As I clean, I find items to sell at our garage sale on Saturday. I hope to clean one other room this week so I can add more to our garage sale. Just two more Saturdays left. Hope you can make it to one of them.

• I was able to change my decorations in our kitchen and on our front porch this last week. September is the month for apples so I have a lot of apple decorations in my kitchen and the same on the porch. This week I hope to get out my fall decorations for the rest of our house.

• There will be a memorial service for Oliver and Colleen Shattuck this Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at the old Church of the Nazarene here in Waterville with a reception after till 1 p.m. The service will be mostly about Oliver, who just passed away on June 20, 2019, but will include Colleen also. It will be a joint celebration of their lives. If you would like to see the complete obituary go to awrfh.com.

• Merilyn Clinger hosted a Daughters of the American Revolution meeting at her house on Wednesday last week. A number of people attended.

• My cancer doctor called about a week ago and he said that they would like me to have radiation treatments now, seeing that the chemo didn’t get rid of it. I have an appointment next week to discuss what they want to do and when we will start the treatments. I’m not looking forward to it but if it will kill the cancer, then I say let’s get started.

• It was my turn to have the family meal last Sunday. We had macaroni and cheese, green beans and hot dogs. For dessert we had zucchini cake. Seeing that I didn’t have enough zucchini from my garden, I used some zucchini that I had frozen last year. It still tasted good.

• All last week I kept tracking Hurricane Dorian as it devastated the Bahamas and then made its way up the Eastern coastline of the U.S. It was a terrible hurricane and my heart goes out to the people that it affected.

My sister Shirley who lives in Norfolk, Va., called me the night before it hit there. She said the winds were beginning to pick up. Her two daughters and their families live in Virginia Beach, which they showed on TV as the storm hit there. As far as I know, they are all safe. Praise the Lord!

There are other tropical depressions forming in the Atlantic Ocean now. Hopefully they won’t become as powerful as Dorian.

• Just a reminder that Friday, Sept. 13, there will be a Community-Wide Prayer Event at the New Beginning Miracle Fellowship in Morrisville from 6:30 to 8.

• A Happy Birthday goes to Caleb Costa on Sept. 14, to Michael Lanphear on Sept. 15, and to Laura Miller and Paul McLure Sr., both on Sept. 18.

Have a great week, everyone!

— Susan Davis, 644-5111

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