CHAMPION‚ÄĒJuly 13, 2009


¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† Champions do not neglect their gift.¬† Every day the Bright Side is the right side in Champion.¬† Overworked and under appreciated venerable old timers with looming responsibilities and scant help are throwing their accumulated despair and pessimism aside and once again stepping up to do what has to be done.¬† The convenient philosophy applies that faced with the inevitability of an occurrence, one has but to surrender to the possibility of a positive experience and behave ‚Äėas if‚Äô for it to be rendered thus.¬† If you act like you’re having a good time, pretty soon, you will be.¬† Champion!

        Champion Sisters face to face with nine bears in the Great Smokey Mountains will soon be home to share the excitement of their adventure!

        Skyline Ladies Auxiliary met at the Firehouse to see the beautiful queen sized quilt that Esther Wrinkles has provided for the picnic fundraiser this year.  Color photos can be seen in the Neighborhood Events page at  Those photos can also be seen at Henson’s Store on the North Side of the Square in Downtown Champion.  Any Skyline Ladies Auxiliary member will have photos of the quilt and will have tickets for sale.  This one is another real beauty.  Jeff Pardeck from the White River Valley Electric Co Op has agreed to furnish $100.00 in free electric power for the fundraiser.  The Co Op does this every year and it is a great addition to the event as well as being good support for the fire department and the community.

        Bill Pool from over at Nashville sent some great tomato pictures in to the Champion at mailbox last week.  This week he called to say that he is having problems with some of those beauties.  They look ripe and wonderful, but when they are cut open, the core is green and hard like the stem, there are few seeds, and something like an internal blossom end rot is present.  It was suggested that he contact his extension agency or one of the Master Gardener programs in his area.  An old Champion tomato aficionada is struggling with the blossom end rot again.  Esther Howard, from Marshfield, in town on Sunday, said she had heard that sprinkling baby powder on the plant would help.  She also said to water in Epsom salts.  These may be old wives fables but they are worth the try from one of Champion’s favorite wives! Raymond’s too!  A certain gardener from Champion-North had ripe tomatoes before the contest was won, but she was not willing to share!  Others nearby said they had tomatoes but did not fit into the territory prescribed by the contest rules.  Perhaps there will be some changes next year.  Linda’s Almanac from over at the Plant Place in Norwood says that the 16th and 17th will be good days to plant root crops.  Her gift certificate was certainly a nice addition to the grand prize for the First Ripe Tomato this year.  Champion!

¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† The Grandmother-Granddaughter Day at the Creek was a Splashing affair!¬† It was an afternoon of popcorn and watermelon and lots of good moments among summertime friends. It was a Champion kind of day–most genteel and relaxing.

        The families of the U.S. Service Personnel who are deployed in the dangerous parts of the world live with the possibility of loosing their loved ones or of having them return with life altering disabilities.  Love and Gratitude from their Nation is their due, together with whatever help they need.  The conflicts are far away but very close to many.

¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† Send any cures for rotting tomatoes to Champion Items at Rt. 2, Box 367, Norwood, MO 65717.¬† E-mail any examples of improved attitudes and resultant positive outcomes to Champion News. ‚ÄúThe summer wind came blowin‚Äô in from across the sea.¬† It lingered there, so warm and fair to walk with me.¬† All summer long, we sang a song and strolled on golden sand.¬† Two sweethearts, and the summer wind.‚Ä̬† Frank Sinatra sang that tune.¬† Sing your own sweet summer song out on the porch at Henson‚Äôs Store.¬† Check out the selection of Champion Picture Postcards there.¬† One has just to add a $.28 stamp and a mailing address to pick up the spirits of unfortunates living elsewhere out in the dull and dreary parts of the world.¬† Here Champions always Look on the Bright Side!