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Nancy's Notes - July 23, 2015

Summer Programs, “Birth, Death, and a Tractor: Connecting an Old Farm to a New Family” by Kelly Payson-Roopchand, "The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God by Jep and Jessica Robertson.

by Kelly Payson-Roopchand

Nancy’s Notes

        Last week our summer reading program was once again a big success. Around 90 participants were on hand to visit with our local heroes. The Clarion police chief,   a Wright County deputy with his canine partner, several fireman, several EMTs, and our elementary principal were on hand. The children were able to sit in their vehicles, try on some equipment, play a game or two, and meet the dog. We are so lucky to have the extra lot behind us. Everyone parked there so the kids could roam without having the temptation to run into the street. Today’s program will be the Grout Museum from Waterloo. Their presentation is on Super Hero Science.
        This week I will introduce you to a couple of non-fiction books. The first, “Birth, Death, and a Tractor: Connecting an Old Farm to a New Family”, by Kelly Payson-Roopchandshould be of interest in our rural community.   It is the story of a small family farm in Somerville, Maine. The book begins as the land was settled in the early 1800s and continues through to its transfer to a new farm family in 2008. It is the story of seven generations and reminds readers of the role small farms have played in our national history.

        The Robertson family, AKA Duck Dynasty family, has  gotten a lot of press over the past few years. I have never watched their show but know several people who have enjoyed it. With their rough exteriors you don’t think about them being anything but hillbillies. They do actually seem to be pretty well spoken. This is the biography of Jep and Jessica Robertson, who write about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. This book is their love story as well as their love story for God. Jep states, “We are desperate to let people know that no matter what you’ve done; no matter what you’ve lived through, you can come out of it.  You can be washed clean.  You are redeemed

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