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 Friday, April 17, 2015
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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When the spirits move you
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Aunt Ebb had a little secret, one that she kept pretty darn quiet, considering how the family liked to get into each other's business.

I didn't know about it until I was grown, and I had spent a lot of time with her growing up. In fact, since my father had left home to drink and chase skirts, she was a father figure to me, teaching me all about the outdoors, and a lot of life lessons.

But I never had a clue she enjoyed doing something that no one, or at least the vast majority of people around her, knew about. And it was probably a good thing, considering how concerned they would have been about her soul.

If I had been a bit more on my toes, I may have noticed a hint of her secret around communion service time every year.

You see, the Church of the Brethren has a foot-washing once a year, where the congregation gathers to sort of reenact the Last Supper, the men gathered around one table and the women around another.

I'm still not sure how they managed to fit those tables into that tiny country church, but they did, a testimony to the occurrence of miracles, I suppose.

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Moonshine on my mind
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I am really looking forward to Nancy Bell's United Way Shine and Dine Dinner, set from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. this Saturday at Early Inn at the Grove. She has been working hard in obtaining sponsorships and in-kind contributions to help the organization reach its goal.

Tickets are limited and there are a few still remaining. The available tickets are $50 each and for $15 per person, you can ride the shuttle from the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA to the site and back. VIP tickets are sold out. Boy, that's worth the money if you're going to test the 'shine. Call 483-4949 or go by the office on South Main Street to get yours.

Virginia Sweetwater Moonshine will be served that night. It is made in Marion, my hometown, by Scott "Mash" Schumaker. Scott also turns out "War Horn" whiskey in honor of his late brother who died shortly after retiring with 20 years service.

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