Many of you already know what a fantastic cook Brenda Royer is. This recipe of Brenda's comes from the cookbook compiled by the ladies of Faith United Methodist Church. There are still copies of this cookbook available if you wish to contact Paige Warren, Sharon Bettis, Janice Bolger or myself.

Crusty Biscuits

2 1/4 c flour

4 t baking powder

1/2 t cream of tartar

1/2 t salt

2 T sugar

1/3 c margarine

2/3 c milk

1 egg

Sift together the dry ingredients. Cut in margarine to make coarse crumbs. Add milk and egg; mix with fork until dough follows fork around the bowl. Knead 5 to 6 times. Roll to 1/2 inch thick. Cut and bake at 450 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Yield 12 to 15 biscuits.

Mary Ann Hurley received an e-mail last week that is worth sharing. It is from the granddaughter of former Exline resident Arla Marie Brinegar Wood.

While I never knew Mrs. Wood, I can imagine the memories she recalled as she looked at the pictures in the Exline History Book. This history book, published in 1996 was written by Mary Ann Hurley, Curt and Jolene Oden with a lot of help from Exliners and people with Exline roots who supplied both pictures and data. The e-mail read: "My grandmother's 100th birthday party (Arlo Marie Brinegar Wood) was a wonderful success! I think her most favorite gift was the book on Exline! She was so thrilled! As she turned the pages her eyes lit up and she would say, I remember this person, and she would tell me something interesting, funny (or even scandalous) about them. She especially liked the picture of the Christian Church. She pointed to the little window on the left and said that was where she was baptized.

She remembered the hotel, the bank, the coal mine, just to name a few, and most of the people. While she was going to school she worked for a doctor in town doing odd jobs. She played basketball for school and played center because she was the tallest. Her cousin Ava Brinegar graduated from high school in 1925, which was her class.

She did not graduate, but moved here to Rockford, Ill., for work and met my grandfather here. I am so thankful for the time and effort everyone put in to put this together! You have made my grandmother's 100th birthday extra special!! Sincerely yours, Pat Meyer." If you too would like a copy of the Exline History Book, it is available at the Exline Old Country Store and Antique Exchange. You really don't have to wait for your 100th birthday!

The June birthday party held at the Exline Old Country Store last Wednesday was well attended. June birthdays included Michelle Carlson and myself but we were neither one able to be present for the party. Cakes were furnished by Martha McClurg, Rosalee Exline, June Terry and Esther McDanel. I've been told that everyone had a great time celebrating my birthday without me.

The effort to take care of the cats and dogs in Exline is progressing nicely. There have been 33 animals spayed or neutered as of this date. Sue Martin and Mary Ann Hurley are collecting old cell phones and ink cartridges to help in this endeavor. If you would like to donate either of these, they may be dropped off at the CB and Ag Produce on the levee, the Country Village Animal Clinic or the Exline Old Country Store and Antique Exchange. If you have questions, you may call Sue at 641-658-2326.

Grant Exline of Greenwood, Ind., is visiting his grandpa and grandma Wayne and Rosalee Exline for a few days this week.

We were privileged to attend two weddings on Saturday. The morning wedding of Sara Abrahamson and Josey Hanes was held at Faith United Methodist Church with Pastor Geneva Parsons officiating. Their reception was held in the church auditorium. Then the late afternoon wedding of Megan Sebolt and Justin Jedlicka was at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Lloyd Johnston doing the honors. We went to the KC Hall for their reception. Both of the brides were beautiful and the perfect June day was one I'm sure they will remember for a lifetime.

The Exline Royal Neighbors Chapter 3000 held its annual morning coffee on Monday at the Exline Community Center. While the morning started off very foggy, the fog finally dissipated and a nice crowd was present to enjoy the coffee cake, muffins, juice, and coffee. Charlotte Haines was the winner of the door prize.

The contest to see who will get to kiss the pig on the 4th of July is gaining momentum. Presently, the race is between Penny Sharp and Bill Burch. Bill has already topped $80.00 and Penny has about half of that. Jonathan Dorman is running behind with $15.00 in his jar and the mayor, clerk, councilmen, and postmaster are being left way behind. Stop in the Exline Old Country Store and vote for your choice by putting money in his or her jar.

We are happy to report that more sponsors have donated money to help with the expenses of this all day celebration. Some of the events that will be featured include games, a petting zoo, bouncy houses, a quilt show, a kissing booth, and piano entertainment throughout the day. There will be an art show by Richard Ozanne and the craft sale and flea market begins at 9 a.m. Horse drawn carriage rides will be available. There will be tours of Exline Hose Co. No. 1, the Leslie Schoolhouse, the Withrow Insurance Office, the McCoy house, and Coal Miner Commons. There will be skydiving if 15 people pre-register. The Exline Recreation Committee will again sponsor a pie baking contest at the Exline Community Center. All pies must be entered by 11 a.m. The Rec Committee will also sponsor the cake walk.

The flag raising ceremony will take place at noon and there will be musical entertainment on stage all afternoon beginning right after the flag raising ceremony. Eddie Brooks has performed for years in Las Vegas and now he will entertain folks in Exline. Also Paul Kennedy will perform and there will be an Elvis appearance. At 6, the group known as Double Barrel will be performing on stage. Then at 9 p.m. or at dusk the most explosive fireworks display in the area will take place in the west end of town.

Special fourth of July food includes pork chops on a stick, brats, burgers, old fashioned lemonade, kettle corn, cotton candy, snow cones, and homemade pie from the pie baking contest. Of course, there will be the usual good food available inside the Exline Old Country Store and Antique Exchange. With the 4th of July less than three weeks away, you need to start making plans now to spend the day in Exline and enjoy an old fashioned summer celebration!

Today is Flag Day and I always think of my dad on Flag Day. He was a veteran of the first World War and fought in several battles in France. He always wanted the flag to fly outside our home on Flag Day and other special holidays. We need to remember the cost of keeping that flag waving o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. We know that freedom is not free!

Beverly Craver Fowler of Wayland, Mass. and her friend Mary Gale of Centerville visited recently with Bernice Craver. Beverly is the daughter of the late Claude and Lucille Craver and was born and raised in Exline. While here the ladies enjoyed seeing the progress in Beverly's hometown and they also enjoyed lunch at the Exline Old Country Store and Antique Exchange.

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