Originally created 06/20/03

Postcard celebrates work of church carpenters



It's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

- Andy Rooney

Some people do more than see the sights when they travel. Sometimes they make a difference for someone else.

To example, here's a card from a group from Heights Baptist Church in Beech Island. They write: "Came to Mount Vernon, Ill., to help build a church building. About 18 men and five ladies gave about seven or more days of their time. We are part of a group of men from around the country called Carpenters for Christ. Our mission is to build a church a year. This is very rewarding work. Some men are retirees, some take vacation, some bring their teenage sons and a church building is completed in seven days. The names of those from Beech Island include:

Ron Easler, Danny Granade, Clay Spense, Doris Spense, Henry Cone, Hazel Cone, Barbara Hood, Dale Dover, Frank Rollins, Nancy Rollins, Glynn Paschall, Bill Osteen, Mark Whittle, Paul Gesche, Janice Rollins, Jack Bradley, Andrew Smith, Charles Stribling, Wayne Smith, Norman Stoudmire and Brian Henderson.

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MORE POSTCARDS: The Wilkins family (Betty and Robert) sends a card from Tampa, Fla.

Jamie and Jennie Swain of Martinez are in Montana, which is full of "beautiful sights."

Jerome Coates, of Augusta, sends one card from Kentucky and another from Ohio, where the roadside wildflowers are in bloom.

"N" sends cards from Alaska and Chicago, and Anna Powell, of Harlem, sends one in from New Jersey.

Russell and Catherine, of Wadley, are in New Orleans. Jamie Ward, of Martinez, sends a card from Arlington, Va., and from New Jersey.

And Todd Stripling writes about my spelling from a previous card. "I'm glad we made the postcard cut. However, it's Ramzy, not Randy," he says of my identification.

(My apologies.)

How about the rest of you? Traveling this summer? Drop me a postcard at 725 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

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TODAY'S JOKE: The husband's skills with do-it-yourself home repairs were at best mediocre. After spending several evenings trying to fix a leak in the bathroom, he finally admitted defeat and called a plumber, who finished the job in 10 minutes.

Watching him put away his equipment, a son asked what had been the problem.

"Well," the plumber replied, "seems that your father got hold of some tools ..."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.