Scarcely catching our breath after a great Barnesville Pumpkin Festival weekend, we have another eventful one this weekend, King Football reigns at all levels in addition to the other fall sports.

The 40th RUBBERNECK Tour will take place on Sunday afternoon, the 7th in our own rural backyard. Some of the stops in this area include T.J. Jefferis farm on Bailey Road, the Passmore farm on Sandy Ridge Road and Braido Memorials on Bethesda-Belmont Road.

COLUMBUS DAY, although on the 12th, is observed on Monday October 8. Being a federal holiday, banks, post offices and many governmental offices will be closed. However, our schools will be in session.

STORYBOOK PARK, the fantastic event Hutton Memorial Library is putting on at Memorial Park again, is scheduled to begin Saturday morning, the 13th. Five books will be featured with all kinds of related activities.

W.W. GROVES, one time Hendrysburg and Barnesville resident, was one of the last surviving Civil War veterans here. A special ceremony at his grave in Salem Cemetery will take place on October 13 at 1 p.m. Dan Hinton, Commander of Fearing Camp No. 2 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, is in charge of the program during which a granite marker will be place on Groves grave. Groves lineage enabled his great-granddaughter, Carol Murphy Daniels, to be inducted into the Belmont County OGS First and Pioneer Families group on the 14th.

PANCAKES & PARADES plus football highlight the last weekend of October. Friday night, the 26th, the Shamrocks play their final football game of the regular season and it is also BHS Homecoming. A parade of the Homecoming Queen candidates will move from the high school to the stadium where the Queen will be crowned at halftime of the Barnesville-Shadyside game. PANCAKE DAY, held annually by Barnesville Kiwanis Club, will be held Saturday, October 27. Club members will serve their all-you-can eat pancakes and sausage from early morning until their Halloween Parade in early afternoon.

DEDICATION of the new East Main Street Church of Christ will take place on Sunday, the 28th with special morning worship services and dedication services in the afternoon.

THE HUNTERS Moon is full on the 29th, lighting the night for good coon hunting.

AMID ALL these activities, take some time to enjoy Mother Natures contributions. Author, Hal Borland, wrote: October has so many virtues...the woodland color is spectacular, a backdrop which enhances blue skies; produces crisp nights, mild days and the whole satisfaction of ripeness and achievement.

jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifetime Barnesville Enterprise associate. She may be reached at jeandavies@comcast.net.