Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. If you are fortunate enough to still have your father with you, let him know you appreciate him.

Husband Gray and I will be traveling to daughter Amy’s for Father’s Day this year. We are looking forward to seeing the pictures grandsons Grayson and Carter took while they were in Australia. Amy’s dog, Dutchess, who isn’t a bit spoiled, now has a wading pool. Amy says she is really enjoying it. A couple of weeks ago when we visited, Amy’s husband, Matt, had made Dutchess a nice doghouse with stairs on the outside leading up to a deck on which she can relax. Nope, not spoiled at all.

One of the feral cats who would not be caught last year now has three kittens. The mother cat is mostly black with white whiskers and white feet. The kittens all look exactly like her. I have been calling them Inky, Blinky and Clyde. When the kittens get a little larger, I will need to contact the Forgotten Felines people and see if we can catch mother and babies as well as the two solid black tom cats that have decided to make their home in our barn. There is just never a shortage of cats around our house.

After watching Project Runway for the first time, it has become a favorite at our house. We have been downloading previous seasons, which are new to us. We are up to season 13 now. I think the current season is season 17. It is easy to see why the show is so popular. Watching the show led me to the Covet game that can be played on a tablet or phone. You can choose how to dress your model fashionably and compete with other players. Be warned, the game is very addictive.

Silver Sneakers program offered

If you are a Senior Citizen looking to get into better shape, the Silver Sneakers program is hosting classes at 8:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday mornings at Triangle Fitness. The program is taught by Patty Swing and is designed to increase muscular strength as well as range of movement. Hand held weights, stretch bands and balls are offered for resistance. Chairs are available if needed for seated or standing support. No pre-registration is needed. Triangle Fitness is located at 180 Hinkle Lane, Welcome. Call (336) 731-7700 if you have any questions.

Lions club gives awards

Welcome Lions presented awards to members of the North Davidson Middle School LEO Club. Hannah Negron, Meghan Trivette and Hannah Sink received certificates and Heather received a plaque for LEO of the Year for outstanding leadership and volunteer hours. At North Davidson High School, Justin Raver received a $1,000 scholarship toward his college education at North Carolina State University.

Pickles, vegetables are plentiful

The Country Store in Welcome, located next to Rick’s Smokehouse, currently has a good stock of pickles and canned vegetables. The store also offers handmade jewelry and very reasonable prices, plants, hand knit and crocheted dishcloths, handmade scrubbies, vintage and antique items including dolls and old kitchen implements, and too many other items to mention. Mark your calendars now for the Christmas in July festivities. If you have missed seeing all the Christmas merchandise in the store, be reassured. It will reappear in July. The Country Store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is a non-profit organization.

Graduates honored

On June 2 Bethesda UMC honored the following North Davidson High School graduates: Abbey Craver, Jake Craver, Katelyn Stone, Gracey Myers, Emma Kate West, and Savannah Langley. Also honored were college graduates Hannah Hunt from N.C. State University, Martha Hunt from High Point University, Walker Jarvis from UNC-Chapel Hill and Suzanne Jones Walters from Liberty University. Methodist Men invite all men of the community to join them this Sunday at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall for breakfast and fellowship. Also, Bethesda will honor, in both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services, the youngest and “wisest” fathers who are present.

Pickin’ and Grinnin’ at Center UMC will be held at 7 p.m. June 27 in the Christian fellowship center. A hot dog supper will be available for $5 beginning at 6 p.m. This month the offering will be given to Hospice of Davidson County.

Members bound for kids camp

A group from First Baptist Church in Welcome will head to Ridgecrest on June 20 for kid’s camp. Vacation Bible School will be July 2-24 this year, so save the dates on your calendar.

To report news of Welcome, call Marilyn Hagaman, call (336) 731-7877 or at ericakane381@gmail.com.