The annual harvest dinner sponsored by the Effinger Volunteer Fire Department’s Auxiliary will not be held this year due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. The auxiliary regrets not being able to serve its many friends and patrons. It hopes to hold the event next October with country ham, fried oyster, and turkey dinners for all to enjoy. The homemade apple butter the Effinger Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary are famous for will not be available this year as well.

The Mt. Horeb and Collierstown United Methodist churches resumed worshipping in their respective church sanctuaries on Sunday, Oct. 11. Both churches are pastored by the Rev. William Bearden and the congregation observed social distancing guidelines and wore masks. For the Collierstown United Methodist congregation, the day was one to celebrate as it marked the church’s 180th anniversary.

Guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service at the Collierstown Presbyterian Church on Oct. 11 was lay speaker Harry German. Worshippers at the church have the choice of attending the service in the church sanctuary while wearing a mask and following the social distancing guidelines, attending drive-in church and listening to the service through the car radio, or by viewing it on Facebook Live or the YouTube channel.

The buildings and grounds committee of the Collierstown Presbyterian church has scheduled an outdoor cleanup day to remove leaves and trim shrubs on Oct. 24 at 8:30 a.m. weather permitting. Volunteers are welcome to come and participate.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Buffalo and Collierstown communities came together in celebration of the life of Florence Deacon following her death on Tuesday, Oct. 6. As the rain fell gently on the Oxford Presbyterian Cemetery family and friends gave testimony to her life of faith, enjoyed telling stories of her famous hospitality, and celebrated with laughter special moments spent with Florence.

She was an active member of the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church and a past member of the Palmer Home Demonstration Club. She loved cooking and sharing her food with family and friends. For over 30 years she prepared lunch for those at Deacon’s sawmill. Florence was a devoted mother of three sons, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She along with her late husband W.R. “Tink” Deacon viewed members of their community as family and sought to support the community’s organizations like the Effinger Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders. Her faith commitment governed her life and her witness impacted all who knew her. Her memory and generosity will live on in all who knew and were touched by her.

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