Hello on the new month of July -- time is moving right along. The days are already getting shorter as of June 21, which was the year's longest day.

Here are some people getting older in the next few days: Ashlyn Pierson and Kyan Crippen, both on July 5; Beverly Noel Clark and Amber Dennis, both on July 6; Denise Treat, July 7; Linda Wood Staton, July 8; Kelsey Meyer and Kenneth Hartline, both on July 9; Paul Merideth, July 10; and Patsy Bond Temke, July 13.

Happy 16th birthday wishes are also sent to Tyler Lang on July 8 and also Happy 13th wedding anniversary wishes are sent to my daughter, Kala, and Mitch Short on the same date, July 8.

Prayers are sent to the family of Pauline Hight, who passed away last week.

Well, Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be starting up if they haven't already at area church. Anderson Congregational Church at Boaz will start their VBS on three Wednesdays in July: 10, 17 and 24 from 6-8 p.m. All ages are welcome to come and have fun learning about Jesus and making crafts

A fishing clinic, titled "Come Fish With Us" will be held on two Thursdays: July 11 and 18 from 9-11 a.m. at Cache River Wetlands Center.

The Urban Fishing Program and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will present two more free youth catch-and-release fishing clinics. The first clinic was held in June.

Individuals should register in advance by calling the center at 618-657-2064.

For more information on the Urban Fishing program, visit www.ifishillinois.org/programs/Urban Fishing.html.

The 2019 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Show will be one exhibit from Saturday July 6 through Tuesday, July 30 at the Cache River Wetlands Center. Area residents are invited to visit the wetlands center to view the Illinois State winner art of the 2019 Federal Duck Stamp competition Art show.

This program is unique because it teaches biology, habitat conservation observation and artist interpretation to K-12 grade students to be inspired by the conservation message that these young people have created, which motivates children and young adults, grades K-12.

To participate in the 2020 contest, art will be on display for 18 days, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

The Three Wishes

Did you hear about the guy on the beach who found a bottle? He rubbed it and, sure enough, out popped a Genie.

"I will grant you three wishes, but there's a catch," said the Genie.

The man was ecstatic, "What's the catch?" he asked.

The Genie replied, "Every time you make a wish, every lawyer in the world will receive double what you asked for."

"Well, I can live with that. No problem," replied the elated man.

"What is your first wish," asked the Genie.

"Well, I've always wanted a Ferrari," said the man. Poof -- a Ferrari appeared in front of the man.

"Now, every lawyer in the world has two cars," said the Genie.

"Next wish is I would love to have a million dollars," replied the man. Poof -- one million dollars appeared at his feet.

"Now, every lawyer in the world has two millions dollars," said the Genie.

"Well that's OK as long as I've got my million," replied the man.

"What is your final wish?" the Genie asked.

The man thought long and hard and finally said, "Well, you know, I've always wanted to donate a kidney..."

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