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May days are busy days

Photo by Shari Harris
From antiques to furniture to equipment, Saturday’s auction had it all. Neal Gately, standing above the crowd on the tractor, auctions while Steve Buckner is on the ground, pointing out bidders.
By Shari Harris
May started off with a flurry of activities, and the incessant rain didn’t seem to slow things down. Licking Downtown, Inc., the Licking Chamber of Commerce, the Sonshine and Rainbow Preschool graduation, and Mick Snider at Licking Penecostal Holiness Church (LPHC) vied for attention on the evening of May 2.
Mick Snider preached again the evenings of May 3 and May 4, and the morning of May 5.
May 4 was even busier than May 2. Several braved the mist of a cool spring morning for G-Ma Pam’s Rack Pack’s Superhero 5K Fun Run & Walk, which began at 9 a.m. at the Licking High School parking lot.
Auction-goers started out even earlier, with Buckner & Gately Auction Service bringing in a packed house at the old Rawlings plant for the Kay Shelton/Big Piney River Ranch auction. Steve Buckner and Neal Gately started the sale at 8 a.m., and the last item went at 7:35 p.m. That’s a lot of auctioning!
Photo by Shari Harris
The Sonic Hot Dog and helpers were at the PTO Movie Night Saturday at the FEMA gym.

An auction-goer may have been late trying to get to the revival or PTO Movie Night at the FEMA gym. Chairs were set up for the movie fundraiser at 6 p.m., while children played in the bounce house and the Sonic Hot Dog and friends greeted children and handed out coupons.
Photo by Shari Harris
Revelers celebrate Cinco De Mayo at El Carnaval on Saturday.

El Carnaval, our local Mexican restaurant, celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Saturday. It is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. El Carnaval featured live music in the evening.
Photo by Shari Harris
Memorial Day is approaching quickly. The Lucky Dollar Store is ready, with their beautiful floral decorations brightening the Friendly Village Shopping Center.
Their neighbor, the Lucky Dollar Store, has begun their Memorial Day flower sales, and their storefront was brightly colored by rows of memorial decorations.
Saturday was also the citywide yard sale. The mist and threat of rain reduced the yard sale numbers and shoppers some this year, but there were a few hardy souls who didn’t let the weather stop them.
This weekend is the Alumni Banquet and class reunions. The Athletic Reception is Thursday night. LPHC is having a Marriage Transformation seminar. Licking Residential Care’s silent auction is ongoing. And I am sure there are many other activities happening as well.
Spring is here, and the daylight hours are getting longer. It’s a good thing, too, because the activities just keep multiplying. Good luck fitting everything into your schedule!


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