Even though more folks are feeling safer after getting vaccinated for COVID-19, we still have a long way to go to get through the pandemic, with new variants causing concern. Social distancing, masks and washing hands resulted in fewer flu cases in the U.S.

While schools are juggling challenges, decision-makers must keep the safety of everyone in mind. The Whippoorwill Academy and Village board decided to not have the fourth annual James Larkin Pearson Poetry Competition for Wilkes and Caldwell county middle and high school students this year, with hopes of continuing next year.

We were sad to learn about the passing of Claudette Pearson Eller, 82, of Boomer, widow of Reece Howard Eller. As a child, I remember her as kind and helpful for children while working at old Ferguson Elementary School. She was a lifetime member of Sharon Walker Baptist Church.

Beaver Creek Baptist Church held a deacon ordination service for John Holloway, followed by cake and refreshments in the fellowship hall.

This May and June there will be two mosaic workshops at Whippoorwill, taught by Margaret Carter Martine. You don’t have to be an experienced artist to take this. One is for beginners and the other about creating magical creatures/characters for those with some mosaic experience. Spaces are limited. Contact Margaret at: mrmartine@gmail.com for more information.

During gray and rainy weather, try my late cousin Virginia Hix Brame’s French Onion Soup Recipe:

1 tablespoon butter or peanut oil

6 onions, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon salt

10 Melba toast rounds

10 teaspoons grated cheese

Heat butter or oil in a non-stick pan and add half the onions. Cook over low heat, stirring the onions with a wooden spoon to break the rings. Cook until onions are golden brown. Add remaining onions, beef broth, and salt. Heat to boiling. Cover and simmer over low heat until onions are just tender, about 5 minutes. Ladle into a large ovenproof tureen or individual soup bowls. Float the toast rounds on the top. Sprinkle each with grated Swiss, Parmesan, or Romano cheese. Slide the tureen or bowls under a preheated broiler and broil until cheese melts and turn golden brown. Makes 10 servings, 60 calories each. Soup with toast rounds and cheese, 76 calories per serving. Cousin Virginia was a great cook.

Remember to check on elderly neighbors during the pandemic.

Joke of the week: I asked a friend of mine from North Korea how he liked living there. He said, “I can’t complain.”

Send Ferguson News to Margaret Carter Martine, P.O. Box 268, Ferguson, N.C., 28624 or mmfergusonnews@gmail.com.

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