At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lohn Valley Improvement Association, a decision was made to publish another cookbook for Homecoming 2005. Corresponding secretary Kim Short will be heading up the committee of ladies who have agreed to work on the project; Carla Huie, Peggy Hemphill, Heather Moore, Ann Short, Ann Walker, Nina Solsbery, Durelle Avery, Gigi Harris and possibly others to be named. Deadline for recipes is October 15, 2003. They should be mailed to Kim Short at P.O. Box 244, Lohn, Texas 76852. The first cookbook published in 1980 by the Association was a favorite and is still sought after by those who did not get a copy or whose copy is well worn after 23 years. The new book will incorporate the history of the community and the committee will be searching for information and pictures on the early years of Lohn. Not only will the edition contain favorite recipes of current and former residents but will be a treasure to pass down to the next generation. Other business discussed at the meeting was replacing the roof on the memorial board. The roof is in a state of disrepair and the board voted to replace it with the same metal roofing that is on the tabernacle. The annual meeting of The Lohn Valley Improvement Association will be on Aug. 12 at the Tabernacle; business meeting and election of officers will follow a pot luck supper. Please plan to attend. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Association, and despite a few people who had misgivings as to its success, it continues to thrive and to keep our community alive and well. The park has never looked better, the tabernacle is in great shape and we can thank all of the people who worked and are still working to that end. The board also voted to purchase additional tables to match the newer tables purchased last year. A familiar site around Lohn for many years has been a black dog, part lab and part chow, who made her daily rounds about town, usually stopping by the post office then on to her favorite spot, Wimp Short’s station. She checked out the neighborhood before returning home to her owners, Tom and Dorothy Kleumper. Dorothy was playing bingo in Brownwood about 15 years ago when someone gave her the little puppy, so she named her Bingo. Bingo disappeared a couple of weeks ago and a search failed to find any trace of her. Bingo will be missed. Quite a lot of things going on, showers, weddings, family reunions, a new baby, etc. Two showers are scheduled this month, the first one will be for Derrick Bobo and Michelle Allen this Saturday, July 12 at 2 o’clock at the tabernacle. Derrick is the grandson of Klein and Celeta Reed. He recently received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Michelle will be commissioned next May. Everyone is invited to attend the shower. A July 20 shower for Justin Solsbery and Laney Chandler will be at the tabernacle as well. Justin and Laney have set a wedding date for Aug. 2. Jo Lei Miller and Dale England were married in an outdoor ceremony at the bride’s home in Richland Springs Saturday, July 5. A little rain failed to dampen the spirits of the crowd assembled in the Miller’s back yard for the ceremony, barbecue supper and dancing afterwards. Jo Lei is the daughter of Lee and Paula Hill Miller, granddaughter of Betty Hill of Lohn. The newlyweds will be living in Bangs and plan to take a delayed honeymoon in Florida next month. All of the Hill family attended the wedding except Georgia’s daughter, Kira, and her husband who have been stationed in Tennessee and recently moved to Bandera. E.W. and Polly Frost had a busy holiday. They picked up Polly’s mother, Jewell Hill, and took her to the parade and to lunch on Friday. On Saturday they joined a large group of friends and relatives of the Randy and Susan Brookings-Charlie and Frances Smith families for a bang-up Independence Day barbecue at the Brookings Ranch. Polly was the lucky winner of a western hat, a very nice prize. Mark and Denise Matlock arrived on Thursday from College Station for a visit. The Frost and Matlocks attended the Miller-England wedding Jimmy Marshall and Allan drove to Buchanan for the holiday. His sister, Sandra Weust and husband have a lakehouse there and they enjoyed the fireworks display around the lake. Nick and Billie Deck were in Lohn for a brief visit this past weekend. The Decks who live in Springfield, Va., were in Dallas for a church conference, drove to Temple and accompanied Bill and Peggy Stoker to Lohn late Saturday afternoon. They came to Lohn by way of Llano to eat at Cooper’s as Nick had expressed a hunger for some real Texas barbecue. After church Sunday they enjoyed another Texas treat, catfish’and then returned to Temple. Nick and Billie are just back from an European trip and will be traveling to Germany in August. Nick doesn’t get back to his hometown very often’usually manages to attend his 1947 class reunion when they have one. Bob Joe Carroll and daughter, Melissa, from McAllen came to Temple and went to Llano with the Decks and Stokers. The cousins Peggy, Nick and Bob Joe, enjoyed their brief reunion. Martha Hemphill has a new grandbaby, William Allen Castle-berry, born in Fredericksburg on July 1. Will, at 7 pounds and eleven ounces, 20 inches, is the son of Allen and Kristi Hemphill Castleberry of Junction and a brother to 5-year-old Cassidy, who is overjoyed to have him in the family. Will was born on his Aunt Cynthia Dilliard’s birthday so the family will be looking forward to a dual celebration each year. Nadine Browning spent the holiday in Abilene with Gwyneth and Joce Curtis. Corey and Sally and children from Lubbock joined them. The Bratton sisters, Beth Murphy and Amy Arada, along with their families were recent visitors with Gene and Carla Bratton. Amy lives in Dallas, Beth in Oregon. Beth’s vanity plates on her car read “LOHN TX” and proclaim her roots in McCulloch County. A generous donation to the Lohn Valley Improvement Association has been received from the Lohn family with a note stating,”Good luck in all you do from the Lohn, Fullagar, Wade Families. We love Lohn.” Nelda Hester Hodges and Billie Jean Hester Nicholas would like to thank the members of those classes for remembering their sister, Margie Hester Martinak, with a memorial gift. Robert Latimer was in Brady over the July 4 holiday for a book signing. He had a very successful two days and enjoyed meeting and talking with people who were in town for the activities. He left six signed copies of Rivers To Cross And Mountains To Climb with me, so if you were unable to get a copy I can supply one, hard cover or soft. Rama Huie’s brother-in-law, W.L. Ewing from Leesville, La. visited with her while he was in Brady for the Ewing family reunion. He was accompanied by his brother, Don, of Brady, Scott Ewing and daughters Morgan and Hannah of Houston. David Huie joined the group for a short time. Rama had early guests for the holiday when friends from Abilene, Peggy Cooper and JoAnne Rose arrived on Thursday. The ladies enjoyed the fireworks in Brady, Jeannie Mendrala came from Abilene on Friday; they attended the parade. Monday visitors were Tom and Melva Toy from Pittsgrove, New Jersey and Michelle Rogers from San Antonio. Carie and Cammie Riley’s family has expanded with the recent addition of two daughters-in-law. Their son, Christopher Fox, was married to Shelley Gouyton on June 14 at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth, where Carie and Cammie exchanged vows 11 years ago. Tuesday, July 8 Clayton Riley and Nicole Daniels were married at the McCulloch County Courthouse in Brady. Nicole is from Azle and Clayton lives in Brady where he is employed by Classic Cable. Klein and Celeta Reed went on a vacation trip joining Tommy and Nona Caylor and their ward 7-month-old, Jennifer McDonald, Robert and Shelley Sanford and Taylor Corley, at their favorite vacation spot, Antonito, Colo., north of Taos, New Mexico. They had campers and RVs for camping out and enjoying the fishing and beauties of the area. The trout fishing was not as good as usual, the mosquitos were biting better than the fish, so Klein and Celeta returned a bit sooner than they planned, The Caylors and Sanfords went on to Mesa Verde for a day before bringing their 10-day trip to a close. Donnie Moore passed away Friday July 4 in Santa Fe, Tex. Donnie attended school at Lohn in the first grade. He was the son of the late Gaston and Lottie Moore, brother to Noda Moore Simpson and uncle to Carla Huie. Carla attended his funeral in Santa Fe on Tuesday. The last son of Charlie and Fanny Hilliard was buried at Lohn last week. Dobber was born after the Hilliards moved from Pear Valley to Lohn and went through school here. He would have graduated with the 1953 class had he not left school before graduation. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ancel, Garland, Cyril, Roy, and one sister, Neva May McCarroll. His sister, Fay McNatt, of Brady is the surviving member of the Charlie Hilliard family.