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• Dauphin Way United Appeal Fund Golf Tournament @ Spring Hill Golf Course, Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 7:00 AM, Lunch is included. All proceeds benefit the Benevolent Ministry of Dauphin Way as well as the scholarship fund for the Dauphin Way Child Development Center. We are looking for sponsors and golf teams. Registration forms may be obtained by calling 342-3456. • WIDOW TO WIDOW SUPPORT GROUP meets at the Summerdale First Baptist Church every 4th Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at 3 PM. Non-denominational grief support group with no cost. Look forward to meeting you and assisting with the pain and grief of your loss. Call Marilyn Crockett 251-677-0104 • Cruise-In at the Foley Sonic on the third Friday of each month. Classic, modern and antique cars are welcome. Walk around and visit 5-8:30pm. • GULF SHORES AMERICAN LEGION POST 44. 6781 GULF SHORES PKWY, GULF SHORES. 948-6110. MEMBERS, GUESTS & GENERAL PUBLIC WELCOME. Gulf Shores American Legion Post 44, located on Hwy 59 just south of County Rd 8, is open for members, guests and the general public 7 days a week. Bring your friends and family and hang out in a friendly setting, with or without TV. Or schedule your group of up to 50 people to meet in our private meeting room. Monday Night Bingo – 6 until. Tuesday night enjoy a prime rib dinner with live music - 5 – 8; Wednesday enjoy a Spaghetti dinner - 5 to 7, Thursday Morning Bingo – 10 until, Friday night enjoy a steak dinner with live music – 5 – 11, Saturday Sports T/V, Sunday – Sports T/V and at 4 – 8 pm, enjoy short order food with live. There is no cover charge unless advertised otherwise. Live dance music by Musicman & Co is the best you’ll find on the coast, bar none. Call 948-6119 for more info. • Bluegrass by the Tracks @ Wales West in Silverhill every Tuesday and Friday night 7pm-9pm, weather permitting. For more info, visit www.waleswest.com. • Moonlight Chasse’ Ballroom Dance Society meets the first and third Monday of each month @ Fitzpen Place in Spanish Fort at 7pm. Dance Lessons 7-7:30pm, Salsa, Cha Cha, Swing, Rumba, Waltz, etc. 7:30-10pm. Visit www.moonlightchasse.com for more info. • Peaceful, Concerned Citizens Wanting Better Government Open Meeting, every Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Fairhope Public Library. Call 251-298-7899 or 251-942-7829 for more info. • Friends and Family of Addicts/Alcoholics meet every Thursday 6-8pm at The Shoulder in Daphne. Please call 251-626-2199. • Eastern Shore Fly Fishers meet every third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm @ Fairhope Yacht Club. For more info visit www.easternshoreflyfishers.com • Model Train exhibit @ Foley Railroad Museum every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am-2pm. Visit www.foleyrailroadmuseum.com for more info. • Senior Adult Fun and Fitness every Monday and Thursday @ 3pm at The First Baptist Church of Bay Minette. Call 251-937-9536 for more info. • Foley Senior Center, 304 E. Rose Ave. Foley, 251-943-1877. MONDAYS - 9:30 Pinochle (bring a brown bag lunch); 10:00 Exercise with Loralea $1.00 for members & $2.00 for guests; 12:30-4:30 Duplicate Bridge; 1:30-4:00 Mexican Train Dominoes. TUESDAYS - Crochet 9:30 (1st & 2nd Tues); 2:00pm Chair Yoga W/ Loralea, $1.00 for members & $2.00 for guests; BINGO 2:00 (2nd Tues); Potluck 12:00 (Last Tues). WEDNESDAYS -8:00 Open Jam; 12:00 Party Bridge 1:00pm Line Dance With Marilyn; Square Dancing 2:30 $5.00 per person. THURSDAYS 8:00 Yoga with Loralea $1.00 for members $2.00 for guests; 9:00 Senior Travelers (2nd & 4th Thursdays); 9:30 Pinochle (bring a brown bag lunch); 1:00 exercise with Dr. Sam Graber $1.00 for members & $2.00 for non-members; 1:00-4:00 Open billiards. FRIDAYS - 9:00 Senior T.O.P.S. meeting; 9:00 Intermediate Tai Chi $1.00 members and $2.00 guests, 10:00 Beginner Tai-Chi $1.00 members and $2.00 guests. SATURDAYS -lst & 3rd Saturday Night Dance- Doors open at 6:00 and dance begins at 7:00. Music provided by Various bands. Cost is $5 for Foley Senior Center Members and $7 for non-members. • Prom is quickly approaching and every girl should be able to have a great experience. Emily’s Closet Prom Dress Giveaway will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 9am-12pm at the ALFA Federation Building on Highway 59 in Robertsdale. Dress donations are also being collected for this event. Do you have an upcoming event you’d like to share in Coffee Break? Please email submissions to publisher@ tibditsbc.com at least two weeks in advance.

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was more upset with them, since they had failed to bring me the game I wanted. As we briefly stood in mutual discontent, a buck jumping to his feet about ten feet behind me startled me! (Where he was when the dogs passed, earlier, I have no idea!) Frozen in time, I could recall an almost identical Norman Rockwell picture with dogs on one side of a hunter and a deer on the other. Apparently, the dogs hadn’t seen him, because as I turned to watch him disappear without a shot they left just as suddenly the other way!

Needless to say, shortly after the house went up a permanent tree stand appeared at the back of our lot with about thirty yards’ visibility in all directions! Since I taught full-time in another county, I knew my hunting would be limited to weekends, plus Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, so I set my expectations low.

Another day, I sat in my stand listening to different hunting parties running dogs in all directions when the yelping to the north began to intensify. Soon, one dog’s bark grew closer and simultaneously more animated. As I trained my sight in that direction his barking became so frantic I surmised that he was barking directly at the deer. This proved true. To my amazement there was the dog screaming at the top of his lungs while the buck faced him, antlers lowered in a threatening manner as if to say, “You’ve been chasing me all day, and I am sick of it!”

By Dighton Head I was reared on a farm in upstate New York where “everybody!” hunts deer in season, so when Nance and I purchased our lot in Goochland County, Virginia, I was ecstatic to learn that our nine acres were surrounded by over twelve-hundred acres of prime wildlife habitat. Another piece of trivia not wasted on me is, that in VA, a landowner need not purchase a license to hunt his property.

Amazingly, my meager efforts have been rewarded with almost a deera-year, and one year with two. The fact that I couldn’t participate with a group of like-minded souls has also proved less of a restriction to the enjoyment of “the hunt” than I had anticipated. In Virginia, hunting dogs are permitted, so one can enjoy the thrill of “the hunt” by merely listening to the sounds: baying hounds, gunshots progressively changing directions, and exclamations of nearby hunters. This year proved to be the best of all. The fact that our immediate plans include downsizing to a village home made it most meaningful to me. Prepare yourself. Here comes another one of those much maligned “deer stories”. One morning about midseason, I stood at the southeast corner of our wooded lot when I heard another hunter pull up and drop off his hunting dogs along the south road. As I pondered the situation, I heard a rustling in the woods from that direction. Anticipating a deer running ahead of the hounds, I raised my gun, only to be disappointed as the dogs scooted past. Moments after I watched them fade out of sight a shot rang out from that direction. Moving stealthily towards the scene, and aware that a missed shot could send a fleeing deer my way, I was rewarded almost instantly by the sound of approaching movement. As I stood poised to shoot my heart jumped then sank when those pesky dogs came scampering into view. They ran up to me like they had expected me to do something, but I

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Then, on the last day I was determined to stay in my stand all day, if necessary, because I was not just a little upset for going unproductive all season. (I had seen a doe, but refused to shoot, because I hadn’t got a buck, first. Also, my wife would have disowned me, if I had shot her pet!) I spent most of the day there, reading a paperback, critical of the Church by Michael Brown, entitled “How Saved are We?” only taking short lunch/bathroom breaks. The woods were quiet all day with only an occasional shot heard in the distance, until about three o’clock when a hunter dropped his dogs at the south road. I put down the paperback and decided to focus on hunting, especially since the sun was getting lower in the sky and this would be my last opportunity, perhaps forever, to hunt from my homemade, personal tree stand. Shortly, I heard something approaching as I had, early in the season, when the dogs came through.

Apparently rethinking his predicament, the deer left the dog and again began to run - right past my perch. As I took aim, I noticed that one bar of antlers was missing, not a prime candidate for a trophy. Nevertheless, I couldn’t pass up a shot at a large buck running right past my stand. BANG! Down he went, behind some bushes. Hurrying down the ladder as fast as I could, safely with gun in hand, I approached the bushes, hoping to administer the kill shot as I have done so many times before.

Would this be a repeat, or would my final season here end with a fittingly dramatic conclusion? As I watched and listened, I could hear the footprints drawing ever closer. Still unable to see it through the low trees, I strained my eyes for the first glimpse of what it was. I held up the gun; then put it down, when my arms shook with nervous anticipation, just like a young hunter with “buck fever”. I chastised myself, “Calm down, you have taken dozens of deer in your life. Quit acting like a wet-behind-the-ears kid!”

To my surprise and dismay, the dog (with a big “500” tattooed on his side) arrived first and spooked the buck that, it turns out, was apparently more exhausted than hurt. As he jumped to his feet and resumed his escape, I shot again. He dropped about sixty yards ahead, again in ground cover. I was running, now, trying desperately to beat “old 500” to him. Nope! You guessed it. Same scene, repeated. Only, this time he made it into the woods and was gone! So was “old 500”.

When the rugged four-pointer finally appeared I was back in my normal frame of mind; dropped him with a single shot, followed by the finale. Once down from the stand, I observed the buck as I approached: he only had one bar of antlers! I know he had a full set when I shot. Was my aim so bad that I had shot off one side? Turns out, the bar was so weakly attached that it had dropped off as he fell. (In fact, the other side came off, later, as the deer-cutter was pulling the deer off the truck!)

I attempted to follow, hoping to find the buck passed out in a heap, but to no avail. I had to quit for darkness, so I returned the next day, choosing to not leave a wounded deer unclaimed. I never found him or even a sign of blood, so my theory is that I subconsciously wanted to miss the imperfect trophy, which I did. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Talk about an exceptional season! This one was such that I felt compelled to write it down. This meant more to me than is immediately apparent. I felt the closeness of my personal God who understood the significance of my last season of hunting from my own piece of Paradise, and provided me with truly with “A Season to Remember!”

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Recently Jennie and Frank Rikard presented Baldwin County Heritage Museum with a generous donation to use for operation of the museum facilities. In a letter to BCHM Mr. Rikard stated, “The Rikard Family values the Heritage Museum’s services that enhance both the local communities and local families of Baldwin County . BCHM is located at 25521 Hwy 98 E, Elberta , AL 36530 . Hours of operation are 10am-3pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Admission is Free. For information about making a donation or becoming a member or volunteer stop by, call 251-986-8375, email bchm@gulftel.com or visit www.baldwincountyheritagemuseum.com. You can also find the museum on facebook. All tax free donations should be mailed to P.O. 356, Elberta , AL 36530 and will be acknowledged with our gratitude.

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