“Christopher Creek is always good for about two-thirds of what I raise every year,” says Genny Dodson of her annual Lupus Foundation fundraising drives. She has three granddaughters and a grandson and one of the granddaughters has lupus. Grandma takes this lupus thing personally. She starts raising money at the beginning of summer and continues until September. Fifty-fifty raffles and selling candy bars for donations are two of her successful methods. By the end of her drive, the Creek will have donated more than $1,500 to her efforts. This past Saturday she raised nearly $350.

Genny’s raffle drawing was one of the highlights Saturday at the Cinco de Mayo weekend chili cook-off and Kentucky Derby. Pat Perkins was the winner and he promptly donated his prize back.

The best chili, from Rod Beall, won by a runaway, giving Beall his third win in a row with his Hatch green chili. Second and third place was a different story. Just one vote determined that Randy Hosti’s Roadkill chili took second place and Owen Green’s Squirrel House chili was third. We are pretty sure there was neither roadkill nor squirrel in the chili. More than 100 judges determined the outcome. Thanks to the other cooks and congratulations to the winners.

Pam Barth was voted by acclamation as having the best in the Kentucky Derby Ladies Hat contest. She represented Creekside RV Park, as did Walt Klass. Walt gets points just for getting up there with the eight ladies.

John Mitchell, Independence Day parade director, announced the date for the parade will be July 6 and this year’s marshals will be Pam and Mel Milhon.

Josh was behind the bar that afternoon and the crowd kept him busy. Most stayed the entire afternoon — there was great interest in the race and at post time, all eyes were turned to the 145th Kentucky Derby. The race lasted only a couple minutes, but it took 22 minutes to determine the winner. Win or lose, it was a wonderful afternoon and a successful start to the season. A big thanks to Samone, Josh and the Landmark for hosting the event.

Last Thursday afternoon we witnessed the aftermath of a freak accident on 260 near the Kohl’s Ranch turnoff. A gentleman was traveling eastbound in a new pickup and pulling a boat when he suffered a medical episode. His vehicle crossed the median and the westbound lanes before encountering a 15-foot embankment. How that truck got up that cliff and 50 feet into the woods without rolling or losing the boat we might never know. Many locals passing by the crash were equally perplexed.

Driving by the scene, we saw a dozen or more vehicles on the roadside including our CKFD responders. The driver was out of the vehicle and talking with firefighters. A fire hose was stretched up the embankment to the truck. CKFD remained on the scene for nearly six hours for the difficult job of extracting the boat, trailer and the pickup.

This week we lost one of the last of the old dogs. Lady was a chow and greeted all her Creek friends and neighbors often sporting her lion-cut trim. Condolences to Ron and Rhonda.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all our moms in the area and to my 95-year-old mother in the Valley.

This brother of mine will be here for Friday cocktails next week. He’s the one who retired from his chief engineer job at Chase Tower a couple of years back. He returned to his home state of Iowa to fulfill a 40-year dream of owning a farm. He was hailed for bringing the rains when he went back last summer for his property search. He moved into his 10-acre spread just in time for the worst Iowa winter in 30 years. Record rain, snow, and flooding have plagued the state since his arrival. His Double B Land and Cattle Ranch escaped most of that, but his pond rose two feet and is spilling over. He recently put six head of Angus on the place to graze. If they credited him with breaking the drought, the same folks might blame him for bringing all the devastation, too. Brian Britain best get out of there before they string him up ... and that’s another week in the Creek.

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