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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Tipton County Sunday May 8 1994 Kokomo Tribune A5 Congregation explores possibilities of new building Liberty Baptist to rise from ashes ByLlSAMPPS Tribune Upton Bureau GROOMSVILLE tod the congregation at Liberty Baptist Church has grown since the March i fire We had some members on the rolls that had not been Ruth Lawson copastor of the church said But theyve been coming back very faithfully Several have become recommitted to the church Thats been a wonderful thing to have According to Lawson the church has about 200 members and has a regular attendance aver aging 80 on Sunday mornings The blaze completely destroyed the 72year old structure that housed the congregation lished in 1854 The blaze did not destroy the church The church has established a research committee Members of the committee visit various churches to decide what features the new building should have Church officials are also sending questionnaires to county residents to find out what they need or want from the church Information gathered by the questionnaires and committee will be used in planning the design of the new structure communitys needs so well be here for a reason instead of build ing a building and then cramming in it what we Lawson said We want to build a church that 100 years from now people will be proud In the meantime the congrega tion continues to meet at Kempton Methodist Episcopal Church Fire officials determined the blaze was set according to Alden Taylor a spokesperson for the State Fire Marshals office The case is still under investiga tion and they are continuing to interview those who might have information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsi ble Taylor said We want to meet their the Taylor did not say what was used to start the blaze explaining thats part of the investigation He did say there were multiple points of origin He added we dont like to say much about a fire during the Firefighters from five volunteer departments were called to Liber ty Baptist Church at 350 North on 1000 West Road A nearby farmer reported the blaze at The fire departments brought in tankers and used water from Shante Creek just south of Liberty Baptist Church to help extinguish the blaze Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the arson hotline at 18003824628 There is up to a reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for starting the fire at Liberty Baptist Church Taylor said A reward is offered for informa tion on any arson he said Money for the reward comes from the Indiana Arson and Crime Associ ation The charges for arson can range from a misdemeanor to a Class A felony arson which does not result it bodily injury or death is a Class B felony Anyone convicted of a Class B felony such as arson faces a six to 20year prison term and a fine of up to Were not sure whether its going to be easier knowing who set the blaze or not Lawson said Were not in it for revenge Well let the authorities handle it We just wonder if it was some thing personal against the church or The church has established a building fund and many Tipton County churches and private1 citi zens have donated monev With nonchurch members donating money Lawson said we know our church did repre sent the community Its nice to know the community wants the church Moms memories often made of simple things Picnic meant much to young daughter When I think of my mom I think of bologna Not because shes full of it although Ive accused her of being full of it on more than one occa sion I also think of banana Popsicles Not because shes fruity although once while driving on a country road she slammed on the brakes stopped dead in her tracks and honked and honked for sever al minutes at blowing leaves She said she thought she saw a puppy running across the road I know I didnt believe her either Anyway let me tell you why I think of bologna and Popsicles when I think of my mom At the time we didnt know we were creating a day both of us would remember and cherish for ever sister and brother were at school and Mom and I decided to pull a Pulling a sneaky meant going to the park and playing all day buy ing an ice cream cone or watching a movie Pulling a sneaky meant doing something my older sib lings would be jealous of so we had to keep it a secret Mom and I always pulled sneakies when my sister and brother were at school or church camp It was a sunny school day and for the life of me I cant remember what year it was or how old I was Local update Parade units being sought TIPTON Ind Tipton Sesqui centennial Parade units are being sought for the grand celebration at 1 June 11 Military patriotic historic school church pioneer units and floats are being sought All participants are asked to wear costumes appropriate to the occasion Antique tractors and farm machines as well as antique bicy cles and cars are asked to sign up Jacque Clements 113 Court 6754455 is the committee chair man for the parade units and Terry Ploughe Tipton 1 675 6058 is coordinating the tractor and farm machine units County alumni units from schools bands civic social or sports organizations are also invit ed to participate Village help needed by committees TIPTON Ind A Pioneer Vil lage is being planned as the cen terpiece of the Tipton Sesquicen tennial Celebration June 10 and 11 at the Tipton County Courthouse The time period portrayed will be from the 1840s to the early 1900s The village will demon strate historic crafts and daily liv ing of that time period All partici pants will wear costumes suitable to the period they represent Craft demonstrations peddlers selling historic crafts and early American foods will be featured There will also be actorsinter preters who will portray life as it was in early Tipton County including farmers school teachers and students preachers trappers military doctors lawyers store keepers and seamstresses Enter tainers will also be performing folk music For more information contact Patti Zauss Beck chairwoman Sharpsville 2 but after Mom fixed lunch she said Lets have a She grabbed me the brown paper lunch bag and a blanket to sit on Hand n hand we walked to a cushiony spot in the grass near the garden I wanted to help her spread the blanket but if youve ever let a child help you you understand why she gave me the job of just holding the brown paper bag We sat down and from the brown paper bag Mom pulled out two bologna sandwiches an ice cold slushy Coke in a bottle that had been in the freezer for about an hour and a banana Popsicle Im sure we prayed cause we always did And when I tell this story I always say must have blessed the banana Popsicle real good too cause I can stul taste The picnic wasnt planned We didnt nave fancy fixins We did nt have a proper picnic basket Nothin special Just some food Just a bag Just us Im not sure what we talked about but I remember I did all the talking And after I ate I ran around jumped and danced and got a whole afternoon of attention I talked and played so much that we almost forgot to eat the Popsicle It melted just enough that we didnt have much trouble break ing it down the middle to share it Ive searched in every grocers freezer and looked on every shelf but I cant find bananaPopsicles anymore If I could though they wouldnt be as good I didnt realize my mom remem bered that picnic until I was in col lege and we played the game similar to televisions Newlywed Game during a week end One question the asked was what will your daughter say is her favorite childhood memory Mom answered a picnic we had when she was little We had a banana won that round No other team even got a point It wasnt until I heard the other moms and daughters say they didnt even have any favorite childhood memories that I real ized how special our banana Pop sicle day really was My mom had a similar day with her father It was the last day she and her father spent together before she married and left her Appalachian home for the Hoosier state Her dad was planting potatoes and needed help None of her other nine siblings were willing Mom They packed a bologna sand wich lunch and headed to the field My grandpa sank two bot tles of Coke in a creek to chill She can still taste that bologna sandwich Over the years Ive thought a lot about our Popsicle picnic And I think Ive finally figured out why it was so special It wasnt until recently when although I was dogtired I kept my niece night and let my household chores go undone We blew enough soap bubbles to put Lawrence Welk to shame played hide and seek always hid ing behind the same tree carpeted the porch in sidewalk chalk picked dandelions had at least 30 tea parties and she swung on every swing and slid down every slide at Highland Park By Saturday night the little girl who almost outandout refuses to even go to sleep at night took a threehour nap We had a banana Popsicle day You see Mom could have cleaned the house She could have washed a load of laundry She could have mended a shirt She could have taken a nap Taken n long hot bath Taken me to a baby sitter But she didnt Instead Mom said Lets have a Mini Makeovers Call Today For An Appointment meRLEnoRmpn COSMETIC STUDIOS Kokomo Walmart Plaza HRS 108 Sat 105 4563252 Happy Mothers Day My mother was admitted to Forest Park on 7269 L It was a very hard decision for me as my mother has always been there for me Now I am there for her Im making mom comfortable and when I visit bur time together is quality The staff is very helpful FOREST PARK HEALTHCARE CENTER 4579175 2233 W Jefferson Edna Land with daughter Linda Duke SHOE CARNIYAK ITS TIME TO SHOW SOME TOO SAVNC4L WEEKS YOUR SAN DALI HEADQUARTERS MENS doNNA LAWRENCE Shoe Trends GIORGIO BRUTINI sandal White Mulli Metallic Multl 1 rSANDALS ENTIRE STOCK Compare at Ladies suede 2 buckle sandal Black tan Compare at MENS LADIES KIDS SUNSURFER WATERSOCKS tie canvas Asst colors pare at Our 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