Rickey Caughron (member of Big Sandy Area Lions Club and Sit'em Down Cowboy Church) clears away tree at Big Sandy's Agape House.

A couple of weeks ago, the large Bradford pear tree in the front yard of Big Sandy’s Agape House decided to ‘self-prune,’ as they are prone to do because of the density of the branches coupled with weak branch structure. This particular Bradford was planted by Red Gorman and Don Henderson, members of the First Christian Church congregation, more than twenty years ago to replace a tree that had been laid flat by a storm.

While it can cause some issues with branches that crack and fall off, this correspondent is of the opinion that a little cleanup is a small price to pay for the beauty of a Bradford with its small, white flowers in the Spring that explode and make the tree look like a snowball. Transiting to Summer with graceful, green leaves, then…BAM! Fall temps turn the leaves bright reds, oranges, and yellows! Just amazing!

Back to the fallen branch. The folks at the Agape House wish to thank Rickey Caughron for taking time to cut the big branch and stack the wood and smaller pieces for removal. Representing the Big Sandy Area Lions Club and Sit’em Down Cowboy Church, Rickey has a heart for service. (Yes, he’s my brother and I’m a wee bit biased!)