I have said it before but I will repeat myself, ''I like spring.'' The vibrant colors on the trees and flowers almost make you want to look at them. The grass is green and fields are beginning to be plowed and all those colors mix into the landscape. All you have to do is look around to the see the beauty of nature.
Recently my travels took me to some different Trumbull County locations. Early last week I had to go east on state Route 305 to the Pennsylvania state line. I drove out of Champion past Mosquito Lake and through Cortland. While going through Fowler I enjoyed the scenery quite a bit. I like driving and seeing all the natural beauty that is out there.
The next community up was Hartford. I couldn't help but think how different this is from Hartford, Conn. It was wide-open spaces and no traffic compared with urban sprawl and major traffic. Sometimes I am still surprised at how little traffic there is around here and, yes, I have been through the other Hartford many times.
I did make an interesting stop at the Jones Meat Market where state Routes 305 and 7 intersect. I was hoping to get a sandwich but they didn't have any. I got a strand of their Slim Jim and that was pretty good. It looks like they have a great selection of meats to purchase but I did not have a cooler with me. It will be worth a return trip in the future.
Then I got to the state line and turned north toward Orangeville. Do you think the orange in Orangeville is Cleveland Browns orange? Probably not, but for now on it is to me.
On my map some of these cities appear pretty big but when you get to them they are actually pretty small. After my business was finished I turned around and headed back to the church.
Thursday morning I went to the Shenango River Rats shooting match that was held at the Western Reserve Fish and Game Club on Third Street in Niles. The River Rats meet there during the winter but starting in April they will be meeting the second Saturday and last Thursday of each month at the Brookfield Conservation Club. They get together at 9 a.m. and the shooting contest starts at 10 a.m.
The Shenango River Rats are a western cowboy shooting club. They dress in western gear and shoot cowboy type weapons. Their contests consist of shooting three different weapons at different targets while being timed. This city slicker was pretty impressed by their skills and friendliness. They took the time to tell me about the background of their weapons and their club. This was the first time I have ever been to a shooting event like this and I am glad I went.
The best part was that they let me shoot and I had to follow their rules and be timed. I had so much fun I can't wait to go back again. I am going to give some serious thought to joining. One of the members of the club is also a member of the church I pastor and let me tell you I am glad he has my back!
Remember to get out and enjoy what is available here in Trumbull County. There is so much to do and so much to learn. If you are looking for a church to attend on Easter Sunday I would like to invite you to Grace Baptist Church on Mahoning Avenue in Champion. Our choir will be presenting an Easter Cantata at 10:45 a.m. and we would be glad to have you visit.
Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor. Email him at editorial@