This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Thursday, December 2, 2021


Yesterday, when the following popped up on the screen of my PC out of nowhere, initially I was a little sad, unsure and maybe even a little peeved about receiving a notice like this:

However, later on, as I made my FB rounds, there were several more mentions and photos of him that made me smile thinking of him and his family.  

For example, his wife Gina posted these:

Then there 
was this from son Arturo's FB page:
(1) Arturo Sanchez | Facebook

His sister Mary Leslie posted this:
Bart's cousin LG Raley (standing to Bart's right in the photo below) was at Buzzy's Country Store the other day.  He mentioned this photo of everyone taken at a family reunion held at Bart's place several years ago.  Mary Leslie has it as her profile photo:

(Note that three who are no longer with us, Bart, Clark and John Wayne are all standing side by side.)

So I'll give the Facebook folks a pass on their automated notice of Bart's birthday because seeing all these comments and pleasant memories more than made up for it.  

I don't mess much with FB, but if I were to do so I would have included this photo of Bart at Buzzy's following his and Gina's trip to Peru.  He presented me with a souvenir that he picked up there.  The souvenir is still on the shelf in Buzzy's even if Bart is gone.  While I do like and appreciate the souvenir, I sure wish it were the other way around.

I was thinking about playing a sad song for you, but want to leave on a feel good note.  How about then Elton's upbeat-not-so-sad song about sad songs?  Pretty clever how he and lyricist Bernie Taupin managed to pull that one off.

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