'Round Town (Jan. 8, 2020)

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Here’s some great info on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (you might know it better as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

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'Round Town (Jan. 8, 2020)


Here’s some great info on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (you might know it better as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

In the last few weeks, I shared information about local and national organizations you might consider if you liked helping others. Since then, I have learned many states -- such as Texas --have their own ALS chapter and some of those chapters have regions. Houston is the closest ALS region to Madisonville.

The ALS organization website shares that the goals of state chapters are to have more grass roots activity, to provide ALS clinics, support groups and even equipment loans for Texans with ALS.

Of course, while that sounds great, it’s not possible without financial help. Should this interest you, their internet address is ALSTexas.org. Or send your donation to ALS Texas Houston Office 1213 Hermann Drive, Suite 525, Houston, Texas 77004. And again, if you would like to make your donation in honor of someone, make sure to share that info. Here in Madisonville, Roxanne Roundtree has fought the disease for more than a decade. Her address is 1838 State Highway 75 North, Madisonville, Texas 77864.

Here’s what’s going on round town.

First it’s my honor to share a special upcoming anniversary. Happy anniversary to Beth and Ashley Blagrave, who will celebrate their 78th wedding anniversary Saturday. The couple were newlyweds, married only 11 months when Mr. Ashley, who had joined the Navy to serve in World War II had to leave on Christmas Eve. They are no doubt an example of what marriage is all about. Send your congrats to them at 12022 County Road 112, Iola, Texas 77861.

Speaking of marriage: Congratulations to Jack Douglas and Mary Lee Douglas who celebrated their third anniversary Tuesday.

Then congratulations to Trent Bell and Laney Baker, who tied the wedding knot Thursday. Quite a few people are happy about this union, especially Laney’s daughter Josey.

Laney is the elementary school counselor at Anderson Independent School District while Trent trains horses. He has also gathered quite a show career on their mare Purrfect, ending this year as the U.S. Cutting Horse Association Open Reserve Champion and 5k Novice Horse championship show Champion. Laney competes as well, and in the USCHA competition she won Reserve Champion in the $40,000 Non-Pro and $15,000 Non-Pro classes.

On our birthday list: Happy birthday to Dian Shiver, Sharon Hill, Katherine Cole and Trey Harrison whose birthdays are Wednesday. Thursday is birthday time for Lynda Churchwell while Friday is the same for Ivan Linebaugh.

Joyce Goodrum and Leisa Pope celebrate their birthdays Tuesday and winding out this week’s list is Kellie Gray and Towanda Webber who celebrate their birthdays Jan. 15. Mrs. Webber’s address, by the way, is 906 4th St, Madisonville, Texas 77864.

The grand opening for Bluebird Haven Estates, the dream of Sallie Reid, is planned for 2 p.m. Jan. 18. The wedding venue, art and Christian Haven is located at 601 E. Collard Drive, just past the Madisonville Care Center. The grounds include a serenity garden and The Grace Chapel.

Sallie, quite the artist, also teaches art classes, which are about to kick off for 2020. Classes for Kiddos ages 6-10 are Tuesdays from 3:30 until 5 p.m. while adult Monday classes offer two times, 12:30-3:30 p.m. or 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Check out Sallie’s art webpage at salliereidart.com. We probably should all join these classes since a 2016 Drexel University study found “…art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body.”

Interested in choosing a career as a Certified Nurse Assistant? Madisonville Care Center is getting will be holding a new CNA Class starting the end of January. If you are interested stop by the Care Center and pick up an application.

One more thing before closing: Mark your calendar for Feb. 7 to attend the annual Madison County Chamber of Commerce celebration of our business community.

This year’s event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Seton Center, a part of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Besides a great meal and visitation time, you will also hear a great speaker as well. Liz Henson, who Chamber members once voted as Woman of the Year, will be the speaker for the evening. And of course, the Man and Woman of the Year will be announced.

And finally, each new year is a special opportunity to start over and goodness knows, many of us need that opportunity! Sometimes the best way to start over is to look back and gather the lessons taught by previous years. Experience still remains one of the best teachers of all times.

Below is a partial list of sensible thoughts someone shared. They didn’t leave their name, but I bet that person is, as my grandmother used to say, no longer wet behind the ears. It requires years for an individual to accrue wisdom and realize living really should be easy.

As for the rest of us, no matter our age there’s much to ponder in these words. No doubt the perceptive person who reads carefully the words of those who have walked before will receive a special gift good for the entire new year.

Here goes:

1 Ask for what you want.

2. Wish on stars and dandelions, then get to work.

3. Don’t skimp on good sheets.

4. Fall in love often. Particularly with ideas, art, music, literature, food and far-off places.

5. Take time to enjoy pets and admire your surroundings.

6. Say Please, Thank You, and Pardon Me, whenever the situation warrants it.

7. Reserve I’m sorry for when you truly are.

8. Naps are for grown-ups, too.

9. Question everything except your own intuition.

10. You have enough. You are enough.

And last but not least…

11. You are amazing! Don't let anyone ever make you feel you are not. If someone does....walk away. You deserve better.