Here is some important trivia for you: We are in the middle of National Farriers Week, which began 21 years ago, so hats off to Jimmy Dutton, Donnie McKinney and all of you other guys around here who shoe horses.
There’s even an online article about suitable gifts for your farrier. It reminded me of sending little gifts to your kid’s teacher to encourage them to keep the kid in class and not send them home. If you think about it, both ideas are good ones!
For those of you who have no need for a farrier, how about your dog? This year the first two weeks of July celebrate the Dog Days of Summer. They really refer to the star Sirius that is part of the constellation Canis Major and have nothing to do with your dog, except in the Farmer’s Almanac, which claims the weather during this time is "not fit for a dog."
By the way, your dog does need special attention during this heat. Concrete and pavement burn paws and a no water can cause heat stroke.
Quite a group of family and friends gathered Saturday at the Kimbro Center to honor Randy Clifford. Brandi Smith orchestrated a party for Randy, who is one of those Fourth of July babies and this year celebrated that spectacular 70th birthday. Both of his sons, Russell and Robert flew in while his Aunt Ferndale the matriarch of the family, his sister Debbie Nester and other relatives were also there.
Randy, a devout Christian, attends Madisonville Christian Fellow and his church family brought plenty of food for the afternoon of fun. Drop Randy a card at Madisonville Assisted Living, 410 Collard Street, Madisonville, Texas 77864.
Hats off to our city for providing the spectacular July 4 fireworks display on Lake Madison. Putting on that show took a lot of work by our city employees and others who worked throughout the holiday for the rest of us. We thank you.
Did you know there is a new Wells Fargo ATM in town? That’s right. The address is 112 N Price St. which is the street between Heaven on Main and Henson Chevrolet. Not this Friday but the next, that’s July 19, at noon the Madison County Chamber of Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting to honor its chamber member. Drop by for the event and get in the picture. It will be a memory maker!
Mark your calendar for July 25 so you won’t miss enjoying a DQ Blizzard and benefitting children as well. That’s when our very own Dairy Queen, owned by the Smith family of Bryan, will host Miracle Treat Day.
The net proceeds from your purchase of a Blizzard will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, benefitting Texas Children’s Hospitals. All the great bosses in town will surely want to be a part of this win-win opportunity and buy their employees a Blizzard, especially since the boss can also give a gift card. I’m sure Meteor Publisher Roy Reynolds will do this for his employees!
Don’t forget that two of our local churches host Vacation Bible Schools in July and now is the time to enroll your kiddos.
First Baptist Church will host their VBS July 22–25. And you can enroll your kids who are entering kindergarten through 6th grade by going to the events page on the church’s website or stopping by the church office. Time is from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Then Crossroads Cowboy Church will host their VBS the same week but theirs starts July 21 and will run in the evening from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Call the church at 936-349-4401 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Parents between these two events you can get some free time in both the morning and evening while your youngsters have a good time with activities from Bible to crafts and games.
No, the kiddos do not have to be members of either church to attend. Just enroll them!
Here’s another heads-up about an upcoming August activity for all of you fisherman: Time to start honing your skills! Madisonville will host its first bass tournament August 3 at Lake Madison. No doubt many more will follow.
The tournament kicks off at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 11:30 a.m. The winner takes home $500 for the most weight between three fish while the guy or gal catching the monster fish pockets $150. We will share more about rules and how you enter next week, but in the meantime, you might want to start doing a little casting.
On our birthday list; happy birthday to Debbie Hammit, who kicks off this week’s birthdays with her’s on Thursday while Brad Brock does the same next Monday. Tuesday will be birthday time for Tanner Cook, Elke Guevara and Lacey Clunn.
Pam Ghormley, Margaret Mosley and Jimmy Anderson wind out this week’s list with theirs on Wednesday. And here is a heads-up for you. Maidie Madole, secretary for First Baptist church for decades, will celebrate her 100th birthday July 26. We will share more info about an upcoming party for this special lady but in the meantime, send those cards to 102 York St, Madisonville, Texas 77864.
Please send those birthdays, anniversaries, births and other important announcements to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 936-348-6541. And remember, make sure you spell the names so we print them correctly and keep everyone happy. We lost several individuals this past week who called Madisonville home for decades. First, services were held Wednesday for Mrs. Annie
Farris, who many of you no doubt remember for her kind smile and those beautiful handmade quilts.
Although she was born and reared in Madison County, in her later years Mrs. Farris moved to Bryan, closer to her daughter Angela. In 2003, she then moved into the Crestview Retirement Community. Mrs. Farris was about 91 at that time and 107 when she passed away. In addition to Angela and her husband Jerry Fannin, she is survived by her son, Jeff and his wife Sue, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a large extended family. She was quite a lady.
George Brogdon, who moved to Fredericksburg in 2016, lost a battle with pneumonia Wednesday. Prior to the move he and his wife Jean had lived in Midway for 46 years.
Brogdon was known for his jokes, his stories and his big smile and matter where you saw him you were probably going to get all three. He was also known for his love of motorcycles and he and Jean traveled extensively on them.
While he was a part of our community, the retired Houston policeman owned Brogdon Real Estate on Main Street and was active in the Madisonville Noon Lions Club and the Madisonville VFW Post #84. Three of the couple’s daughters passed away while they lived in Midway and Jean, then passed away after they moved to Fredericksburg.
Brogdon is survived by his daughter Georgia Anne Brogdon of Houston and granddaughter, Ashley Christina Sanchez of Lancaster. Services will be held when at 1 p.m. Thursday at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale St., in Houston. Then Charles Bristow, also from Midway, passed away last Sat. at the age 86. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with services following at noon Saturday, also at First Baptist Church.
Charlie, as most of us knew him, is another man known for his contagious smile. He served as a deacon of First Baptist Church, taught in the Madisonville School District after having retired from teaching elsewhere and announced those Madisonville Friday night ballgames. Who can forget that voice? Mr. Charlie is survived by his wife Mary Lou, his children and their families Becky, Laurie and Chuck, which includes seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. By the way, Charlie and Mary Lou had been married 65 years. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 300 S. Elm, Madisonville, Tx 77864.
And finally, since this column is really long so I’ll close with an anonymous quote that perhaps we all should ponder. “When David faced Goliath, he didn’t think his stone was too small. He believed Goliath was too big to miss. Sometimes it’s how you look at things that matters.”
Until next week, think positively and you won’t miss! See you ‘round town.