’Round Town July 11, 2014

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Hats off to our city for providing the spectacular fireworks display on Lake Madison the night of July 4. Ronnie and I watched the fireworks with friends from a high point in our county while listening to patriotic music. From that location fireworks filled the skies not only from Madison Lake but from all around the county.

It was a moving experience. While fireworks are spectacular by themselves, add a little Lee Greenwood with his famous song “I’m Proud to Be an American” along with other patriotic music such as “America the Beautiful” and it made the eyes a little misty.

By the way, putting on that July 4 fireworks display took a lot of work by our city employees. On top of that they gave up their holiday to work for the rest of us. We thank you, Madisonville.

•Here’s what’s going on round our town.

If Walker’s Vintage Café seems a little quieter this week it’s because Angela Culbreth and friend Carrie Rose are enjoying the sights of New York City. When these two return, their stories shared around the tables in Walker’s are sure to be entertaining.

Just a reminder of three of the youngsters in our county battling illnesses. Gaby Tobias, the 14-year-old daughter of Pat Tobias, is battling cancer and undergoing treatment at Texas Children’s Hospital. Drop your encouragement to her at P.O. Box 402, Madisonville, TX 77864, and family will get those cards to her. A fundraiser is planned for August and well share more with you about that later.

•Alex Ayala a student at NZISD student is fighting to save his eyesight. Alex has a Par Plantitis, a rare eye disease that can lead to loss of vision and he already knows about some of that. The medications he has been taking aren’t working too well, so he now has to take weekly injection of Humeria and see specialists twice a week in Houston.

It’s all quite expensive, so North Baptist Church of North Zulch is hosting a benefit the family this Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall and park.

In addition to a great lunch of chicken spaghetti or regular spaghetti, both with all of the trimmings, there will be a bounce house, fish pond, Facebook painting and other activities for all the kiddos. There will also be a silent auction with some great donated items to help raise money for the family. You still have time to donate to that silent auction. Kimberly Seay will be at the church fellowship hall Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. to receive items or donations. Mark your calendar for Saturday for the fundraiser.

•Caleb Valdez is another youngster battling cancer in his brain and spine. Although he underwent eight weeks of chemo, the disease continued to grow so Caleb has been approved to be in a clinical trial. Presently there is an account at Wells Fargo Bank and also an account on gofundme titled “#teamCaleb and his family.” You can read more about Caleb’s fight there.

•Wellness Day is coming to our local Walmart. Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., you can get free health screenings as well as low cost immunizations and a consultation with the pharmacist. That’s a good thing for every age.

•Then that Sunday, July 22, its reunion time for the class of 1953. The reunion will be held at the Woodbine Hotel from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Woodbine serves a scrumptious buffet on Sundays, so you can enjoy a good meal and good friends at the same time.

And to get you ready for that reunion, how about a little stroll down memory lane? The year 1953 Perry Como put the song “Don’t Let the Stars get in your Eyes” in the music Top 10. Nat King Cole swooned everyone with his song “Pretend” and Patti Page made everyone smile with the song “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?”

None of the songs of that era had vulgarity, explicit sexual implications or aggressive suggestions like much of the music of today. In fact, the 1950s television had not had its first bra commercial with a woman modeling. That came in 1987 when an article in the April 21, 1987, for Times shared “On May 4, NBC is scheduled to air an ad for the Playtex-made Cross Your Heart bra, which shows a woman wearing the product. This brings to an end the decades-old ban by the networks on commercials that show models in their underwear.”

Yes, the class of 1953 has definitely see a lot. And they would like to see you too. Everyone is invited to drop by and reminisce, maybe even look at pics from the 1950s when Bobbi socks and poodle skirts, duck tail haircuts and rolled-up jeans were the style.

•Sunday, July 22, is also the day Moose on the Loose kicks off. That’s the name of the theme for the Crossroads Cowboy Church Vacation Bible School that kicks off at 6 p.m. The VBC ends each evening at 8 p.m. and holds its grand finale, which you parents will definitely want to see Thursday evening, July 26.

By the way, that’s also evening the cook wagon team headed by Tim and Kathy Edwards will cook some awesome hamburgers with all the trimmings.

And no, the kiddos do not have to be members of CCC to attend, but they are guaranteed to have a good time with fun activities from Bible to crafts and games in the church arena. Want more info? Call the church at (936) 349-4401 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Need a ride for your child? They can handle that too.

On our birthday list, happy birthday to Brad Brock whose birthday is Sunday, July 15. Monday, July 16, is birthday time for Tanner Cook, Charlee Pharris and Lacey Richardson. Pam Ghormley, Margaret Mosley and Jimmy Anderson wind out this week’s list with their birthdays July 17.

Sadly, there has been little response from our community to the need for help to keep the Madison County Arts Council alive. The Arts council is really an umbrella for all kinds of cultural clubs. For example, do you like to paint and would you be willing to host a painting club that met every so often?

A painting club might evolve into doing something for the community or hosting a special painter in our town. In earlier years a writing group was under the umbrella of the Arts Council. The arts council can be as vivid and alive as your imagination. Think about it. I’ve more to share with you next week.

•And finally, several years I received the quote below from “an anonymous friend” and ran across it again this week. It’s pretty powerful, especially if you consider the arrogance and entitlement of our society today. It’s just one of those fridge or bathroom mirror keepers.

“When a bird is alive it eats ants. When the bird is dead ants eat the bird.

“Time and circumstances can change at any time. Don’t devalue or hurt anyone in life.

“You may be powerful today but remember, time is more powerful than you. One tree makes a million match sticks … only one match stick is needed to burn a million trees.”

See you ’round town.

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