'Round Town (June 19, 2019)

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Have you ever noticed how many selfies are taken in cars? That intrigues me. I wonder why that is? Maybe car seats are the new photo props?

Maybe it’s because getting into the car means going someplace and going someplace can mean we are all “gussied up,” as my grandmother Mama Mamie used to say. She had some other sayings when she was a little unhappy with us kids, but those aren’t printable.

On to some special occasions ‘round Madison County. Belated anniversary wishes to Frances and Ford Hooper, longtime residents of Madisonville. The couple celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary Monday and have moved to Hearne to be closer to their children. Drop your cards to them at 11884 FM 391, Hearne, 77859.

Another special couple with ties to Madisonville and lots of years together is Harold Gene and Pat Wells. The couple celebrated their 68th anniversary Saturday.

It’s also anniversary time for Candace and Charles Brown, who are celebrating an anniversary on the other end of the spectrum. Sunday will be their special first anniversary. Here’s to as many more for the two of you as the Hoopers and the Wells have celebrated!

On to this week’s birthdays. First on our birthday list happy birthday to June Blakely, who celebrates her special day Sunday and to Angela Baker, whose birthday is Monday.

Next Belinda Happy Rogers and Janelle Mathis celebrate their birthdays Tuesday, while Elayne Campbell does the same Wednesday. Winding out this week’s birthday list Patricia Matejka and Laney Baker will do their celebrating Tuesday.

By the way, Janelle Mathis has been in St. Joseph hospital but hopefully, will be home sometime this week.

Lacey Cannon is another who is under the weather right now, as is Roxanne Roundtree. Roxanne, the wife of Don Roundtree and mother of three, has battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- better known as Lou Gehrig's disease -- since 2008.

ALS is a tough disease. That’s why Auburn Rose, who lost a brother to ALS two years ago, has organized the Madisonville Strike Out ALS co-ed softball tournament as a fun way to raise money to fight ALS.

The tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lake Madison. All funds raised from the softball tournament will go to the Therapy Development Institute, Cambridge Mass, whose single goal is to find a cure for ALS. By the way, earlier this week there were only three openings left for teams. If you’re interested give Rose a call at 979-220-5854. If softball isn’t your game or you won’t be in town that weekend, consider a donation. You can make on online at fundraise.als.net/strike.

Many of you may remember Troy Brooks, who pastored our First Baptist Church in past years. Brother Troy suffered a stroke last week. He remained in Waco’s Providence hospital until last Monday, when he was transferred to the Limestone Rehab Center in Groesbeck.

As we go to print, the plans are for Mark McBride, the son of Renee and Jeff McBride to come home this week. If all worked well, he should be home by the time you read this.

The teenager, who was accidently shot in the neck April 19, was in Houston’s Hermann Memorial until transferring last month to TIRR, a rehabilitation hospital.

A bank account in the name of Mark McBride Benefit has been established at Wells Fargo Bank to help defray the mounting medical expenses. The address for our local Wells Fargo Bank is 207 East Main, Madisonville TX.

Mark is also the grandson of Glenda and Eddie Collard and the great grandson of Burke and Lena Lou Landry. Send your encouragements to Mark at 209 N Tammye, Madisonville Tx 77864.

Sunday at 6 p.m., Dennis Ivey and his band will be in concert at First Baptist Church. Dennis had back surgery earlier this month and was only given back his driving rights this week. Sunday evening will be his first concert since having surgery. See you there.

Speaking of Dennis, he will also be a part of our July Fourth celebration at Madison Park. Reminder! Now’s the time to be gathering those decorations for your July Fourth parade entry! The parade will start at the American Legion, circle the square and end at the park. Entries have to be submitted by June 30 to the city hall at 113 Trinity Street or email laura.lawrenz@ci.madisonville.tx.us.

Condolences to the family of long-time Madisonville resident Sylvia McVeigh, who passed away June 10 following a lengthy illness. Services were last Friday at Living Truth Church.

Sylvia and her husband Lon were a major part of Living Truth Church for almost four decades where Lon pastored, and Sylvia was music director. Eight years ago, they moved to Montgomery to be near family. We will try to have an address for condolences next week.

And finally, in two weeks we will celebrate July 4, the date the 1776 Declaration of Independence was signed.

It’s is a special day in our heritage. It’s the reason you and I will enjoy family, picnics and fireworks. An individual once quoted about America and its founders, “How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”

While the celebrating is fun, appreciating those precious blessings is what the day must be about. While freedom sustains our way of living keeping freedom isn’t easy. As the great Thomas Paine once said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

Fatigue. Constant threats to our safety, loss of respect from the very people living in America, arguing that escalates to rage, blaming, blaming, blaming. Yes, our country shows signs of fatigue. The battle, however, isn’t a new one.

Encouraging Americans to remember how blessed they are has always been an ongoing battle. Perhaps it’s because we forget too easily, or maybe because we have only heard stories about the pain of fighting for freedom and never had that strict teacher ourselves. Freedom, though, is worth every ounce of fatigue it costs to keep it.

By the way, the person who quoted, “How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy”? That was Thomas Jefferson, a founding father and signer of that Declaration of Independence.

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