’Round Town June 20, 2018

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If you’re reading this on Wednesday, the day the paper comes out, it’s the anniversary of JoAnn and Jimmy Anderson. The couple celebrate their 60th anniversary June 20. How special is that? Their address is P.O. Box 955, Madisonville, TX 77864.

•Also, if you’re reading this on Wednesday, the television series “Yellowstone” with Kevin Costner begins tonight. Costner plays John Dutton of the Dutton family who own the largest ranch in the United States and about “his fight to defend his land and his family from the modern-day forces that threaten his way of life.”

It will be on Paramount on DISH Network and Direct TV on Channel 241 at 8 p.m. and on others as well. It will also be on CMT at 10 p.m.

•One more thing. Those are Nettles Stirrups on the saddles in this series. Several stirrups show the wood for which the stirrups are well-known and several others are covered with the shiny metal Monel. We feel very honored.

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

July 1 Pastor Jim Jackon will take over the pulpit at First United Methodist Church. Make sure you stick around after the second service for the potluck luncheon and the chance to meet and greet Pastor Jackson.

•We’ve got some mighty sick folks in our community who would probably enjoy a card or a call from you. The problem is because of the illnesses we are uncertain where to send cards, so we have no addresses to share. Should you have this info, though, please send it to gala@nettlescountry.com or call (936) 348-6541.

First, Paul Bailey, who has had a battle with pain for several years, received a stem cell treatment Tuesday. Paul has received numerous treatments that have not worked so hopefully this one will help control his chronic pain.

•Two youngsters attending school in North Zulch have some serious health problems. Fourteen-year-old Gabby Tobias was diagnosed earlier this month with Ewing xarcoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. Already Gabby has begun chemotherapy.

Alex Ayala is another NZISD student with a rare disease. Alex was diagnosed with Par Plantitis, a rare eye disease that can lead to loss of vision, a problem Alex is presently experiencing. Alex, who is already on medications and will soon start weekly injection of Humeria, goes to Houston twice a week where he sees three specialists.

A benefit will be held for Alex and his family Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at North Zulch First Baptist Church 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, face 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. Mark your calendar for the fundraiser.

Caleb Valdez is another youngster battling cancer in his brain and spine. Since his eight weeks of chemo did not slow the disease, Caleb will be given a drug in clinical trials at Boston. Caleb will be in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. 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.

Dave Cole, who was in Temple Hospital earlier this month in his fight against cancer is now home. He had some special visitors this week when close family friends Toni O’Neal and her mom Gypsy O’Neal flew in to visit him. Gypsy, her husband Tim O’Neal and children lived in Madisonville at one time and Gypsy too, has had cancer.

•On our birthday list this week happy birthday to Sara Brassell ,whose birthday is June 22, and to Sue Cannon and Oma Waldie, whose birthdays are June 23. Sunday, June 24, Angela Baker celebrates her birthday while Monday, June 25, Janelle Mathis does the same.

Mike Ferguson’s birthday is Tuesday, June 25, while Laney Baker and Patsy Matejka wind out this week’s list with their birthdays Wednesday, June 27.

•And finally, the editor is tapping his pencil about right now so I’ll sign off with a special part of a prayer by the late Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis once wrote “for it is in the giving we receive.”

It’s funny, but it really does work that way. Maybe we could think about it as we remember these families in our community no doubt filling the pinch from fighting illness.

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