’Round Town May 30, 2018

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May is coming to an end and that means school is just about out.

The last school bell for MCISD students is this Thursday, May 31, with early dismissal to help jump-start the summer vacation. Teachers and staff will return Friday, June 1, to wind out their year. 

And one more school tidbit. Congratulations to the students and employees in our school system who were honored this month. Each month our School District Board of Trustees recognizes a student from each school for their “academic achievement, outstanding character, effort, and responsibility.”

For May those students are Kaislyn Thornton from the elementary school, Brook Langley from the Junior High and Jonathan Palomino from the High school.

Also recognized in May were two employees and this recognition is pretty special since the faculty and staff nominate their choices and then vote. Achieving this month’s recognition are elementary registered nurse Rae Lyn Williamson and elementary teacher Alissa Lewandowski.

Congratulations to Susan Warmuth. Once again, our town has received recognition because of the dedication of the good folks of Madisonville like Susan. Check out this month’s Texas Highways magazine where The Woodbine Hotel, which she owns and manages, was a feature article.

•More honors. Recently the Daughters of the American Revolution honored two in our community, David Stiver and Patsy Strawther, for their dedication to community service.

David, who has been the board president for the past 19 years and has served on numerous boards, was presented this award for his service to the ASK program at the First United Methodist Church. Patsy, known as the resident genealogist, was presented her reward for her extensive work in genealogy for our community. •Another DAR member and avid historian is Sara Warren. Last March was Sara was presented the Woman in History award.

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

The Class of 1959 will hold its class reunion Saturday, June 9, at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church. Time is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., so that means there will lunch. Have questions? Give Molly Standley a call at 349-0421.

As I shared last week the classes of 1954 and 1955 are planning a combined class reunion. Theirs will be held the weekend of June 22-23.

Tom Jones, one of the classmates who is making plans to return to his home town, will remain in town over the weekend and speak Sunday morning at First united Methodist Church.

•It finally happened last week. John Henry Jr. of Midway, who has fought liver disease for years, finally received a new liver last Wednesday night in New Orleans. He has done exceptionally well following his surgery and may be out of the hospital by the time you read this. Henry and his wife Dawn will remain in New Orleans for a month, perhaps more for follow-up visits.

•Thank you to those who offered suggestions about planning the future of the Madison County Arts Council. The Arts Council has played an active role over the past decade in hosting hometown culture as well as bringing outside enrichment to our community.

Presently, new ideas and volunteers with a willingness to pursue them is needed. As I shared last week, research of active arts councils shows they have been a large asset in making small towns vibrant, not only with cultural enjoyment but also by stimulating tourists to visit which brings in outside revenue.

While the present arts council board believes in the importance of the arts and want the Madison County Arts Council to thrive, since it has charter membership of more than 100, the board would like to hear from more of you. Please email Delores Williams at delores.wms71@yahoo.com.

•A new dentist is coming to town. This Wednesday, May 30, Langley Dental, which will be located in Dr. Plunkett’s old office, will host its Grand Opening from 11-1 p.m. It’s a good time to stop by and get acquainted.

•Then Friday, June 1, the Son-Shine Outreach Center will host a Customer Appreciation Day and they are planning a big event. Drop by between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and stick your name in the hat for the hourly drawings. A grand prize shopping spree in the Resale Shop drawing will happen at 5 p.m. and no, you don’t have to be present to win. You do have to register though.

The Son-Shine Center is a great asset to our community and helps quite a few families. In 2015 they served between 325-350 folks from its food pantry alone. No doubt that number is higher now.

They also provide utility assistance and prescription assistance to those in need, plus a myriad of unexpected monthly needs for those in our community.

Of course, they can do this because of our local churches and good people like you who share pantry items, household donations and much needed money to keep the doors open.

By the way, hats off to coordinator Lisa Wamsley and the numerous volunteers working at the Son-Shine Outreach Center.

•On our birthday list, happy birthday to Reygan Richardson, who will celebrate her birthday Thursday, May 31. Reygan and hubby Wess Richardson are expecting Tristan Roberts Richardson Aug. 9. Brian Risinger’s birthday is June 2, and he shares that with Doris Warren and Tammy Reid. Jill May celebrates her birthday Monday, June 4, while Jamie Lindsey and Susan Warmuth wind out the week’s list with their birthdays June 5

And finally, it seems our world is growing more cynical daily. Just check out Facebook for a look at some of that cynicism in our town.

The biggest problem is that reveals the person’s heart. Joni Lamb, a Christian speaker, recently talked about this behavior pointing out that good people develop a cynical heart without even knowing it. Television exploits the mind with things that would have been totally inappropriate only a few years ago. Fast-paced living creates anxiety and slowly unhappiness creeps in. Then a cynical attitude follows.

The cure she shared though is simple. Plan each morning to say nothing negative without fact and to do at least two acts of kindness that day. It’s a little tough to begin with, but it’s amazing how these small acts can change a heart.

There’s just something about kind words and good deeds. You can’t feel cynical while doing them.

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