New additions in our town!
New additions is our town!
Congratulations to Will and Felicia Bankhead on the birth of Anna Elizabeth, born Nov. 5. She was welcomed home by big brother Silas and her Madisonville grandparents, John and Sindy Bankhead. Send your congratulations to them at P.O. Box 1839, Madisonville, Texas 77864. Stacy Pierce
Also congratulations to Cannon and Macee Cahill, who added LouCasee Lane Cahill to the family. LouCasee was also born Nov. 5 weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces, 20 inches. Send your congrats to them at 1606 Wildwood Lane Madisonville, Texas 77864.
How about some birthdays? On our birthday list, a very special happy birthday to Melvin Spillars, better known as Mutt. Mr. Spillers, who now lives in Kemah, is celebrating his 97th birthday this month. Mr. Spillars was one of eight children. Now he and Betty Spillars Gilbert are the only two living siblings. I wrote about the Spillar siblings several years ago when several of them visited Mrs. Betty. Ran into them at the Dairy Queen. That was a special day.
Happy birthday to Roberta Murphy whose birthday is Thursday. Gus Wehmeyer and Robbie Brown celebrate their birthday Friday while Debbie Holland does the same Saturday.
It’s birthday time for Jan Ward Sunday and birthday time for Jason Plumlee Monday. Winding out this week’s list is Frieda Michael with her birthday Tuesday.
On to what’s going on ‘round town.
It’s happening this Saturday! From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. our MHS Band will host their annual Market Day fundraiser. This year’s goal is to march in the Fiesta Flambeau parade. scheduled for March 2020 in San Antonio.
This is the fourth year for Market Day and with more than 22 vendors selling their wares, it’s guaranteed to be a festival within itself. Should you get hungry, that’s covered too.
The band members will have grilled hamburger bagged lunches, complete with chips, cookie and drink. The MHS jazz band will even be performing on the square at noon and since its supposed to be a sunny day with highs in the 60s, a jacket and a bagged lunch might just be the perfect partner for listening to great music.
Don’t forget Monday evening’s Choice Seminar that will be held at the Madisonville High School Cate Building. The seminar, a part of a 35-year-old program, will begin at 6 p.m. Want more info? Contact Suzanne Risinger 979-777-5408. On to next week, Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 when the annual Madisonville Gingerbread Market comes to Madisonville. Sweet Pickin’s will host the Madisonville Gingerbread Market and it, too, will be held at the Kimbro Center. Friday hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 a.m. while Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Also Nov. 23 is the upcoming Texas Dept of Criminal Justice Horse Sale at the Madison County fairgrounds. Previews of the horses begins at 3 p.m. Nov. 22, with the sale starting at 1 p.m. Nov. 23.
Then it’s Nov. 28 and Thanksgiving. Honest Abe started the holiday. In fact, on Nov. 28, 1861, the President ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving. Three years later, Oct. 3, 1863 he issued a proclamation designating the Thanksgiving holiday as the last Thursday in November. It’s a late holiday this year since November began on a Friday, making the fourth Thursday late in the month. It is the first time Thanksgiving has been this late since 2013.
Friday, the day after Thanksgiving the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle fundraiser begins its bell ringing and they need your help. Can you sign up to ring the bell for an hour or two? Call Becky Blair at 936-348-5465 to sign up for your designated time and then grab a friend, your hubby your kiddos to make this a memorable event. All the funds raised locally through the Red Kettle Campaign stay in our county. Now that’s a really good reason to help raise money with the Salvation Army.
Here’s a heads-up on a few December dates, since the month is right upon us.
First, tell the kiddos Santa’s coming to town! He will be a part of our Dec. 7 annual Christmas Parade which will kick off at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Patriotic Christmas.” Why not cajole an organization you’re in or a group of friends and come up with an entry for the parade? Stay tuned for more on the parade in upcoming issues.
A blood drive is on the docket for Dec. 10. Think about donating and helping those less fortunate. We’ll share more info in the coming weeks as well. In the meantime, if you want more info please contact Maurita Turner at 936-349-1572.
And finally, Thanksgiving is a short two weeks ahead. While it is always a time for us to pause and be thankful for our family, our country and our bounty, into day’s fast paced world an additional reason to be thankful might be the four-day weekend for those fortunate enough to enjoy one!
Moms know all about the need to be thankful, even for those things that might not seem to be a blessing at the time. I’ve kept the thoughts below for many years. Like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the author is unknown, but I’m betting it’s a mom who understand the value of thankfulness. This time of year seems to be a good time to share it. There’s some deep thought in these words.
“Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat. Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear. And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds, they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed. My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory; they are so convenient. Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs cleaning. It has served us faithfully for many years. It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals. Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short and my children are so loud, thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely. Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job. Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest, thank you, Lord, for life.”
On a personal note I, too, am thankful; thankful for you, the readers who read this column, thankful that our small town supports a hometown newspaper, thankful that many of us have family here in Madison County, and yes, thankful for the dirty dishes, and the hectic schedules.
Fall, even with all the chaotic weather it is bringing us, really is a good time to pause and be thankful.