'Round Town (Nov. 6, 2019)

Posted 11/5/19

It’s hard not to smile when someone with connections to Madisonville does well, isn’t it? Congratulations to Devan Clute, the daughter of Stephanie Bennett Clute and the late Don Clute, and a graduate of Baylor Law School.

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'Round Town (Nov. 6, 2019)


It’s hard not to smile when someone with connections to Madisonville does well, isn’t it? Congratulations to Devan Clute, the daughter of Stephanie Bennett Clute and the late Don Clute, and a graduate of Baylor Law School.

Devan, was sworn in last week as the newest attorney at Haney.Moorman.Paschal, P.C. The law firm is located in Huntsville, where Devan grew up. Her grandparents, though, are Bunkin and Candy Bennett and the late Dee and Calvin Clute of Madisonville.

On our birthday list, happy birthday to Andrew Cole who will turn 10 years old Thursday. Andrew is the son of Katheryn and Steven Cole. Thursday is also the birthday for his grandmother Helen Cole. That’s a pretty good birthday present for a grandmother, don’t you think?

Friday is a busy birthday with Keith Hahn, Leslie Wakefield, Dawn Arnold and Sherry Cannon sharing that day. Our daughter-in-law Robin Richardson has her birthday Saturday.

Then Edith Guerrero and Craig Edmunds share birthdays Monday and Rhodena Brooks celebrates her birthday Tuesday. Winding out this week’s birthday list is Mike Ghormley, who celebrates his birthday Nov 13.

Here’s a couple more birthdays you should know about. Sunday is the 244th birthday of our United States Marine Corps while Monday is the 65th birthday for Veterans Day. Guys and gals of the service, in celebration of these two special days, our Texas Legends Steakhouse has a gift for you. Drop in Monday and enjoy your first frosty beverage compliments of owner Ashley Hull.

Here’s what’s going on round town.

Let’s get that date straight. Last week I shared the wrong date about when Sally Kankey will have her great line of jewelry at the CHI St. Joseph Hospital gift shop. Sally will be set up Nov. 20 at 9 a.m., so drop by for a visit. If you are going to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving you might even find a little gift to take her in appreciation of the great meal she is undoubtedly cooking!

Next week It’s singing time! Tuesday the Lanier Stevens' Memorial Gospel Singing will be held for the last time this year. Singing and finger good, both guaranteed to make you happy, will take place in The Midway Church of Christ Fellowship Hall.

Dennis Ivey will host the event and anyone who likes to sing some good ole gospel country music, maybe just listen or even play an instrument is guaranteed a good time. That finger food will be out on the table by 6 p.m. so go enjoy a little snacking and some toe-tapping to good old gospel music. You may have such a good time that days later you will still be singing one of those songs in your mind. Speaking of music and eating, mark from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday,

Nov. 16 when our Madisonville High School Band will host its Fourth Annual Market Day at the Kimbro Center. The kiddos are raising money so they can go to San Antonio in March and march in the Fiesta Flambeau parade.

Now rumor has it this year’s Market Day will be like a mini Mushroom Festival, with vendors selling everything from jewelry and soaps to handmade items and clothing. With 22 vendors at the Market you should find something you just have to take home.

Band members will also sell bagged lunches, a good way to feed the family that day. For $10 bucks you can bite into a grilled hamburger, munch on some chips and finish it off with a cookie and a drink. Tickets are available from any band student or stop by and purchase one at the grill that day.

And for your entertainment the jazz band will perform on the square at noon. If the weather cooperates, you may want to take those sack lunches, sat on the lawn and listen to some good music while you eat.

Next in line is the Choice Seminar that will start at 6 p.m. Nov 18 in the Cate Building of Madisonville High School. Most likely all of us could benefit from the seminar since they teach tools to enjoy life. Think less anxiety, less stress less frustration, less anger, you get the idea.

Suzanne Risinger is spearheading the Choice Seminar coming to our town, so if you want more information give her a call at 979-777-5408.

And speaking of Suzanne, who teaches at Madisonville High School teacher and is the Spanish Chair, this lady is planning to take a group of students and parents to Spain in the summer of 2021. Moms, dads, this could be a great family event so now might be the time to start that Spain trip savings account.

Before closing I want to remind you of another place that needs your help. No one has stepped up to help with our Madison CHI St. Joseph Hospital gift store. It is manned by volunteers and quite a few are needed. With plenty helping nobody has to stay more hand an hour or two, unless they want to stay longer.

The rewards for volunteering are better than money. Long-lasting friendships are built through volunteer work and the appreciation shown by the hospital patients will warm your heart. Think about it. Maybe a retired husband and wife team could volunteer together? Maybe a single person who knows he or she needs to get out of the house? You really are needed. Give Maurita Turner a call at 936 349-1572.

And finally, one of the most important days in our history is Nov. 11, a day to honor our veterans. Without them our lives would be much different. This weekend and Monday are good days to fly a flag. It speaks volumes to our veterans.

Years ago, I shared a story recalled by good friend Carol Bush -- a talented, funny, hardworking dear lady who recalled World War II through the eyes of a child. It touched many hearts. Since each year fewer and fewer Americans remain to share those memories I am sharing hers once again. Memories can be great teachers and these memories should never be forgotten. Without them, events and dates have much less meaning but with them those same events and dates come alive.

Our population today has only known little inconvenience from the wars of recent years. Not so during World War II. It took sacrifice right here at home to fight that war. The generation of WWII, including those fighting and those here at home understood freedom was worth fighting for. They understood its burial would change our country forever, so their fervent love and devotion for country and flag covered America.

Unfortunately, according to statistics, a percentage of today’s population will vote for socialism in the next presidential election. I can’t imagine that’s the kind of regime for which our soldiers were fighting.

People only hear the word “free” when hearing the socialism propaganda. Visions of a good life without work and bills pop into their heads. In future columns, I will share have statistics about socialism and its false dream. Now though, here’s a great story about patriotism and unity of our country.

“I remember World War II so well-- I was just a very young girl--I was seven when we got the word about Pearl Harbor. But soon our way of life changed drastically. Rationing, doing without, walking instead of driving. A lot of people rode bikes--including my Mom who was not a small woman.

“She rode to her beauty shop on a bike with my little brother in a basket and dropped him off at my Grandma’s house, Then she rode home in the dark (all street lights were out because of the blackouts on the Pacific Coast) with her bag of money slung over the handlebars and retrieved my brother who was put in the basket.

“We had one pair of shoes. They were rationed too. When we did ride in the car, I remember a makeshift training camp called Camp Koehler which was not too far from our home. You could see recruits drilling out in the field in large groups stirring up dust and marching, marching, It was a hurry-up training program. I wonder how many of those boys never came home.

“As kids we had regular drives for scrap metal and we would fill our wagons and turn it all in at a special collection place. We even saved the tinfoil from gum if we were lucky enough to find some. Hershey bars were a real luxury. My Dad sent us gum and candy from the Aleutian Islands where he was working with a large company. that had an Army Engineer contract. Our country came together and worked hard for victory, which came about through the efforts of our armed forces and the civilian population. I will never forget the unity and patriotism even as a young girl.”

Sadly, many Americans have replaced that kind of love for country with love for entertainment, for gadgets, for keeping up with the Joneses, turning our society into one of self-importance. As we lose more of the greatest generation on earth, that love and devotion for America shown during WWII grows weaker each year.

History is a good teacher, but we must first listen.