'Round Town (Oct. 9, 2019)

Posted 10/8/19

Five years ago, I wrote in this column about Karen Long and her pink car. You may remember her pink car, because it wasn’t just any car.

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'Round Town (Oct. 9, 2019)


Five years ago, I wrote in this column about Karen Long and her pink car. You may remember her pink car, because it wasn’t just any car.

Long, who had been a Special Victims Unit police officer with the Orlando Police Department since 2000, was battling her second round of breast cancer. To show support her fellow police officers presented her with a pink patrol car.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, while the lady lost her battle in 2015, each October pink patrol cars and pink badges on police uniforms carry on their support against the disease. Today, other cities have followed suit with bright pink patrol cars each October, including El Segundo, California; Novi, Michigan; Sommerville, New Jersey and Albuquerque New Mexico.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation stated they estimate 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year alone. The estimated 2019 population in Bryan is 85,445 according to the United States Census Bureau, so that’s more than everyone in three towns the size of Bryan being diagnosed this year with breast cancer.

Bottom line is if you’re breathing, you’re connected to a woman and most likely more than one. There’s your mother, your grandmother, maybe a sister, a daughter, perhaps a wife or a good friend. Now think about life without them. Long was first diagnosed in 2007. Although it had not spread, she chose a double mastectomy and chemo for insurance but five years ago it reared its ugly head again.

We too, want to show support in eradicating breast cancer. Do you know someone fighting the disease or who is a breast cancer survivor? During October let’s tell the world how solidly we stand with them and tell them they are not alone.

Here’s my first. Remember Peggy Garrett? Peggy now lives in Bryan and works at Scott and White but once, she and her husband Donnie owned the two stores across the river. Peggy underwent breast cancer surgery last week. Drop your encouragement to her 614 San Benito College Station Tx 77845.

Call 936-348-6541 or email gala@nettlescountry.com with the names of those you wish to honor. On to other things.

Mrs. Ina Williams, the mother of Judi Delasandri (a familiar face at the courthouse), rancher Jim Williams and also North Zulch teacher Lori O’Neal, underwent knee surgery Tuesday. Drop your cards to Ina at 25806 OSR Normangee 77872.

Saturday is the Fourth Annual Sandra Standley Golf Tournament and Dinner held at the Oak Ridge Country Club. Sandra was an avid tennis player and golfer, and what a great way to remember her.

You don’t have to play golf to enjoy the day, though. The tournament begins at noon, but at 11 a.m., a delicious a hamburger buffet along with registration starts the day.

Then Saturday evening after the golf clubs are put away, Chef Paul will begin serving a very special dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday in Midway, the annual Texas State Championship BBQ Cook-Off will be held and it’s always a fun event. This is the 14th year for the Midway Fire Department to sponsor the cook-off and raise money for the volunteer organization.

Of course, there’s more going on than enjoying some good barbeque after the judging. Bidding on silent auction items starts at 10 a.m. and will be open until 3 p.m. The silent auction will close then and a live auction starting at 4 p.m. will kick off the evening activities.

Monday is Columbus Day, so our schools will be closed in honor of the discovery of our country. So will the Federal buildings, banks, and no doubt quite a few other businesses. Just a heads up in case you planned to take care of some business Monday.

On to Oct. 19 and the annual Texas Mushroom Festival weekend. You can watch the Shiitake 5k race runners early Saturday morning, later check the classic cars and then the booths on the square, do a little wine tasting, enjoy the mushroom cooking demos and, of course, don’t forget the Biergarten.

For the kiddos, Ag Alley is a must see. Sponsored by J5 Tractor, the Madison County 4-H project will host a petting zoo, a Texas Shoot Out, and some Chicken Poop Bingo. If you haven’t played Chicken Poop Bingo you’re missing a memory maker!

Ag alley will be set up on west Cottonwood where the kiddos can also enjoy the Texas Farm Bureau Learning Trailer and the parents can purchase gun raffle tickets. It’s going to be a fun day.

By the way, speaking of mushroom dishes, this month Texas Legends Steakhouse has quite a selection of mushroom dishes made with local Monterrey Mushrooms in honor of the Mushroom Festival.

Also from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 19, the MHS Class of 1979 will host their 40-year class reunion at the Oak Ridge Country Club. To make sure there is plenty of food let the planning committee, know if you and your spouse will be there by texting André Dean at 936-349-3526. And bring an extra $10! Reunions cost money!

You will want this one on the calendar: At 10 a.m. Oct. 29, the Health First Fair will be held at the Kimbro Center. Sponsored by CHI St. Joseph Health Madison Hospital, the event includes free flu vaccinations to the first 100 visitors. The Health Fair will end around 2 p.m.

Our town has a busy agenda for Hallowe’en. We’ll share more about that with you next week but if your church or organization also has activities going on for Hallowe’en, share them with us. Call 936-348-6541 or email me at gala@nettlscountry.com.

On our birthday list, happy birthday to Trae Bennett and Bertie Sue Dutton, who share birthdays Friday. Trae Poe, Amanda Andrews and Rae Lynn Williamson celebrate birthdays Saturday while Stephanie Neal and Quincy Cahill will do the same Sunday.

Monday is birthday time for Connie Kelly while Tuesday Lastell Fraley, Dex Shiver, Kris Clopton and Betty Smith blow out their candles. Winding out this week’s list is Peyton Wiseman and Fred Schmidt who celebrate birthdays Oct. 16.

On the anniversary list, happy belated anniversary to Carl and Sara Brassell and to Trae and Ann Poe who celebrated their anniversaries Tuesday. Friday, Billy and Gwen Hendrix will celebrate their anniversary.

One more thing before closing: Only 24 more days until we say goodbye to Daylight Saving time, that is, if you are reading the Meteor on Wednesday. Nov. 2 is the day we will set our clock back at hour so it will get daylight and dark an hour earlier. That makes some of you really happy and others really unhappy. Kind of like politics, isn’t it?

And finally, pumpkins, the smell of spices and that first nip of cool air mean fall is finally here. Soon it will be time for evenings with fireplaces a comfortable throw to wrap up in and a book or magazine to read. Hey, try it; it beats the heck out of television!

For you internet fanatics, buzzfeed.com offers “23 reasons why October is the best month ever”. It’s a debatable title but some are true and some hilarious.

What is good about October in our area is that it is our reprieve month. October whisks away the hot summer days, the very days we longed for only a few short months ago but have now become almost unbearable. October brings a sense of peace, a time to enjoy “being you” before the busyness of Thanksgiving takes over, with Christmas nipping at its heels.

October is just a great month for day trips to see foliage, to attend Octoberfests of all kinds or to just sit on the porch with the family or good friends and appreciate that you live in Madison County. If you think about it, that may be the best of all things to do.

Until next week, see you ‘round town folks!