'Round Town (Sept. 25, 2019)

Posted 9/24/19

Some of us Madison County residents didn’t get a single drop of much needed rain from Miss Imelda. Others, though, were blessed with several inches. While the stormy lady emptied rain on some and not others, she did treat us all the same by emptying out everyone’s mailboxes.

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'Round Town (Sept. 25, 2019)


Some of us Madison County residents didn’t get a single drop of much needed rain from Miss Imelda. Others, though, were blessed with several inches. While the stormy lady emptied rain on some and not others, she did treat us all the same by emptying out everyone’s mailboxes.

By now you probably know Imelda’s visit damaged the North Houston station that controls much of the mail processing north of it. That’s the same station that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey’s visit as well. On Monday, the U.S. Postal Service posted a notice that at an embargo had been placed on priority mail in zip codes 770xx thru 778xx. We’re in that zip code list, but a few magazines and a package did arrive in our mailbox Monday. Also, Tuesday morning the ladies at the post office shared Amazon shipments had just arrived at the post office.

If though, you have a payment that cannot be late, then it’s best you drive to either the Midway post office or the Leona post office. Neither of those are under the jurisdiction of the North Houston station. Bryan, like Madisonville, is, though. So dropping your monthly payments at Bryan post offices or our local one won’t guarantee delivery anytime soon.

By the way, did you know the postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations?

Hats off to Arnold Foster! Mr. Foster, whose been such an asset to many of us with gardening info and an abundance of other information received the Madison County Farm Bureau Pioneer Award at last week’s annual banquet.

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

Thursday is the day to enjoy a delicious burger, or anything else for that matter on the menu at TX Burger. Just be sure to mention our Madisonville High School Volleyball program when you order.

TX Burger is lending a helping hand to the MHS volleyball program and for each mention, they will donate 25% of the cost of your meal to the program. That’s a double win, a good meal while helping our kids.

Speaking of local businesses offering a helping hand, recently Brookshire Brothers presented a gift cart to our SonShine Outreach Center to help them purchase groceries for the food pantry. Then the Henson Brand joined hands with our Madisonville Police Department and gathered goods for the Houston folks visited by Imelda. We’ve got good folks in our area.

On Sunday, you can lend a helping hand by eating out. Coach Jo Dorman plans to run in the New York City marathon and we need to help her with those expenses. Beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday at the Madisonville Fire Station across from Walmart, you can choose a chopped beef sandwich, sliced beef sandwich or sausage wrap. That comes with chips and a drink along with pickles and onions and a dessert. That’s all for $10, so you might want to take home an extra for supper.

Have other lunch plans but would like to make a donation to help Jo? Go to https://www.runwithtfk.org/Profile/PublicPage/76941/43616.

Then the Madisonville Fire and Rescue needs volunteers to help them with their Haunted Grounds, scheduled for the Madisonville Fairgrounds Oct. 29 - 31 from dark until 11 p.m.

The Haunted Grounds is an annual event sponsored by our Fire Department. If you are unable to help, try to take the family one night. Tickets are $5 each, or just drop by and make a donation. We need our fire department, so if you can volunteer give them a call at 936-348-9297 or stop by the Fire Station across from Walmart.

Oct. 31 will be a busy day! From 4:30-6:30 p.m. the First United Methodist Church has planned a community-wide Fall Festival at the church’s Wesley Park. The festival isn’t about a church denomination but rather about enjoying our community neighbors so plan to stop by, enjoy a hotdog, maybe indulge in a game or two and make sure the kiddos enjoy a trunk or treat. First United Methodist Church is located west of the square on Hwy 21.

The MHS Class of 1979 will host their 40-year class reunion Saturday Oct. 19 from 7-11 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Country Club. If possible, the planning committee of Duane, Mary Martha, Diann and André need to know how many of you are coming for that wonderful food count. Plan to donate $10 at the door to cover reunion costs. Please text André Dean at 936-349-3526 if you and spouse plan to attend.

The MHS class of 1969 is also planning their reunion Oct. 19, but a group of them would like for you to attend the Mushroom Festival Gala Dinner Friday evening prior to the reunion. It’s 50 years for this bunch!

And rumor has it the class celebrating their 55th reunion has their event planned for Oct. 19 at McKenzies. We will share more with you as we know it!

On the birthday list, happy birthday to Sylvia Dean and Myra Patrick whose birthday is Friday and right behind them Tye Coleman celebrates his birthday Saturday. Winding out this week’s list is Belinda Drake, Betsy Daspit, Dustin Allen and Debbie Lasalle who will blow out their candles Tuesday.

And finally, I’m thinking about a petition to get a fishing pole law passed.

Fishing is great for the soul and relaxing for the mind so a fishing pole law could be a great asset to our country.

Article after article supports fishing as a benefit to mental health. According to a “Free Waters” article, fishing “promotes calmness, stimulates positive moods, encourages independent thinking and behavior, provides light exercise, promotes social activity if you fish with a friend” and the list goes on. There’s the proof fishing poles would improve the mentality and behavior of people. You have to admit something needs to be done to abort those snarky attitudes. They’re multiplying faster than rabbits!

Secondly, an independent review by the Department for Work and Pensions showed a positive relationship between those who worked and their health and wellbeing. By teaching them to fish they put food on their own table.

Remember the saying “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime?” We could hand out instructional booklets with the fishing poles and send Matt Reed throughout the states to hold fishing seminars.

Then there’s the growing debt. We spend millions feeding people. In April 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, recorded that 43.6 million people received food stamps. The 2016 cost of the program was $70.9 billion.

Recently the United States Department of Agriculture stated, “As of the latest data released on September 6, 2019 the total is 36.0 million, which is more than the entire population of Venezuela, Peru, or Malaysia.”

Are you seeing the number of good things the fishing pole law would do?

Bottom line? Instead of supplying people with a cell phone, let’s issue them a fishing pole. Our tax dollars would then provide a way for those in need to enjoy themselves, feed themselves and develop self-esteem.

On second thought, maybe we all need a fishing pole. Want to sign my petition?