2007-07-12 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

'Way out' letter arrives

Barbara Chase of Washington Plantation Bed and Breakfast gave her husband Tom an automated weather station for his June birthday. After he read the instructions carefully (after a few days of unsuccessful setup attempts), Tom got the thing to working and connected to the internet. Barbara says that Washington Plantation is now the officialWashington-Wilkes weather station for the www.Wunderground. com weather site which Tom says is the most comprehensive weather site on the internet, including important information for pilots. The Washington Plantation station also reports to the Citizen Weather Observer Program at the National Weather Service. Tom's weather observations appear on Washington Plantation's website, www.washingtonplantation. com, updated every fiveminutes or less.

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The News-Reporter got a letter last week postmarked Denver, Colorado. The return address on the letter was "Neighbor in Sky, 777 God Loves All People BF, Milky Way, Universe 80222." Inside, the message read, in part, "Humans of the Planet Earth. First learn to live with your different people. . . . Keep your population to a respectful number and respect Mother Earth." Did any of our readers receive such a letter?

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Vicky Moses was featured on the cover of the "Classic Living" section of the Athens Banner-Herald Sunday. The title of the article was "Loving Life & Llamas." It tells about how Vicky bought a llama to join the sheep that were housed on her mini-farm here. Now she has more than 30 llamas roaming her 13½ acre farm just off the Thomson Road, near the home of her dad, the late Alfred Moses. The article also said that "Moses hopes to sell her current 13.5 acres to upgrade to 41 acres so there is more room for her animals as well as more guest houses" for her bed and breakfast business. Vicky and her Second Time Around Mini-Farm are a real asset to Washington-Wilkes and we're glad she's expanding and looking to the future.

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Norris Ware says we got 2.9 inches of rain in June and that during the past week from Monday to Monday, he measured only .35 inches. Other places in the county got more late Sunday afternoon, with Aonia and Logan Woods reporting about an inch.

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The Fourth of July celebration on The Square drew a huge crowd of "wall to wall" people with a report of a line "30 deep" waiting to get ice cream at Sophie's. Vendors were busy most of the day, and the fireworks display was spectacular. . . . But what a mess the next morning!! The Square looked like some war disaster area. The regular city workers, with the help of a crew from the Wilkes Early Release Center, had everything pretty much cleaned up by 11 a.m.

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The Tenth Annual Independence Day Parade at 8 a.m. on the Fourth of July had close to 100 people participating again this year. Led by Grand Marshall Bobby West, his seeing-eye dog, Franklin, and accompanied by Buzzy Randall and his wagon full of John Phillip Sousa marches, the parade was a good time for all participants. Back in Fort Washington Park, Jo Randall got things going with Bradley Barber reading parts of the Declaration of Independence and Shirley Gunter leading in singing "God Bless America." Tall red, white, and blue "Uncle Sam" hats were given to children who rode bikes, trikes, or strollers. There were several dogs all decked out in red, white, and blue.

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Sam Clary McGill reports that someone stole his signs supporting

Paul Broun in the coming election. He's not very happy about it.

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Bettye Eubanks Rhodes of Washington-Wilkes was one of two ladies featured in an article in the Sunday Augusta Chronicle. The article was on the cover of the Business section of the paper and included a picture of Bettye at her desk at the University Hospital in Augusta where she is the manager of medical records. The article was about retirement age. She is 69 years old and says she has no plans yet for retirement. She expects to sell jewelry from her home when she leaves her job at the hospital in March.

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Remember the movie crew that began filming a movie titled "Deception" in Washington-Wilkes during the Spring? They will be returning July 18 to complete the filming.

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In addition to the item mentioned above about Washington Plantation, there's other news about the Plantation. Barbara and Tom Chase say that their bed and breakfast has become an elopement wedding destination. Couples from Atlanta, Columbia, S.C., and Fort Bragg, N.C., have made the trip to Washington-Wilkes since April to tie the knot, with Judge Jim Burton presiding. Tom and Barbara throw in the champagne at no charge.

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During the heavy rain in Logan Woods Sunday afternoon, Mary Newsome looked out her window and saw a peacock strutting around in the yard. She knew that he must be lost and she also knew that nobody would believe that she saw a peacock (nobody else was home), so she got her umbrella and camera went out to see about him. She found him on the fence around the horses' pasture. She called Lizzie and they decided that Mary should call Vicky

Moses. Sure enough, Vicky's peacock was missing, but by the time she got to Logan Woods, the peacock was not to be found. Darkness came and the search was abandoned. Vicky and her crew were out early Monday morning searching again and this time they found him - in

Jeff Maloof's yard at the entrance to Logan Woods. It wasn't easy to catch him, but they did, and Vicky says when she put him in the car he sat there as if to say, "Well, where are we going now?" She thinks he left the mini-farm to look for his mate, a duck that he had befriended and who had died Saturday night. Vicky had "hatched" the peacock and has cared for him since he was a baby.

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Some of you older folks will remember when W.R. Callaway and his band played for Lions Club square dances in the 1940s and also played other places in the area. W.R. is 89 years old now and came from Athens with his daughter Connie to have lunch at The Fitzpatrick a couple of weeks ago. Connie remembered that her grandfather (W.R.'s dad) had managed the hotel at one time and she remembers staying in the tower room. Laura

Roberts Purdy, receptionist at The Fitzpatrick, enjoyed talking to W.R. and Connie and W.R. told her some things about her family, including Mae Latimer and Clifford Roberts. The band was active during the time that Spencer Taylor was the Washington High School band director and he played in the band -- trombone, I think. Speedy Clements from Crawfordville played the trumpet. At that time (1940s) it may have been Spencer's band and W.R. played trombone. That was a long time ago! Maybe W.R. will read this and call to tell us.

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Laura also told me that Jean Rhodes, who with her husband Jack has moved to Washington from Tignall, has brought her some ceramic pieces made by the ladies at The Cedars. Mae Latimer, Bessie DeVaughn, and Clifford Roberts, members of Laura's family, made their beautiful ceramic pieces and marketed them under the name of

"Mayflower." Jean had found them when she had been getting ready to move to Washington and thought Laura would like to have them. Laura was very glad to get them and appreciated Jean's thoughtfulness.

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