2008-05-01 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

A long way from home

Tour de Georgia 2008, our long-awaited bike race with a stage beginning in Washington Wilkes, is now history and we move on to other things -- many other things. It was a successful event for Tour de Georgia and for Washington-Wilkes. Lt. Governor

Casey Cagle stayed in town overnight, had dinner Downtown, attended the Arts Foundation Cocktail Party and the street dance, as well as the activities at the Farmers Market. I've heard that he had many complimentary things to say about our town. . . . Even though it was CRT testing day at the Washington- Wilkes Elementary School, students , teachers, and other personnel got to come outside and see the cyclists as they came right in front of their school on the way out of town. Downtown merchants and restaurants opened early and stayed late, making for two fun days for everybody who went Downtown. . . . Amateur photographers Emilie Waters and Ashley Barnett's parents Connie and Gary Turner of Lawrenceville, made some very good pictures of the cyclists.

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Remember! When you travel outof town, you're never able to shake off Washington-Wilkes. You're going to findsomebody, somewhere, who knows somebody from here or has visited here. High school senior John Lovvorn and his dad, Coach Eddie Lovvorn, were walking through the Atlanta Airport Sunday when they heard their names being called. They turned around to greet newlyweds Katie and Ryan Warren who were about to board a plane for their honeymoon in Jamaica. Katie is the daughter of Bill and Melissa Grant of Washington. John and Eddie were flying out to Colorado where John will be attending the Air Force Academy following his graduation here.

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Our Saturday and Sunday gentle rain gave us .8 of an inch of the much-needed stuff. Total rain for April was 3.25 inches, according to

Norris Ware, who says the average for April is 2.94 inches. So we're a little ahead, but still short for the year.

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Elizabeth Newsome will be awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine Saturday, May 3. The commencement will be held in the Hugh Hodgson Hall Performing Arts Center on the Athens campus. After completing four years of undergraduate work at the university, she has spent the last four years completing requirements for her doctorate. She has received a year's internship from the veterinary school and will begin in that position in July. . . . Lizzie has said since she was a little girl that she was going to be a veterinarian and she's finally there. Her special interest is horses and she has received training with renowned equestrian specialist Dr. Stan Brown, who lives right here in Wilkes County! She has also worked with and received much encouragement from Dr. Les Sales and Dr. Greg McLeod . . . Dorla Adams, who taught six- and seven-year-old children in Sunday School at First Baptist for 20 years, says she had dozens of children come through her department who said they were going to be veterinarians when they grew up, but Lizzie is the first one who did. She is Sparky and Mary's daughter and granddaughter of my spouse and me, and of Faye Maloney of Doraville. . . . Dr. Brown is the brother of Lewis Brown of Washington-Wilkes.

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Bill and Linda Hopkins on Lexington Avenue have watched beavers working diligently (as beavers do) on building a lodge at their pond down the hill from their home. They also have several geese who live at the pond year-round. . . . Kip Burke, who lives in Green's Grove, says he saw a beaver in a yard at a house near his home last week. But there are no nearby ponds, so what are they doing there? . . . Becky Blackmon Hooton is building a house in a beautiful wooded setting on a hill in Green's Grove.

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Wanda Trimm came to choir rehearsal at First Baptist last week and told me she had a story to tell me. (She also said that husband

James said he would be ashamed to tell anybody. But it's a good story.) Wanda was preparing boiled eggs to make deviled eggs. Just as the water came to a boil, she heard several "peep, peep, peeps." She told herself, "Wanda, you're an adult! You know this is not what you're thinking it is." The sound continued and she didn't know whether to look inside the pan to see if she was boiling a baby chick or not. She told herself, "You know these eggs have been inspected. There's no chance that there is a baby chick there." But the peep-peeps continued. She walked over to the sink, and as she did, she caught a movement out of the corner of her eye. She looked out the window over the sink, and there, very close to the window ledge, was a mama bird feeding three small baby birds! Relief!

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Next week's Washington Little Theater performance of "I Do! I Do!," is a show about the ups, downs, funny, and sad sides of marriage. Gail and Tom Duggan, stars of the show, have many, many changes of costumes made by Leneau Cason, "the magical seamstress." Cindy Russell, Debbie McLeod and Shay Harris are Tom and Gail's "dressers" for the show and Janet Hall, a newcomer to the stage, is the piano accompanist. It's being presented on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (May 8, 9, and 10) at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 3:00.

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After several months of planning, re-planning, and planning again, the new sign has been completed by the sign guy (Jack Thurmond) at the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse on North Alexander Avenue. Do check it out.

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This coming weekend is another busy one in Washington-Wilkes. The weekend gets an early start on Friday with the annual Wilsbary's

May Fest book, bake, and plant sale at the Mary Willis Library at 9 a.m. . . . The National Day of Prayer will be held on The Square at 12 p.m. . . . Thursday night all Wilkes County cancer survivors will be honored at a dinner at the Third Shiloh Center. . . .The long talked-about and promoted Relay For Life gets underway Friday night at 7 p.m. on the track field at the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department on Lexington Avenue. Chris Townsend, First Baptist Minister to Students, will emcee the all-night vigil ending at 7 a.m. Saturday. Many activities have been planned to keep busy all night.

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Saturday afternoon the Washington Jockey Club will celebrate the Kentucky Derby Day races with the "Call to Post" at 3 p.m. Pre-race coverage begins at 3 p.m. During the afternoon, Tourism Director Ashley Barnett will sing a traditional Derby song, "My Old Kentucky Home," and there will be a ladies hat contest.

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Looking ahead, the annual May

Cruise-In on The Square will be May 10, 6-9 p.m., sponsored by the Memory Lane Cruisers.

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