2010-12-02 / The Office Cat

Nearly 900 shoeboxes delivered

The Office Cat
For many of us oldtimers, the announcement of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator’s Christmas Dinner and Bazaar signals the beginning of the Christmas season. I remember as a teenager in the 1940s knowing about these two events. At that time there were not many other regularly scheduled events like them ... The dinner and bazaar are scheduled for this coming weekend on Saturday, December 4. On Friday night, December 3, there will be another Downtown Shopping with snow falling between 6 and 7 p.m. and stores open until 8 p.m. The Tuesday night (last week) Downtown Shopping was well-attended in spite of a few rain showers ... There is also a chicken barbecue to benefit

Laverne Kilgore who needs medical help. It will be held at the VFW Post Saturday. Tickets are available at Hendricks Florist or at the door Saturday. Advance tickets are recommended ... Don’t forget the

Tignall Christmas Parade Sunday at 3 p.m.

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Some people complain about the service of the Post Office. I don't. I think it's incredible that I can address a letter to Molly at Banbury Road, Oxford University, United Kingdom, and she gets it four days later. I won’t be sending any more. She will be home Saturday! (This is first class mail. Second and third class are a different story.)

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In the 1970s the Hi-Y (for boys) and the Tri-Hi-Y (for girls) were the most active clubs in Washington- Wilkes High School. The clubs were sponsored by the State YMCA of Georgia with the students leading in every way and backed by an advisor. One of the most successful programs of the clubs was the annual Youth Assembly held each spring at the State Capitol in Atlanta. The students conducted their own elections and then spent a few days at Youth Assembly where they literally took over the capitol, guided by the governor and other elected officials. In 1973, Sparky Newsome was elected Governor and Keith Winn of Washington was elected Speaker Pro-tem of the House the next year. Through the 70s, the Washington clubs held all five of the top state offices at one time or another. I’ve said all that to say that many of these teenagers who participated in the program will remember

Ray Holland from Ashburn who was President Pro-tem of the Senate in 1970. His daughter, Elizabeth Holland, was elected Governor during the 65th Youth Assembly last week.

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Chris Townsend of the First Baptist Church delivered 887 Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes from Baptist churches in this area to a collection point in Athens last week. The boxes are an annual project of the Southern Baptist Convention and will be distributed to children around the world for Christmas.

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There are many opportunities for Wilkes Countians to brighten Christmas for the many people in need. Post 17 of the Georgia State Patrol in conjunction with the U.S. Marines is collecting Toys for Tots to be given to Wilkes County children. Donations can be left at the State Patrol Post on the Greensboro Road. According to Trooper Del Branch, the deadline is December 12. The

First United Methodist Church has already been gathering items for the 140 angels on its annual Angel Tree. Deadline is December 13. On behalf of the Salvation Army, Dot Harris says the best way to make a donation is to put your money in one of the kettles manned by bellringers. All of the money in the kettles stays here in Wilkes County to help those in need. The Washington Police Department is also collecting toys for children. These may be left at the police station. The deadline for Shoeboxes of Love for senior citizens is December 14.

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Paulette and Madison Cade have opened Cade’s Home Cooking at 9 East Square in downtown Washington. The restaurant is in the former location of Alfred’s.

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Law enforcement officers have warned us to be on the lookout for counterfeit $20 bills.

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Joan and Robert Speers, who collected lots and lots of black walnuts from my yard in October, brought me some of the finished product last week. They’re delicious and this is the first time in 45 years that I have had bumper crops of walnuts that I have tasted any of them. We couldn’t get them out of their shells. The recent wind and rain has brought down another batch of them. If you’re interested in gathering them, you’re welcome to them.

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James Franklin at 113 Butler Street has had a beautiful dog “take up” in his yard and he would like to find the owner. He thought it might be Smythe’s Beagle, but it wasn’t. He describes the dog as a large hound.

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The Washington Little Theater Company will be presenting "It’s Christmas in Washington” at the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse December 10, 11, and 12. Because the show has many children in its Children’s Chorus and because of early darkness, the Friday and Saturday shows (December 10-11) will be at 7 p.m. and the Sunday afternoon presentation will be at 2 p.m. The Little Theater Singers (adults) will be singing many of the favorites of the Christmas season. Jim Caddell will be telling the children about his visit with Santa Claus and the men will join him in singing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Reservations are recommended by calling the Little Theater Reservations Line, 706-678- 9582.

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I was almost certain last week when I turned in this column about what I am thankful for that I would leave something out, and I did. When I was checking my list before throwing it away, there it was. Kip Burke makes dozens of calls each week to fires, automobile accidents, and various events in the county. He covers the news on holidays, weekends, Sundays -- whenever it happens.

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And I have to tell you about something I experienced on Thanksgiving Day, that to this old lady is almost unbelievable. I sat in the den at grandson Daniel’s house in Decatur with Sparky and Mary, and Faye Maloney, the other grandmother, while we waited for Molly to contact us on “Skype,” that magical instrument that puts us in contact with family everywhere. Molly was in Oxford, England, and as soon as she came on the screen, Daniel conjured up Lizzie and Justin who were visiting Justin’s parents in Florida for Thanksgiving.

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Just as I have said many times before: if you're tired of reading about MY family, call and tell me about YOUR family so I can write about them.

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