2010-12-09 / The Office Cat

What!? No possum!?

The Office Cat
A friend gave me the following words of wisdom by John Ruskin: “Sunshine is delicious; rain is refreshing; wind braces us up; snow is exhilarating. There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” ... I like weather.

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Molly is home from Oxford, England. Her flight was delayed because of snow at Gatwick Airport but the flight was still on time arriving in Atlanta. The students had been told to expect up to two hours to clear customs. Molly was clear in an hour and a half. ... I promise not to write any more about family for a long time, but I must tell you of one incident. At Oxford, Molly was talking with another UGA student and they were swapping hometown information. Somewhere in the conversation Molly mentioned Rayle. The student said that he had seen Rayle on his way from Athens to Augusta, and that he had seen the sign for The Poss-Umm CafĂ©. When he got back to UGA, he and a group of students decided they would go to Poss-Umm’s for supper. But, he said, they were disappointed. They were expecting to eat possum!

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Did you know that The Washington Little Theater Co. and McDonald’s purchased the snow-making machinery on The Square and are sponsors for the snow during the month of December?

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This weekend is the time for The Washington Little Theater Company’s It’s Christmas In Washington Variety Show. It’s sure to put you in the right spirit for Christmas. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. ... It’s also time for the

Christmas Tour of Homes Friday night and all day Saturday. There are some new homes on the tour and you will want to check them out. If you don’t want the whole tour, you can visit individual homes for $5.00 at the door. ... Sunday evening, Ann Tiller’s children’s choir at First Baptist Church will be presenting a Christmas musical at 6:30 p.m.

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Thelma Moore on the Tignall Road brought a plate of “right-outof the-oven” sweet potato biscuits to us here at The News-Reporter. They were delicious, to say the least. She said she took them out of the oven, put them on a plate, and hopped in the car to bring them, so they were still hot. Thelma uses a recipe given to her by her mother-in-law, the late

Mrs. Mark Moore, and shares the biscuits with friends and relatives.

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James Jenkins on Butler Street is the man who had a beautiful big dog “take up” at his house. He doesn’t have a telephone listed and I need to contact him. I may have some information for him. James, please call me at The News-Reporter, 706- 678-2636.

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There are many beautifully decorated homes around town. We will all need to take a drive around town to see them. Some have multiple Christmas trees. Jo and Buzzy Randall on East Robert Toombs Avenue have 20+ decorated trees – including one in each window. There’s a Bulldog tree, a USA tree, a grandchildren tree, a bear tree, Chrismon tree, travel tree, candy cane, Scotland,

Jane Stitcher crochet tree, a tree with Tiffany ornaments, a tree with just the late Grandmother Evalyn Randall’s ornaments, and one with ornaments of their late son, Patrick Randall. ... Alicia and Kevin Madden, on South Alexander Avenue (Jerry Stover’s house) have 13 trees, including a Canadian tree, a vintage tree decorated with old family brooches and old pictures. topped with an vintage hat, a snowman tree, Santa tree, and Nativity tree. Louise and Ross Maynard have multiple trees at their home on the North By-Pass; and so does Judy Wood at Rayle. I’m sure there are many others.

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The Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has its annual “Tree of Love” on the Courthouse lawn on The Square. A $5.00 donation will purchase a light “in memory of” or “in honor of” friends and loved ones. Proceeds from the project will fund the purchase of necessary equipment for the hospital.

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Members of the First Baptist Church will be delivering 600 goody bags containing homemade goodies to individuals and businesses in Washington on Monday, December 20. Be on the lookout. You may be the recipient of one of the bags.

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One more round of early deadlines and we will be through with them for several months. The December 23 issue of The News-Reporter will be printed on Monday, December 20, and will be in the mail that day. Deadline for submitting classified, retail and legal advertisements, along with society news, as well as community news is 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. Deadline for all other news is Friday, December 17, at noon. We will be closed December 21-24, and Monday, December 27.

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We didn't do too well on rain for the month of November. At Tyrone,

Sonny Johnson got 1.8 inches last week, bringing his total for November to just 2.6 inches. In November 2009 he got 4.7 inches. Norris Ware on Hill Street measured 1.25 inches last week for a November total of 2.35 inches.

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The Relay for Life committee and team members will be having their annual Christmas Tour of Homes Soup and Chili luncheon on Saturday, December 11, 11:30-1:30 at the Woman’s Club. $8 will get you in the door.

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Every year, Doris Rhodes in the Beulah community has beautiful large zinnias in her garden. She saves the seeds from year to year and just throws out a handful in her garden in the spring. This year the zinnias bloomed until December 2. Of course, this super cold (23 degrees this morning) we have been having did away with the zinnias.

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I heard of a Wilkes County taxpayer who got a letter in the mail. In it was a 23-cent check for a tax refund.

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The Episcopal Church of the

The Episcopal Church of the Mediator will hold the traditional Advent Service of Lessons and Carols at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, December 19th. The Christmas Eve Eucharist service will begin with Christmas carols at 10:30 p.m. December 24th. The public is cordially invited to both services.