2011-06-30 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Celebrate the Fourth this weekend

Now that the Washington Little Theater Co. has completed its Summer Drama Camp 2011 with two successful plays presented last week, the cast of “Nunset Boulevard” is turning up the steam with rehearsals in preparation for the production the last two weekends in July. The cast of this musical brings back the original cast of the first “Nunsense” presented in 1998. The “Little Sisters” of Hoboken of Mount Saint Helen’s Parish travel to Hollywood, California, thinking they will be performing in the Hollywood Bowl, but upon arrival find that the show is actually at a Bowl-a-rama in a bowling alley that has a cabaret lounge. It’s a hilarious, entertaining show that you won’t want to miss. You can make a reservation now.

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Evelyn BennettΒΈ beloved founder of the famous Another Thyme restaurant in Downtown Washington, has been home in Washington- Wilkes this week, after about a year’s absence. While visiting her daughter, Kathryn, in Ohio, Evelyn fell down some stairs and sustained injuries so severe that she has been in therapy since that time. She hopes to be able to come home soon, permanently.

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Charlie Blackmon, whose dad grew up in Washington and whose parents and grandparents lived in Washington until their deaths, is a member of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. We will get a chance to see him play against our Atlanta Braves when the Rockies play the Braves in Atlanta on July 3, 4, and 5. Charlie has an outstanding record as an athlete, having played with the Florida Marlins and the Boston Red Sox. He is the 25-year-old son of Myron and Ellen Blackmon, and grandson of the late Tom and Betty Blackmon of Washington. His dad was an outstanding athlete in high school and college.

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How many of you saw the beautiful sky Thursday evening just before sunset? The whole northwest sky was a brilliant red-orange. It reminded me of the old weather proverb, “Red sky at night, Sailor's delight, Red sky in the morning, Sailors take warning.” And we didn't have any storms after that – until Friday night when a terrific thunderstorm hit around 7 p.m., knocking out telephones, various electrical things, and water (wells) pumps. The peak of the storm came during the Summer Drama Camp’s performance of “The Little Mermaid” at the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse. One simultaneous clap of lightning and thunder came and the children on stage literally froze for a few seconds before they could continue with the performance. It was a great performance and the children and directors are to be commended. I don’t know how they put it together in two weeks.

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A sign of the times. We are seeing more and more pennies in our basket when people come in to buy a News-Reporter. Many of the coins are dirty and corroded as if they’ve been buried somewhere. We also get quarters that look as if they have been in somebody’s bottom dresser drawer for a long, long time. But, they are as good as clean ones.

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Gas prices are below the $3.60 price in most places in Wilkes County. As of Tuesday morning, most prices were $3.59 per gallon with one still remaining at $3.62, and one at $3.68. A Wilkes County lady who was in Thomson Saturday reports that prices there are 35 cents per gallon lower than here.

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That was not John Webb who had a tree fall in his yard in Logan Woods. It was John WEBSTER, a longtime friend and I don’t know why I said Webb. I read the item several times and didn’t catch the error until it was already printed. I guess you’ll have to chalk it up to three score and ten plus nine.

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The storms of last week brought us much-needed rain, but we really had to pay for it in thunder, lightning, and wind. Hill Street got 1.35 inches of rain; and Tyrone reported 1.5 inches. I got about the same on Lexington Avenue, but I've heard of other areas in Wilkes County that got much more.

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Weekend celebrations of the Fourth of July begin with many activities on The Square Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be lots of different kinds activities, vendors, and music. The fireworks is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. A larger than usual crowd is expected because other fireworks displays in the area have been cancelled. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the birthday of General Robert Toombs will be celebrated with a living history program at the Toombs house. The Independence Day Parade will be held Monday morning, July 4, at 8 a.m. beginning in Fort Washington Park. It’s a short walking parade with no motorized vehicles allowed. Get out your bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters, dogs and cats, and head for the park. – and, of course, your red, white, and blue attire. A short patriotic program will be held in the park at the completion of the parade. Vietnam Veteran Bobby West will not be grand marshal this year as he has been in years past. He has gone to New York to get his new “seeing-eye” dog and for training. The last dog that Bobby had had to be returned because he had led Bobby into some dangerous situations.

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