2011-10-06 / The Office Cat

Pink flags are reminders

A ll of the pink flags around The Square and up and down Robert Toombs Avenue in downtown are to remind us that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The flags are provided by the Eta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a prime supporter of breast cancer awareness, in memory of Nancy Callaway Long. The flags are available to individuals or anyone interested at Bee Southern at a cost of $10 each which goes to breast cancer research.

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The new diner on West Robert Toombs Avenue is open for business as promised and from what I hear it's a fine place to dine. It's called May Sally’s Diner and is owned by Margaret and James Jones with Tanya Ellis as the manager.

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Don't miss the 31st annual Mule Day -- Southern Heritage Festival at Callaway Plantation Saturday, October 8. There will be all kinds of hands-on things for children to do, old-fashioned craft demonstrations, antique farm machinery and tractors, and of course, mules. And there will be lots of food available. It begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.

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If you see lots of activity on the west side of Resthaven cemetery, it's a crew using radar to try to determine if a very large area contains unmarked graves. ... The blinking lights and other activity you may notice on Saturday, October 29, will be the historic drama, Resthaven Revisited, sponsored by the Washington Little Theater and the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation. You can stroll through the historic part of the cemetery and “meet” some of its most famous residents. Tickets are $10 each. Reservations may be made at 706- 678-9582 or will be available the evening of the presentation.

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This week is Homecoming Week at the schools with all kinds of fun activities taking place. The homecoming parade will be Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington Wilkes Parks and Recreation, with 12 pretty girls riding on a float and the seniors vying to be crowned homecoming queen at the Tiger football game Friday night.

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Dr. Bruce Holes was a member of a dental team that provided services for National Guardsmen from all over Georgia Saturday at a clinic in Covington.

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Sonny Johnson at Tyrone says that he got just .2 of an inch of rain last week, making a total of 3.9 inches for September. Last September he reported 7.8 inches. He has recorded only 27 inches for the year, which is very short. ...

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Dean and Gary Mansfield live on Arden Road (just off Pembroke Drive) in the city but enjoy an abundance of wildlife in their backyard and woods. Recently they have watched a doe and fawns eat at their birdfeeder and this week a buck joined the group. Dean says that the doe stretches up as tall as she can to shake the birdseed on the ground for the fawns to enjoy. ... Kay Nelms says her hummingbirds left for a while but another wave is making its way through now.

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Two Washington-Wilkes ladies were interviewed while attending the 23rd annual Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem Saturday. Peggy Brown and Debra Elsmore were interviewed and quoted in Sunday’s Augusta Chronicle. Debra said, “I grew up on them (Laurel and Hardy) and enjoy coming to the festival.” Peggy said, “Being a people-watcher, I find it very interesting.”

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If you read The Augusta Chronicle, you saw the sad, sad, article about 26-year-old Megan Smith, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and undergone a double mastectomy. The young mother is the mother of four-year-old twins, a boy and girl, and is also undergoing chemotherapy. Noteworthy is the fact that her surgeon was our Dr. Dan Duggan Jr., son of Mary Johnson Duggan and the late Dr. Dan Duggan.

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Faye Sisson McAvoy called to say that she had seen in a Carol Wright catalogue a solution to the squirrel problem. There is an advertisement for some kind of filled bags to hang in the yard to keep the squirrels away. She says you can see them at www.carolwrighht gifts.com

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After serving the homebound citizens of Washington- Wilkes since the early 1970s, the Meals on Wheels service has been discontinued. There just was not enough participation. Some of our people remembered as being involved in the program in the early 1970s are Jack D. Wynne, Agnes Blackmon, and Mary Callaway Burton. Of course there were many more, but these were ones who came to mind. Maybe you can supply more names. The meals were prepared in homes and at churches before they began being purchased at Wills Memorial Hospital.

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A. H. Stephens State Park, Crawfordville, will have haunted hayrides, treats, murder mystery storytelling, campsite decorating contest for campers, haunted hayrides and a possible appearance by the headless horseman on Saturday, October 29, 7-9 p.m.

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