2012-11-22 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Something good about you

Rehearsals for the Washington Little Theaters presentation of Handel’s Messiah by the Washington Chorale Singers and the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra are in their final week of rehearsals in preparation for the event on Friday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m., at the Pope Center. The orchestra features violins, violas, a cello, and a bass. No reservation is necessary. Cost is $10 for adults; $5.00 for students, and Little Theater members may use their cards. l

An email from one of our readers says: “October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month” has passed. I think it’s pretty sad that the pink flags weren’t changed out for the American flags prior to Veterans Day. Just an observation.” l

Rev. Loree Reid is the new Rector for the Episcopal Church of the Mediator. The Church Women will be having their annual bazaar and luncheon on December 1. This is always a popular event on the first Saturday in December. The bazaar opens at 10:30 a.m. in the old parish house adjacent to the church; and the luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. in the current parish house. l

The Washington-Wilkes Tigers soundly beat Bowdon in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs Friday night and are headed for the second round with defending state champion Calhoun, the top-ranked team in the state. l

Judges for the Christmas Parade of Lights through downtown Washington on Saturday, December 8, at 6 p.m. will be Bob Young, former Mayor of Augusta; Rev. Reginald Hunter of Colbert; and Suzanne Norman of Washington. … That day has also been designated “Shop Washington-Wilkes Day” by the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority. Businesses will offer special deals and discounts, and for the first time will offer Santa’s Elf Shoppers to help shoppers find the best gifts in Washington. And don’t forget “snowing on The Square.” l

A total of 240 visitors signed the register at the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce during the month of October. l

We did get some rain last week. I got 1.5 inches Wednesday night and Thursday morning and it filled up the mudhole in my driveway for the first time in several months. Sonny Johnson reports .7 of an inch at Tyrone; and Norris Ware, .75 on Hill Street. … Jack Frost returned for a visit early Saturday morning with heavy frost in lots of areas. The temperature on my porch was 31 degrees at 7 a.m. l

Gas prices are almost the same as last week – from west to east, $3.29, $3.27, $3.29, $3.26, and $3.32. l

Just about all of the Fall colorful leaves have left us, except for the beautiful yellow gingko trees. Don’t miss them. l

The past month has been a very trying and unhappy month for some of us, and I have found myself going back to a poem I clipped as a teenager in 1947 from a Baptist magazine. It’s not great poetry, but has a good thought and is appropriate for Thanksgiving. It reads:

I Know Something Good

About You Wouldn’t this old world be better

If the folks we meet would say – “I know something good about you.”

And treat us just that way? Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy If each handclasp, fond and true, Carried with it this assurance – “I know something good about you.” Wouldn’t life be lots more happy

If the good that’s in us all Were the only thing about us

That folks bothered to recall? Wouldn’t life be lots more happy

If we praised the good we see? For there’s such a lot of goodness

In the worst of you and me! Wouldn’t it be nice to practice

That fine way of thinking, too? You know something good about me,

I know something good about you?

--Louis C. Shimon l

I read an article recently about Kudzu, a plant which agriculturists and others have been struggling with at least since the 1940s. As a student assistant in the office of Washington High School in 1947, I remember that Marshall Guill, rookie agriculture teacher and advisor for the school, came into the office talking about how many people thought Kudzu was the answer to a lot of problems, but that he considered it an instrument of devastation for farmers and others, too. Time has proven him to be right. Mr. Guill later served as our Superintendent of Wilkes County Schools for many years. l

Mark Waters had an interesting experience during recent Hurricane Sandy’s trek up the East Coast. At one time, Mark was the director of the Ocean Products Center with the National Meteorological Center in Camp Springs, Md. During the “Perfect Storm” in October 1991, his outfit provided oceanic wind and wave forecasts during this storm, and provided other services. During “Sandy,” which was also billed as “The Perfect Storm,” Mark was interviewed on Channel 6 Augusta about the 1991 storm. This came about because Former Mayor of Augusta Bob Young, who was a member of Mark’s 1964-65 trigonometry class at Thomson when Mark taught there for a year, sent an email to Channel 6 News about a possible story about Mark and The Perfect Storm. Mark had a 40-minute interview with Channel 6 meteorologist Jason Nappi, and the interview was aired on Channel 6 at 6 and 11 p.m. Washington-Wilkes as Mark’s home was mentioned several times during the broadcast.

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