2013-05-16 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Don’t leave me ‘up a creek’

To begin this column this week I would like to apologize for not having but two “live” items. I am almost completely dependent on readers to tell me about happenings and interesting things about their family and friends. When they don’t return my calls or answer my emails, I’m “up a creek.” I know some things I could mention, but I don’t like to include them without permission from persons involved. Please call me at 706-678-7781 or email me at jane@washingtonwilkes.us and tell me what you know. The column will be much more interesting with your input. l

Weight Watchers is now meeting in a new location in the Wills Memorial Hospital Cafeteria on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. They invite others to join them. l

The Washington Dance Academy will present its annual Spring performance May 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. in the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse on North Alexander Avenue. The program features dancers ages 3 through adult. l

The Special Occasions Gallery and Studio, located upstairs over Petal Pushers Christmas on The Square, has a display of some of the beautiful art work of Washington Wilkes artists in the Petal Pushers window. Some of the artists included are Dolores McAvoy, Novella Creaseman, and the Gallery owners, Katharine Sanders and Jane Bundy. As the name implies, the gallery is open on special occasions, such as for tour groups, special events in town, etc. l

The only rain I had reported for the last week was by Norris Ware on Hill Street. He got .35 of an inch. I had a shower about 9:45 Thursday night but it wasn’t even enough to measure in my gauge. It’s mid-May and still very cool in the mornings with most mornings in the 40s. But the temperature does get into the 70s later in the day. l

Gas prices west to east through Washington Tuesday morning with $3.39; $3.35; $3.37; $3.35; and ????. l

The News-Reporter and Radio Shack will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Early deadlines for The News- Reporter for the May 30 issue will be Friday, May 24, at 3 p.m. for all classified and legal advertisements; and 5 p.m. for all retail advertisements, news, and society. l

The North Alexander School Association (NASA) will have its annual meeting on Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at The Retro on Spring Street. l

Donna Cram at Aonia says the Aonia white squirrel is thriving and doing well and is a real curiosity for neighbors in the area. l

Shepeard Community Blood Center will conduct a blood drive for donations on Thursday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wills Memorial Hospital; and from 2 to 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. l

Many people have one or two hummingbirds at their feeders, but I have not heard of anyone who has so many they can’t count them, as we have had in years past. l

Glynn Moore is a Monday morning columnist for The Augusta Chronicle and a favorite of mine. This Monday he wrote about the governor’s plan to outlaw what he calls “gender-specific terminology.” For example, there will be no “fishermen,” they will just be fishers. Glynn says, “The last place I had seen that term was in Matthew 4:19, when Jesus said: ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Of course, he did add ‘men’ at the end.” If the plan goes through, we will no longer have “firemen,” just “firefighters;” no “policemen,” but “police officers.” There will be no “freshmen” high school or college students – just “first-year students.” The one that has bugged me for a long time is the use of “chair” to indicate that someone is “chairman” of the committee, etc. Glynn says, “in the rare times that we don’t know whether Pat Smyth is a man or a woman, we might say ‘chairperson,’ but ‘person’ words just sound stupid.” Amen. l

One more “filler item” and I’ll just wait for your call for next week to make this an interesting column. Ralph Waldo Emerson says “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” … One of my favorite current authors says, “Choose the one decision that allows you to change course if necessary – not the road less traveled but the road with the exit ramp.” l

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