2013-12-19 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

No raking = happy days

David Martin, a sophomore at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, left Saturday, December 14, to spend a week in Haiti, doing several mission programs for the Haitian people. He is in charge of running a youth basketball camp and will be helping with a Bible study group, working in soup kitchens, handing out food and clothing on the street, and going door to door to witness. During free time the students are talking to the people of Haiti and playing with the children of Haiti. David will return home December 22. He is the son of David and Joy Martin of Tignall. l

An email from Reba Griffith, owner of the Irvin House on West Robert Toombs Avenue, one of the houses on the Christmas Tour of Homes, says, “What a treat to see the Irvin House in lights in The News-Reporter December 12. It really feels good to receive so much enthusiasm, good will, and support for my project.” Reba’s house is still a “work in progress” and she is enjoying sharing it with others. l

Ruth Rogers, who is recuperating from recent surgery, sent an email which says, “Always remember that you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” The words are attributed to Harriet Tubman. l Susan Hopkins Pope participated in her first presentation with the Augusta Choral Society of “Messiah and More” at St. Paul’s Church in Augusta Saturday. There were more than 500 tickets sold for the performance. Several people from Washington-Wilkes attended in spite of the heavy downpour of rain. l

On a trip Saturday (in that pouring down rain) to Macon to the celebration of the second birthday of my great-grandson, Rider Holmes, I watched the prices of gas along the way. (Rider is the son of Lizzie and Justin Holmes, and was two years old.) When we left Washington, the lowest price was at Citgo and was $3.20, which I thought was pretty good. But as soon as we left Greene County, prices really dropped, ranging from $3.05 per gallon to $3.15 per gallon. … Prices here in Washington Monday were (west to east) $3.25; $3.25; $3.20; and $3.25. l

The Christmas Parade of Lights scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, finally got underway at 6 p.m. Monday, and was spectacular. Thanks to all of you hard workers who made it possible. l

After all that rain on Saturday, Sonny and Norris reported only 1.7 inches and 1.4 inches. But my gauge said 2.8 inches and I know it was right because I have a reliable gauge. Anyway, we had lots of good rain and the sun is shining brightly today (Monday.) l

Laverne Smith called to tell me about Herbert (her late husband) and his career in the Navy during World War II. He enlisted in the Navy when he was 17 years old, and was honorably discharged in 1949 after serving four years. . His ship made a stop at Pearl Harbor early in the war to pick up troops. During his time of service, his ship visited and made stops at many ports including Athens, Greece; Naples; Australia, Africa. Benton, Florence, Italy, and ports in France. The ship was in sick bay in Norfolk, Virginia , and he was discharged from the Navy Yard at Portsmouth, Virginia. l

Don’t miss our Wilkes County babies celebrating their first Christmas this year. The Christmas tree babies, an annual event for many years, are featured in this issue of The News-Reporter. l

If an article in a recent Augusta Chronicle is right, I will have the most luxurious and healthy yard in the county in the springtime. The article says, “Leaving leaves where they fall helps plants.” I have thousands and thousands of leaves on the ground and I never rake them (except magnolias.) The article from the Associated Press says that “leaves contain stored energy, the sun’s energy. Put them on or in the soil and they release their energy to support the growth and activity of fungi, earthworms, and other soil organisms.” Oh, happy days. l

A note from Dolores McAvoy, for many years a resident of Wilkes County and native from “up north,” writes: “Oh, how I miss the snow. When I was a kid I was pulled by a very large dog in a sleigh. My mother, when young, rode in a horse-drawn carriage with a fringe on top. What fun!” … Please tell me about your Christmas remembrances. Today is Monday and I must turn this column in to Sparky today, then I have to turn in another one (because of early deadlines) on Thursday. That will be tough to do without your help. l Jean Casey, Wilkes Countian living in Cedartown, has a collection of Christmas carol books from the 1940s and 1950s. Two of them are 5x7 in size and were sent in Christmas cards from McClearen Electrical Co., and Washington Motor Co. Each one has 10 carols and “America.” … Jean also remembers that she still has her first piano recital piece which she played in December 1946 in a recital by students of Mrs. Clara Fuller. The recital was held at the Tignall gymnasium which had a tin roof and a storm came with rain so loud on the tin roof that it was hard to hear the performers. So we are not the first to have torrential rain, like that of Saturday, in December. Jean also remembers that she wore a red plaid pleated wool skirt with a red pullover sweater which had embroidered flowers around the neckline.

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