2016-07-07 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Still looking for Miss Julia

Volunteer firefighters are needed in Wilkes County. If anyone is interested, you should contact the fire department at 706-678-7113. Candidates must be 18 years of age and have good moral character. Being a fireman is a good learning experience as well as a service to the community. It also has some benefits. l

While walking last week I saw one of our Washington City Council members. He said to tell all you folks who got frustrated with all the “fussing” at council meetings that it’s safe to come back now. The council meeting is a safe place to be as well as learning more about what’s going on in the city. l

Several “reader friends” have asked me about my collection of “Miss Julia” books. I have had all 17 of the books, including this year’s publication. But unfortunately, when I moved from Lexington Avenue to Court Street, Miss Julia didn’t show up on Court Street. Yes, it’s best to read them in the right sequence but each one also stands alone. If I find mine, I’ll let you know, and let you borrow one, if you promise to bring it back. I’m still looking. My daughter-inlaw Mary’s mother, Faye Maloney, got me started on Miss Julia years ago. ... Meanwhile you can read “Coming Home” by Robert Inman which is also very good. Try the Mary Willis Library. l

I have seen the truck spraying for mosquitoes making the rounds several times. I hope it will keep the pests away. l Charlie Blackmon is back in the news again. Although Charlie did not grow up in Washington-Wilkes, his dad, Myron Blackmon, did, and so we lay claim to Charlie. He plays with the Colorado Rockies baseball team and has made a name for himself. He holds all kinds of records, and a couple of weeks ago he was named National League Player of the Week. This season, he has had five homeruns, and nine runs batted in, among other records. Myron was an outstanding athlete at Washington-Wilkes High School. l

The Braves have been doing much better lately than they did at the beginning of the season. Didn’t I tell you not give up on them, that they would begin to do better? l

This column is being written on Wednesday, July 29, to meet The News-Reporter deadline for the July 7 paper so that staff can have the week off. The office will be open again on Monday, July 11. l

Many children (and others) have enjoyed the summer “Wheels” event held on Wednesdays on the parking lot behind the courthouse and the parking spaces near Fort Washington Park. Kids, there is just one more Wheels in Wilkes before school starts and that’s on Wednesday, July 22. Don’t miss it. l

Did you see the “Strawberry Moon” one night last week? My informant had told me I could see it from the deck on the rear of my house at about 9 p.m., but somehow I missed it. I saw the beautiful full silvery moon until I finally quit watching at 11 p.m., but no strawberries. According to the internet, the strawberry moon was so named by an Indian tribe who dubbed it such because it was such a short full moon in June and didn’t allow enough time to get all the strawberries picked. It supposedly had a red glow to it. I know of some folks who saw it and they say it was beautiful. I was either too late or too early. l

Many of you will not remember when there was a Catholic Church on the same lot as the old Catholic Cemetery on North Alexander Avenue. On the other hand, many of you WILL remember the church which was not made of bricks as you might think, but was made of stones. Some of the children who grew up on North Alexander Avenue in the 1930s played in the area and liked to scare their little friends when they came to play by telling tales of the cemetery. When the church was torn down, the stones were piled to the rear of the cemetery and graves. They remained there until not too long ago when Joe Harris who lives next door got them and lined his yard and walkways with the old stones. Check them out when you go that way. l

In the same little booklet where I found the advertisements by Marie Saint-Gaudens and Mary Helen Hynes and their many business enterprises, there was also a quote from “Georgia’s Landmarks Memorials and Legends” (of which I am not familiar) that some things about Washington-Wilkes that I had not heard about and made me think that we have been in the historic news for a long, long time. The article says, “Georgia’s Landmarks Memorials and Legends” says of Washington: “There is not a town in the state around where majestic old homes there clusters more of architectural beauty, of social charm, of intellectual culture, or of historic renown. Most of these homes area built on the stately pattern peculiar to the spacious days of the old South. Many of the homes in the town date back to 1700 and the present occupants are in most cases, direct descendants of those who built them to replace the log huts in which their fathers, who settled the colony, lived. Washington has a heritage to be proud of and on this background it has built a splendid present and will build an even greater future.” – And we did just that. l

Why are political positions referred to as “left” and “right?” Well, I found out in The Little Book of Answers ... “Over 200 years ago, King Louis XVI of France was forced to convene a form of parliament for the first time in more than a century. At the assembly, the more radical delegates took up seats on the left of the King, while their conservative counterparts sat on his right. Ever since, liberal views have been referred to as from the left, and conservative ideas as from the right.” So now you know. l

In Northern Ireland during the ninth century, the British introduced a harsh poll tax of one ounce of gold per year on all Irish households. The tax was nicknamed the “Nose Tax” because if a person didn’t or couldn’t pay, he had his nose slit. This cruel but effective procedure gave rise to the expression “paying through the nose.”

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