2016-08-18 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Meals on Wheels deserves praise

That mini-storm we had Saturday night left half an inch in my rain gauge on Court Street, and three-fourths of an inch in Norris Ware’s gauge on Hill Street. It was very welcome. l

’Tis the season for church revivals and homecomings. I counted 24 announcements of revivals in a recent News-Reporter. l

Washington-Wilkes had a connection in the Olympics competition last week and this week. Mary Jane and Frank Bentz of Atlanta lived in Tignall a few years before moving to Atlanta. Their grandson, Gunnar Bentz,who is a student at the University of Georgia, was chosen as a member of the Olympic swimming team from Georgia. He participated in the swimming competition on Tuesday of last week. They are all friends of Diana Blackburn. l

Ray Reid, our popular barber and school bus driver for several months, has moved to Tennessee and opened a barber shop there. He will be missed here. l

I saw a group of teenagers walking down the middle of Court Street one day last week and thought maybe I was about to have visitors, until I saw their thumbs moving rapidly on a cellphone and decided they were Pokemon visitors. They passed on by and went down to Fort Washington Park. I didn’t see them come out of the park. l

The Braves are improving, but they’re not out of the hole, yet. l Tom Poland, who recently wrote a series of articles on the homes of Wilkes County for The News-Reporter, was the speaker/entertainer for the 252nd anniversary celebration of the French Huguenots in New Bordeaux, S.C., last week. Boots and Shirler Gunter from Washington-Wilkes were in attendance at the celebration along with Shirley’s sister Evelyn, and her husband, Norman Fortson, of Charlotte, N.C. l

I hope you read the article in last week’s News-Reporter about the out-of-town collection boxes at strategic places in Wilkes County. Citizens are encouraged not to put items of clothing, etc., in the boxes because the boxes are picked up by for-profit businesses and not for charity. They don’t benefit anybody in Wilkes County. Take your items of clothing and other household items to God’s Marketplace on East Robert Toombs Avenue (across the street from the “big man”) so that they can be collected by local people for a minimum amount of money and guaranteed to be clean and in good condition – and the money benefits local citizens. I frequently buy items there and everything is “just right.” l

I have felt for a long time that the Meals On Wheels service provided by Wills Memorial Hospital doesn’t get the recognition and cooperation of our citizens that it deserves. It is a tremendous service to shut-ins, people recovering from illnesses, and at home for other reasons. This week, Kay Poplin, who handles all the intricacies of the program, brought me a lot of information. The following is supplied by Kay and will make you appreciate all those who contribute their services to the program. Kay says that she and her husband, Pop, took over the program in 1980 after Mary Burton and Jane Wright gave it up because of Mary’s health. The Poplins have been in charge for about 36 years. She says that Jo Randall had been delivering for about 40 years and Buzzy Randall later joined in. Belle Story and Jane Garner delivered on Fridays for many years and gave it up this year. Belle broke her hip in 2010 but resumed delivery as soon as she was able. Kay says that Agnes Blackmon and others began the program from the Methodist Church. Belle was at the first meeting and was volunteered by someone. She will be 91 on August 25. Jane started driving when she retired as curator of the Robert Toombs House in 1991. Jane was 89 years old in May of this year. Jo and Buzzy have moved to Clinton, S.C., so others have recently been recruited to serve in their place and in Belle’s and Jane’s. These include Lawrence Burton, Sarah Davis, and Robbie Hardigree. . . . Kay says that she considers these four elderly ladies and the Randalls as inspirations for all of us no matter how young or old we are. “This is what community service is all about,” she said. “When we have such dedicated people, you have a good solid organization. These should be role models for our young people.” l

The Meals on Wheels service is for anybody who would like to sign up. There is a very small cost, your meal is delivered to your door about 11:30, and you can sign-up for one day, or all seven days each week. I can tell you that the food is delicious. It’s not the same menu as the menu for patients. l

This is the week for the Washington Little Theater’s summer production of The Hallelujah Girls. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday, August 18-19, at 7:30 p.m.; and on Sunday afternoon. August 21, at 2 p.m. Price is $15 for adults; and $7.50 for children. It would be wise to call and make a reservation. The number is 706- 678-9582. l We hear frequently about women’s lib. There is a little book written some 150 years ago that has a lot to say about women’s lib. The article is rather involved. I’m just going to quote a couple of paragraphs. … “A woman is all things – teacher, nurse, housekeeper, physiologist, chemist, mathematician, business administrator, purchasing agent, psychologist – the list is endless. And endlessly demanding and rewarding. … The world is full of the examples of a woman’s power. Kings have been taught by nurses, orators, and statesmen pay tribute to their female teachers. Presidents give homage to wives and mothers. … As to woman’s ‘wrongs’ … the writer asks bluntly: Where have wrongs originated? Is it not woman who molds the mind of those who make laws? Is it not woman who moves the hearts of those who move the springs of society?”

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