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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 12:00 am

Want to know what is going on around town? Then plan to attend the Town meeting this coming Thursday evening, July 26 at the Truman Kimbro Convention Center. Sponsored by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce you can find out about the latest town projects such as work on the streets and what's going on with the businesses as well as other important community topics such as health care and legislative activities.

The town meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., won't cost you a penny to attend, and you'll even be served some refreshments. Want more info? Call 936-348-3591.

Jaime Kendrick, who underwent an extensive operation July 9, is hopefully getting closer to the end of her surgeries in her fight against cancer. Thirty-year-old Kendrick, who is an accounting associate at Henson Motor Company, was diagnosed last fall with breast cancer, proving that the disease can strike at any age. Jamie and her husband Art, who is in the parts department at Hensons have two sons, Brandon and Jace.

Jamie underwent her first surgery last October and then took a rigorous course of chemotherapy. Between surgeries and chemo, she has really been through a lot, and still has a long recuperation period from this surgery. Drop your cards to her at 6984 FM 3091, Madisonville, Texas.

Mrs. Martha Woods, wife of the late Brother Bruce Woods was involved in an accident last week. Drop your cards to her at 115 York Drive, Madisonville, Texas 77864.

The mother-daughter team of Amy and Autumn Taylor will celebrate their birthdays Thursday, July 26. It was 17 years ago that Autumn was born on her mom's birthday.

In fact, July 26 is quite a busy day for birthdays. That's when Corey Savell, Madie Madole, and Vi Brown will blow out candles as well. Right behind them Nelda Burch and Shawn Jensen have birthdays on July 27, while Tyler Barrington will be 13 years old on July 28.

Winding up the birthdays for July are Carol Townsend and Sherry Shirley who celebrate their birthdays July 31.

Did you know that Crime Stoppers is up and running again in Madison County? Crime Stoppers is the organization where you can anonymously call in your tip if you know about a crime and should it lead to the apprehension of the person, you earn a reward. The number for Crime Stoppers is 348-3100.

Kirby Woesht is president of Crime Stoppers while Patricia Welch serves as vice-president. Shelly Butts is secretary and Prince Fite is treasurer.

Crime Stoppers is a boon to our county, but like any organization, it has to have help from the community to survive. It's a great organization for your business, or for you personally to contribute to. One of the ways you can help Crime Stoppers is by purchasing one of those attractive 12-inch x 18-inch signs to display at your business or home. Cost is $100. Give Patircia Welch a call at 348-6346 to order yours.

Congratulations to Sharon Phelps. At the recent American Legion Auxiliary Convention held July 1 in Irivng, Sharon, who was elected the new 7th District President for the Department of Texas back in May, was officially sworn in. The district covers 14 units and over 1,200 ladies and includes such towns as Madisonville, Lufkin, Palestine, Huntsville, Crockett, Coldspring, The Woodlands, Livingston, Porter, Willis Anderson, and Jacksonville. She'll be a busy lady for the next two years.

Don't' forget to get the kiddos registered for SMAK, which will be held the week of Aug. 6-10 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. SMAK which stands for Summer Music Activities for Kids is a community wide activity for those going into first grade through those going into sixth grade and will be hosted by First Baptist Church. They will practice all week and then present the musical &#8220Living Inside Out Friday" at 6:30 p.m.

Afternoon field trips are also available at a cost of $6 per day, but to go in the afternoon, the kids have to participate in the morning. Drop by the church or give them a call to register your children.

The 4-H State Finals kicked off this past weekend in Abilene, and before it is over we will have had a slew of kids compete for state titles in different equine events. As we go to press, Logan Currie has made the finals already as had Justin Henson. Bet some more will in their respective classes as well. We'll give you the results next week.

We've got some new residents in our county. Robert and Melanie Tipperman are residents of Midway, leasing the Jimmy Farris home and facilities on OSR, where Robert will set up his equine chiropractic practice. Previously from Lufkin, he will also be opening a regular chiropractic practice in Madisonville in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center. Opening date is Aug. 13.

August 27, which is the first day of the 2007-08 school year is just a month away. Hard to believe, isn't it? Of course the teachers will begin the year a week earlier, their tenure starting Aug. 20, meaning they only have three weeks of free days left. Summers fly by, don't they? Wasn't it just yesterday that summer vacation began?

Wonder what we will remember about the summer of 2007 when the summer of 2010 rolls around, or will we remember anything about it?

An old Indian Proverb though, suggests we should. The proverb goes like this:

&#8220Every time you wake up and ask yourself, 'What good things am I going to do today, remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it will take a part of your life with it.'"

I think the old Indian was saying if we can't remember what the summer of 2007 held when the summer of 2010 arrives, then we're not being very good keepers of our time. After all, the memories are all will have from that part of our life.

If you're one of those who hasn't been a very good keeper, there's still four weeks of summer left before the kiddos start back to school. Memory makers don't have to be financially draining either. In fact, if you'll think back over the memories you made, most of them centered around people more than places. If fact, some of the best memories happen right at home when we spend time together - that's called memory building, and those days are certainly memory makers we'll always remember.

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