As I write, I’m wondering when you might read this. Late Monday afternoon because of Harvey’s visit, the U.S. Postal Service suspended mail service for all zip codes starting with 778 until further notice. That’s a good thing. Besides keeping a whole lot of people safe, the rest of us can practice our patience.
Speaking of Harvey, we have the best town. Several groups have already gathered items and delivered them to Houston. Others offered a helping hand to families living in our motels and too many men to name loaded their boats and headed south to help pick people off their roofs. Then, there have been the prayers.
Praying is something we can all do. This minute might be a good time to talk to Him. Relief will be needed for months, not days, so we’ll keep you posted on how you can help.
In the meantime, if you’d like to donate a $1 or so, do so to your favorite charity but make sure to write Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief in the check’s memo. One of my favorites is Franklin Grahams Samaritan’s Purse. The address is Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
You can also read about how to volunteer at Samaritan’s Purse to help during the Harvey disaster. Go to https://spvolunteernetwork.samaritanspurse.org/hurricane-harvey-reponse/
•Congratulations to the Andrews clan. Harper Carolyne was born to Charli Jo and Jacob Jones on Aug. 23, arriving at 1:54 pm and weighing 5 pounds 15 ounces.
Charli Jo is the daughter of Annette and Gus Andrews and the granddaughter of Kenneth and Mary Jane Andrews and Barbara McMillan and Charles Oldner. Jacob is the son of former Madisonville’s First Baptist Church music director Glen Jones and his wife Nancy, now Tyler residents.
Also on hand to welcome the little lady was Charli Jo’s brother Clay and his wife Amanda. And by the time you read this, Mama ‘Net should be in Forney, most likely rocking that baby. Send your congrats to Charli Jo and Jacob at 2018 Uvalde Forney, TX 75126
•Condolences to the family of Eddie Fairhurst, 61, who passed away Aug. 21. Eddie, the son of Joe Anne Fairhurst of Madisonville and the late Edward Hurst, had lived in College Station for the past 35 years.
Graveside services were held Thursday at Oxford Cemetery in the Cottonwood Community. In addition to his mothe,r he is survived by his brother Robbie and family as well as five children and five grandchildren. Send your condolences to Joe Anne at P.O. Box 122, Madisonville, TX 77864
•Condolences to the family of Jodi Ozio, who passed away last Aug. 22 after a valiant battle with a lung disease. Services were held last Friday at First Baptist Church in Madisonville, followed by a private family burial in Conroe where Jodi grew up.
Jodi is survived her husband Joe, her son her Tommy, daughter Sabrina and husband Jonathan Vlahos and numerous other family members. The family requests memorials be made to Hope Pregnancy Center of Brazos Valley
205 Brentwood Drive E, College Station, TX 77840. Send condolences to the family care of Joe Ozio, 5752 Wiseman Road, Midway, TX 75852
•Here’s what’s going on ‘round our town. First, we have a new restaurant. The Mallet Brothers, Greg and Chad Mallett, opened Mallett Brothers BarbeQue & Grill at 3303 E. Main Street. That’s in the strip mall across from Buc-ee’s.
There’s a lot more than just barbeque at Mallett Brothers. Grab a sandwich or a burger; sink those teeth into a ribeye or maybe a chicken Fried steak. In the mood for a little seafood? Check out their fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and yep, even crawfish. Today might just be a good day to check them out.
•Coming Sept. 7, Christian speaker, singer and entertainer Mark Lowry will be at Madisonville Christian Fellowship Church. He’s good. Tickets are $25 each and the evening is guaranteed to be one you will long remember. You can get them online at firstname.lastname@example.org
•If you like a little saxophone music you’ll definitely want to attend our last town Shop & Stroll. It’s Friday Sept. 8; this time and our own famous saxophone player Ralph — the FED EX guy — and his band will be performing. Now these guys can play some real dancing music. We may have to turn Main street into a dance floor.
•Speaking of good people, remember in 2003 when Dale Hurst was president of MCFA and the board began constructing the building on the fairgrounds we use for so many events? It was Dale and John Henry who joined forces to get the market goat division added to MSCA. These are just two of the many men who deserve recognition for what they have done for our fair association. And there are many more.
A reception and dinner provided by the North Zulch Booster Club and MCFA will be held Sept 12 to honor Past Presidents and they want you there. It’s going to be such a fun evening kicking off at 6:30 p.m. You do need to RSVP Liz Ward though at 348-0081. See you there.
•Have you sometimes thought about locking your sassy teenager in the bedroom and throwing away the key? Ever thought about locking your spouse out of the house? Tell the truth now.
Quite honestly, it’s just a part of juggling the pieces of life and for most of us, rearing children who are sweet and mannerly and living in marital bliss takes a lot of give and take. A little mentoring always helps and that’s coming our way.
Now is the time to register for the upcoming Replicate Conference offered by First Baptist Church Sept 23. It’s all about “raising teenagers in today’s culture, disciplining marriage praying like Jesus, multiplying missions and evangelism.” Time is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more details, costs, and registration info check it out at madisonvillefbc.org.
•Hey business owners. How about some free advertising? If you’re a member of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce you can put your business info in the 1,000 bags passed out at the Mushroom Festival, but you need to let Liz at the chamber know this. Number is 348-0081.
Not a member? You can still add your info for a small fee. But now would also be a good time to join our Chamber.
•And finally, speaking of life, it’s in a constant change, isn’t it? Old things passing away, new things circling in. Most of us have some good memories and fun times connected to the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Association’s arena on Highway 75. Did you just smile?
The arena has been a landmark in our town for, goodness, how decades? Wouldn’t “If those arena stands could talk” be a good story? Maybe “Two stepping on the Concrete Slab” might be a better one.
Thank goodness memories are golden. Wood though, isn’t and upkeep isn’t cheap and the MSCA arena, once an icon of our town is about to be dismantled. But oh, what good memories.
Here’s to all those good, good times.