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Did you know our Madisonville Fire Station has 30 good souls who have spent hours in training and then hours helping the rest of us when we have a crisis? That’s right. If I had their names and the room to do it, I’d list these unselfish people.

Of course, since the fire department is volunteer, some may be at work, some out of town, some not feeling well when a crisis arises, so our fire department is always in need of volunteers. If this might interest you, attend one of the meetings held the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. and find out more about it. They would love to see you.

Right now, though, they need new equipment as much as volunteers. While the city of Madisonville funds operating expenses, the revenue isn’t available to replace their aging Attack truck and Rescue Boat, now 40 years old. If you can help, please send a donation to Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department, 210 W. Cottonwood, Madisonville, TX 77864.

•Speaking of volunteering, have you called Becky Blair to volunteer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Kettle campaign? It began last Friday in front of Walmart.

The good thing about the Salvation Army is that the funds raised here in our town stay here in our town, a good reason to volunteer to ring the bel and to drop some money in that kettle. If you can donate some time to this worthwhile project please call Becky at (936) 348-5465.

•Ten-year-old Zachary Gustavus, the son of Hillarie and Kevin Gustavus and grandson of Cecil and Kathy Gustavus, was injured last Saturday in a freak ATV accident. The Ranger ended up on top of Zachary. He was flown to Temple and since then has undergone two surgeries, coming through both of them really well. Hopefully he will get to come home sometime this week.

It’s been an emotional ride for a 10-year old, not to mention the parents, grandparents and siblings. Besides physical pain, Zackary has learned he can’t play basketball this season and that’s been pretty painful itself. Get out your cards and help lift this young fella up. He’s got a long road of healing ahead of him. Maybe a dollar or two would even help. That address is Zach Gustavus, care of Kevin Gustavus, 5479 FM 1452 West, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Peggy Osborn, who volunteers at the Sonshine Center, fell last Tuesday as she left work and broke her hip. She is in Bryan’s CHI St. Joseph Hospital where she underwent surgery. Drop your encouragements to Peggy at 4500 HWY 21 West, Madisonville, TX 77864.

•On the birthday list, happy birthday to Jimbo Parrack and David Langley, who celebrate their birthday Sat Dec. 2. Dec. 3 is birthday time for Charlotte Wilson while Dec. 4 is when Liz Henson and Judy Abilez will celebrate. Paul Bailey and Karen Fraley wind out this week’s list with their birthday Wed Dec. 7.

•Here’s what’s going on round town and goodness is it busy.

It’s time for another convoy. Our Madisonville Mustangs won Area Champs and now it’s on to the Regional Playoffs. They will play West Orange Stark this Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.at the New Caney Texan Drive Stadium in Porter. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Early ticket sales are taking place right now at the Central office from 8 to 11 a.m., but only until Thursday. Adult tickets are $7 while they will be $8 at the gate. Student tickets are $5.

•This year, you and yours need to be a part of our annual Madison County Chamber of Commerce Candy Land Christmas Parade this Saturday, Dec. 2, and no, it’s not too late to enter. And it’s free.

Find that competitive spirit within, grab your church group, your ladies group, your men’s Bible study, group, the FFA kids, you get the idea and come up with an entry that will outclass last year’s winners.

Of course, that’s not an easy mountain to climb since first place went to Monterey Mushrooms last year, second to Shrimpy’s and third to the Ferguson Unit, but hey, nothing is too difficult for Madisonville folks.           

This year’s Grand Marshals are none other than our famous varsity football team. Don’t forget cookies with Santa afterwards at The Kimbro. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for a sign-up form at (936) 348-3591.

•Next Wednesday, Dec. 6, is neighbor-helping time. KBTX along with its partners will host the annual Food for Families Food Drive at the Kimbro Center from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Like the donations from the Salvation Army, the donations given to the Food Bank stay right here in Madison County as well. Think beans, canned meat, coffee, soups, diapers ….

•Then the following day, Thursday, Dec. 7, is the anniversary of the surprise strike on Pearl Harbor naval base by the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was the start of the U.S. involvement in World War II. When you visit New Orleans, please take time to visit their WWII Museum. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the cost of our freedom and a heart-rendering appreciation for that which so many today take for granted.

•Also starting Thursday, Dec. 7, and running through Dec. 10 is the annual “Pathway of Light” Celebration presented by all Madisonville churches and hosted by First Baptist Church. Their Life Center is the first stop to attend the outdoor presentation. Did you know It takes more than 250 people to make up the cast and all the necessary support groups? That is a lot of dedication.

While admission is free, you do need to reserve your spot. Call 348-2686 or go online to www.thepathwayoflight.com. By the way, it takes a lot of money to host this event and donations are appreciated.

•Dec. 12 is the annual Chamber of Commerce Chili Contest. Have you signed up to share your Oscar winning recipe with the rest of us? Seriously, you could win the first, second, and third place cash prizes. And who couldn’t use a little cash right before Christmas?    The rest of us can reap the benefits of this friendly competition. Mark your calendar for Dec. 12 to stop by the Kimbro Center and enjoy a $5 bowl of Chili.

•And there is more we will share next week, like Dennis Ivey’s Christmas in Texas, but right now it is time to sign off.

And finally, as we remembered the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, I wondered how those men and women of World War II would have reacted had they come home to the behavior many Americans show today. Personally, I doubt it would have been tolerated.

It surely wasn’t acceptable to the era of the greatest generation. They stood against that which was wrong. From a child throwing trash on the sidewalk, a sociopath wielding a gun and everything in between, those good people addressed wrong and demanded right. It should be so today. But it isn’t.

Our country is fraught with malicious behavior. Social media is a ripe tool for unhappy people to say vile things. Too often those comments slander and hurt innocent lives. Even when the person is unknown, the act of victimizing should make each of us, like a mother lion standing up for her cubs, declare that such action is not acceptable. Neither are songs with verses that would make a seasoned sailor blush nor cursing and slandering nor destruction of that which belongs to someone else.

It’s time for us to do the right thing, but we have to do it. As speaker Joyce Meyers once said, “There’s never a time when it is not the time to do the right thing.” Write your congressmen. Express your disapproval when you see or hear wrong. Control what your children and grandchildren hear, wear and say. Stand up.

As the brilliant Albert Einstein stated, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil. The world will be destroyed by those who watch them without doing anything.”

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