Do you know what Dec. 21 is? It’s National Flashlight Day. While the staff at Whatever Day doesn’t know the origin, they think National Flashlight Day came about because of all those late night visits with family and friends during the holiday season
Dec. 21 is also the Winter Solstice, known as the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.
One more thing you will definitely want to know. Dec. 26 is National Whiners Day.
•On to other things. It’s about time for that wonderful school Christmas break. The students in the Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District get out for the Christmas holidays early this Friday afternoon, Dec. 22. They will return to school Tuesday, Jan. 10. Teachers return Monday, Jan. 9, for a staff development day.
•Speaking of our school district, the Board of Trustees recently recognized some special students and staff members for the month of December. Macyn Totten is this month’s outstanding student from the Elementary school while Daejanique Lopez received the honor from the from the Intermediate school.
Matthew DeBoisblanc was recognized from the Junior High and Autumn Gipson was recognized from the High School.
In the staff department section, Intermediate School Teacher Renee Long and Intermediate School Paraprofessional Deanna Harrison were the honorees for the month of December.
•How about some special birthdays this week? First, happy birthday to Mr. Jerry Marhofer, who turns 78 years young Dec. 22. Happy birthday to Jimmy Cook, whose birthday is Dec. 20. Nora Pickens’ birthday is Thursday, Dec. 21, and she shares that date with Charlotte Barrett.
Happy birthday to Tim Edwards, who celebrates his birthday Saturday, Dec. 23. If you still visit with past First Baptist Church pastor Troy Brooks, that’s his birthday too. Then Kathy Lewis is a Christmas Eve birthday gal, while Sallie Reid’s is a Christmas day birthday gal.
Winding out this week’s list is Patricia Mason and Spencer Cook with their birthdays on Dec. 26
Just for fun info, Friday, Dec. 22, is birthday time for actor, musician, poet and Western heritage promoter Red Steagall. If you haven’t heard Red’s poetry, often put to lyrics, you’ve missed some entertainment mixed with some good life lessons. In 1983 Steagall played for a special party for President Reagan at the White House. He even made some overseas tours to the Middle East, the Far East and South America for our country. He shares that birthday with Dianne Sawyer. Now you know.
•On the sick list, James Dean Cole has been in Bryan CHI St. Joseph Hospital in a serious battle with some serious ulcer and pancreas pain. Send your cards to him at 3104 Kashka Lane, Madisonville, TX 77864.
The home of Frances and Johnny Byrd sustained some damage after it caught on fire last Saturday afternoon. Although Frances was in Huntsville shopping and Johnny was at work their two sons were home and called Mom immediately. Don’t think the fire got the Christmas tree. The couple lives in Leona.
•And finally, Christmas is only a few days away. May we all remember the true reason for the season. Merry Christmas everyone.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11