How about some congrats? Congratulations to Jerry and Delores Williams who will celebrate their 55th anniversary July 23. Delores says it requires work, dedication and a lot of love, but it’s all worth it. Amen.
Then congrats to Aly Ghormley. The International Finals Youth Rodeo elects directors every year and this year one of those teenagers if from Madisonville. Aly is the daughter of Pam and Mike Ghormley of Bedias.
Congratulations to Colvin Walker who recently retired after decades of leadership and service in the local GED program. Prior to that, Colvin taught in our school system. In fact, he will still fill in in the classroom from time to time, but for right now it’s retirement time.
•One of the best kept shopping secrets in Madisonville is the Gift Shop in our CHI Madison St Joseph. That’s right. It’s got some great gift items including some unique ones and handmade items by locals. Think about checking them out sometime when you’ve got a few minutes. The Auxiliary Gift Shop is usually open from 9 am-3 pm. They would love to see Madisonville shoppers.
The Gift shop though is run strictly by volunteers and it can sometimes be a struggle to have it open every day. The volunteer base has dwindled the past few years since several have retired and some have moved away, or taken jobs.
Volunteering doesn’t have to be all day. In fact, a few hours one a week would be a breath of fresh air for the small group trying valiantly to keep things running smoothly. Think you might could help? Maybe just an hour or two every week, every other week? They really do need some you and it will be a blessing. I volunteered for a while until work got in the way and it really is rewarding. Please contact Maurita Turner at (936) 349-1572 or (936) 348-2631 extension 1572.
•Condolences to the family of Clifton Dorman Marks, age 77, of North Zulch, who passed away July 13, 2017. Services were held last Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville.
Clifton, a lifelong rancher, was well known in in our area, having served Madison County as Commissioner for Precinct 4, for eight years. He is survived by his wife, Judy Marks of North Zulch, and one son and three daughters and their families Send your cards to Judy and the family at 319 Madison, North Zulch TX 77872. Memorials may be made to the Downs Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley, 1802 Wilde Oak Circle, Bryan TX 77802.
•Condolences to the Westmoreland family on the loss of Louis Westmoreland, who passed away July 5, 2017. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Conroe with burial in Normangee.
Louis grew up in Normangee was a long-time professor and resident of Conroe. Louis’ family owned the Westmoreland Grocery in Normangee. After it was leased to Brookshire Brothers he still liked to come home frequently and visit the store.
Louis’s sister is Carole Martin and she and her husband Ken owned and operated Walker’s Pharmacy, now Walker’s Vintage Café in Madisonville for many years. Carole and Ken’s address is Carole and Ken Martin, P. O. Box 233, Normangee, TX 77871.
•On the birthday list, happy birthday to Jennifer Totten and Julie Petrie, who blow out candles Thursday, July 20. Paul Ritchie does the same Saturday, July 20, and Kevin Hartley is right behind him with his birthday Sunday, July 21. Barbara Richter celebrates her birthday Tuesday, July 25, while Marty Fraley winds out this week’s list with his birthday July 26.
•Paula Brooks, the wife of Troy Brooks, past pastor of First Baptist Church Madisonville, had surgery in early June for endometrial cancer that had metastasized. While Paula already knows she will have to take radiation, she will know more after seeing the doctor July 21.
•For eight weeks, well probably six weeks now, June Beavers and an air cast on her left foot have been best buds. June who was supposed to attend an afternoon wedding and a wonderful reception slipped last week on a wet running board as she was entering her car and, well, she met the concrete drive.
She still attended the wedding, and later drove herself home. And then family insisted she see a doctor. And he broke the news that she and an air cast were spending the next eight weeks together.
June has a message for everyone: Be careful on those running boards and think twice before you get into car and double check for no water on your shoes.
•Here’s what’s going on ‘round our town.
—GED classes are up and running again, Do you know someone who would like to get their GED? The classes took a brief break the first week of July but they are now back in session. The new hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and this is a good thing. For more information, call (936) 349-8803, but make it between the hours of 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
—Friday, July 21 an open house for the CHI St. Joseph Health Senior Renewal Program at 100 W. Cross will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. The new building adjoins the Physical Therapy department in the hospital parking lot. Drop by and enjoy the afternoon learning about the Senior Renewal Program with its emphasis on promoting positive mental health and well-being.
—Don’t forget the first weekend of every month a Madisonville Farmers Market his held Saturday mornings at The American Legion on Hwy 75 J N. In the past, they have had all kinds of good eating. Don’t miss it.
•It’s hard to believe, but between summer mowing, maintenance and utility bills, the Madisonville Cemetery expenses average more than $2,000 a month. Over the past year because of the drought, trees in the cemetery that died have had to be removed. Of course, older tombstones have a way of falling over. Without family still alive to care for those, the association has them straighten and then fix them to keep them that way.
Bottom line is, as with anything else, it takes money to keep the cemetery looking nice. Doing so, though, is our way of honoring those buried there.
These days plot sales, burials and dues aren’t covering the expenses, so if you have a loved one buried at Madisonville Cemetery or have plots in the cemetery, or plan to be buried there one day, mark your calendar for the Aug. 5 for a meeting in the Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church.
A catered luncheon will be served at noon. After enjoying a little visiting we’ll need to get down to business. While there is much to cover, the meeting will close no later than 2 p.m.
Lots of things will be happening at that meeting though. Besides electing two new board members there will be a discussion of short and long-term plans as well as fund raising efforts to cover cost.
Bring your ideas. First, though, please RSVP Ola Stiver by calling (936) 348-3892 or text her at (936) 348-0136 to. We certainly want to make sure there’s plenty of food.
By the way, it’s also time to update the mailing list so if you have addresses or emails for friends and family who are a part of the cemetery family, please bring those along.
•And finally, have you heard the name Simon Sinek? Mr. Sinek is a motivational speaker and the author of four books, including the 2009 best seller “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.” It was Sinek who once wrote, “The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.”
Some jobs go on no matter where you are, and for that matter, even what holiday is looming. So it is with a newspaper. As I write this, I am working out of town and before leaving I forgot to look up two addresses I needed.
Luckily I have a friend just like Mr. Sineck described. Laura Cannon and I are different in so many ways, yet that has nothing to do with our friendship. I am strongly conservative; she is strongly liberal. We are of different faiths, travel in different circles. In fact, we seldom see one another. Yet, our friendship, just as the last part of his quote says “is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.
As deadline approached Laura was whom I called about those missing addresses. She stopped her busy day and found those them for me. That’s what friendship is all about, not politics, not seeing someone constantly, but rather that feeling of who will be there for you, no matter what or when. Thanks Laura, I owe you one.