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You need to know this! Thurs., Mar. 23 is National Puppy Day. It was the famous humorist, Josh Billings, who once said, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” Amen.

National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 with the goal of improving the lives of puppies everywhere. Unfortunately, nationwide statistics state an estimated 3 million puppies are killed yearly because shelters do not have enough room or resources to care for them until homes are found. If you’d like something that will love you more than he or she loves itself, check out Rufus Refuge, right here in Madisonville.

Welcome to the Madison County Fair Association, Apr. 2 - 8. MCFA has a proud tradition of supporting the youth of Madison County. Our slogan, Raising ...

Over in Iola on Saturday Apr. 1, the third international Barbecue Cookers Association will host a cook-off for the Iola Volunteer Fire Department. The Fundraiser will also have a live auction of donated items, and that night some great live music. We’ll share more info. later, but get it on your calendar. You won’t want to miss that barbecue! The Iola Volunteer Fire Department, began in 1976, has 18 active members and one junior member. In 2016, they responded to 120 calls. That’s averaging 10 calls a month, folks! If you would like to send them a donation, the Iola Volunteer Fire Department address is: P.O. Box 339, Iola, TX 77861.

The Crossroads Cowboy Church will host a Ladies Bible Retreat Apr. 21-23. More about that next week, but ladies, mark you calendar! Called “Sisters in the Saddle Ladies Bible Retreat”, you can bet on some competition (for the competitive type), but for those who don’t ride, in addition to the Bible study, there is also “Painting with a Purpose” for your creative juices, and the awesome speakers, who will undoubtedly inspire you. There’s a lot more to it than just riding and while there IS a whole lot of competing going on, at last year’s retreat, quite a few of those in attendance weren’t into riding.

Sponsored by Crossroads Cowboy Church, the event will be held at the Leon County Expo, on county road 305 out of Buffalo. The schedule is: Fri. evening, 5-5:15 p.m. welcome; 5:15-6:30 p.m. dinner; 6:30-9:00 p.m. praise/worship. Breakfast kicks off the Sat. event, after which you can check out the speakers and choose your favorite from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Of course, both lunch and dinner will be served on Sat. Then stick around to watch a little ranch rodeoing and sorting. The barrel racing and team roping with be held Sunday, after the morning worship at 10:00 a.m. 

Coming in May, the Madisonville Mustang Bank will host “Mustang Market Day Event”, benefitting the Mustang band. Planned for May 6, the event will be held at the Madisonville High School from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with booths of all kinds for you to browse, enjoy and buy things you can’t live without. IF you would like to have a booth at the event, pick up a flyer and application at the front desk of the high school or contact Stephanie Schmidt. We will share more later!

Happy birthday to Mike Renfro, whose birthday is Mar. 15, and Todd Lace, whose birthday is Mar. 19.

And finally, it’s soapbox time once again, which means this is totally my opinion, so you may want to quit reading. I appreciate chivalry, and I’m fortunate to have a great husband who believes as I do.  I like the doors opened for me. I like the chair pulled out for me. I also appreciate that in America, we have the right to express differing opinions.

Opinion is defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter.” I do not believe, however, that gives any one person the right to degrade another. Eventually, I feel that women will wise up and start asking for the things that they deserve, the things that used to be automatic and expected of men, like holding a door, pulling out a chair, and paying for dinners.

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