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How about some good ol’ fashion comfort food or maybe a few tasty treats like mango salsa?

If that sounds good to you then you’ll love the new cookbook available at the Madison County Museum. Published by the Madison County Historical Society, the cookbook titled “Recipes and Remembrances” features the old Madison County Courthouse on its front cover.

In it you’ll find recipes from people you know living here, some shared by relatives of those already passed away and a few from past-residents who have moved. Three pages in the back list the contributors. That might be a walk down memory lane for some of you.

The museum cookbooks are for sale at the Madison County Museum, a block off the square and a block before you reach the Woodbine Hotel for $10. That’s Madison Street if you are unfamiliar with our town. It’s open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

You can also purchase the cookbooks at Nettles Country Store open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or get them from Belinda Tobias at our local hospital.

Or, if you’d rather order one send an email to lauraanncannon@hotmail.com or leave message on the museum phone, that number is 936-348-5230 and the good ladies at the museum will hold one for you while USPS gets your check here. Be sure to add an additional $3.50 to cover shipping costs.  Make that check payable to Madison County Museum and mail it to Madison County Museum too, at P.O. Box 61, Madisonville, TX 77864.

By the way, Laura Cannon has already tried the mango salsa, which is John Vinson’s recipe, and says its good. Mrs. Lena Lou Landry has an easy slow pot stew recipe in the book that calls for a 12-ounce can of 7UP or Sprite. That’s on my to-do list.

Hats off to Quincy Cahill Allen who will be honored this Friday evening at the 39th Annual Burgess Banquet at Texas A&M University.  Quincy, a graduate of the class of 2002, will be inducted into the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association’s Hall of Fame of 2016 in the field of equestrian riding.  She is also the first representative from the equestrian field to receive this honor.

Being inducted into any Hall of Fame, especially the first one to be inducted, is quite an honor but what makes this induction even more special is that Quincy’s numerous nation-wide championships catapulted A&M’s equestrian program from one that was dying-on-the-vine to one of the best recognized equestrian teams competing in college sports.  Not only did she letter three years in the sports program, she acquired a long string of championships and still holds Texas A&M career records in western points, reining and total open horsemanship.

Think about it. Those records were set 14 years ago. Send your congrats to Quincy at P.O. Box 1047, Madisonville, TX 77864.

On our birthday list Happy birthday to Jan Ward, whose birthday is Tuesday, Nov. 17.  Following behind Jan Jason Plumlee will celebrate his birthday Friday, Nov. 18. Frieda Michael then winds down the birthday list with her birthday Saturday, Nov. 19.

Frank Knight has a special birthday coming up Nov 25 at which time he will turn 90 years young. You may remember the Knights Store owned by Frank and his wife Betty Sue on the east side of the square. Mr. Knight was honored by his family and friends last Sunday, Nov. 13, with a luncheon at the Woodbine Hotel in a surprise celebration of his 90th birthday.  Now that’s pretty special.

Congratulations to the Neal family on the addition of Kristopher Nolan.  The little fellas was born Nov 14 to Lynnsey Reagan and Clay Neal and weighed in at 7 pounds 2 ounces.

Hats off to All-Tech Plumbing for joining our Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Their ribbon cutting is this Wednesday at noon. That address is 1300 N May across from Lee's Automotive. In addition to the ribbon cutting lunch will be served so drop by on your lunch break and enjoy some fellowship.

This Thursday evening is the annual Holiday Market held at the Oak Ridge Country Club.  Between 5 and 8 p.m. you can shop unique crafts made by hometown friends as well as some of the things stores around town have to offer. 

Just a reminder: you have one week to get all of your groceries bought for that wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. And don’t forget the snacks!  The kids are home with you next week in honor of Thanksgiving.

And one more reminder: Our annual Christmas Parade held this year on Saturday, Dec. 3 is only a couple of weeks away so now is the time to start planning your entry.  You want to win first prize, right?

And finally, the elections have really shown that the blame game is alive and well. Riots have taken place across our country, all under the title of protesting while breaking out business windows, smashing cars and generally tearing up other people’s property. The rioters feel they are entitled to destroy. Someone needs to define protest for them. 

While it is easy to say that’s another part of the country and it doesn’t affect me, it does affect you. Out of control situations can spread like a cancer, especially when flamed by the media and our entitlement society. Yes, it could affect you; if entitlement gets out of control that could be your business or your car parked on the street.  

The blame game though cannot survive where there is accountability. Accountability is part of the structure of one’s character and therefore one’s community. Being accountable means being responsible for something and answerable for it, no matter if the choice was good or bad.

Unfortunately in parts of our country accountability, the nemesis to the blame game is lacking backbone. By insuring the backbone of our part of America is strong we insure our part of the country is protected from such cancer.  

So how do we do it? A good start would be to recognize accountability and responsibility are siblings and their dad is named Choice. The late Dr. Dyer probably explained the demise of accountability and the rise of entitlement best when he stated, “Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.”

Every one of them. We are accountable for our own actions, including the rioters. To stop such madness requires accountability in choices and not blaming someone or something else.

Dyer’s quote is a good one that belongs on every refrigerator, in even every car or truck visor, and certainly on every teenager’s bedroom door. That’s one way we can teach choice. Then insist on accountability in your family. Stress pride in the community, in our schools, even our jobs. Such choices grow accountability, structure one’s character and therefore one’s community.

Then protesting can be honored but riots stopped.  Then Madisonville will remain the greatest little town in Texas.