'Round Town

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How ‘bout them freshmen ’Stangs? Not only did our Madisonville Mustang Freshman team earn the title of District Champions they earned it without losing one game.  

Last year it was our MHS Junior Varsity football team that won 2015 District Champions. They did it with an outstanding record is 9-0-1.

Next on the agenda for the freshmen team is the regional game. This team still has three years of high school football ahead of them. Last year’s Junior Varsity district winners will still be on the field as well. Might better put next year’s football games on your calendar.

On to what’s going on ‘round our town.  First, this Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor our veterans. Thank God for men who put sacrifice for family and country protection before self. It’s a good day to fly your flag.

The first name for Veterans Day was originally “Armistice Day,” named that to commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany during World War I. Today it covers all wars and is a federal holiday meaning the banks, the courthouse, post offices and other government offices will be closed. Most other businesses and schools, however, will be open.

To honor these men and women numerous restaurants across the country offer free or discounted meals for our veterans. Since our world is such a mess and loafers who never served will try to get a free meal, you’ll need to bring along your ID to show your proof of service.

The first one you need to know about is right here in Madisonville where Walkers Vintage Café on the square is offering free breakfast plates to veterans this Friday.  Breakfast hours are 7 to 10 a.m.

In the nearby towns of Huntsville and Bryan, IHOP will serve a free stack of red, white and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11. Golden Corral offers a free buffet dinner and beverage for retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves but instead of this Friday, their gift is Monday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Numerous other restaurants are listed at https://www.stripes.com.  Some offer free desserts, free drinks. It’s best to call ahead though and make sure those out of town are participating.

Everyone can enjoy some great snacking at the Midway Church of Christ Gospel Gathering Tuesday, Nov. 15. Co-hosted by Lanier Stevens and Dennis Ivey the monthly event always has some home-made goodies in the Church's Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. to snack on before the strumming and singing gets started. In fact, if you like to sing, play an instrument get up on the stage and join them in entertaining the crowd with some good ol’ gospel and country music.

Next on the ‘round town activities is the annual Holiday Market. This years Market will be held Thursday, Nov 17. Drop by the Oak Ridge Country Club between 5 and 8 p.m. and shop unique crafts made by hometown friends as well as some of the things stores around town have to offer. 

Then it’s time for Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, Nov. 24, the kids and teachers will be out of school all of that week. That’s Nov. 21 through Nov. 25.

On our birthday list happy birthday to Edith Guerrero and Craig Edmunds whose birthday is Nov. 11 and to Roberta Murphy whose birthday is Monday, Nov. 14. Gus Wehmeyer has his birthday Tuesday, Nov. 15 while Debbie Holland will celebrate her birthday Wednesday, Nov. 16. Winding out this week’s list is Jan Ward whose birthday is Thursday, Nov. 17 and Jason Plumlee who blows out his candles Friday Nov. 18.         

On our sick list Virginia Boyett remains in the hospital fighting a severe infection as we go to press.  She’s getting round-the-clock antibiotics while hospitalized but is hoping to come home Tuesday. Virginia’s address is P.O. Box 76, Madisonville TX. Kenneth Andrews is also home recuperating following his hospitalization. Drop your cards to his home address, P.O. box 816, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Remember Sandra Standley who continues to battle pancreatic cancer.  That address is 951 Standley Road. Susan Warmuth is presently on a break from chemo and will undergo testing later. Susan’s address is 209 N. Madison, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Then J.C. Jeffries is home but is off of that foot for three months, so send your cards to Box 1473, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Does someone in your family have an upcoming birthday? Anniversary? Got a sick one who could use a little encouragement? Send your info to gala@nettlescountry.com or call 936-348-6541. Please leave your telephone number should we need to call you. Sometimes we need a little more help from you.

Love animals? Have you got time to do some volunteer work? Consider helping Rufus Refuge, Madison County’s answer to finding homes for homeless dogs. In fact their mission statement is “Helping to make a difference with the homeless and abandoned pet population in Madisonville ... one animal at a time.”

Rufus Refuge celebrated its one-year anniversary last month.  Dawn Knight, one of the founders of Rufus Refuge shared the following interesting statistics: “To date we have rescued 330 and homed 290 animals in one year … 78 percent of those would have been euthanized. The numbers for the one year before we started were 136 rescued and of that 136, six were reunited with their owners, 30 were adopted and 100 were euthanized.”

Pretty sad isn’t it? The volunteers at Rufus Refuge are really making a difference but they need more help. Check out the Rufus Refuge Facebook page or their website rufusrefuge.org and you’ll most likely catch the volunteer spirit. Then email rufusrefuge@gmail.com and tell them you’d like to know more about volunteering.

No time to volunteer? Think about making a donation. All animals taken in by Rufus Refuge receive veterinary care, spaying and neutering services, food, toys and any other medical necessities in order to maintain their comfort. It all cost money and your donations make a big difference. Make checks payable to Rufus Refuge and mail them to P.O. Box 1385, Madisonville, TX 77864.

And finally, how is the time change treating you now that it gets darker earlier in the late afternoon and the sun is brightly shining for some when they climb out of bed.  If things have been a little weird for you the last few days the good news is that you’re not a lone.

According to an article written in “Live Science” the subtle time shift can take a noticeable toll on the human body. The article stated, “Circadian rhythms tick away throughout the body each day, controlling the release of certain hormones that affect moods, hunger levels, and yearning for sleep. When these rhythms get thrown out of whack, even by just one hour during daylight saving time, the human body notices the difference.”

The article also shared the change can cause headaches for some and even set off debilitating chronic pain. For others, the earlier evening darkness may bring on depression and moodiness. Then, of course, there are those miracle folks whom nothing seems to faze. I’m married to one of those. I, on the other hand, think I have completely lost my rhythm!

Hopefully by now your circadian rhythms are swinging in sequence once again. Just think, in Mar 12, 2017 we’ll challenge our circadian stuff once again with Daylight Saving Time.

I’m looking forward to that. 

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