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While November is best known for Thanksgiving it has some other titles behind its name as well. For example, did you know November is National Novel Writing Month?

Now if writing a novel is not on your to-do list, you might consider recording your memoirs for future generations. It couldn’t be a better time since Thanksgiving is this week. Older family members who gather Thursday are good resources for info about your younger years, and like vines that intertwine, so intertwines the personal lives of our elders with our lives. You might be surprised what you learn!

Then this week, Nov. 20-26, is National Family Week, which seems to go hand-in-hand with recording the family history doesn’t it? You might want to take along a pen and paper when you visit the relatives Thanksgiving Day, especially since Thanksgiving Day is also “Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day.” Could be a very entertaining day!

One more. Nov. 23 is Fibonacci Day. I had to look that one up, too. According to research “Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where a number is the sum of the two numbers before it. Nov. 23 is celebrated as Fibonacci day because when the date is written in the mm/dd format (11/23), the digits in the date form a Fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3.”

I’m sure you’re glad to know that. On to more important things!

Calling all animal lovers! You are desperately needed to provide a loving home and lots of hugs for lost and abandoned dogs anxiously waiting for their forever parents. Presently 28 dogs rescued by Rufus Refuge, the Madison County Rescue organization, live in 12 kennels provided by our city. That’s crowded conditions and unfortunately without new homes, they will soon be euthanized.

 More is needed than full time parents though. Volunteers are also needed to care for these furry children until their forever parents find them. One thing is for sure, the rewards of owning a dog or providing foster care for one outnumbers the responsibility. Check out the Rufus Refuge Facebook page or their website rufusrefuge.org. Then email rufusrefuge@gmail.com and tell them you’d like to know more about volunteering or becoming a forever owner.

Congratulations to Pat Raley, who turns 80 years old on Nov. 30.

Got birthdays or anniversaries in your family? Send them to us at gala@nettlescountry.com or call 936-348-6541. Make sure you spell those names for us. You’d be surprised how many ways Ann can be spelled.

Here’s what’s going on around town. While Black Friday, the day known for great sales follows right behind Thanksgiving, Saturday, Nov. 26, is an important shopping day as well. The day highlights small shops and is celebrated as “Small Business Saturday.”

Most businesses around Madisonville are mom and pop stores and they will certainly appreciate you shopping the hometown folks first on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Lots of advantages surround hometown shopping. Besides feeling the appreciation of your neighbors who own the businesses you will spend less time traveling and more time shopping and less money on gas and more on presents. The crowds won’t test your patience as they might in the crowded stores of larger towns and you’ll keep your money right here in our town where it can trickle back to you. In fact, while shopping the hometown stores you just might run into a friend or two you haven’t seen in quite a while. It might be a good time to visit over a cup of coffee or perhaps lunch in one of our hometown restaurants.           

More than just good shopping is available in our town. Are you and your buddies the guru of chili makin’? Then dig $20 out of your pocket and show Madison County your talents in the upcoming chili contest!  It’s the second annual chili contest sponsored by Madison County Chamber of Commerce and is planned for Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Truman Kimbro Center.  

Judging starts at 10 a.m. and when that’s complete, probably around 11 a.m., the rest of us can converge on the Kimbro Center and enjoy a good bowl of chili for $5. By the way cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place. Heck, you may be a winner, and who couldn’t use a little cash right before Christmas? Want more info? Contact The MCCOC at (936) 348-3591 or Info@madisonchamber.net for additional information.

Congrats to Colby Level who was featured on the cover of the Nov. 1 “Spin to Win” magazine. The magazine also featured an article on the Madisonville roper as well. Colby will compete once again at the NFR Finals in Las Vegas this December.

And finally, Oprah Winfrey once commented, “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Being thankful is what Thanksgiving is all about. One reason to be thankful should the weather Thanksgiving Day. While Father Winter has recently wiggled its fingers into our fall days, local forecasts say the Thursday’s Madisonville weather will be mostly sunny with a high in the 70s.

Being thankful is only a part of making our lives better. It takes action as well. As the late John F. Kennedy once said, ”As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.        

From our family to yours, happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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