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It’s coming. Daylight Saving Time rolls away Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 a.m. turning  back the clock to the original time. Daylight Saving Time always ends the first Sunday in November when clocks are turned back. That means it will could be daylight for some of you when you awaken and it could be dark for some of you driving home from work. 

So why 2’o’clock? Here’s a little trivia for you from Live Science.

“The thinking goes it’s late enough that most people would be at home, with few bars and restaurants being affected. In addition, it prevented the date from switching to yesterday; it would be confusing if we changed the clocks at midnight back to 11 p.m. The time is also early enough that the clock-hand change occurs before early shift workers and early churchgoers might be impacted.”

And now you know.

Do you like tacos? How about a free one? Taco Bell is running its annual “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” promotion. During four other World Series in past years bases were stolen and Taco Bell gave away millions of free tacos to celebrate the stolen base.

It has happened again this year thanks to Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor. Lindor stole second base during the first inning of Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series last Tuesday. That’s good news for all of us. Participating Taco Bells across America, and our Madisonville Taco Bell IS participating, will now give away free tacos Wednesday, Nov. 2. That’s next Wednesday.

The free tacos are only available between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. though, so don’t go at lunch expecting to get one. Take a late lunch and go at 2 or an early supper and go at 6.  Heck, go at 4 p.m. or an afternoon snack!  Make sure to ask for a free Doritos Locos Taco.

The MLB World Series isn’t over so it could happen again. If another base is stolen during the championship’s Games 3 through 7, additional free tacos will be given away on Thursday, Nov. 10. Stay tuned.

Here’s what’s going on round our town. It’s Play Day time at Crossroads Cowboy Church this Saturday, Nov. 5 and there’s something for all ages from Mutton Bustin’ to Poles and Barrels.  Even if you don’t ride horses it will be fun to watch. In addition to some good fun, the concession stand will be open and that works for all of us! The event starts at 10 a.m. so grab your lawn chairs, go out to the arena behind CCC on Highway 90 and enjoy a Saturday of fun. Need more info? Call Darren at 979-204-2824 or Pam at 979-255-6390.        

OK, class of 1981. It’s almost time for you to celebrate your 35th anniversary. Part says they can stay up later. They will hold their 35th reunion Nov. 5 at Oak Ridge Country Club from 6 p.m. until midnight.

If you taught this class, or were an administrator during that time, they really want you to come. No, you don’t have to stay until midnight. Fifty years may have slowed down some of those you tried to corral back then so a lot of them probably won’t stay up that late either.

Our country is certainly in turmoil, a country where lively discussion followed by handshakes and acceptance has been replaced with an overflow of anger and divisiveness, two unhealthy viewpoints. The election of the next president of the United States as well as numerous government officials will be officially held next Tuesday, Nov. 8. To offer a moment of solitude and reflection, two of the local churches, the United Methodist Church and Crossroads Cowboy Church will open their sanctuaries on Election Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’re Christian it’s a good time to go sit quietly in the church of your choice, to talk to the Lord and to listen for His wisdom before voting. If you’ve already voted, it’s a good time to go pray for our country, for those still voting and for a return to the days of wise and passionate discussions and handshakes. As my grandmother used to say, “A little time in church won’t hurt nobody.” 

On to the birthday list! Happy birthday to Rhonda Savage who blows out candles Thursday, Nov. 3. Marcus O’Neal has follows behind her with his birthday Nov. 7. Andrew Cole the son of Steven and Katherine Cole shares a Nov. 7 birthday with Marcus. Sherry Cannon and Dawn Arnold share their birthday Nov 8 and our daughter-in-law Robin Richardson winds out this weeks birthday list with her birthday Monday, Nov. 9.

And happy belated anniversary to Jimmy and Frances Cook who celebrated their anniversary last Wednesday, Oct. 26. The couple wed 53 years ago at the home of Frances’ parents. We’re still trying to find out what special gift Jimmy gave Frances for 53 years with him.  Inquiring minds want to know!

Julia Parten had foot surgery Wednesday, Oct. 26 and is back home doing great.  She does have to keep that foot propped up for a while so drop your cards to her at 405 N. Madison, Madisonville Texas 77864.

And speaking of being couch-bound for a while, last week J.C. Jeffries underwent two surgeries at Scott and White for an infection in his foot. Late Monday afternoon his wife Renee brought him and his shadow for the next few weeks, the wound vac, home.  J.C. has to remain off of that foot for three months, so keep this address: Box 1473, Madisonville, Texas 77864, handy to send those cards!  

We’ve got a celebrity among us. Have you ever played the domino game 42? Did you know there is a 42 National Players Association? There is and it holds tournaments throughout the country. Presently our own Mark Tinsley is leading in that National 42 Players Association. With the year drawing to a close he will most likely be the champ for 2016.

Condolences to the family of Tommy Coleman who passed away on Oct. 28, 2016 at Scott and White Hospital in Bryan. Services were held Monday, Oct. 31, at Madisonville’s First Baptist Church.  

Tommy is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anita Lorraine Coleman, and four children. His son David Coleman and wife Nicole also live in Madisonville. Send your condolences to the Lorraine and the Coleman Family at 1940 Derby Lane, Madisonville, Texas.

And finally, as Election Day approaches and then the day afterward, Theodore Roosevelt left us with some good thoughts to contemplate. Roosevelt once wrote, “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood, the virtues that made America.

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

No matter the outcome of the election, let’s pray America will always stand for virtues such as courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood.

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