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Don’t forget! This Thursday, Oct. 13, the City of Madisonville and CHI St. Joseph Health Madison Hospital will host the annual Healthfirst Healthfest. It’s hard to believe but this is the 20th anniversary of the event.

Besides the flu shots and numerous screenings, community organizations with great health and wellness information will be on hand to visit with you. There are even door prizes! Time is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kimbro Center and it’s free.

If you plan to get blood glucose screening it’s best to not eat before you come. Get that screening first and then snack on the goodies available at the Healthfest! See you there.

Ready for some fun?  This Friday, Oct. 14, Cub Scout Pack 191 will host a Halloween Party Fundraiser at the American Legion Hall located on north Texas 75. It’s going to be a fun evening with all kinds of activities going on so gather up your kids and go.

There will be face painting, movies, snacks and even contests with prizes. Some of those contests will have Halloween themes so now is the time to get that costume picked out. The evening entertainment is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is $5. That admission covers all of the activities.

This week, Oct. 9-15 is also Fire Prevention Week, a week that has been acknowledged since 1922. It is always observed the Sunday through Saturday in which Oct. 9 falls, commemorative of the great Chicago fire of 1871 that burned Oct 8 and 9. Each year’s commemoration has a theme and this year’s them is “Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

Then, coming up weekend after next is the annual Mushroom Festival. The Gala Dinner held in the big white tent across from the Woodbine kicks off the festivities Friday evening, Oct. 21. If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, there may be a few left but you’d best hurry.

The next day, Saturday, is a wonderful day with the mushroom cook-off and wine tasting being held in that tent near the Woodbine Hotel. The town is filled with booths of artists and craftsmen showing off their wares. You can see the auto show, participate in the grape stomp, check out the entries in the photo contest, the poster contest and the art contest, and if you’re energetic and an early riser, join in the shiitake run/walk.

Last year it rained, but this year the forecast says partly sunny and a high of 88 degrees. Of course, this was the forecast given on Monday. It’s Texas weather, so by the time you read this you may want to make sure it hasn’t changed and you need an umbrella.

While we’re discussing upcoming events, now is a good time to mark your calendar for the annual Trick or Treat Party compliments of our local merchants. Kids walk around town with their parents from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 31 enjoying a little trick or treating. It’s fun to just go to town, sit on the square and watch the kiddos. Don’t miss it.

Condolences to the family of Maedell Reid who passed away last Saturday evening. A celebration of her life was held at First Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon.

If you remember last week we told you about Dylan Pugh who had been in a horrific automobile accident. Dylan is hospitalized in Houston’s Hermann Memorial Hospital and has undergone several surgeries. The Bank of Madisonville has set up a special account for Dylan Pugh to help his family. If you’d like to mail a donation, that address is 333 N May, Madisonville TX 77864. Want more info? Call (936) 348-3777.

On our birthday list, happy birthday to Quincy Allen and Stephanie Neal whose birthday is Thursday Oct 13. Lastelle Fraley and Kris Clopton celebrate Oct 15 while Lastelle’s mother-in-law Barbara Clute does the same on Oct 18. Rae Kubiak winds out this week’s list with her birthday Wed Oct 19.

Speaking of birthdays it’s the 50th birthday of the class of 1966’s graduation and they are getting together for a class reunion to celebrate. The class will meet Oct. 22, that’s Saturday week, at Rancho Viejo from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

And while on the subject of class reunions, its time to RSVP if you were a part of the class of 1981 and will attend the 35th reunion Nov. 5. They need a head count to guarantee enough food and that deadline is Oct 28.  Email Kathy Anderson Lewis at kalulu12@gmail.com or call her at 936-348-0035.

And finally, history tells us the Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. It was President Woodrow Wilson who issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920.

Most Americans know the Mrs. O’Leary story about a one of her cows kicking over a lamp that set her barn ablaze and then spread to the whole city. That shows we’ve always liked to play the blame game, doesn’t it?

Historian Robert Cromie debunked this, first citing no proof and secondly Mrs. O'Leary’s testimony that she was in bed and the cows were put up. In addition, there were other possibilities. Two neighborhood boys were seen near the barn smoking cigarettes that night.  A neighbor who evidently didn’t like the O’Learys was said to have set her barn on fire and another speculation was that a meteorite fell since several fires started that day, one fire that was bigger than the Chicago fire. No matter the cause it was a history-making fire in the loss of lives and property and led to safety practices. 

Today we have smoke alarms and fire alarms to protect us. They, though, are only as good as the people overseeing them. Now might be a good day to practice this year’s theme and check the age of your smoke alarm.

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