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The rains we’ve received since last week’s column have been a blessing to most of Madison County. Over in Louisiana, though, previous rain has been a nightmare. Most likely you have heard the statistics: 40,000 homes damaged and as of last weekend 4,000 people were still living in shelters. That’s a lot of heartbreak.

The First Baptist Church of Madisonville is reaching out though. They are presently holding a supply drive this week for those who have lost so much. The supplies will be delivered to a local church in Baton Rouge.

While the list of needs is long the church is collecting specific items: trash bags, breathing masks, gloves, mops and brooms, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body soap, shampoo and conditioner, towels, washcloths, socks and underwear. The drive ends this Friday, Aug. 26.

If you’d like to help, enter through the side door of the church with your donations and you’ll find 25 labeled containers lining the wall of the hallway. Today might be a good day to do this since the donations leave this weekend for Louisiana. 

Speaking of First Baptist Church, hats off to the church for hosting a luncheon in the Family Life Center last week for the MCISD teachers and staff. That’s one of the blessings of living in a small town.

Things are changing at our local hospital. We have been blessed with some great respiratory therapists who have rescued those in dire need as well as made it convenient for others in need of continual help. If you have ever had trouble breathing you know it can be a frightening experience. It can happen with COPD, asthma, a heart attack and a host of other ills. Sadly, though, the respiratory department is closing. After learning about this I visited with John Childers, one of the respiratory therapists. John remembers coming here 22 years ago.

“In 1994 I was invited by Todd Teasdale to apply for a Respiratory Therapy job in a small town I had only driven through,” he began. “Once on board, Todd, Willie Kinney and me made great strides to bring this little hospital's RT department into the 20th century.

“With the help of Dr. Hubley, Dr. Mario Magcalas and Dr. Al-Himyary we did a lot of good work in this little Madison County Hospital. Joe Walden and Robert Robbins added many hours of sleepless nights. This week The Affordable Care Act, (ObamaCare) finally took its toll on Madison county's only hospital. The little hospital had to make the choice that it just wasn't big enough any more for respiratory therapists. You will no longer see a respiratory therapist when you make the choice to visit or become a patient here in Madison County's only hospital.”

Besides losing our respiratory department this unfortunately means several of your neighbors will now start job-hunting once again. Neither is good news.

Don’t forget this Saturday, Aug. 27, is recycling time. You can recycle those aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, etc. at the City Hall Parking Lot from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s a good thing to do.

And, we’ve been reminding you about little league registration. Soccer registration is going on right now as well. It’s all happening one more Saturday Aug 27 between 8-5 at the Wal-Mart Parking lot.

We’ve got birthdays coming up! First, happy birthday to Kenneth Andrews whose birthday is Thursday, Aug. 25 and to Patrick McDonald, Susie Barnes and Mike Dutton whose birthday is Friday, Aug. 26.

Jerry Reed has his birthday Saturday, Aug. 27, followed by Grace Culbreth and Pam Rigby who share Sunday, Aug. 28 as their birthday. Mark Bennett winds out this week’s list with his birthday Aug. 29.

The Andrews clan gathered last Friday evening at the home of Brandon and Tracy Cook to celebrate the birthdays of Kenneth Andrews and Kenneth’s daughter-in-law Annette Andrews, whose birthday was this past Monday. They had five generations in attendance. Besides Kenneth and his wife Mary Jane and their son Gus Andrews and his wife Annette, also present was Gus’s daughter Tracy Cook, Tracy’s daughter Christine Coleman and Christen’s son James Asher. Five generations, that’s a pretty special birthday present.

Remember Hank Hargrave who was editor of the Madisonville Meteor at one time?  Hargrave is now back in our area. He recently purchased The Centerville News.

On the sick list Don Allen of Bedias experienced some chest pains week before last that sent him to the hospital. The following Monday, Aug 15 he had stents put in and last Sunday, 6 days later, he was in church. You can’t keep a good man down.

Horace Conger is another who has not been doing well. Horace was supposed to undergo surgery last Wednesday but instead doctors discovered blood clots. Surgery was postponed while the blood clot issue is resolved. Send your encouragement to Horace at 207 Marietta, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Remember Sandra Standley who continues to battle pancreatic cancer. Drop your cards to her at 951 Standley Drive, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Condolences to the Wiese family of North Zulch on the loss of Hannah Wiese.  Hannah, who would have entered the 10th grade this year was involved in an ATV accident last weekend and later passed away at the hospital. Services were pending as we went to press.     

And finally, does the name Leila Denmark ring a bell?  Leila Denmark was a Georgia pediatrician who practiced until May 2001. When she retired she was 103. 

How about Gladys Burrill? Gladys at the age of 92 entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the Oldest Female Marathon Finisher.

Shimon Peres, the President of Israel from 2007 to 2014 believes people live longer if they have things they want to achieve. ”You're young as your dreams,” he once stated, “not as old as your calendar.”

 Japanese Yuichiro Miura had dreams to climb Mount Everest. He did that at the age of 70 and again at 75. But he didn’t quit there.  He became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2013 at the age of 80.

Did you see the 1989 movie “Driving Miss Daisy”? Jessica Tandy played Miss Daisy at the age of 80. She also received an Academy Award for Best Actress.

According to President Shimon Peres, we should constantly have a dream. Retired Lt. Col. James C. Warren did that. At the age of 87 he received his pilot’s license.

By the way, Peres practices what he preaches. August 2 he turned 93 years young and is still working, but who’s looking at the calendar?

So, what’s your dream for the remainder of the year?

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