I began last week’s column with the following statement. “For weeks now, we have been watching tragedy after tragedy unfold.” The same statement applies today. As people along the southern coastal areas continue to clean up from the hurricanes and people on the west coast are still battling wild fires, mourning for the earthquake victims of Mexico continues. Puerto Rico is still in crisis, London has had another explosion in the tube, and other hateful crimes continue around the world. Now today I awoke to the breaking news that a concert in Las Vegas was the scene of the largest mass shooting in our history. I have not wept yet, but I will.
This is not the venue for discussing this shooting, but I want to register my profound sadness, my sympathy for the victims and their families and loved ones and for the survivors who will live with the memory of last night forever.
Meanwhile September has slipped away and October is here, with summer weather. What’s with that? With all the wild weather everywhere, I am almost afraid to wish for a cold front. We, here in tornado alley, know what these transition seasons can bring, and I don’t look forward to days of watching the sky and nights of listening for the siren.
I guess I should lighten the mood just a bit, and talk about why I like living in Rector. For one thing, we love our football teams and we love to play football against our number one rival, Piggott. And guess how the mayor got to our Rector/Piggott football game two weeks ago. All eyes lifted to watch as the Survival Flight medic helicopter circled the field, the props whacking the air and stirring up dust and grass. It circled and came lower and lower, before finally setting itself gently onto the grassy area. As Mayor Teresa Roofe disembarked like the royalty she is, she waved to the crowd and went to her seat to watch the game. Eat your hearts out, Piggott,
Another reason is the Homecoming Parade. I am lucky enough to live on 3rd Street and get to watch it from my front porch. They had some beautiful floats, lovely ladies and rugged looking football players, as they drove down my street on their way to the high school. I felt pretty special, for sure.
And there is music here. Jerry Chilcutt and Candy Hill will be giving a special piano performance on Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. The program, to be held in the First United Methodist Church, is to dedicate the gift of a baby grand piano given to the church by Mary McBride. They will play a variety of music ranging from standard fare to Broadway and movie themes. It will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited. I can assure you the music will be wonderful. Please come and share in our good fortune.
The FUMC will be having its semi-annual rummage sale on Thursday and Friday, October 5 & 6. This is always a good place to look for clothes and knick-knacks and the unexpected treasure. All for a mere pittance.
The following week-end is the next Movie-In-The-Park, presented by Rector Downtown Central. “Hocus Pocus” is perfect to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. Put it on your calendar and come on down.
Also on October 14, Rector will hold its semi-annual city-wide yard sale. You do not have to have a permit to sell your items on this day.
Mark your calendars for the Fall Fashion Show on November 2, presented by the Clay County Arts Council, Inc. Dinner, fashion show, silent auction, and music by Larry Norred; it will be a fun-filled evening and will benefit the CCAC scholarship program. Tickets can be purchased from any board member and several locations in Rector and Piggott. Lisa Jett has tickets in Corning. Take a look at their Facebook page for more information.
Before I go I want to say that I lost a dear, dear cousin over the weekend. Don Reed, the son of Jim Reed and (Gloria Rust) Reed lost a long battle with cancer Saturday and has gone home. He leaves behind two grown sons, Chris and Alex, his mother, Gloria, two brothers, Brad and David, a host of cousins (firsts, seconds, thirds and removed) and hundreds of friends who will miss his loving nature and keen sense of humor. Rest peacefully, Dear Donnie. Your work here is done.
With that I will close. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column.
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