Once again we reach out to offer our condolences to those who have lost loved ones to senseless violence. It seems to not be enough to come together in our grief, when we cannot offer hope for this to end. Perhaps next week we will be able to look back at our accomplishments without the stain of profound loss.
Here today, we are fortunate enough to celebrate. The Cougar Marching Band now holds the title of Class A-State Champions. A culmination of several years of hard work and constant, steady improvement, the competition in Little Rock last Monday made it all worthwhile. Congratulations to you all. This is an honor and one you very much deserved.
Carol Stone accompanied me, on Saturday as I sold books at Madpie’s Tea Room and Shoppes, in Piggott. Patty Mchaffey provided snacks, punch and hot spiced tea as Carol and I sold my new book, “Echoes From The Ashes.” Many of our customers were lured in by Patty’s lunch menu. It worked on me too. I enjoyed visiting with the people who stopped by our table for a chat. I even met Sue Cole who used to play bridge with my grandmother, Juanita Vineyard and my great-aunt, Eulalia Fitzgerald. Thank you to Patty and Tonya for making us so at home, and for the best salad I have EVER had. If you have never had their signature desert, Mad pie, you are deprived. Go soon and remedy that.
I will be signing and selling books at the Rector Welcome Center on December 2.
You can get more information on the book at my website: www.echoesfromtheashes.com .
The CCAC Fall Extravaganza, Friday, was a huge success. Check out the pictures on the Clay County Arts Council’s Facebook page. And a big thank you for everyone who donated to the silent auction. This event is the primary fundraiser for the scholarships offered by the CCAC each year. This organization is a great asset to Clay County and a worthwhile place to donate your time and your talents.
The Christmas season is officially open now and I want to stress that we have some excellent shopping right here in Rector and in Piggott. You can pick up gifts here that are unique to this area. A good place to kick off your shopping is the annual craft fair on November 18, at the Rector Community Center. I understand that vendors are still signing up. It looks like this will be a great show. Plan to be there – November 18, 9:a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We have some outstanding vendors each year. It is a good place to begin your Christmas shopping. There will be breakfast and lunch at the snack bar. We don’t even care about the weather as it is all indoors.
Be alert. There are several scams going around now and many phishing scams. If you get an email that you suspect is a scam, you can easily forward it to email@example.com .
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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