Does anyone else feel as if we are on a weather roller coaster? Pleasantly warm one day and crushing cold the next. I know it’s January and January is supposed to be cold here, but really! Do we HAVE to experience those single digit temps repeatedly? What’s wrong with a normal night or two in the 20s and one beautiful snow and then some bracing cold air for a while? The good news is: it’s possible to plan all your getting out activities on the days it is actually warm. If one is retired.
The congregation of the First United Methodist Church has been listening to the music of Jerry Chilcutt for 50 years. On Sunday they celebrated this anniversary with a luncheon. Jerry accepted the position when he was living and teaching in Wardell, MO. Honoring that commitment meant returning to Rector twice a week to play for Sunday services and Wednesday choir practice. Jerry was presented with a plaque and a lot of love Sunday to show the appreciation of the congregation for all his years of keeping the music playing. Thanks Jerry.
What do you do when you are approached by someone who makes you uncomfortable, but you aren’t sure whether they might mean you harm or they need help? Here in Rector, you can feel safe by asking the Police Department for help. When the women who were decorating for Jerry’s celebration on Saturday, noticed a stranger walking down the street, they realized he looked like he was in need of help. They contacted the Rector Police Department and two officers responded. After talking with him for a few minutes the officers were able to deduce the man was from Memphis but had walked here from Kennett, where he had gone to visit someone. Homeless, suffering from mental problems and without his medications for a while, he was obviously in need of help. After making some calls, an appropriate facility was found in Memphis and one of the officers drove him there for the care he needed. Thank you, Rector PD for your caring and kindness as you work daily to keep us safe.
This past weekend proved to be a time of victory for severaal Rectorites. Travis Slaughter made 1st band, 5th Chair in the Sr. High All-Region band this weekend. He can now tryout for the All-State-Band. How awesome is that! Oh, and he is only a sophomore. Even more awesome! Congratulations, Travis. You make Rector proud.
We are also proud of the Cougar team that won the 1st place Research Award in the First Lego League competition at the University of Arkansas this weekend. Way to go boys and girls!
And we have to give a big shout out to the Champion Cougar Basket Ball Team. They won First Place at the Corning Classic Tournament. Go Team! Do it again. What a great week end in Rector!
I will continue to remind you about the Vietnam Era Veterans Welcome Home Celebration in March. The Facebook page is drawing attention. You can now order your tickets for the Jimmy Fortune Concert on the Facebook Page. Just find the Shop Now Button right under the header and it will take you to Paypal, a secure site to enter your credit card information. Tickets are also available at the Rector Water Department. If you have stories about the Vietnam War, please contact me. I would like to put some of those memories on the Facebook Page and on the website. Keep checking on the Facebook page and follow it for more information as it is solidified. https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeternansWelcomeHome/
Just a few bullet points. There will be a parade at 2:00 p.m. on March 31. We want to have the assembled veterans march or ride from the Downtown Park to the Veterans Memorial Park and we want as many people as possible lining the street with banners and Welcome Home signs. Singer, Jimmy Fortune will give a short program at the Veterans Memorial and there will be a featured speaker, to be announced at a later date. Then Jimmy Fortune and his band will give a full concert at the Community Center at 7:00 p.m. Ticket information will be available soon. We hope to have the full participation of Rector’s citizens to give these heroes the appreciation they did not receive in 1975. If you know a Vietnam Vet let us know.
I guess that’s it for today. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column. Visitors or trips you have taken are fun to share.
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Goodbye for now.