The carnival ride of the weather continues. Rain/no-rain, hot & muggy/heavy sweaters, gentle breeze/the winds of hades. I’ll bet if I dig around in the flower beds, I will find a crocus putting out leaves and I won’t be surprised to have another freeze soon. I am pretty sure Mother Nature is having a nervous break down this year. She is most certainly struggling with indecision. I want Her to know right now that Easter Weekend is booked solid in Rector and we are going to need some good weather. Please ma’am. I will tolerate the interim weather without complaint if you will just honor us with good weather for the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Celebration. They deserve this.
Friday was Make A Wish day. We had awesome bucket brigades out to collect money. They were everywhere in Rector. The results? Awesome, of course. Northeast Arkansas raised $70,000.00 ……more than last year. Yes! $421,843.36 total. Rector’s bucket brigade brought in $10,325 to exceed its goal. Thank you to the volunteers who stood out in the weather to shake us all down. Thank you, Rector residents for stepping up. A special shout out to Zane Holloway and Hannah Frost who have asked that in lieu of birthday presents this year, you make donations to the Make A Wish Foundation in their names. To quote Sarah Pruett Boyd, “We have some awesome youth in Rector.” Now Sarah and Jason are off to grant some wishes. Thank you, Sarah and Jason Boyd for all that you do. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this worthwhile charity. You will make a child smile. What greater reward?
This coming weekend is the Chili Cook-off If you haven’t got your entry form, you better get on the ball. Unless you’re afraid of the competition. Come on. Show off your favorite chili recipe. That’s at the Rector Community Center on Saturday, February 24. The competition is fierce, and the recipes are awesome and varied. We will also be judging soup and Jambalaya. Entry fees are $25.00 and you can pick up the forms at the Rector Water Department. Call 870 595-3035 for more information. You will need to have your entries to the Community Center by 4:30 on Saturday. Judging will be at 5:00. Of course, for those of us who don’t want to cook chili that day, we get to eat chili, soup and jambalaya. $5.00 will get you a bowl of one of these delights, with a drink and a dessert. Doors open at 6:00 for dinner. This is always a good way to spend an afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Community Center.
I will continue to remind you about the Vietnam-Era Veterans Welcome Home Celebration in March. The Facebook page is drawing attention. We now have over 100 followers. Keep up with the newest news there and don’t forget to share the postings. Another thing. Some of those who served at that time are not on Facebook. So if you know a vet from the Vietnam era, make sure you let them know. We have ads to run on the television stations and the radio stations, but we want to be sure everyone knows about it. These people deserve some recognition.
You can 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. There is also a button to purchase tickets on the web page which will take you to the Paypal payment page. Tickets are available at the Rector Water Department as well. 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: https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeternansWelcomeHome/ https://christah8.wixsite.com/vietnamvetswelcome . Keep checking on the Facebook page and follow it for more information as it is solidified. The Rector First United Methodist Church will also be frying up some fish between the parade and the concert in case anyone is hungry and wants to visit a bit. $5.00 a plate for veterans and $10.00 for the rest of us.
Look for information on your favorite Vietnam-era Vet on the Facebook page and on the website.
I cannot close this column without mentioning the 17 students and teachers whose lives were taken at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL last week. I cannot imagine the horror the students suffered as shots rang out around them, the cold fear that gripped the parents as they waited to find out if their children were okay, or not. This is not over for them. They cannot return to business as usual like we can. They will struggle for years with the loss and images that will remain with them forever. This must stop! We MUST do whatever it takes to stop the killing of children in school.
I watched them this morning and yesterday speaking to the media, speaking to us, each and every one of us. Their childhood has been snatched away from them and they are standing on an equal footing with the adults of the country. They are demanding that we end this NOW. I have no doubt they will find a way. They were the future. Last week they became the NOW. They are articulate, they are passionate, they are right, and they have not bought into the idea that it can’t be done. It can be done. All we have to do is to take the first step. These are the children of our nation. They are worth it. I stand with them. Please stand with them too.
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.