The weather was much more agreeable this past week. We have had a shower or two, but we have had mild temperatures and lots of sunshine. Everything seems to be jumping ahead to spring. Trees are budding, daffodils are blooming, crocus and iris are putting up their leaves and everything is a little greener. That is, here in northeast Arkansas. Not so much on the northeast coast. We may be enjoying our pre-spring days, but I would not be surprised to see a winterish flashback still. I hope not. I have come to really appreciate the springish faze.
Our Cougar boys made it to the State playoffs, but alas did not bring home the gold. They did, however play a good game and we are really proud of them. Getting to make that try for State Champions is no small fete. Good job Coach Mills and good job boys. You are definitely winners in my book.
I was a guest last Monday, at the local Book Club, Like Minds. They had chosen my new novel, Echoes From The Ashes, as their book of the month and I was invited to talk to them about it. Because of flooded roads it was held at Shindigs downtown and hosted by Shirley Simmons. Also in attendance were Nancy Blackshare, Debi Boyd, Shelia Dale, Lark Sigsby, Lisa Manchester, Ginger Sain, Teresa Frankel and Teresa Roofe. Once again, I want to thank the ladies for a great evening. Everything was perfect.
The Vietnam-Era Veterans Welcome Home Celebration in March is continuing to draw attention. Wounded Warriors will join us, as will the Veterans Support Association. We appreciate their involvement. I am getting calls from out of towners who are coming to help us celebrate. Remember all veterans who served are invited to the celebration. Those who served in Vietnam will be acknowledged for that service. Help us spread the word.
The Facebook page is growing with likes and followers. Our followers number more than 100 now. Keep up with the newest news there and don’t forget to share the postings. Remember also that not everyone is 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 don’t want to miss the Jimmy Fortune Concert, either. You can order your tickets on the Facebook Page. Just find the Shop Now Button right under the header and it will take you to PayPal, a secure site where you can 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 . You can also let us know if you want to honor a Vietnam Vet who has since passed. 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. If you don’t see it, send it to me.
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.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out your Rector, Arkansas website: www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. I love to be told I need to update it and I take all suggestions to heart. Take a look.
Goodbye for now.