Guess what! It rained. The very day I posted this article last week and the next and a couple of more days last week. We were pretty dry, and the rain wasn’t exactly a soaker, so we could use a little more, but this helped. So, I have been praising Mother Nature every day since then. Maybe we could still use some, but it is getting close to cotton time and we do prefer the rain to wait awhile.
Labor Day is growing closer and I want to encourage everyone who uses Facebook and needs information on any of the Labor Day weekend activities to check the Rector Labor Day Picnic page on Facebook. It is being updated and maintained daily. You can ask questions and find schedules and contact information for almost every event. Check it out and give a shout out to Hae Sun Weber for keeping it current. New this week is information on the 5K run/walk and entry into the parade.
Parade participants need to register with Lindsey Manning Manchester by text (870 595-4308) or Facebook. Remember we love out of towners in our parade too. We love the unexpected to show up in our parades and we always have a good time at our parade and the picnic, so come and celebrate with us.
Also, for Rectorites and out of towners is the Annual Labor Day 5K to benefit the Rector School District Helping Hands Foundation. Scheduled for Saturday, September 1, it is not only a popular and well-organized event, it is healthy for you. Add to that what the Helping Hands Foundation does, and you have a win/win/win situation. The RHS Helping Hands Foundation provides for the needs of less fortunate children in our school system. It might be supplies or uniforms or a winter coat. This integral part of our community support system is run completely by volunteers so 100% of your contributions or entry fees goes to give a hand up for someone who needs a little help.
The Facebook page also has information on Pageants, The Ultimate Oldies Show, other entertainment at the picnic grounds, various reunions and activities. Two more bands will be entertaining us on Monday. Winchester from Chicago and featuring our own Will Mobley will be on hand as will JR and the Secret Agent Man Tour. The keyboard player, Steve McElyea also plays for Ronnie Milsap. Check the Facebook page for times.
The 7th Annual Ultimate Oldies Show will start at 7:00 p.m. on August 31. Tickets are $15.00 and $20.00 for reserved seating. Contact Linda or Kim at the Rector Water Office, 870 595-3035 for tickets and information. Be sure to tell them if you are wanting tickets for a group of people to sit together. This is the best music from the Good Old Days you will hear. They always do something special for us. Come and enjoy the show.
Marla Morrisett continues to improve after a spinal fusion. You may want to send her a little love.
Carol Stone has had her second knee replacement and is currently being tortured on a regular basis at Health South in Jonesboro. You might want to send her a little love and support too.
A little note here. I do not generally put people in the column unless I clear it with them first, so if you know someone who needs a little extra recognition or appreciation, drop me a line or email or give me a call.
Remember, Neighbor 2 Neighbor, the annual cleanup/spruce-up for the town will be held Saturday, August 18. Anyone wanting to help, meet at the Memorial Park at 8:00 a.m. Thank you to Marvin and Jane Gatewood for organizing and driving this project.
Also, the Red Cross will have a blood drive at the Rector Community Center, today Monday, August 13, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. As always, blood is needed. Please consider giving if you can.
It is not too early to talk about the November election. Be sure you are registered to vote. Know that you can vote early at the courthouses or by getting a mail in ballot or you can go to the polls on election day and cast your ballot. Just vote. It is a right not always guaranteed in other countries, so it is sort of special. It is also a responsibility. Just do it!
Time to go for this week. Let me know what is going on in your life and I will share it with everyone else. 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.