What a wild and crazy week this was. Mild temperatures, cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and then frigid weather with sunshine. And we are not having the worst weather in the country. Friends who are visiting in New York City reported temperatures of 2 degrees this morning. The sunshine looks good, doesn’t it?
In spite of the lousy weather the Rector Cougars of the First Lego League Arkansas took first place in the programming category at the Championship competition in Fayetteville this weekend. Way to go team. The First Lego League is for elementary and middle school children. They and their coaches are given a real-life problem and they work together to find a solution. Look for the article by Jane Gatewood for pictures and interviews. The group is now invited to attend the California Legoland Open Invitational in May. This is a spectacular honor. Congratulations!
A reminder that the Clay County Arts Council’s Annual Night of Chocolate is February 9th at the Rector Community Center. It is a dinner theater production of “A Farce of Nature,” a very funny play. This is always a favorite night of mine. The food is marvelous, the play is fun, and the company is always enjoyable. And there is chocolate! Make your plans and get your tickets early.
Also mark your calendars for March 30th we will be celebrating Veterans again. This year the featured honorees will be Purple Heart recipients. If you or a relative or a friend has received a Purple Heart in the service of this country, please send us the specifics of that honor. You can send them to me or to Joey Pruett or you can post them on the Facebook page: Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home.
Today we honor the great Martin Luther King, Jr. for his work in helping to raise the consciousness of all people and call attention to the injustices being visited on many of our citizens. He worked tirelessly to get our African American citizens the same rights and privileges as everyone else. We still live with the stain of privilege versus prejudice to some degree, but we are left with his words on the night before his death. “I have a dream,” he spoke, “that one day my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” What could possibly be wrong with that? It is a dream we should all share, regardless of the colors of our skin. Beneath that skin we all look the same. Beyond that skin we are all one. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968.
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Goodbye for now.