Two days ago, Punxsutawney Phil made his annual appearance to glance around and deliver the proclamation that spring is on the way. He must have been right, if we can believe the 70 degree high we are going to have today. Personally, I don’t trust the little guy. He has fooled me before, so I don’t look for spring until the daffodils have been up for a week or two. I suggest you don’t put those cold weather clothes away just yet either. The spring equinox isn’t until March 20th. Here in Arkansas, even that is no guarantee that Old Man Winter is through with us.
Also, this weekend was Super Bowl weekend. Tom Brady got to earn another Super Bowl ring. Just two more and he will have one for all eight fingers. I heard the ratings were lower than the last ten years. Is America falling out of love with football?
Ronda and John Haney are still Little Rock, so if you feel like sending her a card, I know she appreciates that. Still improving and I think a little homesick, but no one has mentioned a release date yet. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Needless to say, the expenses of staying close to UAMS are still going on. If you would like to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses they are facing, you can contribute to the account at Centennial Bank, 809 East 9th St., Rector. The account is in the name of Ronda Haney and Alex Green. You can also contribute through Paypal: https//www.paypal.me/rondaandalex . And if you would like a snazzy bracelet, go to the Facebook page of Sarah Pruett Boyd. She has hand made bracelets for sale with all the proceeds going to Ronda and Alex.
The Night of Chocolate is Saturday. Get your tickets right away. They need a firm head count by Wednesday. Dinner will be served at 6:30, followed by “Farce of Nature,” a comedy, presented by the Clay County Arts Council. Tickets for are available at Rector Water Office, The Nest in Piggott, or online at claycountyartscouncil.org . Traveling Wisk will cater the meal. Tickets are $35 for non-members, $30 for members. Doors open at 6 PM for silent auction browsing and bidding. Proceeds go to the scholarships awarded each year by the CCAC to Seniors from Clay County schools.
Hayden and Emma Crancer and their dog Louie will be attending the Westminster Dog show this year on Saturday, February 11. Louie, as you know has an impressive collection of awards and this will be his crowning joy. Let’s all wish them luck and be sure to watch. Rector has an entry in the biggest dog show in the country.
February 14 the Rector Community Museum will host a Valentines Day Music and Sweet Memories event. Come out and celebrate at the Museum on Main Street from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Saturday, February 23, prepare yourself for the Ryan Rogers Annual Chili/Soup/Jambalaya Cook-off at the Rector Community Center. Call 870 595-3035 for entry forms and information. Then save the date whether you want to enter your own prizewinning recipe or just come to eat.
Also mark your calendars for March 30th we will be celebrating Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day 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, regardless of which war, 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.
You can’t say we have nothing going on in Rector this spring. I suppose this is all I have for this week. What else is going on that you would like to see in this column. Give me a heads up 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.