Yes, spring is almost here. Wednesday afternoon, at precisely 5:58 p.m. the season will flip from winter to spring. Buds will bloom and birds will sing and…well, it may take a day or two to notice, but officially it will be spring. Four hours later, if the clouds stay away, we can witness another super moon. This one is called the Full Worm Moon, named thus by Native Americans because the grounds are thawing and the earthworm casts are beginning to appear. That’s what brings the robins and other birds into our yards.
Also known as the Vernal Equinox, night and daylight hours will be almost exactly equal with daylight hours still getting longer and longer. So, we really can anticipate spring. The weather will eventually warm and stay that way and sometime in the next few months we will have a dry spell. There are probably still some storms in our future forecasts so be wary.
The Rector Community Museum held a mini concert last Thursday with Chris and Ciera Claude providing songs from several genres. The crowd was enthusiastic and not shy about calling out requests. We heard everything from Willy Nelson songs to some really oldies and some originals of Chris and Ciera’s. We were glad to see Mary Crews in town and at the concert. It was also Joey Pruett’s birthday, so singing the “Happy Birthday” song was a must. The Museum is planning to have some sort of entertainment once a month. Watch for the next event.
Last weekend Hayden Crancer and Louie were at another dog show in Franklin, TN, where Louie was awarded another “Best of Breed” and OH Toy Group1. Such a star he is.
Lots of scams circulating these days. One report of a text to click on a link to confirm an upcoming doctor’s appointment. Another is a phone call saying you have ordered merchandise and will be charged for it if you don’t call them right away. Of course, it is prime time for the IRS scams. Please don’t give out any personal or financial information to strangers on the phone or email. Go directly to the company if you think the message might be valid.
Another reminder that we will be celebrating our Veterans on March 30th.. This year the featured honorees will be Purple Heart recipients. If you or a relative or a friend have 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. We will have a parade beginning at 2:00 p.m. followed by a program to honor the recipients of Purple Hearts medals. Entertainment will be provided by Chrissy Jennings Pazanowski, formerly of Rector. Speakers will include Everett Evans, of the Northeast Arkansas Chapter 709 Commander of the Military Order of Purple Heart. All veterans of all wars are invited to come celebrate with us as we once again acknowledge Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day. You may walk in our parade or we will provide you with a ride. Vietnam Veterans are also invited to a free fish dinner provided by the men of the First United Methodist Church.
For more information on these events you may contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 870-595-4053 or Christa Hedrick 870-595-4997. We hope to see you then.
You can still help Ronda with on-going expenses. The account at Centennial Bank, 809 East 9th St., Rector is still open. 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.
I want to take a moment to express my sorrow for the 50 Muslim worshippers who were murdered in their Mosque in Christ Church, New Zealand. Men, women and children, taken from their families because of hatred and ignorance. We live in a dangerous world today. The saddest thing is that we are no longer able to feel safe in our places of worship. Our humanity suffers with every life that is stolen by hatred. We are all in this world. We are all one. What injures one of us is felt by all.
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: email@example.com . 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.