How many of you turned your air-conditioners on last week? Bet you don’t have them on today. Winter is not quite ready to let go yet. And we should have known. Back in the olden days when we relied on tradition and our instincts and acquired knowledge, and the weather patterns were more predictable we knew winter was not going to give up until after Easter. So hang tight and grab that coat. We have a few days to go yet.
It is Tax Day here in the beautiful United States of America. As last-minute filers rush around to get those forms in the mail or on the computer before midnight, we can feel the tension building from coast to coast. Personally, I have always felt it was a privilege to pay taxes. It means I have income for one thing, but it also gives me an opportunity to contribute to things that benefit all citizens. This year, I am still glad to be able to contribute, but I am not particularly happy that so many who have so much and use our national resources are not paying at the same rate. We need to talk a little louder to our legislative officials. “Fair” is the operative word here.
I am watching the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. What a tragedy. The spire just fell off. It saddens me to lose an old landmark such as that. It looks as if it will be destroyed.
Last week was National Library Week. The library here in Rector is one of the treasures of our little town. It is a house of adventure, of burgeoning imaginations, of quiet introspection and the root of learning. We are lucky to have a knowledgeable and caring staff who love to welcome us to the library. Last week was filled with activity celebrating the library. City Worker Kim Romine read "Dewey There's a Cat in the Library". High School Principle, Mr. Nate Henderson Read "Rabbits Good News" and Clay County Sheriff Deputy Robert White read "The Littlest Bunny in Arkansas. Betty Small won a drawing for the DVD "23 Blast," and the 4th grade class paid a visit to the library. This week, the Easter Bunny is coming. That’s Tuesday, April 16 at 9:30. As I said, the library is where anything can happen.
Kudos to the educators who put on the first Testing Bootcamp for 3-6 graders last week. What a fun way to learn and prepare for end of school year testing. We are so fortunate to have this group of people working with our children. Teachers rock! And so do all the other people who work to give our children the education they need. Thank you all.
The Rector Community Museum will have another mini-concert at the museum on Main Street, April 25th at 7:00 pm. Chrissy Pazanowski will again be providing the entertainment. Come on out for a couple of hours of good music and camaraderie. They have snacks too.
The Community Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 pm at the ball park. Happy Easter, everyone.
Also coming up are: the Athletic Banquet on May 14th at 6:oo pm and the Honors Day Celebration on May 17 at 9:30 am. Rector High School Graduation will be May 19th at 2:00 pm.
If you want, you can still help Ronda Haney 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 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.