School days, school days, good old golden rule days. Ah such fond memories for me. I would have my first day outfit picked out weeks before hand, right down to the clip for my hair. Yes, those were the days of page-boy haircuts and saddle oxford shoes with bobby socks. No matter how glad I was when school ended for the summer, the first day of the new school year was filled with the sense of adventure. New and uncharted territory was on the horizon. Seeing old friends and new friends to meet, new teachers to please and something yet unknown waiting to be learned. And homework of course. Oh well. It is all part of the process. May this be the best and most exciting school year yet. Embrace it. Make it yours. And don’t forget the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Be Nice!
Labor Day is fast approaching and preparations are already gearing up. Neighbor-2-Neighbor will be making their annual cleanup contribution to Rector on Saturday, August 17. If you are interested in helping with this see Marvin Gatewood at the Rector Memorial Park at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and students will be able to earn extra credit for your help. Thank you in advance for helping spruce up the town for all our Labor Day visitors.
If you want, you can purchase canned vegetables at Harp’s for the noon meal on Labor Day. Harps has the list of what is needed, and they will deliver. And homemade desserts will be welcome as well. Check the Rector Labor Day Facebook page for the latest information on events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/124099237732556/
Sissy’s Sweets is officially open now. They had the ribbon cutting last Thursday. They want to honor our first responders, so bring a picture of yourself in uniform and they will build a wall of honor and give you a free cup of coffee each day. Stop by and have a bite to eat.
Louie wins again! This time it was at the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock and he was awarded a Group 1 blue ribbon among a stunning lineup of some of the top toy dogs in the country. Congratulations Hayden and Emma Crancer and Louie.
Check out the window display at the Rector Community Museum. It is stunning. There is a lot of work going on there.
The Ultimate Oldies will be at the Rector Community Center on August 30. the Friday before Labor Day. Tickets are already on sale. You can get them at the Rector Water Department or call (870) 595-3035. The cost is still $15.00 for general admission and $20.00. for reserved seating. It is great show and always has a crowd so get your tickets early. Doors will open at 6:30 and the show will start at 7:00. See you there!
The Annual 5-K run will be held in Rector on Saturday August 31. Proceeds for this benefit the RHS Helping Hands Association which provides for children in need. See their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/369719983678241/
Rector Native, Bill Carter and his daughter will be in town for the Labor Day festivities. They will be sharing their experiences in the world of business and entertainment at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 1 at 4:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Rector Community Museum. Please come by.
That’s it for this week. We all need to get busy now. There is a lot to do before Labor Day.
The heat is back. It is August after all. Don’t leave children, pets or elderly people in cars during the summer months. It gets hot really fast in a closed car. Also, if you have outside pets, be sure they have shade, shelter and water. Those plastic pre-fab shelters are not cool. They magnify the heat and become an oven. Please take care of your outside animals.
I will be glad to post your Labor Day plans for reunions and functions in the column if you will let me know. I will also put them on the city calendar. Give me a call, send me an email or Facebook me.
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.