Sunshine today. Temperatures in the low 50s and no rain for days to come. It is a beautiful day. So, what are you going to do to celebrate the first Monday in 2020? Now that the holidays are over, we can get on with making 2020 the best year ever. You probably have a New Year’s resolution or two and more than a few ideas about what you want to accomplish this year. Don’t give up on them. Whatever they are, however difficult they may be, if they were important enough for you to decide to do them, keep trying. There is strength to be found in the act of perseverance.
You might want to reach out to Cathy Louder. She is currently hampered in continuing her daily schedule by a big old cumbersome cast on her right leg. Yep, she broke her ankle right before Christmas and is keeping a pretty low profile right now. She could use some encouragement.
The Rector Community Museum has a treat for us for the Third Thursday Mini-Concert. The award winning band, Trippp will be here to entertain. Check out the event post at https://www.facebook.com/events/777651469315701/ . Trippp is a band from Paragould with some serious country music to share. Yes they are Trey Stafford’s triplets, so my guess is they will have some good patter too. Come down to the Museum on Thursday, January 16. The concert is from 7:00 pm til 8:00, but you are encouraged to come early and look around a bit.
2020 is not only a new year. It is the beginning of a new decade. It’s an election year and promises to be a year of even greater chaos with an impeachment trial in Washington and rising tensions in the Middle East. Buckle up. It is going to be a bumpy ride.
2020 is also a census year. Pretty soon you will receive a census survey in the mail. It will ask you a few simple questions and ask that you complete the form and mail it back in the envelope provided or you will have the option to enter the information on-line. The census is mandated in the Constitution and is conducted every ten years. It is the tool for establishing the true population of cities and towns, counties, states and US territories and the population of the entire nation.
It is also one of the ways you, as an individual have to influence the support you get from your government. The census count determines government funding for things like roads and bridges and other infrastructure projects. Schools, medical facilities and personnel, emergency services, like the Police and Fire Department and EMTs are also funded and staffed based on the number of people they will be serving. It is the count that matters. The census matters. Its reliability matters. So, look for your form in the mail and be sure you and your household are accounted for. I will post information frequently between now and April 1.
Right now, the census bureau is looking for census workers. Could that be you? It is a part-time, temporary job that pays $17.00 per hour plus .58 cents per mile. You can set your own hours and paid training is provided. There are several different positions open. You can view the job descriptions at www.2020census.gov/jobs and can submit an application online. This is an excellent opportunity for supplementing your income while you assist in a project that will benefit your own community. There will be more posted on the www.Rectorarkansas.com website and on the Rector, Arkansas Facebook page. Check it out. And be sure to complete you census when it arrives.
That’s it for this week. I am always updating the Rector website. Please take a look at the web page and let me know if there are updates or changes that need to be made. I do take suggestions and criticism fairly well. www.rectorarkansas.com . It’s your page for your town, so give me your input.
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.
God bless our troops.