The ground hog has spoken. Spring will come and I am so relieved. According to the expert springtime advisor, Punxsutawney Phil, winter will leave us soon to the glories of springtime. The flowers will bloom once more, and the air will become warmer. Pretty much like it does every year about the same time. I was amused once again at the way this ceremony has grown. The mayor and all the tuxedoed councilmen, each grabbed a moment at the mic before the reluctant appearance of Punxsutawney Phil. It did draw a crowd and there was generous cheering when the approach of spring was verified.
And here in Rector, where we don’t have a fat furry ground hog to give us a report on spring, we enjoyed a beautiful day of sunshine and warm breezes. Today should be about the same and the rain is back tomorrow.
I forgot to mention last week that I had my first appointment with the new dentist in town. I broke a tooth and Dr. Daniel Blackshare was good enough to take care of my problem. You may remember that I am a sniveling coward when it comes to climbing into a dental chair. Dr. Brian Blackshare has been the only dentist I have seen since my first visit with him almost 26 years ago. I am delighted to report that Dr. Daniel is just as good. I walked out with a temporary crown, no pain, very little stress and no soreness the next day. Going to the dentist has been a stressful event for me since I was a child. The doctors and all the staff all take great care to make that less stressful with every visit. Thank you all.
January Cougars of the Month were Shayna McCluskey and Clayton Morgan. Congratulations to you both. It’s good to be appreciated. Thank you, Keith Hill and Shannon Haywood of Rector Downtown Drug and Medical for your sponsorship. Your on-going support is also much appreciated.
Some of the Juniors and Seniors of Rector High School were introduced to Mr. Brad Wright, of Kennett, MO last week. Mr. Wright is an auto body technician and owner of Route 66 Restoration and Supplies in Kennett. He will be working with some of Rector’s students on a job shadowing program soon. Thank you, Mr. Wright for showing an interest in our students. The job shadowing program should be a good way for the students to learn a skill they can use after graduation.
February is the shortest month of the year and yet, it is filled with personality, touted as the month for lovers. Smack dab in the middle of February is Valentine’s Day. So, make that list of people you want to share a valentine card with and make plans to celebrate with your special valentine. It’s the one day of the year dedicated to love. Celebrate, enjoy, and remember it always. But know that love is in season every day.
On the 22nd the Clay County Arts Council will present its annual Night of Chocolate Dinner Theater. This year the play is “Daddy’s Dying, Who Has The Will.” Mark your calendars for the 22nd and get ready for a delicious meal and some great entertainment.
The following weekend the Rector Community will host the annual Ryan Rogers Chili, Soup, Cook-off. Contact Linda Robinson at the Rector Water Office 870 595-3035 for entry forms and registration information. That’s February 29th. If you don’t enter you will still want to come enjoy some chili and soup and good company.
Because of all this February activity we will not have a Third Thursday event at the Museum in February. We will resume those in March and will have a very special entertainer in April, so stay tuned and make your plans. Every third Thursday it is Mini-Concert time at the Rector Community Museum.
Another reminder that the Census Bureau is looking for census takers for the Rector area. If you are looking for some extra money and working your own hours and getting paid while you are in training, you might do well to look into this temporary part time job. It 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.
Why is the census important? You always want to be counted. It’s one way you can influence the support you get. 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.
The census is only taken every 10 years, so the information collected this year will determine what your community receives for the next ten years. 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.
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.