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Brashear News for Aug. 10, 2011

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So sorry to have missed last week, but we went to Arkansas to see if it was any cooler there than here. Well, it wasn't. We basically sat in the creek with our feet in the cool water and read. I finished five books. Love to read.

The heat has gotten so bad that our trees are dying. It’s just like fall, with all of the falling leaves. I want to remind everyone to check on your neighbors and your elderly friends to make sure they are all right. On the nightly news last night, they had found a lady, 73, dead. She was recovering from lung cancer and then she died of heat exhaustion. Please be careful out there.

Got a call last week from someone who wanted me to try and put the menu in the paper for Meal-A-Day. She wants to see what is cooking. Here’s next week’s menu:

Monday: Chicken Spectacular, carrots, beets; Tuesday: Beef patties and mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, roll; Wednesday: BBQ pork rib sandwiches, cole slaw, chips; Thursday: Sour cream chicken enchiladas, refried beans, Spanish rice; Friday: Corn dogs, tater babies, 3 bean salad.

Meal A Day, like most everybody else, is going through some hard times this year, according to Karon Weatherman, director of the Senior Citizens Center and Meal A Day program.

Meal A Day “is NOT a government-funded program,” Karon wrote in an e-mail.

“All of our cooks and drivers are volunteers. They donate their time, vehicles and gas. They cook and deliver about 130 lunches to seniors five days a week. That said, we are asking if you would like to help the Meal A Day program stay alive through these very lean times, so please help us by making a donation in honor or memory of a loved one or you can participate in the RSVP food drive.”

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is sponsoring the food drive for the Meal A Day Program “In Remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy.” They have challenged all of the churches and citizens of Hopkins County to help by taking canned foods and donations to church by Sunday, Sept. 11, for a national day of remembrance. I hope that you can see your way to help out this good cause.

There will be a Senior Day at Fall Festival. We would like for you to exhibit some of your handiwork. They do not care if you made the item 50 years ago, 50 days ago or 50 minutes ago. We just want you guys to show off your handiwork. This is your year to shine and be recognized. This is for everyone over 50 years of age.

There are 11 categories that you can submit something in for judging: painting, drawing, pottery/ceramics, photography, jewelry making, knitting/crocheting, wood working, needle point/ embroidery, computer imagery, mixed media and miscellaneous crafts.

There should be a little something for every one of you. If you have something that you would like to submit, we will find a category to put it in. You can enter something in up to three categories. This doesn't cost you anything. You might win some nice ribbons or maybe a "Special Award.”

The board has lined up some local artists and art teachers from here in Hopkins County to be the judges, including Heather Karstens, Terry Mathews, Leah Sparks, Mike and Pam Elliot, Phillip Dick and Jerry Lee.

The art work does not need to be turned in until Sept. 13, which is Senior Day at the Fall Festival. They do, however, need you to turn in your application to Weatherman by Aug. 12.

“I try to have something new every year at the Fall Festival for the seniors for Hopkins County,” Karon wrote. “I know that we have a lot of very talented seniors in this county. I have applications here at the Senior Center if you are interested. You can even call me and I will take it over the phone.”

Right now, they only have 11 applications. These categories so far do not have any entries: photography, woodworking, computer imagery or miscellaneous crafts. So your chance is there. Go for it.

Senior Citizen Day at Fall Festival is sponsored by Rock Creek Health and Rehab starting at noon. The senior art projects will be available for viewing with a mini health fair at 2 p.m. The following will be provided by: At Home Health — blood pressure checks; BT Medical — pulse ox test; Hopkins County Memorial Hospital — cholesterol checks; Wound Care At Memorial Hospital; Visiting Angels — information about veterans benefits; Life Care Medical — blood sugar checks and diabetic shoes; Rock Creek Health and Rehab — Wii fit; Jane Goldsmith — chair massages; Dr. Robert Lenington — thyroid, carotid artery and venous insufficiency screenings; and Vibrant Home Care — balance and fall screenings. At 3 p.m. are the program, announcement and awards for Senior Art Contest winners; 4 p.m. bingo with lots of donated prizes to win; and at 5 p.m. dinner served by the Genealogy Society.

I hope this does not sound like a Senior Citizen Center article, but I do so believe in this place. Just want everyone to know what is being offered there.

Hope everyone had the opportunity to see the sky last evening. It was spectacular. First, the sun was covered and it was not so hot, and secondly because of the beautiful colors and the clouds.

May everyone continue to pray for some relief to this heat and drought. Pray for our politicians that they can help relieve some of the hardships being experienced around the country. Our good ol' USA needs some prayers, too. May God be with you.

Remember to call me at 903-612-8806; e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or stop on by CR 1119. Our doorbell doesn't work at the back door, so come on around to the patio. Would love to visit with you. Be watching the paper for news of some upcoming events here in Brashear.

 

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