2012-11-08 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Lots to look ahead to

I especially appreciate those of you who called to give me information or tips for this column this week. The last two weeks have been very hard for me, and your help is appreciated. Now you know why I keep asking for you to call or email me. It makes a much more interesting column. l

Ben Wills, a junior at the University of Georgia, has been named part-time director of the youth program at the First United Methodist Church. Ben is the grandson of native Wilkes Countians Reid and Josephine Broome Wills, and sang “high tenor” with the men’s chorus who sang at First Methodist Sunday. l

The News-Reporter and Radio Shack WILL BE OPEN on Monday, November 12, so all regular deadlines for submitting news and advertisements to the paper will be observed. Some businesses are taking that Monday as a holiday observing Veterans Day, but we will be open as usual. l

Looking ahead – Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the time for the 12th annual I’d Rather Be in Tignall Fall Festival. … The annual Downtown Candlelight Shopping will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 6-9 p.m. This will be the first snow of the season, along with luminaries, sales, refreshments, and entertainment. … Thanksgiving comes along on November 22 with all its family celebrations, and then the next weekend on Friday, November 30, the Washington Little Theater presentation of Handel’s Messiah will be at the Pope Center, 7:30 p.m. l Prices of gas continue to go down a bit. As of Tuesday morning, west to east on U.S. 78, prices were $3.35, $3.37, $3.37, $3.32, and $3.42. … Steven Jones called to say that prices in Augusta are considerably lower, in the $2.00-plus range. l

I guess the people in the Aonia area are living right. That area is the only one with rain reported last week. Donna Cram says they got a driving rain and thunderstorm Sunday afternoon that dumped a quarter of an inch on the area in a very short time. Other areas reported “just a trace” and what I got was not much of a trace. l

Did you see the “clouds” of ladybugs in town Saturday afternoon and Sunday? I’ve never seen them in such great numbers. Ceilings of porches were completely covered with them and to look out from my screened porch was like looking through a dense fog. l

Emilie and Mark Waters recently visited their oldest daughter, Julie Laudicina, her husband Mark, son Wyatt (12), and daughter Savannah (8) in Hanover, Pennsylvania. They treated Mark and Emilie to a night out at one of their favorite restaurants near Hanover. During the meal, Savannah asked to be excused to use the restroom. (That’s what ALL little girls do when they go anywhere near a restroom.) Her dad asked her if she remembered “the rule” which was “Don’t talk to anyone on the way there or back.” She said she knew the rule. On her return to the table, her mother asked, “Did you wash your hands?” With a “sheepish look,” Savannah said, “The sign in the restroom said ‘Employees must wash their hands.’” l

An email this week reminded me that cell phone numbers go public this month which means that all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and we will start receiving sales calls. And we will be charged for these calls. To prevent this, we can call the following number from our cell phone: 888-382-1222. This is the national DO NOT CALL list. The call must be made from the cell phone that we want blocked and blocks that number for five years. We cannot call from a different phone number. l

Five young couples from Washington-Wilkes enjoyed a spectacular weekend in Savannah this past weekend. These five couples were Amy and Lester Johnson, Jessica and Robbi Eubank, Michelle and Trey Smith, Susan and Edward Pope III, and Tiffany and Ashley Andrews. Robbi, Jessica, and Lester participated in the Rock and Roll Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) with about 2500 other runners. During the weekend they enjoyed the unique Savannah Slow Ride which is a 15-passenger bike ride on a “traveling bar.” The vehicle is U-shaped and has a driver who sits in the middle and steers. The other participants sit around inside the vehicle and everybody pedals, making for a 100 percent pedal powered ride. They toured downtown Savannah and Amy asked me if I wanted to guess who their tour guide was. I didn’t have to guess. I knew it must be Lawrence Hyde who used to live in Washington-Wilkes. And it was. l

Monday was a sad day in the Newsome household. We said goodbye to Sweetheart, our first pony, who brought joy to the family for 20 years. She was 31 years old. l

We have two new residents in Washington-Wilkes and I don’t know how I have missed knowing about them for the several months they have been here. They are Richard and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Crabbe, and they have bought the house at the corner of South Jefferson and Chapman streets. (I know the house as the Krumbein home, and later, the home of Dick and Jennie Ruth Lindsey. Krumbein goes back to the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.) At two recent events in which I was involved, I kept hearing people say, “Ask Richard.” So I finally asked, “Who is Richard?” After I found out and visited with him a bit, I found that he is a celebrity with 19 Emmies to his credit and somebody who has done many other interesting and important things. He grew up in Augusta and had grandparents in Atlanta and as a child they drove through the heart of Washington (no by-pass) to visit in Atlanta. Richard recently retired after 31 years with Channel 11 News in Atlanta. Some of our readers may have met him during the celebration here for Ernie Harwell. He and Channel 11’s Wes Sarginson were both involved with the event. Both he and Lizzie are good friends of Ginny King and Skeet Willingham. Several years ago, Lizzie came to a tour of homes in Washington and when she got home she told Richard, “That’s where we’re going to live.” And so they are here and very much involved in the town. Among other things, he is the man in charge of the technical aspects of the Washington Little Theater Co. He is a superb photographer and has 40 years of photographs which he is trying to organize. You will probably see him anywhere with a camera hanging around his neck. There are many other things to tell, but my editor will probably cut me off if I write much more. Maybe another time.

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