2014-10-30 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Don’t forget to set clocks BACK

Friday is Halloween! Families and children are looking forward to Trick-or-Treating as always. The most popular place for trick-or-treating in recent years is East Robert Toombs Avenue and there is always a traffic jam and lots of children going from house to house. This Friday on Halloween the Washington- Wilkes Tigers will have a home game in Tiger Stadium and this will add to the traffic on East Robert Toombs. Sheriff Mark Moore has made several suggestions for families (especially children) to be safe on this Halloween night. Sheriff Moore says, “It would be better if families did their trickor treating earlier Friday evening between 5 and 7:30 p.m. to avoid the worst of the traffic. We will have six deputies at the football game and we’ll do everything we can to protect the public.” … If you’re getting this newspaper early on Wednesday, you can still get your trick-or-treating done on Wednesday night when the First Baptist Church will have its “Trunks of Treats” on the parking lot at the church beginning at 6:30 p.m. Whatever choice you make, just remember to “Be careful,” or as my grandchildren used to say when they were small children, “Be Cackle.” l

The big news for this week is that we go back to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, November 2, and we need to set our clocks and watches BACK one hour Saturday night. This is the time when we have more daylight in the early morning and less in the evening. l

Congratulations to Lindley Hall Callaway for being named Teacher of the Year for Wilkes County Schools. Lindley was born during the time that her mother, Pam Ware Hall, was a valuable employee of The News-Reporter and we all followed her progress as we waited for her to arrive – and since that time as she grew up. l

Daniel Newsome is in England this week on business with several members of his corporation as they survey their businesses there. He knew that Newsomes have connections in England and took his Newsome heritage book (compiled by the late Nell H. and Mary T. Newsome). Saturday, he traveled by train and found the small town of Newsome, north of Manchester. I’ll know more about what he has found when he gets back to God’s Country – the good old USA. l

Remember that the new hours for the Farmers Market (behind the courthouse) begin Saturday, November 1 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. … Members of the Classic South Quilt Guild will be present for this first day of change to display some of their quilts and answer questions anybody has about the Guild and quilting. Members are from Wilkes, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Oglethorpe counties. The ones from Wilkes that I know are Kathy Boardman, Laura Toburen, and Becky Stover. l

Angie Strother¸ proprietor of the popular Bee Southern store on The Square in downtown Washington, told me about three ladies who visited the store Saturday. They were from a small town just outside of Greenville, S.C., and were in Washington- Wilkes exploring historic places. They were members of the historical society in their town and were so interested when Angie told them about “Resthaven Revisited” which was being presented at Resthaven Cemetery that night, that they made reservations at the hotel and attended the program. … Angie says we are missing a lot of visitors because we’re not getting the word out about how much history we have here and about the historic sites. And she’s right. l

Angie also brought me an article from The News-Reporter 57 years ago about 15 Brownie Scouts taking a tour of The News-Reporter. The article says that the girls emerged from the tour “wide-eyed and excited.” One little girl seeing the linotype machine in operation, exclaimed, “That sure is a great big typewriter.” As another passed the huge printing press, she said, “It made so much noise I thought I’d die.” Those 15 little girls were Becky Blackmon, Linda Boatwright, Angie Burdette, Faye Cofer, Connie Dunaway, Libby Lannae, Margaret Lindsey, Marsha Morrow, Gloria Sisson, Elaine Smith, Alice Wickersham, Beverly Myers, Robin Williams, Jo Anne Williamson, and Sharon DeJohn. They were accompanied by their troop leaders, Martha Lee Harris and Ruth Garrard, and committee member, Mrs. Carl Sisson. l Nobody reported any rain for the past week. Sonny Johnson at Tyrone did report that he had had no rain since October 14. l Gas prices, west to east as of Monday morning were $2.97, $2.97, $2.99, $2.97, and $2.96. l

Hartrell Pate is an avid history buff and spends a lot of time at the Mary Willis Library reading and researching history, especially Wilkes County history. He copies what he finds especially interesting so that he will have it handy when he wants to refer to it. He brought me a dozen or more copies of interesting articles from The News- Reporter in years past. I will be using some of his articles from time to time. The first one I want to mention is one that he copied about the Mary Willis Library. It begins: “That lumpy little stuffed owl perched high atop a bookshelf in the Mary Willis Library has kept a watchful eye on the book-lovers of Washington for 79 years (more today) and has never yet ruffled a feather. He was the first gift made to the library. On opening day, May 7, 1889, two little Washington boys – amateur taxidermists – proudly brought the owl which they had stuffed, to take its place among the ferns and flowers and important guests who had gathered for the formal ceremonies. This handmade gift was not refused and little George Palmer and Shelton Vickers must have thought their own quite as handsome as the patina of the beautiful wood of mantles, bookcases, and tables. They must have sat on the wide stone steps and grinned broadly as they heard Judge Reese speak of the wisdom of learning and reading. Had they not brought the very symbol of all this in their owl? … The wonderful gift of our public library. …The little brown owl, the shaggy moose, the books, the magazines, the soft light of the graceful chandeliers are all a part of our treasured heritage.”

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