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Wendy N. McDougal

Stephen Gorham and dad Jerry Gorham of Pack 275, Priceville, show fish caught to Scout Joshua Newton of Troop 142, Decatur, during the “Hooked on Scouting” campout at Joe Wheeler State Park.
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Stephen Gorham and dad Jerry Gorham of Pack 275, Priceville, show fish caught to Scout Joshua Newton of Troop 142, Decatur, during the “Hooked on Scouting” campout at Joe Wheeler State Park.

‘Hooked on Scouting’ offers fishing and bug juice

Wendy's word

Have you bought your pumpkin yet? We have — nine to be exact — and then carried out an annual tradition at our house: painting them. It was great to see creativity through the eyes of my children. Each one had a specific idea about how their pumpkin should look. Very different, but when put side by side they really complemented each other.

Wouldn't it be great if we lived in and trusted in a world where our talents and differences could always complement each other and bring out the best in each of us? How sweet it would be. Just some "fall" food for thought.

Now, let's see what the "chatter" is around town . . .

Hooked on Scouting

Fishing, food and camping under the stars — what more do you need for a great weekend? Some local Scouts had all of this, plus gallons of fun at a "Hooked on Scouting" event Sept. 23-24 at Joe Wheeler State Park. More than 200 people, Cub Scouts and families from 13 different packs in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan Counties camped together in the primitive area of the park.

The night began with a campfire program organized and hosted by the boys of Scout Troop 142 from Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Kurt Crossly served as emcee for the festivities, which included lots of great skits and songs. "On Top of Spaghetti," performed by Pack 30 from Burleson Elementary in Hartselle, won the prize for best song. "Scoutmaster, I've Got to Go Wee," performed by Pack 68 from St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, won the prize for best skit. Pack 236 from Creekside Elementary in Athens won the prize for best spirit for having the most people in attendance. Boy Scout Troop 236 of Athens also performed skits and songs during the program.

After singing and laughing, the group enjoyed a cracker barrel, which I now know is a Scout's way of saying food! Cobblers cooked in Dutch ovens were provided by Troop 142. Elaine Ziegler and Angela Paddon worked hard preparing the delicious food. Scouts later enjoyed cookies and bug juice, which for all you non-Scouts simply means Kool-Aid.

On Saturday morning, a fishing tournament let more than 130 Cub Scouts see who could catch the most and the biggest. More than 150 fish were caught, bringing smiles to a lot of little faces.

The event had a tremendous amount of help from Pack 275 from Priceville United Methodist Church. Tiger Cub leader Mike Davis took care of needed fishing supplies, while Troop 142 and Troop 236 measured and counted the fish that were caught. Troop 142 cooked hot dogs for lunch. A great time was had by all.

The winners of the tournament were as follows: largest fish caught at 22 inches, Stewart Bullington from Pack 25; smallest fish caught at 2.5 inches, David Wheeler from Pack 456; and most fish caught with 20, Thomas Salter from Pack 33.

Several businesses contributed to the event including Decatur Bait and Tackle, Anderson Boats, Wiley's Outdoor Sports, Hartselle Wal-Mart, and of course, Joe Wheeler State Park for use of the beautiful park. Many thanks from everyone who took part go out to Keith Ramey and Mike Ponder for putting on these two great events for the Scouts.

Nominate volunteers

Individuals who give unselfishly of their time and efforts to help others or to make a positive difference are truly the heart of the community. These servant-hearted souls, otherwise known as volunteers, are the ones who work tirelessly, dedicating themselves to numerous worthy causes, never expecting recognition.

However, they are the ones who will be honored this year by the Volunteer Center at the 22nd annual "Heart of the Community" awards ceremony.

Volunteers throughout Morgan County will be noted for their commitment in six specific categories: adult individual, youth individual, adult group, youth group, partners in community and lifetime achievement.

To be eligible for the award categories, volunteer services must have been performed during 2004-05 in the Morgan County area; nominee's volunteer organization must serve the community at large (religious, fraternal or professional groups providing services for members only are not eligible); volunteer service may be performed on work-release time, without pay, or for student course credit (reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, such as gasoline, is acceptable).

For the youth individual award, candidate must be 18 years of age or younger at time of nomination. For the group awards, a group can be any two or more individuals. Partners in community and lifetime achievement nominees can be a group or individuals. Nominees are eligible for one category only.

Selecting this year's recipients will be John Ross, Beth Sweeney, Patrice Stewart, Anne Vest, Eddie Allen and Pastor Karockas Watkins.

This year's "Heart of the Community" award committee includes board of directors Betty Gottler, Sallye Coggin, John Godbey, Anne Crane, Melissa Hambrick, Harriet Holland, Dee Keller, Carl Monin, and the Volunteer Center's executive director Mary K. Braddock, service learning coordinator Linda Busch and special events coordinator Jessica Nelson.

Awards will be announced Nov. 14 in Oak Park Middle School's auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by harpist Miriam Tew, daughter of Phillip and Allison Tew.

If you know of anyone who has made an impact on the community through volunteerism and service and would be interested in nominating them, contact Nelson at the Volunteer Center, 355-8638. Nomination forms must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the center by 4 p.m. Oct. 20.

Many thanks to the countless volunteers throughout our community. Best wishes to those who are nominated for these awards.

Birthday adventures

When a birthday day rolls around each year it is always a fun time, but imagine how special it would be to share with someone close to you. Not only does Jo Powell get to hear "Happy Birthday" each Oct. 1, she also gets to sing it to her nephew, George Pierce, from Seattle, Wash.

This year the two decided to get together, along with other friends and family, for an eventful birthday trip and celebration to Lynchburg, Tenn.

Joining Jo and George on their birthday adventure were Ginger and Jerry Spurlin; Joy Hill; Cindy Pierce, George's wife; and Phillip and Carol Powell from Birmingham. The group dined at Miss Mary BoBo's and toured the Jack Daniels Distillery. "We just had a great time," said Jo.

Happy birthday to you both.

Women's Chamber

Join other women in the community at the next meeting of the Decatur Women's Chamber of Commerce at noon Friday at the Decatur Country Club. Learn how to recognize and prevent a scam when Michelle McDonald from the Better Business Bureau presents a program on "Scams: it can happen to you."

Local arts organizations will host the luncheon, featuring works from the Princess Theatre, Carnegie Visual Arts and the Old State Bank.

The organization is off to a great start with 44 new members and top-notch programs lined up for the coming year. Just to name a few, Diane Scanland is working on another cookbook project to follow up on the success of last year's "Tour of Cookies." This year's book will feature a "Tour of E-Z Cakes," with cakes that start with a simple cake mix. Sample recipes from the new book, as well as the book itself, will be available at the annual April Tour of Homes, chaired by Karen Tidwell. Plans are under way for this fund-raising project, as the committee tries to find homes to feature on the tour that will benefit local charities.

Another highlight of the year will be the November meeting with guest of honor and speaker Patsy Riley, first lady of Alabama.

The monthly lunch cost is $11, and reservations are required. Please call Jean Ann Anderson, 355-7819 or 341-2615. For membership information, contact Cindy Heaton, 341-0215.

Time for some Creativity

Back by popular demand, Creativity Pottery will host a holiday pottery party on Thursday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Join this fun girls' night out that includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and studio fee. All you need to do is cover your pottery pieces. The cost is $15.

For more information or to make your reservation, call 466-4099.

That's all for now. It's been great "chattin" with ya!

Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. Fall special events, family get-togethers and tailgating tales make great Chatterbox items. Just e-mail me at dd, or call me at 350-5730

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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