News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2006

Wendy N. McDougal

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Residents of The Terrace at Priceville played took a break from summer heat and thought cool thoughts at a recent “Christmas in July” celebration. During a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange, Terrace Administrator Amanda Gillot, left, tried to persuade resident Jewel Abbot to give her the set of twin flashlights. In the background are, from left, Claire Gieger, Marie Mitchell and James Joslin.

Decatur Class of ’66 readying for reunion

My parents recently visited to help with our relocation, and what a blessing it was to have them here. In the midst of the move, as tired as we all were, my dad reminded me of the sweetest story, and I wanted to share it as my word for today.

We had taken a brief break and were enjoying the swing in the backyard, when a bee flew by. The bee reminded us all of what an awesome world we live in.

Dad recalled the story that of all the complexities in the world, the bee is one of the most fascinating. All laws of physics and aeronautics say the bee shouldn't fly, but as we all know, it does.

Find something amazing in the world today and focus on what a gift it is. Like the little bee, it doesn't take much to be impressed beyond words and to prove that nothing is impossible.

Now let's see what the "chatter" is for today . . .

Decatur Class of '66

A grand reunion is set for Decatur High's Class of 1966.

Excitement begins Friday at noon with golf at Point Mallard Golf Course. This is for all adults who wish to play. It will be a scramble format. Take an afternoon break, then head to Hard Dock Cafe at Decatur Boat Harbor at 6 for dinner and drinks.

Saturday morning kicks off at 11 with a picnic at the home of Gregg and Lile McLaughlin Blythe, 3207 Old River Road S.E., in Decatur. The men will grill and plenty of picnic goodies will be served until 2 p.m.

The official reunion party is Saturday night at 7 at the home of Thomas Whitman, 1506 Fairway Drive S.E., in Decatur. Join in a night of backyard fun, with light hors d'oeuvres and great fellowship.

There also will be a farewell brunch Sunday, with the time and place announced on Saturday night.

For additional information, call Ann Coffey White, 974-6004 or 627-5401, or Vicki Poole Spangler, 350-0785.

Beta Sigma Phi

July 4 celebrations were on the agenda for the Xi Beta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. David and Nancy Pett welcomed the club to their home. Barbecue was at the top of the menu selections, followed by side dishes prepared by club members.

To round out dinner, a cake shaped like the number 50 and trimmed in yellow roses honored 50th wedding anniversaries of Jan and Gerry Hopper and Diane and Joe Robichaud.

Other members and spouses enjoying the night were Susan Chi, Aileen Duff, Marla Lockard, Sue and Jim McClellan, Cookie and Charlie Register, Pat Shaffer, Marcia Silva, Mary and George Sloan and Anna and Bill Troutt.

The night ended with a festive display of fireworks.

Women's Connection

You may remember that Decatur Christian Women's Club has put on a new face, and putting on a new face is exactly what the group, now known as the Women's Connection, is doing.

Festivities begin Friday at 11 a.m. at Decatur Country Club, where special guest Tricia Mitchell, consultant with Arbonne International, will demonstrate health and beauty products. Handbags and jewelry by Peggy Gay will be on sale. Then Gay, who lives in Cataula, Ga., will share about concealing the shame and hurt of spousal abuse through her message, "How to Apply Concealer without Touching Your Face."

The cost of the lunch is $13. For reservations and complimentary nursery call Nancy Fortune, 340-0113 or nbfortune, or Maxine Hall, 773-4978 or hornet@

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. If it's special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. E-mail me at, or call me at 350-5730.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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