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Wendy N. McDougal

1972-76 Decatur High faculty invited to Class of 76 reunion

It started as soon as my head hit the pillow. A lengthy "to do" list for the coming day was flooding my thoughts, and sleep was not an option.

A night owl by nature, I get my second wind in the evening and hurry about doing tasks that, many times, have been put off during the day. When my head hit the pillow I was tired, but my mind would not slow down.

An attempt at counting backwards did not work, then I was reminded of a church sign I recently saw. It said, "Try counting your blessings." Indeed, I did try that and it worked like a charm. Many thanks to this place on Danville Road for sharing this simple, yet inspiring, message. You are touching lives here in our community, and on this particular day . . . mine.

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

DHS faculty

Members of Decatur High School's faculty between 1972 and 1976 are invited to the Class of 1976's 30-year reunion. Join the fun and memories Saturday night beginning at 7:30 at Decatur Country Club.

For more information, contact Judy Collier Brown, 353-8737 or


Children aren't the only ones rounding up their favorite costumes. More and more pets are decking out for Halloween, so let's see what they're wearing at Howl-o-ween Pet Costume Contest co-sponsored by IAMS and Greenies at PETCO. The event is Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.

The best costumed pet and its owners from each neighborhood store will receive an 8-pound bag of IAMS dry dog or cat food and a $15 PETCO gift card. All participants receive a goody bag full of Halloween-themed treats from PETCO's treat bar.

Children of the human variety will have a great time participating in a coloring contest for a chance to win a gift card for his or her favorite furry friend.

Sounds like a great time for everyone in the family. Hope to see you there.


Decatur's National Alliance for the Mentally Ill met recently with 25 members present. President Marilyn Volonino introduced guest speaker Linda Pierce, case manager and member of the ACT team at the Mental Health Center, and Cathy George, residential coordinator at the Mental Health Center.

The program focused on housing options for those with a mental illness able to live on their own, describing the process by which an ACT team member visits to determine the individual's specific needs.

Among those attending were Steve Claborn, consumer advocate, and Anita Thomas from North Alabama Regional Hospital.

The next meeting is Tuesday, with a representative from North Alabama Regional Hospital speaking.

Herb Society

Morgan County Herb Society met recently at Hartselle Wedding Chapel. Anne Edmonds, president, opened the meeting with an inspirational thought, followed by Doris Caver's humorous short story on gardening.

Sympathy and sadness were expressed over the illness of vice president Julie Dutton. Dot Maples coordinated the signing of a get-well card.

Christine Grove read a note from the son of deceased member Donna Bently and reported that he had sent a check to the herb society in honor of his mother's birthday.

Elizabeth Vinzant introduced her daughter-in-law, Scheri Vinzant, who has moved to Hartselle from near Roanoke, Va.

The next meeting will be led by Maud Brooks, Doris Caver and Vivian Chaffin and will feature an herb theme.

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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