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Wendy N. McDougal

Gary Knotts, who pitched for the Detroit Tigers before having shoulder surgery, was among those participating in Toe-tally Toes at Decatur Public Library.
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Gary Knotts, who pitched for the Detroit Tigers before having shoulder surgery, was among those participating in Toe-tally Toes at Decatur Public Library.

Community puts foot forward in library’s Toe-tally Toes

Wendy's word

Amidst everything else I am trying to do around my house, I have managed to plant some pansies. It is always such a joy to watch them take root and begin to flourish in the cool fall breeze.

As colder winds blew in this past week, I stopped one afternoon and watched them. Delicate little plants they are, yet so hearty and mighty when the sun's rays shine through, piercing their tender blooms. They seem to cling to the soil in which they are embedded.

Life sometimes throws us pitches that we are not expecting. We go strong only to be stopped in our tracks by a blistery moment or a chilling experience. May we remember the pansy, standing firm in our beliefs, faith, and most of all, our foundation.

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

'Toe-tal' impression

On Oct. 18, there was more going on at Decatur Public Library than books. It was a messy day for prominent community figures and special guests, as they were pulling off their shoes for the inaugural Toe-tally Toes event, a toe-painting, "fun"-raising event resulting in a community masterpiece.

It began with a blank, clean canvas and evolved as people dipped their toes in paint and walked on it or made an original design with their toes. The result was a myriad of colors resembling modern art. The canvas will be cut into 8-by-10 pieces and sold for $10 per piece. Proceeds will go to purchase new books for the library.

Artists ran the gamut from athletes, local celebrities, politicians, teachers, clergy, television personalities, each lending a little prominence to the masterpiece. Some of those dipping their toes included Suzie Wiley, WYAM 56-TV; Gary Hammon, city councilman; George Frame, Decatur Public Library board member; Peggy Bryan; Nina Mae Blackburn; George Pollitt, United Way; Donna Townson; American Diabetes Association; Gary Knotts, professional baseball player; Gay Maloney, lawyer; Myra Albrecht; W.B. Warren; Don Kyle, mayor of Decatur; Shirley and Wayne Holliday; Steve and Sue Powell; Sarah Graham; Beverly Crosswhite; Jennifer Waters; Shirley Crosswhite; Randy Cross, English professor at Calhoun; Ramona Evans; Emily Whittier; Margaret Ann Templeton; Alex Templeton; Bruce McCandless; Bibi Black Pride and Nathaniel; and Lucky the dog, with Dr. Steve Osborne.

Several children shared their painting talents such as Gracie McRee with mom Mary; Chaeli Salter with mom Elizabeth; Samantha Hull with mom Amy; Ryan Robertson with mom Andrea; Merrilee Schantung with mom Connie; and Brianna Cooper with Sarah Graham.

Staff members Sandy McCandless, director; Susan Collins; Linda Dotzheimer; Phyllis Roberts; Pat Alexander; Patty Sipes; Patricia Slaten; James Loyd; Wanda Hendrix; Barbara Davis; Melissa Cooper; LaNelle Lindsey; Cathy Smothers; Linda Greene; Kimberly McSpadden; and Jennifer McNeese spent the day coordinating the event, but also took time out to paint.

Five canvases were painted and are now available for purchase at the library.

deLoain New York Day Spa donated two pedicures to relax those painting toes. The winners were Pride and Templeton. Other sponsors were Ace Hardware, Publix and First Choice Printing.

Toe-tally Toes, a brainstorm of Wiley, became a treasured piece of art and now a new tradition.

For additional information or to purchase part of the finished product, contact Slaten, 353-2993 ext. 104 or patriciaslaten

Redemption film

St. Paul's Lutheran Church invites you to view the redemption movie "Luther" tonight at 6 in the sanctuary. The church is at 1700 Carridale St. S.W. Larry Gibson will be on hand following the film to provide additional historic information, answer questions and lead further discussions. Refreshments will be provided by the outreach team.

For more information, call Betty Cannizzo, 355-7354.

Monster Mash

If it's too cool to be outside Tuesday night, join in the fun at Colonial Mall-Decatur at the annual Monster Mash Party. The excitement goes from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with mall-wide trick-or-treating, balloons, apple-bobbing, games, prizes and more.

Little ones can visit the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. All events are free.

The day's events will include a mall merchant costume contest from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and registration for the children's costume contest from 5 until 5:45 p.m. The contest starts at 6. There also will be a Mocha Teen Halloween costume contest for those 13-18.

Then check out the pumpkin-carving talents of Parkway Medical Center physicians at 6:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there.

Women's Connection

Women's Connection of Decatur will meet Friday at Decatur Country Club. The fun begins at 11 a.m. with a holiday fashion show by Carroll Lane Parsons of Martin's. See the latest holiday and winter fashions, as well as hand-drawn, custom-designed stationery, baby books and tags.

Linda J. Schupp, Ph.D., from Loudon, Tenn., will speak. She is a college professor and nationally know seminar leader with a doctorate in psychology.

Lunch is $13 and reservations are required. Call Nancy Fortune at 340-0113 or nbfortune or Maxine Hall at 773-4978 or homet Complimentary nursery is provided.

Holiday auction

Holiday festivities are right around the corner. Make plans to attend the eighth annual holiday auction Nov. 11 to benefit St. Ann Catholic School.

The event, chaired by Beth Carter, will begin at Burningtree Country Club at 6 pm. with a silent and live auction, as well as dinner for two. A choice of roast beef or chicken breast awaits your dining experience. Also included will be champagne punch, chocolate fountains for dessert and five giveaway tickets.

A table for two is $65. RSVP to the school office, 353-6543, by Friday. For additional information, you also can call Samantha Banks, 303-7003.


Joe Wheeler Chapter No. 291, United Daughters of Confederacy, met recently with 11 members and one guest present. Sarah Gray and Betty Lovvorn hosted.

President Glendora James and Chaplain Dorris Chitwood held the opening rituals. Kay McCarley, vice president, read portions of the President General's message from the UDC magazine.

General convention will be Nov. 2-7 in Richmond, Va. Several members plan to attend.

Rita Birdsong announced the grave-marking service at Elkton Cemetery, in Elkton, Tenn. She said 14 Confederate soldiers and one congressional page would be honored.

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. Send news to 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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