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Wendy N. McDougal

Jackie Higdon, left, pins Diane Robichaud.
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Jackie Higdon, left, pins Diane Robichaud.

Robichaud inducted into Silver Circle of Beta Sigma Phi for 25 years of service

Wendy's word

Where does the time go? It seems we go straight from Halloween to Christmas with little mention or recognition of Thanksgiving.

This November Thursday sneaks up on us, yet is one I love and hate to see vanish in a haze. Once it's over, we jump right into the holiday season of decorating and buying gifts, not slowing down until January. Then the trees are barren and the cold has settled in for a few weeks — if we're lucky.

Take these next three weeks and be thankful. It may not be turkey and dressing that lies ahead, but if we truly look for a blessing, there is at least one, if not many, to be found. Find a friend, a loved one or a special need in the community. Count your blessings today, and may you enjoy a beautiful November.

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

Beta Sigma Phi

Diane Robichaud was recently inducted into the Silver Circle of Beta Sigma Phi for 25 years of service.

The ceremony was part of a Xi Beta Upsilon Chapter get-together at the home of Marla Lockard, which featured a Halloween theme. Members brought treats they enjoyed during their childhood.

Those taking part were Nancy Beaty, Susan Chi, Jackie Higdon, Jan Hooper, Marla Lockard, Faye Pyatt, Robichaud, Cookie Register, Pat Shaffer, Marcia Silva, Mary Sloan and Anna Troutt.

A few weeks ago, the chapter's Beginning Day kicked off with a buffet lunch at Decatur Country Club given by Anna Troutt. Secret sister gifts were exchanged.

Holiday shopping

Just in time for early bird holiday shoppers, the $5 Jewelry Sale is Wednesday and Thursday in the Decatur General Hospital lobby. Come check out the beautiful designs for your personal holiday attire, as well as for those special names on your list. Shop from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Selections include pins, necklaces, bracelets and watches. A variety of styles are available for all ages — men and children included.

Decatur General Auxiliary is sponsoring the event and all proceeds Decatur General Foundation.

Members of the Auxiliary who help with these projects are Margaret Ziak, Bess Newsom, Katherine Offord, Winnie Reed, Jeanne Reinhardt, Helen Teague, Sharon Thomson, Barbara Cordle, Marie Woods, Virginia Thornton, Jane Nabors and Yvone Braly.


A wonderful opportunity for women new to the Decatur and Hartselle areas is to join newcomers' clubs.

The Decatur Club will meet Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Burningtree Country Club. Child care is provided. To save your spot or for additional information, call Stacie Thompson, 751-4773, or Patsy Grocke, 309-5845.

Hartselle's Club will meet Thursday at Pleasant Place, across from Hartselle Medical Center. Guest speakers will be Kathy Goodwin from Hartselle Medical Center and Laurie Jordan from Hospice of the Valley.

A visit to Sierra Springs to tour local retirement and assisted living communities also is on the agenda. First United Methodist Church will provide childcare. Contact Sue Kalber, 751-0295, or Sandy Johnson, 751-4540, for more information.

Family program

A free public program, "Family Traditions in the Kitchen and Around the Dinner Table," will be Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. at Old State Bank in Decatur. Joyce Cauthen, executive director of Alabama Folklife Association and member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation Speakers Bureau, is guest speaker.

Food traditions are among the most enduring forms of folklore. In this interactive program, Cauthen will discuss food folklore and its importance as a means of preserving family, community and regional identity, giving examples of dining traditions that she has collected across the state.

Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch, with drinks and dessert provided. Seating is limited. Call 350-5060 for reservations.

La Petit Salon

La Petit Salon No. 824 Departmental de North Alabama 840 met recently at Cabin Grill in Hartselle. Fourteen partners were present.

Opening prayer was given by Betty Hancock. Peggy Chapman led the business session. Plans for enrolling new members were discussed.

A note of sympathy was signed for the family of Rowena Livingston, longtime partner who recently died.

Chapman won the door prize. The bingo prize went to Clara Stone.

For information about La Petit, call Zenda Wesnor at 355-2853.

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
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I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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