Wendy N. McDougal
Chestnut Grove Elementary School students got a look at sea life during a recent visit to Wetlands Edge Environmental Center. With teacher Amy Stoker are Heaven-Lee Destiny, center, and Lilly Peete, right. Susan Estes used a variety of creatures to teach students Good Earth Manners.
Friday's bazaar at St. Paul's includes spaghetti dinner
You will need a Kleenex for this.
A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from my brother encouraging me to check out an inspiring Web site. I wasn't in too much of a rush to open it because like most of these that float around cyberspace, I knew I would be asked to forward it to 10 people or bad luck would find me. Thus, there was no hurry.
I did, finally, read it, and my heart was forever touched. You may have seen the amazing story of a father who made a remarkably incredible sacrifice for his son. The web site is cjcphoto.com/can/.
No introduction or explanation is necessary. I will just say you will not be sorry for taking a look, and you will certainly think twice, as did I, for ever complaining about a tough day or a troubling moment.
May you be blessed for the sacrifices you make for others.
Now let's see what the "chatter" is for today . . .
St. Paul's Bazaar
Women of St Paul's Lutheran Church, 1700 Carridale St. S.W., are busy planning for Friday's annual bazaar and spaghetti dinner. Bazaar and bake sales begin at 2 p.m., with dinner served at 4:30.
Joan Jarvis and Mary Jean Stoudnour are planning the dinner. Marguerite Hamilton, Elaine Burke and Mary Jean Meadows are organizing details for the bake sale.
Enjoy crafts by Dee Livingston, Vi Pitts, Jane Burell and others. Woodworking by Walter Hartley will include a Noah's Ark and Nativity pieces. Tim Ballentine will be setting up his photography equipment with Santa Claus on hand for photos with children beginning at 5 p.m.
Sue Boscoe and Sue Kurz will manage the "White Elephant" sale of gently used items. Kathy Labus and quilters will appear again this year with their handiwork. Arbonne representative Mitzi Reed will offer botanically based products.
Organizers say come shop and have dinner with them. For additional information, call Zenda Wesnor, 355-2853.
Oct. 27 was a special day for James Conner. He celebrated his 67th birthday and 40 years of marriage to wife Patsy.
Homebound and bedbound from multiple health issues, he admits that 1939 and 1966 were both significant years in his life. The Hartselle native and Vietnam veteran enjoyed a feast of homemade lasagna, cake and ice cream, thanks to friends Patty Laughlin and Janet Mendenhall.
"It was a quiet but happy day thanks to all of our friends," said an appreciative Conner. Cards and calls with well wishes topped the festivities, including a birthday serenade from cousin Barbara Ellison. Pat Henley from Enterprise, who celebrated her birthday the same day, called to wish the couple a happy day.
"I don't know where we would be without our best friends," said Conner. "They really helped make this day one we will never forget."
Rainbow Garden Club
Hartselle's Rainbow Garden Club presents Lollapalooza. Join in the fun Monday afternoon beginning at 5 p.m. at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center.
Hors d'oeuvres and an auction preview will kick off the event, followed by special guest Amanda McClanahan of Southern Accents Magazine. The live auction will begin at 6 with Ray Demonia as auctioneer.
Project chair Bonnie Norman says this is a great time to begin holiday shopping early with embellishments for the seasons, artful gifts and holiday delicacies. You may even take home a few door prizes for yourself.
A $5 donation will be accepted at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit Hartselle Fine Arts Center and E.A.R.T.H. Park.
For more information, call Norman at 751-1712.
Councilor John Rolfe Colonial Dames Chapter in Athens, Virginia Clay Clopton United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter in Huntsville and John Wade Keyes Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter in Athens will sponsor a veteran gravemarking Sunday at 2 p.m. at Athens Old Town Cemetery on West Washington Street and Newby Cemetery on Ridgelawn Drive.
Soldiers to be honored are Rolfe Saunders, Joseph P. Vasser, Terrell A. Crenshaw, Harry Vasser, Joseph H. Kennemer, George Washington Newby and William Irvin.
Sons of Confederate Veterans 54th Alabama Brigade will provide a gun salute, flags and honor guard for the ceremony.
Family members and friends of these soldiers are invited to attend. Refreshments will follow.
For questions or additional information, call Pat Lewis, 232-7370.
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 email@example.com or call me at 350-5730.
I look forward to hearing from you.