By BECKY ANDREWS, Wilson Living Magazine
I am the mother of boys; two of them. When they were babies, I worried, A LOT. I knew everything about these little creatures. Their likes and dislikes, their bedtime and naptime. I knew the difference between a hungry cry and sick cry.
I knew what made them giggle uncontrollably and what story they liked before bed. Never before had the frequency and consistency of bowel movements been so important. I was a pro. Then they started growing up. And just when we’d tackle one obstacle, like potty training, a new one would present itself.
Dear Ken: Is it true that Johnny Depp is going to star in a new movie about the Lone Ranger?
You betcha, Kemo Sabe. However, Depp will portray not the masked man himself but his Indian sidekick, Tonto. No word yet on who will be the Lone Ranger. Depp has wrapped up work as Capt. Jack Sparrow on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which is set for a 2011 release. He kicks off the new year before the cameras as vampire Barnabas Collins in a big-screen adaptation of “Dark Shadows,” then later saddles up as Tonto.
By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazine
In the United States, New Year’s celebrations often revolve around watching the crystal New Year’s Eve Ball drop in Times Square. On New Year’s Day, black eyed peas are served as they are said to bring good luck and financial good fortune. The saying goes “Eat peas on New Year’s Day to have plenty of everything else the rest of the year.”
So, as we at Wilson Living prepare for our New Year celebrations, we thought it might be fun to see how other countries celebrate as well.
AUTHOR REACHES MILESTONE
By RAY POPE
I am in hopes that you had a great Christmas with lots of birds at your feeders. Christmas morning was running over with birds at the feeders, bouncing off of each other trying to get the best location to eat.
There are three Crows that have found my location and visit it each morning at first light. Anytime we get some accumilation of snow, it makes the bird feeders the place to be.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned getting someone to be a guest writer, so my first choice was Karen Franklin. Karen was the first to send me e-mails with questions and some of her photos about “Our Feathered Friends.”
It’s not easy writing something about birds each week without going over some of the same territory twice. Last week was my 150th article, which to me was a milestone with my meager writing skills.
This week you will hear from Karen, who I have taken, pardon the pun, under my wing. If any of you would like to be a guest writer, just get in touch of me and we will go from there.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
WATERTOWN — She’s probably got more books within her reach than anyone else in town. Fact is, she’s got enough books to loan 13 apiece to each of Watertown’s 1,400 citizens.
“I’ve always loved reading, I’d rather read then do anything. Just give me a book,” said ever-smiling Pam Moore.
Her statement of fact is exactly what you would expect of the community’s leading book promoter. Librarian Moore recently tallied 18,680 books on the shelves of the Watertown-Wilson County Library, which nestles on the north side of the Square, a site that almost always captures the sunshine through its many front windows.
The native of Hartsville has lived in Lebanon since 2005. She earned an education degree at Cumberland University, taught school for three years in Trousdale County and served for two years as an aide at Byars Dowdy Elementary before she took a job four years ago at the Lebanon Library.
By MARGARET PARTEE
Things used to be different. For instance, when I was growing up, there was no place in Lebanon to purchase children’s clothing. Especially if your mother wanted to dress three sisters identically! Jeans were nearly unheard of at the time. I always wore dresses or skirts and blouses or sweaters to school -- even in college. I don’t think I even wore pants to play in until I was 10 or 11 years old. We had two choices – shop in Nashville or have them made.
There was a lady who lived on West Spring Street and her house was dark and she was old and I did not really like to go there. But she made our clothes for years. Later a lady living on West Main Street sewed for us. She even made some of the clothes I took to college. Mother dressed us alike until, I suppose, we were too old. It was cute when we were little and in my photo albums -- where the pictures are black and white -- I even remember the color of some of them.
A lady always wore stockings. During the war you could not buy them. Mama had this stuff that looked like foundation that women wear on their faces. She smoothed this over her legs so it would appear that she wore stockings. It didn’t tan her legs, just colored them like paint. Ladies were delighted when around 1945 they could again purchase a pair of stockings. They had a seam up the back and it was a chore to be sure that the seam was straight and not veering off to one side.
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center has started Social Skills Classes for special needs children with any challenge. Teen social skills meet Mondays at 4 p.m.; pre-school social skills meet Tuesdays at 3 p.m.; and elementary school social skills meets Thursdays at 4 p.m. Classes are $15 per session. Call 206-1176 for signups. Special soccer and field hockey meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at 185 West Franklin Street, Gallatin.
InkLink Recycling is accepting used ink cartridges and old cell phones at the following locations: The Lebanon Democrat, Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, WANT FM 98.9, Rose Tire, Burchett Ford and Quick Lane. Proceeds from all cartridges and cell phones collected goes to New Leash on Life and Books from Birth. For information, call 444-4615.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Wilson County Food Pantry at Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency offers food boxes. Information needed to obtain a food box includes proof of 2010 income and Social Security numbers of everyone in the household. The Food Pantry is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, contact Community Service Associate Gayla Brooks at 444-4714 or email email@example.com. You may also visit online at www.mid-cumberlandcaa.com. MCCAA is at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Do you like to write, but aren’t sure how to go about it, where to start, or what to do with what you already have? A new arm of the West Wilson Arts Alliance is gearing up, and you can join other local writers for support, networking and critique groups. Send your contact information along with a writing sample and some basic information about you and what you like to write to TnWriterEditor@gmail.com, with WW Writers Guild in the subject line for consideration and more information.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Volunteers needed for elderly nursing home residents to assist the Ombudsman Program in visiting elderly residents of long-term care facilities and to advocate for these residents. Requirements include patience, persistence, ability to be objective and concern for the vulnerable elderly population. For more information or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-5259 or 452-1687.
Unity Church, 222 Cainsville Road, Lebanon, will have a New Year’s Eve Gospel Singing at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 31. The guest singers will be Troy Smith with The Proclaimers and other special singers. Everyone is welcome. The pastor is Brother Kenneth Bowen.
City of Lebanon Sanitation Holiday Schedule is as follows: There will be regular pickup for New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 with no change in schedule for that day.
Gladeville Community Center Men’s Club had to postpone turkey shoots scheduled in December due to weather and holidays. The final two shoots will now be held on Sundays, Jan. 2 and 9, 2011, beginning at noon both days. For information, call Earl Ray at 604-5735 or Tommy Knowles at 443-4522.
Wilson County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, in the West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. The meetings are open to the public. WCBA will offer a three-night course on beginning beekeeping Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, also in the West Building at the Ward Ag Center. The course begins at 7 each night and will end about 9 p.m. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple and includes membership in the WCBA, a one-year membership in the Tennessee Beekeepers Association and a copy of Beekeeping in Tennessee. To reserve your place, or for information, call Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 by Jan. 15.
Lebanon City Council regular meeting will be 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency Recertification for Commodities for the year 2011 will be from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the Watertown Community Center, and from 9 until 11 a.m., beginning Monday, Jan. 10, at the Garden of Prayer on Bluebird Road, Lebanon. You must provide proof of monthly income, Social Security numbers and birthdates for all household members.
NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the Spain House. Jean Ayers will present the program.
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Wilson County Republican Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at WCRP Headquarters located at Kevin’s Automotive, 500 South Cumberland Street, Suite C, Lebanon (directly behind 231 Car Sales). Guest speaker will be Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. For information, call Kevin Foushee at 444-5732 or visit the website at www.wilsongop.org.
Wilson County Board of Education meeting, scheduled originally for 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, has been changed to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, Dec. 27.
West Hills Baptist Church will be a host site for Angel Food Ministries in January. Order dates for January are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 and Tuesday, Jan. 18. The disbursement date is Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. Orders may be placed on their website www.westhillsbaptistchurch.com and click on the Angel Food link by using a credit/debit card. In order to pay with an EBT card or in cash, you must place your order in the church office.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11, 2011. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
ANTIOCH -- Friendship Christian’s Lady Commanders overcame a lot Tuesday in a 50-40 win over Donelson Christian in the opening round of the Mid-State Christmas Tournament being staged at Ezell-Harding. Down 25-24 at intermission, FCS battled back to take the victory, despite a huge difference in fouls and free throws.
Coach Deanna Teeter’s squad was whistled for 31 fouls as DCA marched to the charity stripe 34 times, hitting 24. Friendship finished 11-of-15 from the line mainly due to holding the ball in the fourth quarter.
“We responded pretty well to some adverse circumstances,” Coach Teeter said after the game. “We hit some clutch free throws in the fourth quarter to put it away.”
The Lady Commanders were 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter as Laurel Burroughs was a perfect four-of-four from the line. Andi Morrisett led FCS with 14 points while Burroughs and Kaitlyn Teeter reached double figures with 12 points apiece. Woodall and Neal had six points each as Friendship improved to 8-3 on the season. The Lady Commanders are scheduled to play either Columbia Academy or Portland today (Wedneday) in a 4 p.m. second round contest.
Donelson Christian 66, Friendship 51 (boys)
ANTIOCH -- Donelson Christian ran out to a nine-point halftime lead and never looked back for a 66-51 win over Friendship Christian in Tuesday’s opening round action of the Mid-State Christmas Tournament being contested at Ezell-Harding Christian School.
The Commanders fell to 8-2 on the season headed into a Wednesday morning consolation round game against the loser of last night’s Portland - Columbia Academy contest.
Mark Sandoval paced the Commanders with 14 points while Kyle Neal added 10. Hunter Anderson scored nine points while Cameron Hill chipped in with six. Nick Smith had four points, Dalton Patterson and Sam Lancaster had two points apiece while Drew Hutchison and Dekolas Reeves had a free throw apiece.
Friendship Christian finished 8-of-14 at the free throw line.