By JOHN L. SLOAN
He is back again this morning in his usual place, the big tree out on the point. I have fished several days this week and he has been there every morning. I have never seen a fisherman sit so still. If I didn’t know, better I would think he was statue or maybe a Bill Vandeford picture.
It is foggy this morning and his head is hunched between his shoulders to stay warm and ward off the damp. I feel somewhat the same way but instead make a cast. Soon, the sun will rise behind him and he will become a silhouette. Later when it gets really hot, he will move down the bank and closer to the drop-off where it goes from just a rocky bank to 40 feet of cooler water. He is following the natural movement as am I. Of course, we are both just guessing. I am betting we are right but until one of us catches a fish, we won’t know.
Dear Ken: Tell me what you can about actress Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Ree Dolly in the movie “Winter’s Bone.”
Lawrence, 20, was born in Louisville, Ky., and began her acting career at 14. By 17, she was playing the teenage daughter in the TBS sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show.” Her other TV credits include “Monk,” “Medium” and “Cold Case.” Her movies include “The Poker House” and “The Burning Plain.” Later this year, she co-stars in “The Beaver” and “X-Men: First Class.” For her role as a poor Ozarks teen searching for her missing, meth-making father in “Winter’s Bone,” she had to learn how to fight, chop wood and skin a squirrel. As for the latter, she said. “You could ask me about anything and compare it to cutting up a squirrel, and I would choose the other. . . . I know squirrels are like rats with bushy tails, but it’s cute! It’s an animal and I was, like, Ohhhhhhhhh.”
To the Editor:
Thank you for publishing the article written by Linda Granstaff in the Feb. 23, 2011 edition of The Wilson Post. The list of black teachers in Wilson County brought back many memories to me.
There were seven children in my family who went to school, so two of the names I can recall, Novella Davis and Nannie Glass. The teacher that she featured, Margaret Crutchfield, was my sister. I was in the sixth grade when she taught at Martha. I went with her to fish fries they had on Saturday night to raise money to buy supplies for the children.
Thanks for the memories.
Lebanon City Council Public Works/Transportation Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m., Monday, March 28, at the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
Wilson County Election Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in Conference Room 1, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m., Monday, April 4, 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, March 21.
Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, to discuss line item transfers and a forensic audit. Council will also hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the same location, for a discussion on economic stimulus, jobs and recruiting and retaining businesses.
Lebanon City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights. There will be a presentation by MTAS on “TDEC MS4 Stormwater Quality Regulations under the City of Lebanon General Permit.”
Southern STARRS Winter Class Session is now open. The program offers therapeutic horseback riding classes for special needs children. A one-hour class is available for Saturday morning and Monday evening, and you can download an application form at www.southernstarrs.org. Volunteers are needed, also. The minimum age to volunteer is 14. Times are from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, from 4 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning in the spring and from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. No experience is needed, and training will be provided. Internships, work-studies and community service credit are offered. Forms can also be downloaded at www.southernstarrs.org. For information, call 453-2592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center in Gallatin is accepting gently used items for its third annual yard sale to be held from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine, Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, at the Gallatin Farmer’s Market. Items may be dropped off at the center at 185 W. Franklin Street behind Dairy Queen on Main Street. Call for times to drop off items at 206-1176. All donations are tax deductible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lebanon Public Library announces representatives of The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, will be at the Lebanon Library at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, with a traveling classroom program they will present. This program is recommended for grades 2 and above. The program is free to all ages. For information on these events, contact Nancy Fowler at 444-0632 or visit the website at www.lebanonlibrary.net.
Healing Broken Vessels will meet from 9 until 11 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at 223 North Cumberland Street, Lebanon. Bring a friend and hear guest speaker Danielle Underwood speak on “Healing the Mind Through the Power of Journaling.” Light refreshments will be served following the guest speaker. Healing Broken Vessels is a non-profit 501c3 organization that provides free educational services for women. For information, visit online at www.healingbrokenvessels.org.
Gladeville Community Center will have bluegrass beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 26. Concessions will be available. Hands of Time will be performing. Also, the center will have a Flea Market and Expo from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, April 2. Booth rental will be $20 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot area. For information regarding either event, call Mabel Beazley at 243-2664.
Home and Personal Security, a seminar presented by Informed Voter Orientation, Training & Education in cooperation with Cedars Preparatory Academy, will be 9 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at Cedars Preparatory Academy, 404 West Main Street, Lebanon. Sheriff Terry Ashe will be the guest speaker. There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted.
March for Meals will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet. Join participants for a day full of food, festivities and fun as they raise money for the MCHRA Meals-on-Wheels organization. For your donation, you will be entertained by many local bluegrass bands along with other family oriented activities. Barbecue will be for sale by the Country Haven Café so bring your appetite, lawn chair, family and friends. All the funds stay in the Mt. Juliet area to help keep elderly clients off the waiting list. For information, call Bobbie Jo Caldwell at 758-2777 or at 500-4318.
PHOEBE Ministries, a ministry of widows reaching widows, will meet at Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 5745 Old Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26. Personal Trainer Brenda Polk will discuss “Becoming Physically and Spiritually Strong.” The service project for the month benefits the Baptist Campus Ministries House at Cumberland University. Bring garbage bags, paper plates, napkins, 16-ounce drink cups, bath tissue or household cleaning supplies.
Wilson County Library Board Annual Roast will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at the Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown Libraries. This year’s Roastee is Chip Smith. The annual event is a fund-raiser for the county library system. For information, call 444-0632.
Wilson County Special Olympics Annual Track & Field Event will be Wednesday, March 30, at Wilson Central High School’s football field. Rain date is Wednesday, April 6. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Events include 50 Meter Dash, 100 Meter Dash; 10 Meter Walk, 25 Meter Walk; 25 Meter Wheel Chair Race; 50 Meter Electric Wheel Chair Race; Long Jump; and Softball Throw. There is no admission charge. Everyone is invited to come and support local Special Olympians. For information, contact Dawn Bradley at 453-7288.
Wilson County Democratic Party re-organization, including election of officers and executive committee for 2011-2012 will be held Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m., at the UAW District Union Hall at 151 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon. Note: All attendees must be inside the Hall before 10 a.m. as, per the by-laws, no one will be allowed to enter the meeting room after this time.
Nashville African Violet Club will meet at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, April 3, at the Green Hill Women’s Center, 10905 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. The program will be an African Violet Propagation Workshop. Also, the Tennessee Gesneriad Society will meet at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10. The program will be a Gesneriad Propagation Workshop. For information on either meeting, contact Julie at Julie.email@example.com or call 364-8459.
Wilson County Schools Kindergarten Registration for the 2011-2012 school year will be Thursday, April 7. Your child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2011. Documents for registration may be downloaded from www.wcschools.com. Click on “Kindergarten Registration” in the announcement box. Fill them out and bring them with you to register. Registration times will occur during normal school hours. Contact your zoned school if you need more information. Bring your child with you to registration for a Kindergarten screening.
Wilson County Republican Party monthly meeting will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 9, at WCRP Headquarters at 500 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, next to Kevin’s Automotive and behind 231 Car Sales. Guest speaker will be Dorie Mitchell, executive director of Leadership Wilson. Its mission is to identify, train and motivate individual citizens in community leadership. For information, contact Kevin Foushee, WCRP chairman, at 444-5732, or visit www.wilsongop.org.
Volunteers are needed by the Ombudsman Program to visit and advocate for elderly residents of long-term care facilities in the Wilson County area. Requirements include patience, persistence, the ability to be objective and concern for the vulnerable elderly population. The next 16-hour, two-day volunteer certification training will be Monday and Tuesday, April 11-12. For information, or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-1687 or at 452-5259.
Second Annual Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary Cornhole Tournament, presented by total Family Chiropractic & Rehab, will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at Mt. Juliet High School. Cash prizes total $550. Entry fee for a two-player team is $40. It is a double elimination tournament and will be held rain or shine. For information, call 758-3478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson County Democratic Women announces the Dorothy McAdoo Memorial Scholarship, Wilson County High School Senior Essay Contest 2010-2011. The scholarship is $500. All Wilson County high school seniors are eligible to enter by submitting an on the topic, “The Importance of Women in the Political Process.” The entry must be 400-500 words, typed and double-spaced; the cover page must include name, address, telephone number and school; omit your name on essay pages; it will be evaluated on content, form and clarity by the Scholarship Committee. It must be postmarked by April 26 and mailed to Linda Armistead, 210 Forrest Lawn Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122. For more information, call 444-3838.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11. 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.
Lebanon High School Class of 1991 is planning a 20-year reunion for July 2. Organizers are looking for classmates. Email contact information to Dawn Carr Willis at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 308-0034. For information, go to www.eventbrite.com or Facebook.
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 email@example.com. 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.