By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
What would make a fella get up and out-of-doors at 5:30 in the morning on his day off? It could be fishing or hunting bird watching?!
A few months ago I would never have believed that at sunrise I would find myself in my pajamas on the road beside my house listening for bird calls. My son volunteered me and my wife to help with the science program at school – specifically the ornithology, which is the study of birds.
It was easy to accept that challenge since my granddaughter would be in the class. Linda had already been feeding birds and Hummers for years and we have enjoyed watching them at the feeders. But this organized study would bring our hobby into concentrated focus over the school year. We got the bird books out and started learning about our assigned group of feathered friends along with the students. Having to prepare a class activity to challenge their minds was a real job. We took bird nests, bird feathers, and even an egg to dissect in class hoping to hold their interest in identifying birds with us.
By W.H. WATERS
As a veteran of World War II, I sit down to remember many people. Surely Memorial Day is a day to remember veterans. Certainly those who died in battle gave their all. As I was on a ship that brought many home from battle, I must tell you that many of those were in a condition that made you believe they knew not what was in their future. I am saying to you that all giving was not equal, but the individual did not make that decision in most cases.
Sure some chose the more dangerous services. Men in general faced great challenges. I believe most had fear and yet they stood firm and walked into whatever necessary to do what was necessary to protect their country, buddies, and our way of life. Heroes rose from circumstances and the average man might rise to just such a status. Few men started out to be heroes but many rose to be men of valor when it was either fight or fail.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
Attention all those who were affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred here from April 30 to May 18, you have until Tuesday, July 6 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for disaster assistance.
You also have until July 6 to fill out and return a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration, if you received one, to be eligible for some forms of federal assistance.
That was the word this week from Susan Solomon, FEMA public information officer, who stopped by The Wilson Post with numbers on how many people have registered and how much in assistance has been approved.
Wilson County Convention & Visitors Bureau announces that the pioneer spirit of Wilson County will be recaptured by visitors at Founder’s Day on Saturday, June 26, through bluegrass music, whole hog roasts, tall tales, quilting, blacksmithing, and weaving, a stump rally, Victorian dress, tin-type photography, and greased watermelon races at Fiddler’s Grove Historic Village.
Founder’s Day will also be the grand re-opening for the Stringtown General Store, where corn cob jelly to scuppernong cider can be tasted at Fiddler’s Grove inside the 1872 mercantile. Besides pork barbecue plates, there will also be hot dogs, cookies, and lemonade for sale. Admission will be free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Fiddler’s Grove, which is now in its 19th year of operation at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center which includes the Wilson County Fairgrounds. Cakes will also be auctioned to raise money for its preservation.
Additional volunteers are needed to assist with the food giveaway at Joseph’s Store Food Ministry on Saturday, June 26, from 8:30 am until noon.
As more and more Wilson County citizens are requesting food, the need for additional manpower (and womenpower!) to help load the items into the vehicles has also increased as well, a spokesperson said.
If you can push a wheelbarrow; put boxes loaded with food and beverages into the trunk of a car or the back of a truck; or even just put small, lightweight items into a cardboard box, Joseph’s Storehouse would really appreciate your help this Saturday morning from 8:30 am until noon.
Please attend a special open house at Cedars Preparatory Academy (410 West Main St.) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday,
June 26 & 27. Cedars Academy offers year round and traditional classes for Pre-K - 3rd Grade. Now enrolling for the 2010-2011 school year.
Cedars Preparatory Academy owner, Mary Beard, M.ED, offers over 26 years of experience in educating children with 16 years as a school director. Ms. Beard also serves as Education Chair for the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Cedars Academy is dedicated to enriching the mind, strengthening the body, and enlivening the soul. For more information visit www.thecedarsprep.com or 257-1394.
As the American Cancer Society’s battle against cancer continues in Wilson County, participants in Friday’s overnight Relay for Life will set aside a full evening to reflect on victories, honor lost friends and loved ones, celebrate fundraising efforts and even enjoy games and entertainment.
The annual Relay for Life event in Wilson County, which begins tonight at 6 at the Castle Heights track in Lebanon, offers something for everyone who wants to take part in the local fight against cancer. Among the activities early in the evening are a Survivor Lap to celebrate local victories over cancer; a Caregiver Lap to pay homage to the day-to-day supporters of cancer victims; a ‘Fight Back’ Ceremony for recommitting to the fight against the disease; a parade of teams to recognize group fundraising efforts; and after dark, a Luminaria Ceremony for honoring and remembering loved ones.
Also planned throughout the night are live entertainment from the Doug Collins Ridin’ Shotgun Band; a silent auction, a live auction and other fundraising activities; a talent-optional talent show; karaoke; and team games on the field. Music and talent acts will take place on the entertainment stage sponsored by First Freedom Bank. Anyone interested is invited to attend and participate. The event continues through 6 a.m.
From Post staff reports
Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, a native of Lebanon, stood in front of the historic Capitol Theater Thursday morning and said our nation and our state are in need of strong leadership and then announced his endorsement of Sam Hatcher for the State Senate.
The site of the endorsement announcement was significant because Hatcher, also a native of Wilson County, is the son of the late John R. Hatcher, who operated the Capitol until 1960.
The late Mr. Hatcher left the theater business to open a men's apparel store just off the Lebanon Public Square, John Hatcher's Clothing. Mr. Hatcher and his father the late John R. Hatcher, Sr., Sam Hatcher's grandfather, were in the theater business in Lebanon for more than 50 years having two theater properties, The Princess on South Cumberland Street and the Capitol.
BY CHELSEA BURNETT
The Wilson Post
Wilson County Amateur Radio Club (Wilson ARC) is hosting its annual American Radio Relay League Field Day this weekend.
Beginning at noon on Saturday, June 26, the event will run throughout the night and end around noon on Sunday, June 27 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
Tom Parker from the Wilson ARC said everyone is invited to attend the event. Members of the Wilson ARC will conduct radio drills with a contest to see who can achieve the greatest number of contacts.
From Post staff reports
Wilson County’s unemployment rate for May dropped to 8.5 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percent from the April figure of 9.1.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released county jobless rates for May on Thursday.
Wilson County had a labor force of 57,870 in May with 52,950 of those employed. That left 4,930 unemployed, the department said.