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Bethesda News: Regrettably, schools are a different place today than they were years ago

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week — Compassion is understanding the troubles of others and reaching out to them!

Just this past week I picked up a copy of USA Today and saw a headline that read “MAKING OUR CHILDREN BULLETPROOF.”  This broke my heart to think that we have to purchase bulletproof inserts for our children’s backpacks.  If only we could push “Pause” and reflect over the past years when we only had to worry about “Who our teacher was going to be” or “Will I get on the right bus,” etc. rather than “Will someone attack my child’s school today,”etc. If only they would allow prayers back into our schools. I LOVED teaching, but do not feel as though I could be in the classroom now. I LOVE children so much that I would have to “give them a hug,” but that would be considered as a “NO” now. My prayers are with each administrator, teachers, aides, as well as ALL the students as you begin a new year. May “GOD BLESS YOU” and be in the corner of your classroom.

This is the weekend for the last ice cream social that I am aware of. It will be held at Holts Corner Baptist Church Saturday. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. with their live auction to begin at 6.  You will be able to enjoy grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with ALL the trimmings. Also there will be a variety of different flavors of homemade ice cream for you to enjoy. The church is located on Thick Road in Chapel Hill.

The Great Americana BBQ Festival will be at Harlinsdale Farm on Saturday, Aug. 25. They will have a large group of antique cars for you to enjoy as well as craft vendors and LIVE music. It will begin at 10 a.m. The cost is only $5 per person.  There will be a section for the children to enjoy. This is sponsored by the Noon Rotary Club.

Today is the day that Louise Lynch will be the guest speaker at Fifty Forward of College Grove. She will be talking about her recent book “Moonshine and Murder Crimes in Williamson County.” Lunch will be served at 11:30 with the program to begin at noon. This will take place in the Senior Citizen’s Center.

“Happy Birthday” to my husband, Russell, who is celebrating his 84th today. I feel so blessed to have known him for 64 years and have been married to him for 61 years this Saturday, Aug.25. We are BOTH blessed by God daily.

Family Reunions have been planned for the upcoming weeks. The Hartley Family will meet on Sunday, Sept. 2. This is a Potluck meal and will be held at the Bethesda Senior Citizens. They plan to eat at 1 o’clock, so you will have time to attend worship services.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, (my 82nd birthday) our Grigsby/Watson Family Reunion will be held at Burwood Community Center. We will begin gathering at 11:30 a.m., but do not plan on eating until 1’oclock. This will give those who are traveling, after church, time to arrive. Please contact family members to remind them of this annual event.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 8. This is the date for the 27th Fall Festival at Hillsboro U.M. Church, which is located at 5313 Old Highway 96 West in Leipers Fork. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. The cost is Adults-$12, Children-Ages 5-10 $5 with children under the age of 5 FREE. Their Silent Auction will begin at 4 p.m. with the LIVE one beginning at 6. Live Entertainment will be provided for you to enjoy. They will have inflatables for the children.  You will be able to enjoy pit barbecue pork or chicken with all the side dishes. Carryout plates will be available. Call me if you need more info.

“Happy Birthday” to my dear friend and neighbor, Larry Westbrook Sr., who will be celebrating Friday, Aug. 24. We wish for him continued years of happiness and good health. (If you drive by and he is sitting in his swing, stop by and say “hello.”)

Our prayers continue to be with all of our friends and love ones who have had surgery, facing surgery, sustained injuries from accidents, etc. Some of those of whom we are aware of are Clifton Veach (ATV accident), Richard McMahan, Pam and Joel Pedrick, Delores and Dwight Lynch, Braxton Harrell, Katie and Billy Giles, Dale Pewitt, Ruby Jean Maxwell, Tosha Robinson Baugh, Doris Hickman, Delores Gilreath, Ellen Bogle, Paul Williams, Billy Carl Tomlin, Sue Wiley, Bernice Smithson, Keith Barnhill, Raymond Woodside, Tom Woodside, Jim Hayes, Larry Westbrook Sr., Howard Yancy, Brenda Johnson, Malcolm and Dodie Hazelwood, as well as others .

Please join me in extending our deepest sympathy to the families of Rebecca Lounsberry, Cafeteria Manager at Johnson School, Mark Smith, Marion Starr, mother of Venetia Henry, Patty Collom, wife of Charles Collom, Janice Jordan, Wesley Fox, Lois Peden, Pam Holt, Nelson Mangrum brother of Kenneth Mangrum, Joe Cox, Dot Baxter, John Bragg, Richard Vaughn, Oneta Jones, L.C “Leon” Reed, as well as others whom I am not aware of.

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