With Mary Graduation
Bright lights illuminated
Eagle Field. The dignitaries took their places, and the Grand Band played the traditional march. We all stood as the maroon clad graduates marched in to take seats that hours before had been in storage. The faces were all smiles.
No time for tears now. These were all shed yesterday and before, as they had felt the first pangs of separation and childhood’s end. Facebook friends wished
each other well with parting words about how much they would miss their good times together. Parents, too, had shed their
tears and now stretched their necks to spot their own graduate – “There he is, or there she is” could be heard intermittently in the stadium. The salutatorian spoke
followed by the valedictory speech, both giving parting words of wisdom with a few whimsical remarks of days pasted too soon. Superintendent Dr. Katie Ryan
told the graduates the cost of getting them to graduation. It would have been humorous, had it not been true. Then the names were called – Jessica Adams was first. We
waited our turn; there were 14 of us there to cheer for Ashleigh, which came about mid-way through the roll call. We yelled, clapped, and
made a lot of noise as is the custom. Each received a diploma, and
Dr. Ryan moved the tassel, signifying the graduation had been completed. Brooklynn Wooten was the
last name read. Then it was the march out
and onto the field with the mortarboards tossed high in the sky. Pictures were taken with
Ashleigh: Mom and Dad; Grandma, Aunt, and little Cousin; Sister; Grandpa and Grandma; Grandpa; Uncle and Aunt; Cousin and his girlfriend; and, finally, Minnie and Papa. She smiled through them all
while indicating that she was very hot in the gown. Ashleigh came back to the
house briefly to change and speak to her guests before heading to Celebration Station as part of Project Graduation. Saturday afternoon, I found
myself sitting on the stadium seats reflecting on the hours and years before. I guess not all the tears were shed after all.
Autism Support Group Meets on Thursday
Big T’s Buddies’ Autism
Support Network will meet at 6:00pm on Thursday, June 7th, at the Freestone County Senior Services building, 201 N Bateman in Fairfield. Please bring a covered dish
to contribute to our pot-luck supper which precedes our meeting. You are encouraged to
bring your entire family to our gathering. We provide supervision for the children
Retired Teachers to The Grille
Freestone County Retired
Teachers will meet at The Grill. 979 W Hwy 84, Teague, 11:00am on Tuesday June 12. The association will not
meet again until September. All members and friends are invited to join them for fellowship and fun. Members will give a report
on the recent Leadership Training at Waco. Contact Doris Nealy,
President at dnrn0723@ sbcglobal.net
during our program so parents can focus on the topic being discussed. We will be discussing our
plans to participate in the Health Fair at the Mexia State-Supported
Center on Friday, June 8th, the Freestone County Fair parade on Monday, June 11th and our popular Jail and Bail fund-raising project at the Fair June 14th through June 16th.
June 5, 2012 - The “Times”
Vietnam Vets Review June Events The Vietnam Veterans Of
America Chapter 991, will meet for their regular scheduled monthly meeting, Tuesday evening June 12th 2012 at the Disabled American Veterans Hall located at 927 Gardner Drive Palestine, Texas. That location is just outside loop 256 north on Hwy 155 going toward Tyler, 1/2 mile .The DAV Hall sets just behind Matterns Tire Co. The Meeting times are 6pm for Associates and 7pm for regular meeting.
All are invited to stop by and
have Cake and coffee at the DAV Hall, to enjoy the meeting and discover what they’re all about. They will be discussing the upcoming programs and events for June, including scheduled nursing Home Visits for the month, and several other events to help needy Veterans and their families. Various other Veterans Affairs topics will be addressed as well. This will be an informative meeting dedicated to helping
our Veterans, Veterans families and current military in harm’s way.
Chapter 991 of the Vietnam
Veterans Of America is very proud of being a constant and reliable contributor to our communities and veterans here in East Texas. Come out and let’s give the support to those that supported us in time of war. Please visit their website http://vva991palestinetx.org
For more information, call 903/322-4850, Allan Ayo, President VVA Chapter 991.
My Almost Paradise
GRAND OPENING Thursday, June 14th 10 - 6
Friday & Saturday 10-5
The family of Letha Turner would like to
Junior & Misses Clothing Purses, Jewelry & Decor
207 E. Commerce St. Fairfield, TX
acknowledge and thank the following people for being so kind and helpful to us in our time of grief: Pastor T. Paul Kethley of the First Methodist Church of Fairfield; David Fox of Capps Funeral Home; the nurses and aids at Fairview Nursing Home for the wonderful care they gave our mother and grandmother; Patricia Lane; Carlton Rischer; Brenda and Jim Plantt; All of our special friends in Fairfield who have treated us so kindly.
Kirvin School Reunion Kirvin School Reunion will
be held at the Fellowship Hall of Kirvin Baptist Church on Saturday, June 9, 2012, beginning at 10:00 a.m. A catered lunch will be
served at noon. Contact Linda Carter 903- 599-4233 or Harry Hughes 903-599-4282 for more information.
Freestone County Vets
Freestone County Veterans Receive $9,230,000 in Compensation Pensions and Other Benefits
In a report recently published by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it was indicated that Freestone County had a Veteran population of 1,735 during calendar year 2011, and these Veterans received $9,230,000 from the VA. The $9,230,000 received was categorized as follows: 1. Compensation and Pensions - $5,164,000 2. Medical Care – 3,596,000 3. Education and Vocational Rehabilitation - $332,000 and 4. Insurances and Indentures - $138,000 The VA also reported that 471 Freestone County Veteran patients received treatment in a VA Health Care facility during 2012. These facilities are located in Palestine, Waco, and Temple. Veterans interested in applying for any of the benefits discussed above should contact Fonzell Nealy, Freestone County Veterans Service Office, 800 Main Street, Teague, Texas. The telephone number is (254) 739-2776.
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