Monday Was Always Wash Day

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By Pat McDaniel

Lake Arrowhead Correspondent

Car bombings in Pakistan, our President plans to cut deficit by 3 trillion dollars, the Republicans and Democrats “duking it out” in D.C., severe thunderstorms leave parts of Clay County without electricity for hours but they put some much needed water in some stock tanks… and the sun shines at Lake Arrowhead.  Warm today with rain chances Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Wynema Wyrick’s moved into new lodgings and bought a new car.  A telephone call from Barbara McCasland just now, told me that Wynema’s in the hospital this a.m.  It’s the same old “crud” that gets her all the time. Friends and family helped Kenneth Martin celebrate his 89th birthday with cake ‘n’ ice cream at Arrowhead Baptist Church this past Saturday… thanks to Kenny!

Family and friends helped Shirley and Randy Visintainer celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 3 at ABC… thanks to daughter Carrie and son Nick and their families;  Barbara and Andy McCasland will celebrate their 50 years together with a family and friends gathering at the Log Cabin in Lucy Park, Saturday, Sept. 24, 3-5 p.m.

Life just chugs along at L.A… Gary Erwin and Lee Rankin remain hospitalized.  Larry Worthington received a broken leg when an air compressor exploded at his workshop, I’ve been told.  Courtney Matthews suffered some nasty injuries in a recent accident, Jan Tuttle could use a cheery word or two and Pauline Uttke has started “chemo” treatments.  Please, put them in your prayers.

The square in Henrietta was buzzing Saturday, the last day of the Pioneer Reunion. The annual parade featured Clay County marching bands, horses with riders large and small, fire engines and, of course, the floats. Congrats to this year’s Pioneer Queen, Carolyn Chapin and the lovely duchesses.  Their float was all glitter and sparkle, including the ladies’ smiles.  Why, some folks had to put on their sunglasses!  Tony Welch and young son, Seth, were fishing on the LA State Park float.  I think this is the first year the State Park has been in the parade, thanks to Superintendant John Ferguson and the Friends of the State Park.

If you want to meet and greet people at the Reunion, just hang out around the food booths on the square.  The LAVFD Auxiliary’s Sweet Shoppe draws folks, young and old, like “flies to honey” (you should pardon the expression).  The LA fire department sold brisket sandwiches (167, I heard) and great numbers of bottled water… the Auxiliary was sold out of sweets by noon.  Our many thanks to the ladies and gentlemen of LA, east side and west side and in-between, who gave freely of their time, energy and money to provide these homemade treats.  Many thanks go to the generous people who purchased these sweets and donated freely to our fire fighting funds.

This little side note:  do not ask Nelda Epley about her German Chocolate cake!

Make Today Count will meet Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. at Arrowhead Baptist Church.  MTC is a support group open to men and women who have or have had a serious illness or lost a loved one.  Caregivers are welcomed.

Lake Arrowhead Community Association will meet Friday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m., at the association building or, if it’s too hot, in the old dining hall at the State Park.  It’s pot luck supper… food and fellowship, what more can you ask?

LAVFD-Aux. will meet Monday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. at the east side fire station.

Friends of LA State Park will meet in the old dining hall at the park, Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.  State Park offices are now closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  There is no charge to attend a FOP meeting.

LAVFD will hold a business meeting Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m. at the east side fire station. You might want to check on the times for the Auxiliary and business meetings.

ATTENTION RED HATTERS:  PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Lunch will be Thursday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. at the Lazy Heifer Saloon. The saloon is located inside the Coyote Creek store on U.S. Hwy. 287.  Your hostesses are the Wild Bunch from Lake Arrowhead. If you have any questions call me at 528-2268 or Queen Barbara Lowe at (940) 476-2687.

Henrietta Clay County Senior Citizens and the Clay County Animal Shelter are putting a fundraising festival Saturday, Oct. 22, 5-8 p.m. at the Senior Center.  There’ll be live music, door prizes, pie baking and tasting, entertainment for the whole family plus dogs… walking, barking but not talking… more on this later!

Hospice of Wichita Falls Volunteer Newspaper featured an article about the late Beryl Hester, a former resident of both LA and and Henrietta.  Beryl was British, born and raised in London.  She met a young Texan named Don Hester, married him while still a young thing herself and ended up (to make a long story short) in Texas.  She was a most delightful lady.  She told me one time that, as friends, we shared three things:  funny accents, warped senses of humor and skinny legs!

“Sometimes it rains on the unjust. Sometimes it rains on the just. Sometimes we need the rain. I believe, too, that sometimes it just rains.”

Peace, love and laughter

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