Huge weekend for HSNC
The City of Corsicana Animal Shelter and The Humane Society of Navarro County enjoyed tremendous success Saturday, Feb. 25. Thanks go to Paul DePugh and Cici's for sponsoring this wonderful Valentine Adoption Event. Paul DePugh offered the fabulous location as well as sponsorship of the first 20 adoption fees. Gorgeous weather, a perfect location, hardworking shelter staff, amazing volunteers and tremendous attendance combined for a record setting 31 adoptions for the day. Many, many thanks to Paul DePugh and Cici's, Jason and April Grant, Cary Dean, Terry McElroy, Tuck and Ann Edwards and Dr. Joe and Renata Saucedo for sponsoring a total of 29 adoption fees. Many thanks to Katy Watkins and Wyndi Adkins, Michelle Dittfurth and Jeff Schafer from the shelter staff and Katy’s family members, Kaley Nichols, Ashley Watkins and Brandy Nave for working the event.
The Humane Society wishes to thank a huge group of hardworking, faithful volunteers who transported pets, set up the adoption trailer and pens, cared for animals, helped customers find a wonderful new friend for life, offered information on spay/neuter assistance and then dismantled the entire setup to prepare for storage until the next event: Tuck and Ann Edwards, Kristen McCoy, Cathryn McCoy, Jimbo and Phyllis Parks, Gilbert and Jenna Hall, Tom and Daun Wilson, John and Renee Bennett, Lisa Randle, Brooke Randle, Terry McElroy, Kim Jordan, Marcia Longo, Jim Wood, Liz Kadin, Carol Horvath, Donna Robertson, Tommy Jenkins, John and Bobbi DePew, Stephen Farris, Bill Maupin and Barb Wepler. Adoption events would not be possible without the dedication of our devoted volunteers.
In addition to helping the shelter pets and staff, The Humane Society is dedicated first and foremost to the mission of reducing the overpopulation of unwanted pets through spay/neuter initiatives. While many dedicated half of the weekend to the adoption event, other volunteers devoted Sunday, Feb. 26, to spay and neuter of cats. Board members Marsha McAlister and Marcia Longo met cat owners in the CNB parking lot at 6 a.m. Sunday morning, picked up and transported 19 crated cats to Friends of the Animals spay/neuter clinic in Gun Barrel City, worked all day at the clinic and then returned the neutered cats to their owners at 5:30 Sunday afternoon.
Marsha and Marcia provided this service for cat owners on the HSNC spay/neuter waiting list on two different Sundays in February, allowing cat owners to take advantage of special pricing during the month of February. In 2010, the HSNC provided $35,000 worth of spay/neuter to this community through grants and donations. In 2011, HSNC spent almost $32,000 on spay/neuter for dogs and cats for a total of 753 neutered animals. Spay and neuter is animal control. Spay and neuter is the solution.
Heartfelt and sincere thanks to the dedicated volunteers and board members who make the missions of the Humane Society come to life.
Submitted by Julie Maupin, HSNC President
For our son John
On Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, our son would have been 35 years old. Eighteen years ago we celebrated his 17th birthday, we never imagined it would be the last birthday we would be able to celebrate his birth or to celebrate him. I made him a birthday cake, nothing special, but it was because it was the last memory of a birthday with him here. I suppose we could have regrets because that birthday was so plain and without fanfare ... but we do not. It was as usual a joy just to have our son be our son and to be thankful for him.
As I write this letter to the editor, I have trouble grasping the time that has passed since that last celebrated 17th birthday. The fact that he would be 35 years old is hard to imagine since we last saw him as a young man of 17.
Those 18 years have seemed like a blink in time, they have flown ... and yet I remember those first years without him, after he was killed, they crawled like a very slow slug or snail. I did not believe I could live that long without him in my life. The pain in my heart was so all consuming that just living day to day was more than I wanted to continue.
I know there are many in this community who have lost a child. I just want to tell you that it does become more bearable, the deep awful pain in your heart becomes a constant ache that you can live with and that life can go on and with joy. Nothing is ever the same, you will never be the same, but you can live again. You are not alone, many, too many, have traveled this nightmare road.
We know that our son lives, even today ... just not here. We will see John one day. We have an endless hope not a hopeless end. Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” We were heavy laden with grief and sorrow too heavy to bear. He has been faithful to give us His peace and to offer hope when we felt so overwhelmed with pain.
Life is uncertain. We like to think we are in control but we are not. A sudden accident and everything you thought you had control of is gone. We need security, we need hope. We need a Savior. Jesus is the answer.
Life is difficult ... I don’t know how people survive without Hope. Jesus is our hope. He can be yours.
For John Eskind Hollingsworth, Happy 35th Birthday.
Submitted by Bill and Gloria Hollingsworth
In memory of Sharon
I would like to take the time to express how sincerely thankful I am to those who helped with Sharon’s fundraiser. I am not a writer, and my mind and heart is so full of love for all of these people. I hope that you can take what I have listed, be able to put the correct wording together to let Corsicana and Navarro County know how appreciative that I am.
The fund raiser was a last minute idea that I had on Wednesday around 5 p.m. after speaking with Misty and Becky Chandler. The event came together in only three days. This could not have been done without the help of some very key people.
I would like to express thanks to Melissa Robinson Bennett for all of her help with leading and coordination with the Corsicana Emergency Corps and all of the rural Volunteer Fire Departments in Sunday’s Bike Run. They provided coverage and assistance in all crossings and stops to ensure the safety of all the riders. I also want to thank Ken Kirkwood and Corsicana Police Department for their help as well.
I want to thank David Lynch for all of his help in the actual handling of the Bike Run itself.
I want to thank all of the merchants of Corsicana and Navarro County for all of their donations, without their assistance the benefit would not have been a success.
I want to thank Misty Chandler of Custom T's for all of her hard work and recruiting people to work at the event.
I want to thank all of the ladies that stood in line for more than three hours serving food to all of the wonderful people that attended without taking a break.
I want to thank all of the guys that stayed up all night cooking the meat.
I want to thank all of the fabulous women who baked cakes, pies, brownies, muffins and cookies that were served and auctioned.
I want to thank Rick at the VFW for loaning us the use of their parking lot, their smoker, and their building. I also want to thank Jennifer and Tammy for their helping with decorating and all the hard work that they did on Sunday.
I want to thank Loren Vyers of Walker Creek Karaoke for his donation of his time for the entire event.
I want to thank everyone that came out and made this benefit a huge success.
and lastly ... I want to thank Deanna Brown for her coverage, taking pictures and the beautiful write-ups that she has done for our Beloved Warrior.
Tammie Montfort McWhorter
Sincere thank you
To the Editor: While we are both still here, I would like to say a few words in honor of and appreciation for Dr. James Whitten.
He was my doctor for many years before his retirement. He not only cured my ills but was always concerned about my family and knew each of them by name.
Thank you, Dr. Whitten, for your many years of care and concern. You are a wonderful person and were a wonderful doctor.
At 11 p.m. one night when I was in Navarro Regional and he was still practicing, my wife looked out the window and said, “Guess whose car is at Medical Arts Clinic?”
I said, “Dr. Whitten?”
And she said “Right.”
That’s care and dedication.
To the Editor: Wow! What a Valentine’s Day we residents of Friendship Towers II had. First, we were visited that afternoon by a sweet little group of Girl Scouts from Troop 3418. These girls brought us candy and handed out Valentine’s to us all. Then, that evening we were entertained by the Corsicana Swing Orchestra. They were great! And they told us these were only part of their group. Just to think if they had all shown up — whoa! Music from the 40’s and 50’s was enjoyed by all. Some of the residents even got up and danced.
We were served refreshments and got stuffed animals for Valentine’s Day. This was all sponsored by Family First Hospice Inc. with Amy Wheeler and Twilight Home with Alicia Rogers. We thank all who made our Valentine’s Day and night so fantastic!
We have such a wonderful manager in Nicole Sica at Frienship Towers, and know she helped set this up for us. Again, we say a great big thank you for everything.
The Residents of Friendship Towers II
Resident Council secretary
To the Editor: We think the city council is exerting negative authority when they don't even want to hold a bond election to determine if the new animal shelter should be built. Animal lovers, let your city council know how you feel. Email, call or write the council. We need to act now.
Bill & Kathi Davison
To the Editor: Thanks to the local Businesses for rising to the occasion for the silent auction gifts for an Evening of Elegance sponsored by the Paul Quinn District Lay Organization in Temple. This past weekend Bethel AMEC, Corsicana, Sis. Penny Liggins, Local Laymen President along with WMS President Du’Ane Yancy and Steward Pro-Tem Pauletta Hines obtained prizes from our friends at Collin Street Bakery, Ruby’s Hat Outlet, Harvie’s Discount House, The Ark, and Hands Furniture Company.
Thank you again for blessing us in our endeavor as others were blessed by your donations and our First Annual Banquet was a huge success and spirit-fed event. May each of you all have peace, power and progress.
Sis. Penny Liggins
Sis. Donnie Thomas-Davis
Brow. Roosevelt Ellis
Rev. Willie L. Greene, pastor