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Main St. festivities & Twilight Firelight Saturday

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Winner number 13 of the 2nd Annual St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 52-week gun raffle was drawn Sunday, Nov. 21. The winner of a Taurus G2C 9mm is Shawn Jeffcoat of Manor. The next drawing will take place Sunday, Nov. 28.

The busy holiday season has begun. Saturday, Nov. 27 will be a busy day on Main St. in Anderson. The Grimes County Animal Rescue will host the HOWL-IDAY Courthouse Lighting Festival. The fun will begin at 2 p.m. Festivities will include pictures with Santa, food, hot chocolate, crafts, activities, vendors, booths, Christmas music and more. The lighting of the courthouse will take place and then fun at the Fanthorp will end the evening.

Twilight Firelight at the Fanthorp Inn State Park will be from 6-9 p.m. If you haven’t experienced this event, now is the time to check it out. Gather in front of the Grimes County Courthouse where a horsedrawn stagecoach will pick you up and deliver you to the Inn. Once your foot steps off the coach, staff and volunteers will transport you to 1850’s Texas where you will tour the spectacular candlelit Fanthorp Inn. Costumed re-enactors, music and dancing will continue throughout the evening. No reservations are required. While there is no admission fee, a cash donation to support this event and our other special programs is requested. For more information call 936-873-2366 or email washington-on-the-brazos@thc.texas.gov.

The 26th Annual KBTX Food for Families food drive is set for Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Citizens State Bank in Navasota. On Dec. 1 you can deliver any food or monetary donations to Citizens State Bank with 100% of donations staying in the county they are donated in. Donations can also be made online at kbtx.com. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at the Food Drive, please contact Erin Hughes, ehughes@mselectric.com.

Evelyn Szymczak, coordinator of the Grimes County Senior Center in Anderson extends her appreciation to all those who supported the center’s fundraiser last week. It was the best ever so far. Raffle winners include: Handmade quilt – Domingo Cervantes; $100 cash – Erna Freeman; 25 lbs. hamburger meat – Amber Byrd; $150 photo shoot – Anthony Pasket; $60 tool set – Roberta Frazier; $50 Circle Star gift certificate – Linda Valadez; $50 cash – Brac Jones; $50 cash – Griz from the Bikers; Christmas Wreath – Kathy Wingard; Décor plaque – Debra Andrews; $40 gift certificate from Cathy’s dog grooming; Wine basket – Brenda Storey; Avon basket – Domingo Cervantes; Jelly basket – Christy Nienstedt; Soft-side cooler and mug – Justin Mock; $25 gift certificate from Juan & Linda’s; and $25 cash – Herb Cammel.

Trevor and Razzi Pistler of Gonzales became firsttime parents on Thursday, Nov. 18 with the arrival of a baby daughter, Quill Darby Pistler. Quill’s grandparents include Bobby Pistler of Anderson, Jacade Isbell of Navasota as well as Darby and Teena Beyer of Gonzales. Congratulations to this sweet couple.

Scott McDuffie and Jessica Walker were united in marriage at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station late afternoon Friday, Nov. 19. Deacon Frank Ashley performed the ceremony. The wedding reception was held at the Weinberg at Wixon Valley in Bryan. Scott is the son of Karen McDuffie of Anderson and Tim McDuffie of Carmine. Jessica is the daughter of Garth and Jean Walker of Houston. This happy couple will make their home in College Station.

Don and I would like to wish each and every one a very Happy Thanksgiving. Hope many families like ours can gather to celebrate this special occasion.

Happy Birthday to those celebrating this week: Nov. 25 – Amy King, Frances Molitor and Jaeden Hoffart; Nov. 26 – Kari Lynn Eisenman, Jessica Johnson and Khennadie Pavlock; Nov. 27 – Reece Wrobleski, Chantel Derrett and Judy Corley; Nov. 28 – Freddie Foy, Chelsey Allen, Carolyn Tennyson, JP Lester Underwood, Nadine McVey and Dana Sowell; Nov. 29 – Amanda Ghazi, Adam Dobyanski, Joyce Horton, Leon Kimich and Joe Imhoff; Nov. 30 – Cheryl Bachmeyer and Joe Shead; and Dec. 1 – Becca Sechelski, Trey Wetuski, Scott Beene, Bill Cowley, Stacey Cosby, Debbie Walkoviak and John Wayne Hoffart.

Happy anniversary to those celebrating this week: Nov. 26 – Thomas and Lois Finke, 66 years; Nov. 28 – Bill and Gloria Boehm, 53 years; Nov. 29 – Willie and Sharion Leiber, 52 years; Nov. 30 – Brett and Rachel Muegge, 8 years; Nov. 30 – Charles and Mary Yorek, 58 years; Dec. 1 – Justin and Farron Eickenhorst, nine years; and Dec. 1 – Jason and Vicki Busa, three years.

If you have special news about what goes on in your family or life, let me know by calling 936-870-6842 or email me at gailmsowell@yahoo.com.