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I attended the wedding of my oldest granddaughter last weekend. Of course, I got lost, again. I was only 2.9 miles from my turnoff but back in the area where the wedding was held, it seemed more like 29 miles. I only thought CR 302 was curvy, nope! However, there are those big arrows instructing you which way to turn prior to coming up on the curve. The weather was good for an outside casual attire event and the hosting family did a wonderful job for Stephanie and Brandon. Being the grandma, I had a corsage, too! Not sure it looked that good with jeans. With that said, I have a grandson-in–law and three more great grandchildren to add to this already crazy group.

I attended a district VFW meeting in Porter last weekend. It is always good to hear how other posts are handing the same issues we are. I was amazed with all the donations collected for the 173 soldiers coming home from South Korea who will be quarantined at Ft. Hood for two weeks. The request was for pillows, sheets and towels. The 10 auxiliaries in District 17 answered the call. The amount of goods donated was amazing.

The White Hall Community VFD were able to conduct their monthly business meeting Monday, June 1, with 21 members, one prospective member and two little upcoming firefighters present. The VFD received a donation of $2,350 from Carolin Haddox. She made masks and the proceeds were donated to the department. Thank you very much!

We were informed currently all fire schools are suspended until further notice. Christopher Vickers, our training instructor, indicated once the station could be fully operational the training will begin, and I think I heard something like “we will hit it hard.”

For the record, our station is not manned 24–7. Firefighters are only there when notified for emergencies.

The department is happy to announce we officially have a chaplain. Chad McMillan graciously offered to fill this position and he was unanimously accepted. He is always willing to help with any emergencies or situations where he can. Thank you, Chad!

In addition, Chad is part of the Baptist BBQ mission which he and members of the church are going thru several states spreading God’s word and BBQ. If you want to donate to this venture, they can use some assistance. Checks can be made out to the First Baptist Church of Navasota.

I have two reminders for our community. The first is dues for the Courtney Cemetery members need to be paid by June 15 and secondly, please remember to complete your census as this will benefit to our county.

Please continue to keep our sick and homebound friends on our prayer list. These friends include Sue Kolojaco, Dorothy Mahaffey, Mary Bauer, Rosa Finke, Lois Bell, Kathy Cave Wells, Pauline Kaspar, Pastor David Schulze, Jean Fleischhauer, Michelle Guajardo, sister of Billy Robbins, and Alexander Hanna. Please add these friends to your prayer list.

Birthdays and Anniversaries:

June 14 – Cara Clepper, Tyler and Laura Hertel; June 15 – Kristi Sechelski, Brennan Swarts, Bart and Rhea Courville; June 16 – Debbie Addicks, Spencer Ellis, Dustin & Emily Cotter, Jack and Susie Rimes; June 18 – Brooks Feldmann, Paige Lawrence, Galen and Teri Busse; June 19 – Luke and Bethany Netardus; June 20 – Carolyn Becker, Robert Kettler. June 21 – Ashlyn Addicks, Ava Addicks, Nick Falco, Jr. Michael Serres, Jr; June 22 – Jeff and Valerie Offutt; June 23 – Crystal White, John and Crystie Brak; June 25 – Glenn and D’Ann Binder; June 27 – Jennifer Shiflet. Congratulations to each of you!

Upcoming Calendar Events:

June 14 – Flag Day.

June 15 – Deadline for the Courtney Cemetery Association dues.

June 18 – Sonshine Sisters, 10 a.m., Salem LC Educational Building (bring your own lunch this time).

June 18 – VFW Post 4006 and Auxiliary meal at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m.

June 21 – Father’s Day.

August 22 – Whitehall 5th Annual Birthday Bash.

November 14 – Veteran’s Day festivities, Post 4006.

Don’t forget to call me if you have anything to add to my column. My number is 936-870-5284 or you can email me at