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Stagecoach Days, Anderson VFD fund raiser

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Winner number 37 of the 2nd Annual St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 52-week gun raffle was drawn Sunday, May 8. The winner of a Sig Saur P365 SAS, 9mm is Alex Kimich of Cypress. The next drawing will take place Sunday, May 15.

Grimes County Mobile Food Bank will be open Thursday, May 12 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the back-parking lot of the Grimes County Fairgrounds in Navasota. Any resident of Grimes County will be served and will only need to show their driver’s license when they complete the once-a-year Client Assistant Intake form. For more information contact Chris Albright, caanavasota@gmail. com or 713-962-2144.

Stagecoach Days at Fanthorp Inn is Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on the replica horse-drawn stagecoach. This month’s Fanthorp Inn Focus Weekend – Tinker, Tailor, Smith and Surveyor – will be held Saturday and Sunday May 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Tradesmen will demonstrate the different goods and services provided by those that lived at the Inn and in Anderson during the 1950’s.

Anderson VFD will hold their annual steak dinner and auction Saturday, May 14 at the KC Hall on Hwy. 90 beginning at 6 p.m. Cost of steak dinner is $20. After serving of the dinner, a live auction starting at 7 p.m. will be held as well as bucket drawings and 10 guns for $10 raffle. Communities cannot do without our volunteer fire departments so please come out and support this organization. You might need them one day.

Marc Benton says he’s a proud daddy that just can’t stop smiling. Marc and his wife Sherri just returned from Fairhope, Alabama where their daughter Jaclyn married her true love, Mark Bitonti, Saturday, April 30. It was a beautiful ceremony at an outdoor park on the bay followed by the reception that lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Jaclyn and Mark live in Northern Virginia but wanted a destination wedding. They were blessed with around 70 family and friends that made the trip to celebrate this special occasion.

By the way, Mark gets sworn in on Thursday, May 12, as a new Alderman on the Anderson Town Council replacing Alderman Carnell Carrell who is retiring. Congratulations and good luck.

Hope all mothers out there had as good a Mother’s Day as I did. We decided to stay at home and not fight the crowds for lunch. We had some good ole’ fried chicken, homemade potato salad, cabbage, baked beans, rolls and of course dessert. After lunch we sat outside under the shade trees and enjoyed the nice breeze all day long and watched grandkids, great nephews and neighbor kids all enjoy the water slide. Kind of like the celebrations we had when I was growing up – nice and relaxing.

Happy Birthday to those celebrating this week: May 12 – Terry Giltner, Kristi Vick and Michael Clark; May 13 – Dominic Fredwood and Janria Roberson; May 14 – Justin Bosse, Dwayne Ross and Tegan LeFlore; May 15 – Melanie Rogers, Terry Myers, Tucker Backhus and Wyvetta Franklin; May 16 – Samantha Quinones, Sue Underwood and Marshall Garthoff; May 17 – Jennifer

Matejicek, Christian Schroeder, Debra Andrews, Ava Eaton, Kaiden Gallo and our granddaughter Abbygail Branch; and May 18 – Olivia Andruss, Marcy Molitor, Sharon Dyer, Ricky Prince and Carrie VanTassell.

Happy Anniversary to those celebrating this week: May 15 – Greg and Kristin Backhus, 22 years; May 16 – Michael and Mandi Wrobleski, 24 years; May 16 – E.J. and Leona Maupin, 58 years; May 16 – Michael and Kimberly Allen, 13 years; and May 17 – Phil and Lynn Deaton, 19 years.

Long-time Grimes County friend to many and especially to the Veterans, Carl Dry passed away last Thursday. Carl had many posts, including Post Commander at the American Legion McClusky Post 640 in Anderson as well as Post Commander at the VFW Post 4006 in Navasota. Carl was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, and his passion and mission was serving Veterans and Veterans in need. We will all miss him as he rests in peace.

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.