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Monday, May 21, 2012
SUNDAY’S WORD was gazette (guh-ZET). It means newspaper; an official journal; an announcement in an official gazette. I asked my brother to pick up the monthly car-buyer’s gazette when he went into town.
MONDAY’S WORD is dogmatic (dog.mat.ic). She’s become so dogmatic lately that arguing with her is pointless.
The Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville will hold a two-day benefit for the auxiliary’s Patient Care Fund. A uniform sale will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the classrooms at the hospital. The uniforms are from Commonwealth Home Health Inc.
Ticket sales are going well for the American Red Cross drawings to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Frith Hall at Patrick Henry Community College, a Red Cross spokesperson said Friday. Drawings will be held for numerous donated items, including furniture, fine jewelry and race tickets. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $1 each, or you can get a book of 20 for $20. If you can’t get to the Red Cross Office on Spruce Street to pick up tickets, call the office at 632-5127 and someone will arrange to get them to you.
Edgar Holley’s 12th annual fish fry will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Henry Community Center and Fire Department. For $8 you get fish and all the side dishes, dessert and beverage. The Gone Fishin’ Bluegrass Gospel Band, the Crossroads Band, Regina Beeghly and Jack Holt will perform.
A growing number of Americans are picking up their bikes for recreation, fitness and transportation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of bicycle commuters nationwide increased 40 percent from 2000 to 2010. May is National Bike Safety Month. AAA has partnered with the League of American Bicyclists to produce a series of bicycle safety videos to educate motorists and bicyclists on sharing the road. AAA’s newly redesigned “ShareTheRoad.AAA.com” offers bicycle and helmet fit guides, safety tips and riding skills advice. In 2010, 628 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes, and an additional 52,000 were injured nationwide. According to crash statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 12 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes and 621 were injured in the commonwealth.
Beginning June 4, Activate of Martinsville and Henry County, Henry County Parks and Recreation and the Martinsville Senior Center will sponsor bike rides for seniors, age 50 and older, each Monday beginning at 3 p.m. on the Dick and Willie Trail. Participants should meet at the Bike Barn at the Doyle Street trailhead, bring an I.D. and wear closed-toe shoes. Bikes and helmets will be provided by Activate. Call the senior center at 403-5260 to sign up.
A free community meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bassett Memorial United Methodist Church, 2805 Riverside Drive, across from Carter Bank at Bassett. Call the church office at 629-2869 and leave a message by Wednesday to reserve a meal.
Here is something to think about from a political humor website:
The bigger the ego the thicker the skin; the bigger the lie the smoother the spin,
The more the disdain the wider the grin; there’s only one goal and that is to win.
The promises made they never will keep, the artful denial of prejudice deep,
The wondrous reforms that are not, but they’re cheap — the goal is the same. Who cares if we weep?
When to serve all the people is to serve only one; to distribute the wealth is something they shun, and the cudgel of fear has only begun, democracy’s lost; self-interest has won.