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Thursday, June 21, 2012
WEDNESDAY’S WORD was facilitate (fuh-SIL-uh-tayt). It means to make easier: help bring about. “Next week I’ll share more of the authors’ insights into the brain and how to use this information to facilitate healthier mental states and less stress.” — From an article by Jacquelyn Ferguson in The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.), May 15, 2012 (Source: Merriam-Webster)
THURSDAY’S WORD is slimsy (SLIM-zee). “Cradle sheets of this thin, closely woven, white worsted stuff are not slimsy like thin flannel, yet are softer than flannel.” — From Alice Morse Earle’s 1898 book “Home Life In Colonial Days” (Source: Merriam-Webster)
Bassett’s Shindig on The Green will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at EMI Imaging Inc., the former J.D. Bassett High School. The event will feature music by the 2 Young, 2 Old band and other local bluegrass musicians. Also, food will be available by Chick-fil-A and The Daily Grind. Bring a blanket or chair.
Catherine West called Wednesday to say a tame dove had taken up in a Ridgeway neighborhood. She said it has a band on its leg. If you think the bird may be yours, call West at 956-3546 or 806-5788 to describe the bird and its band.
The Greater Bassett Area Community will host a special Bassett Community Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Bassett Train Depot, where the Southern Railway 630 excursion train is scheduled to pass by between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Those who would like to pay tribute to the train may watch from the train depot loading dock, wave a flag or just wave at its passengers. The train will run from Roanoke to Winston-Salem, N.C. Visitors also may buy fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade baked goods and crafts at the market and stay for music performances at the depot.
The parking lots at Jack Dalton Park will be sealed and lined starting Monday and continuing through June 29. The lots will be closed in sections throughout the week, according to a news release. When the lot is not accessible, visitors may park in the Henry County Administration Building parking lot and access the park by using the steps behind the administration building.
Summer officially began Wednesday, and according to a news release from AAA Mid-Atlantic, gas prices in Virginia have dropped 59 cents per gallon since April 21. Nationally, Wednesday’s price still was the third most expensive average on this day since AAA began keeping records, the release said. Gas was most expensive on June 20, 2008, at $4.075 a gallon. Last year’s June 20 price was the second most expensive at $3.646 per gallon. (The year 2002 had the cheapest at $1.388 per gallon, the release said.)
The following humor about children comes from several websites:
• A father was trying to teach his young son about the evils of alcohol. He put one worm in a glass of water and another worm in a glass of whiskey. The worm in the water lived, while the one in the whiskey curled up and died.
“All right, son,” asked the father, “what does that show you?”
“Well, Dad, it shows that if you drink alcohol, you will not have worms.”
• Five-year-old Johnny was in the bathtub, and his mom was washing his hair. She said to him, “Wow, your hair is growing so fast. You need a haircut again.”
Little Johnny replied, “Maybe you should stop watering it so much.”