Thursday, August 9, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society News
Great time to build a butterfly house
Although this hot, muggy weather has slowed the humans down to a snail’s pace, Mother Nature is going about her business as usual. I found a robin’s egg shell in my yard yesterday and a friend reports about her monarch butterfly larva she is nursing on her parsley.
Since school is beginning, your children may be looking for a project and now would be a great time for them to build a butterfly house. The houses look like bird houses with vertical slits instead of portals and they are easily constructed from materials most people have on hand. The Internet is rife with diagrams and details about how to build the houses and how to attract butterflies once you have your house constructed. It’s interesting and educational for the whole family.
If you’d like to skip the construction part, check out Second Saturday at the VFW this Saturday. One of the vendors who is frequently there makes bird houses and also usually has a butterfly house or two. The farmers’ and flea market is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and offers an amazing assortment of items from antiques to food, so even if you’re not in the market for a butterfly house there is sure to be something you just have to have. If you are interested in a vendor’s booth of your own, either inside or outside, call Lynn Pullen at 901-490-8553.
The Humane Society has had another mama cat and her kittens abandoned on our doorstep. I cannot stress enough what a terrible idea that is. Volunteers run our operation which means our hours are completely unpredictable. The poor cat and her babies were left in a carrier with no food or water on the day the thermometer made it to 100 degrees, never mind the heat index. If you must find a home for an animal at least let someone know so the poor creature doesn’t have to suffer for hours and perhaps even die before someone finds it.
If you find your home is getting overrun with animals make an appointment at the Humane Society sponsored low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and get them fixed so you can solve the problem at its source instead of just passing it along and dumping the unwanted ones with us or in a ditch somewhere. Consider the lessons your children are learning when they see how you handle pet overpopulation.
For an appointment at the Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-252-6196. Be sure to leave your phone number. If you have left a message and not received a return call, please try again. One lady left me my number. Another was obviously on a cell phone because the signal failed in the middle of her number and I could only get a few digits, not enough to return the call. I don’t have caller I.D. so unless you tell me your number I can’t call you back. And please don’t go on and on. There are only so many minutes on my answering machine and more than one person has tried to call only to get “the machine is full” message because the people who called before wanted to talk too much.
Don’t use “I’m broke” as an excuse not to get your animals fixed. There are several sources of help including vouchers and grants to help pay for spay and neuter procedures. All you have to do is make an appointment and get the animal to and from the clinic.
For information on adoptions, fostering and anything but the Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-564-2900.
Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - August 7, 1997
Sentimental journey brings Pride to city
County music singer Charley Pride and his family visited Holly Springs Thursday as part of a journey to his past. The Pride family took off from Dallas in his tour bus and visited in south Mississippi before coming to Holly Springs, where they stopped to see Mayor and Mrs. Eddie Lee Smith, former Memphis Red Sox baseball teammate W.B. Foster and Rust College, where Mrs. Pride and Mrs. Smith were college roommates. Her sisters also attended Rust.
Lanardeus Lewis, grandson of Lucy Ingram of Holly Springs, bought a box of M&M candy and won free M&Ms. He found the “Imposter M&M” and received 180 coupons for free M&Ms. Lanardeus is in the fourth grade at Holy Family.
25 Years Ago - August 12, 1982
Luncheon given for Mr. Skelton
Glenn Calvin Skelton, 21, of Lamar, has been honored by the Slayden branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints with a luncheon this past Sunday before his leaving on a mission to California. Skelton will be leaving Aug. 17 for Provo, Utah to attend mission training camp. From there, he will travel to Fresno, Ca. to serve as a missionary for the LDS church for 18 months. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Skelton of Lamar and is the first from the community to serve on a mission.
Local patrolmen lauded by law enforcement officials and others
Two members of the Mississippi Highway Patrol serving this area received letters of commendation in this month’s publication of “Mississippi’s Blue and Gray,” the official publication of the Department of Public Safety. Investigator Kenneth Dickerson and Patrolman Alan Thompson, both of Holly Springs, received letters from several local and state officials, commending them for their fine work. One official wrote “You are very fortunate to have men of this caliber associated with the patrol.”
50 Years Ago - August 8, 1957
Named presidents of local colleges
E.E. Rankins Jr. of Holly Springs, was named president of M.I. College. A graduate of M.I. College, he taught science and math and was coach for five years in Newton. He returned as coach at M.I. in 1943 and has served as chairman of an interim administrative committee at the college since the death of M.I.’s president, the late W.M. Frazier, in Oct., 1955.
Rev. Earnest A. Smith, Rust College alumnus and graduate of the school of religious education of Hartford, Ky. is the newly elected and ninth president of Rust College, the 91-year-old Methodist supported institution in Holly Springs. He succeeds Dr. L.M. McCoy who served the college for 32 years before his recent retirement.
Ridgerunners Jeep Club
The Ridgerunners Jeep Club of San Diego, Ca. recently demonstrated how they could rescue and transport victims trapped under debris of buildings shattered by nuclear war or earthquake. The four-wheel-drive club is the only club of its kind to have joined with local civil defense as a rescue unit. The 60 club members also conduct runs into nearby desert and mountain country to practice search and rescue of plane crashes, lost tourists and other emergencies.
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