Thursday, September 20, 2007
Ladies Auxiliary taking donations
I recently received a call from a lady in Holly Springs who told me an interesting story of how she participated in the opening ceremonies of this lake, almost fifty years ago. The developers, with the help of local residents from Ashland and Holly Springs put on a fun-filled weekend with many activities advertising the grand opening of the lake. She joined other young ladies dressed as sunbathers who were frightened by a “purple people eater” who sky dived out of a plane into the lake. After he landed in the lake they all ran out of the water “screaming and in purple suits.” This “actress” has contacted a few of the other actresses, but she wants to find the other remaining actresses. I have tried to find some articles on this fun-filled weekend but so far, no luck. If anyone took part in the opening ceremonies or if you have any information, please call or email me. I would love to pass it on.
Soon you will be receiving a letter from the Ladies Auxiliary, asking for your yearly donation to the fire department. This is the most important entity this town has and we all must support it faithfully. This department does indeed receive money from taxes, but Benton County is not a heavily populated or wealthy county and it could not survive from the A.R.C. grants and the local funds it receives. This department must receive additional income to furnish emergency services to our community. All mandatory items must be certified and they are very expensive. One hose nozzle cost hundreds of dollars and certified flashlights are very costly. Besides firefighting equipment, funds must be available to maintain the firehouse, including insurance, utilities, maintenance as well as gasoline. Money also has to be raised to purchase and maintain generators, cots, blankets and all other necessary supplies for us, in case of an ice storm or other emergencies.
The town is asking that all residents donate just a few dollars a year, but surprisingly a few residents refuse to donate to this emergency service. As a result, the ladies of the auxiliary have to work hard raising the necessary funds for our safety.
For the few who refuse to donate: when you see the firehouse doors open, stop and take a tour of the building. Inside you will see boots and uniforms, placed next to the huge modern fire trucks, which will be worn by your neighbors and friends in case they are called to your home for a life-threatening situation. Please, do your share in supporting your fire department.
As the leaves begin to drop, try to keep them from under your vehicles and away from your homes. We are surrounded by a large national forest and a fire could be devastating to our community.
Potluck will be this Saturday night, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. Come and share a wide variety of the most delicious food in Mississippi with your friends and neighbors. You will be glad you did!
The monthly town meeting will be on October 1 at 7 p.m.
These meetings are important, so please plan on attending.
Pray for our brave soldiers in Iraq that they will be protected as they protect us. Also keep their families in your prayers. If you know of a military wife, call her and offer to help her in any way you can. Stanley Bezzo also needs the prayers of this community at this very difficult time. firstname.lastname@example.org
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