Thursday, February 16, 2012
Marshall Academy varsity boys win district tourney
Congratulations to the Marshall Academy varsity boys in their District win over the weekend. They swept the tournament not allowing any team to come close! Congratulations also to Kevin Fitzpatrick, Chase Ferrell and Emma Elgin for making All Tournament and Dakota Dailey for the Tournament MVP award. Both the boys and girls travel to North Delta to compete in the North Half tournament this week. Good luck to them!
A big thank you to the local businesses and towns folk who supported the Marshall Academy Mock Trial this week by purchasing scrumptious offerings! Both teams leave Thursday to compete in the state competition in Jackson. Hopefully they will be coming home Saturday with the “big gavel!”
Christian Slater Knox, father of Slater and Trevor Knox, uncle of Duncan Knox, all students of Marshall Academy, and uncle of Pierce Knox, has accepted a position as professor at Politecnico Internacional College, in Costa Rica.
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Musuem has visitors from Singapore
We are celebrating birthday month.
February is birthday month and my favorite month. I always look forward to it. This year it has 29 days, a leap year to celebrate our extra day and lots and lots of folks enjoy this last winter solace. I have robins bobbin’ along in my yard. The jonquils and the cherry trees are already blooming and today it is sleeting and the sun is shining. Did I say it was erratic?
Famous great men were born in February. Also Valentine’s make February sweet; who can beat that; besides I’m a chocoholic. Love makes the world go round and makes everybody happy. At my age having birthdays is important and I’m happy to have them. I was afraid my warranty had run out.
In February one thing I don’t like is we are dressed in February drab — after winter and before spring. To keep Holly Springs from being drab, everybody should plant an evergreen tree. How about a holly? A tree planted as a memorial to someone would be a lasting living memorial. It would make the town more beautiful and our town wouldn’t be so bleak in the wintertime.
Trees are like people. They live awhile and then they die; they don’t live forever either so we need to replace and replant. They say every person in his lifetime should have a baby, write a book, and plant a tree!
In the cemetery down on the last rise close to the last gate, there is a beautiful huge yew tree, planted as a tombstone for Reverend J.R. Ingraham who was rector at the Episcopal Church here. This tree was ordered from England. We hardly have any yew trees here as they need much water; however this one is planted over an underground river that runs underneath Holly Springs. That’s why we have so many springs in town.
In England the yew tree is like our oak, huge, big, tall and it has beautiful burled wood like our oak and it is very hard. It is good for making furniture but in America the yew doesn’t thrive as well as in England where it is cooler.
What a gorgeous “Ground Hog Day” we had February 2. According to the groundhog legend, there will be six more weeks of winter as that critter saw his shadow all day. If he doesn’t see his shadow, winter is over.
We had guests last week from Singapore, on the other side of the world.
Cloud Nine — Now come down from Cloud Nine and talk about the Marshall County Historical Museum in its awesomeness. Last week a part of a documentary film was shot here. The photographers were from Oregon and the film was about Paul McLeod, who was, and is, an Elvis impersonator. He can sing better than Elvis and he is owner and operator of Graceland II. Paul, too, has followers from all over the world. Paul is originally from Hudsonville.
Davis Mill — We are planning a fascinating history tour of General Earl Van Dorn’s route from here to Davis Mill along the historic, sunken Sylvestria Road. The ghosts of the past are everywhere there. History doesn’t change but history changes everything as it comes down through the vicissitudes of time. The tour will be in March but reservations must be made; as only a few can take this fascinating trip. Call 662-252-3669.
My Mother’s Doll — The other day I had a call from Maine. The caller, a woman, said she lived five miles from Canada and she makes rag dolls for a living. She wanted to know if we had any rag dolls in the museum. I told her that we had three. One is Anne Hedderick Reed’s 1913 stocking doll, made of a stocking and it is really cute. The second one is one my mother dear made and it is the cutest thing you ever saw. It is about two feet tall, has a broadcloth body, a polished cotton face that was hand-painted to look like the little girl for whom it was made. It also has painted hair like the little owner. The doll bends at the arms, legs, elbows, and knees and is finished off with felt shoes. The lady said she would like to copy the doll and name her after my mother — the Bertha Burris doll. Our third rag doll is Raggedy Anne with Andy as a puppet on a stick reproduction. Her base is a block of wood about 8x6x1 inches. It is unique.
Did you know that the fastest man in the world is one of us? I heard he drove his vehicle 278 miles per hour last month at the auto races. Would you believe he was traveling in style and his accelerator was gold-plated?
Forever Young — Make it your goal to be forever young. If you are so fortunate to live to be “old”, never allow yourself to be old, just don’t go there.
If only we start young enough with self-preservation, we can prepare for old age. Keep putting off old age.
Here are several rules for being forever young: It’s a state of mind! Think young. Be happy. Keep your waist tiny and manageable. Watch your diet! You are what you eat. Once Sophia Loren said she was made of spaghetti. (I, myself am made of whipped cream) but now I have learned when the whipped cream comes around, to turn my head from one side to the other and keep my mouth shut.
Exercise will keep you going and give you a boost. Long ago after work we would go home and rest. Now we go home and exercise. It gets the blood going and keeps it circulating. Long ago we used to go out to the movies, now we go home to the movies.
Remember alcohol is a depressant and nobody needs to be depressed. Keep your mental health good and shining so you can enjoy life to the fullest. Besides, alcohol kills brain cells that don’t regenerate. Nobody I know can afford to lose any brains.
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