Thursday, May 23, 2013
Good folks at Cayce
A few weeks ago, J.W. and Virginia Armour and Ruth Vanlandingham came by The South Reporter office for a visit.
They had called to set up the appointment. I had no idea what they wanted to talk about.
Close to Nowhere
...and agony on me.
I quote that song from the old TV show “Hee-Haw” a lot. Somehow, it often seems to be the theme song at my house.
Monday of last week was my first “real” day back at work. It went pretty well and then when I got home, I got a good giggle.
Seems like my oldest granddaughter Meredith was cutting the grass in my front yard and ran over a snake. A cottonmouth, I think. Or maybe a copperhead? At any rate, pieces of snake and gore sprayed out and poor ole Mere ran screaming out of the front yard. The lawn mower sat out there in lonely splendor until her mom finally went and put it up.
Letters to the Editor
‘A great tomorrow’
To the Editor:
Speaking as a private citizen, a friend of Holly Springs and former Audubon employee, I firmly believe that Strawberry Plains Audubon Center (SPAC), one of the most wonderful and significant bequests ever made to Audubon, a gift made by Margaret Finley Shackelford and Ruth Finley, will neither be diminished nor reduced to a “mere preserve” as the town rumors now whisper.
SPAC is a crucial educational resource and economic driver for growth in the Holly Springs community. Equally important, SPAC is a strong asset for northern Mississippi and the Memphis, Tenn., region with valuable conservation potential for the Coldwater watershed and its environs; additionally it is a venue for the conservation and survival of birds. With these strengths, SPAC will not only thrive and grow, it will become stronger, especially with the full cooperation and support of those who love it and know its beauty.
Audubon is a national not-for-profit conservation organization invested financially and philosophically through its centers and the communities it serves. Bird habitat is at the heart of its mission and working strategically to save declining bird species takes enormous cooperative planning, many trained staff and volunteers and a great deal of money to do successfully. SPAC is a “gateway” center for thousands of people where important conservation learning and meaningful contact with nature takes place. A case in point is the Annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration. Audubon and regional sponsors must see to it that this event and the center stay alive and well.
Everyone has suffered the consequences of the 2008 financial crises. Unfortunately, the earnings on SPAC’s trust investments (and thus their operating funds) have been cut nearly in half. This situation experienced by many other non-profits around the country drives painful change, particularly for its staff.
It is my strong belief that the work and time of Walter (Bubba) Hubbard has had tremendous impact on SPAC, especially in growing its conservation through land initiatives and habitat restoration in very strategic areas. We can be grateful to Bubba, for his work will continue as part of SPAC’s great legacy. Also, his engagement with the community of Holly Springs is warmly received and very much appreciated.
Now is the time to get behind Audubon and Strawberry Plains with a positive show of support. It is the time to stop the rumors and pull together. This place that Margaret, Ruth and all of us love, can use your help right now through your positive support and by volunteering for its programs; most especially by sending tax-deductible donations and memorials to preserve these great programs. There is a “great tomorrow” for Strawberry Plains Audubon Center which you can make possible.
Let’s come together
Many good promises were made during the campaign by the candidates. They said if they were elected, they would do great things for this city.
I believe it would be good if these same persons, whether they won or not, would come together and share their ideas for making Holly Springs a better place for all of us.
We don’t want to admit it, but we all need each other. We all have one thing in common – that is we all will die, so let us get more concerned about our neighbors. Let’s not wait until a disaster happens before we love our neighbors as ourselves.
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