National Library Week is an annual treat

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

To kick off National Library Week, April 14-20, our Lois Morgan Edwards Library  had a showing of “Lincoln” on Sunday afternoon. Those of us who saw it certainly understood why Daniel Day Lewis won an Oscar for his portrayal of our 16th president.  A delightful encounter with history and Hollywood.  Thank you, hard-working Hannah Terrell and Cheryl Hinson for the movie, popcorn and drinks.  We loved it all!

Moms, bring your little ones to the library on Wednesday the 17th for puppet storytime.  A good time for wiggling, giggling and checking out picture books and some read-alouds to share with them.  It’s never too early for them to fall in love with books and reading.  Good preparation for kindergarten and the developing of a lifelong reading habit.  How our society needs lifelong readers and learners!  You can help out, moms!

Summer has arrived in full force it seems.  During the hot days stretching out in front of us, a book and a cool quiet place can provide a much-needed oasis.  Make plans to check out the library’s reading programs for all the family. The children’s program has long been a summer staple; the teens’ was added a few years ago.  Because of a grant, our library was able to offer the adult reading program last summer. How we love grants!!  Marshville has the distinction of being the only branch in the county to offer it. Thanks to Cheryl Hinson, assistant branch manager, last year’s was a resounding success!  We’re proud of you, Cheryl and our wonderful Lois Morgan Edwards Library.

Grant money enabled Cheryl to purchase $25 gift certificates from area businesses to use as incentives in the adult program; one was awarded at each weekly drawing. The business of the week was posted in advance, so readers knew what to expect from the drawing.  Cheryl admits some readers saved their reviews until the business of their choice was posted.   More on the Adult Summer Reading Program next week.                      Congratulations to Marshville’s Edward Raye, newly elected by the legislature to the governing panel over the state’s 58 community colleges!  Now you have a local ear if you have concerns about South or Central Piedmont or community colleges in general. 

From Camelia Eason and her Museum cohorts, a BIG thank- you to all of you who made the Museum’s first heirloom plant and seed swap a great success. The only complaint – not enough people wandered inside the Museum to see all its “heirlooms.” Incidentally inside the video tour of the Museum is running.  Its narrator is Norma Moore.

To be healthy in both mind and body is our goal at every stage of life.  From ads we see in magazines, various other publications and television (Dr. Oz), we need a multitude of supplements and vitamins for maximum health. If you scan the pharmacy area of any store, you will find rows and rows to bewilder you.  How do we know what we need?  Enter - expert help, Dr. Tracy Hunter and Tiffany Benfield, both of Wingate University School of Pharmacy.  They will be sharing information to help you determine your true needs and some concerns to be aware of.  They will be at Autumn Care Wed. April 17 at 9:30.   If you can’t make this session, it will be offered at Wingate United Methodist Church on Tues. April 23 @10AM.  Thanks, Council on Aging and Linda Smosky for your help!   

Don’t forget the Senior Games in Marshville sponsored by Mandi Maske of the Olive Branch Family Care Home April 18th in the Presbyterian church parking lot 2-4PM.  Give her a call and register.  Let the fun begin!  I’m planning to participate, so join me.  We’ll have Marshville Elementary Girls on Run teaming up with us.  May we all be winners!

Wayne and Mandi will have their second assisted living home completed by the end of the month. Then there are inspections and other red tape to be dealt with before they can officially open.  Mandi reports the Wednesday bingo games at Bojangles are going great!  She posts a note by the cash register there as a reminder to the seniors.  It all happens on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2PM.   Go and meet Mandi and her six residents – some of Marshville’s nicest and friendliest!  Plus you just might be a winner.

I visited the Hope House on Church Street the other day when I was called in as a substitute for the Wingate senior homebound meals route.  What a lively, raucous Senior Nutrition bunch!  And do they have fun and enjoy each other.  One day during Holy Week I stopped by and Julie Haulk was wearing a rabbit costume.  (I dare not say “dressed like a Bunny!”)  She is such a spirited, fun lady; no one could feel sad or left out around her.  She enlists those gathered to help her out.  She is planning to have a Senior Olympics just for her regulars.  Although she is only hired to serve meals to those who gather there and package up those for the homebound, she goes far beyond that.  Want to have some fun, make some new friends and eat a wholesome meal?  Then make your way to Hope House – Julie’s Fun House.

I have my limitations.  I’ve been telling folks this year marks the 30th anniversary of the “Great Train Wreck of ’84.”  Actually next year will.  In the Museum is a red tee shirt printed as a memento of this fiery, nearly catastrophic derailment.  On April 10, 1984, a Seaboard train with 74 cars came limping into our town.  The limping, according to some of the knowledgeable local men, was a “hot box,” mechanical failure involving the wheel and axle of one of the cars.  At 9:33 a.m. 18 cars derailed.  Four contained 180,000 gallons of methanol, a highly flammable clear liquid used to make other chemicals and to remove water from aviation fuel.  When the chemical was identified and the potential for explosion known, the town was immediately evacuated.  Marshville Elementary students were shuttled to New Salem and East Union, to Forest Hills.  The Forest Hills Assistant Principal at the time, John Moore, recalls the East Union students’ arrival, their being fed and even some spending the night in the gym.  The townspeople who had relatives in Wingate or Monroe fled to their homes.  The command post set up at the old telephone building was soon shifted to East Union.  Frank McGuirt was sheriff and Kevin Stewart, Union County Fire Marshall.  Some locals’ recollections of the Great Train Wreck next week.

Doris Bennett, the Polkton “fireball” currently teaching crocheting in Marshville, is also a knitter and participates in the Wadesboro Prayer Shawl ministry. For those not familiar with this outreach, prayer shawls are knitted or crocheted for gravely ill persons. The knitters leave a fringe on the edges.  When a name is submitted, the knitters and other concerned persons pray over the completed shawl asking for God’s mercy, compassion and will in this person’s life.  God’s will is, hopefully, total healing.  After each prayer, the prayer ties a knot in a strand of the fringe.  When it is determined enough prayers have been offered up, the shawl is taken to the ill person and its significance explained. According to Doris, one knitter in this group makes about 30 or so shawls each year! 

Doris readily admits she inherited her craftiness from her mom and that she has as much fun in the classes as her students.  “If it’s a craft, I’m all for doing it,” she says.  “Cooking and cleaning are a waste of time.”  At 72, she alleges that she will have to live to at least 105 to complete all the craft projects she has in progress. 

If you have some folksy news, an idea, suggestion or whatever, please contact me at 704.289.1545 or e-mail me at ecpirate62@aol.com. Criticism is always welcome as it is a learning opportunity.