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Page 2A - The News - Friday, August 2, 2019 Communit Y Community Calendar By Cheryl Kutscherousky Special to The News MALAKOFF-All of us have people and memories that played a major role in shaping our lives. Our memories of their effect on us are just that, our memories. I think we all believe we knew them inside out and outside in. But the simple truth is, I'm not sure anyone ever fully knows anvone. I grew up in a large family, but actually only had grandmothers for the bulk of my life. When I was very young, I had a maternal great-grand- father, Papa, who was a great man, but passed away when I was nine and had been critically ill for a few years before. My maternal grand- mother, "Grandmother" (she didn't care much for cute nicknames) was a major component in the lives of my siblings and me. She was a small woman, only about 5' 1" in her prime, but to me as a child she was im- posing, not because she was mean, but because she was a force to be reckoned with! She seemed to have it all figured out. She took care of her parents, her many grandchildren (four of them full-time), worked, kept an incredi- bly clean and organized house, had a fantastic cottage garden, canned vegetables and jelly, pre- pared three meals a day for many, and still found time to play games, do art projects and read with us. She was hard- nosed on behavior and had no qualms about doling out discipline. I don't remember her offering much advice, unless asked for, and then it was always full of wisdom. I do remember many colloquialisms. "The little boy in Hell wants a snowball." "Spit in one hand, want in the other, see which one fills up faster." "God takes care of fools and drunkards, which one were you?" And so on and so on! My favorite time, was when she allowed one or two of us to sit quietly with her on the back steps while she may ocour 30 to 60 years after expo- sure to asbestos. Many workers were exposed from the 1940s through the 1970s. Industrial and constru~en work- ers. along with their families {second hand exposure) are among those at risk for mesothelioma, lung cancer or gastro cancer (throat, stomach, colon). Even if you or your loved one settled an asbestosis case in the past, this may be a new claim, so call now. drank her coffee and we watched the sun say good morning. As it turned out, many of us became insatiable readers. We knew all the second hand bookstores and had no qualms about stopping at any garage sale that had books or passing them around amongst us. As a young adult, I discovered Danielle Steel, and of course had to read everything she wrote. One day in a used booked store, I found a very early book by Danielle called, "Gran- ny Dan." It was a tiny book, very unlike her usual novels, and be- came one of my all-time favorites. It details a granddaughter picking up her beloved deceased grandmother's posses- sions from the nursing facility. Within the box were details of Granny Dan's life before marriage, children and grandchil- dren. As it turns out she was a hugely famous and beloved French bal- lerina, and they nev- er knew. At the time, I thought, how could she have loved someone so much and never known her? Later, I bought and read to my children and now my grandchildren, "Little Dragon's Grand- mother," by Jan Wahl. It's a wonderful book about a little dragon who is to be left for the day with his grandmother. He isn't at all happy, she's old and couldn't possibly be any fun. But once Grandmother Dragon begins to tell him of her life adven- tures, he is so enthralled that he isn't ready to go home when his parents come back. Still, I was pretty sure, I knew my grandmother, until I got her poetry journal after her death. I read her beautiful poetry, and I saw her doubt in herself, her insecurity, her belief that she could never achieve enough, and that her home wasn't fit for company. Wow. Then recently, it has come to light that there may be more we didn't know. We shall see. I do know now though, that she was just a woman, doing the best she could to get through each day, loving God and tak- ing care of the ones she loved! WALMART BLOOD DRIVE Walmart is hosting a recurring blood drive from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month. The next drive will be held Tuesday, August 6 at 1405 E. Tyler in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or an appointment time, call Belinda Murphy at (903) 574-4513. ANNUAL ALEY PICNIC The Annual Aley Picnic is Friday, August 2 at CR 2138, four miles west of Seven Points off FM 85. Event features games and prizes, food, live music. For more information, call (903) 498-6482. SNOW CONE SOCIAL The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is holding a snow cone social from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at the shelter located at 10200 County Road 2403 in Tool. Come see all the improvements the shelter has made, stay cool and maybe find your furry forever friend. For more information, call Wendy Rapp at (903) 451-4683. BACK TO SCHOOL BASH Back to School Bash is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sat- urday, Aug. 3 at Malakoff High School. Free backpaks with basic school supplies for the first 130 Malakoff ISD students that attend. Must be enrolled in Malakoff ISD and meet the free/reduced lunch. Computers will be available for returning student online registration. Free pancake breakfast, for K through 12th grade. VAN ZANDT SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club is holding its monthly dance at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at the Hen- derson County Senior Citizens Center in Athens. Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands Band will provide coun- try western music. Everyone is welcome. NARFE MEETING The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 1191, will hold its monthly meeting at the Sirloin Stockade in Corsicana from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 13. Sirloin Stockade is located at 2508 W. 7th Ave in Corsicana. Guest speaker is Leslie Leerskov, Director of the Navarre College Small Business Development Center. For membershlp infer- mation, call (903) 874-3092 PARKINSON~S DISEASE THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE CLASS A new Parkinson's Disease Therapeutic exercise class is being held three days a week in the Rehab Building of Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff. Classes are free, all are welcome and will be taught by Caren Anthony, the first certified GK Sobol parkinson's trainer in Texas. Classes have been proven to also offer support for traumatic brain injury and MS. For more informationl call (903) 489-2043 or (903) 275-9460. Classes are held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. HENDERSON COUNTY TEA PARTY The Henderson County Tea Party meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eastern Hills Church of Christ in Athens. The church is located at 1200 E. Corsicana St. (Business 175) in Athens. For more information, visit TRINITY VALLEY SINGLES GROUP Trinity Valley Singles Group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday of at The Gardens Clubhouse in Athens at 314 Wood St. All singles welcome. Snacks will be provided every week except on the third Monday when there will be a meal such as pizza or barbecue. Games will also be available. For more information, call (903) 675-8718. UDC MEETING United Daughters of the Confederacy, Confederate Rose Chapter 2548 (UDC) meets at 1 p.m. the third Saturday of the month in the Mabank Community room adjacent to the Tri-County Library at 132 E. Market St. Have you been diagnosed with ! 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