NEWS FROM ETOILE
by Maryanne Theriot,
The kids are back in school and everyone is trying to get back into the groove. The kids have mixed emotions about going back to school. Yes, they are ready to see friends they haven’t seen all summer, but they are apprehensive about new things that they will encounter. New teachers, as well as the possibility of new students. They will do just fine though. A few cays, maybe a week, and it will be like they never took time off. Here’s to anew year and great experiences.
We have had several deaths in the community since my last article. Kent Allen Burnett passed away on august 10th; Chris Hughes, Jr. passed away on August 14th; and Nelda “Narnie” Hinton passed away on August 21st. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of the families. Remember to good times you had with them. God bless each family member.
Hope each of you will have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Now we can look forward to cooler weather and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Time flies when you’re having fun! My mother used to say that the older you got, the faster time went by. Now I know what she meant.
Huntington is having”Operation Fly a Flag”. They are hoping to line the streets of Huntington with 1,000 flags in honor of Veterans Day. If you would like to participate, contact J’Nelle Short at 936/414-3571 or HISD Administration office at 936/876-4287. There is a $40 fee to purchase a 3’ x 5’ quality flag on an 8’ pole. The flags will be placed in the ground along the streets of Huntington by volunteers every year for a week in November in honor of Veterans Day. This project is sponsored by H.I.S.D. Veterans Day Committee, Huntington HS Student Council, and the Huntington Business Owners Association. This is a GREAT way to show your patriotism. You don’t have to be from Huntington to participate in this project. Thanks to anyone who joins the effort.
Another project is the Wreaths Across America wreath laying at Garden of Memories in Lufkin. Each year Gibson Funeral Home and the American Legion Post #113 and the Auxiliary place wreaths on the graves of veterans. This is also done at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. The wreaths cost $15 each; Family = 4 Wreaths and costs $60. If you would like to participate in this, you can go online at www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org and place your order or contact the American Legion Auxiliary at firstname.lastname@example.org. When you do this, please place their location ID: TXLGMM and group ID: TX0166P on the order. This allows Wreaths Across America to notify the local group that a wreath had been ordered. Also, the phone number for Wreaths Across America is 877/385-9504. This is a toll-free number. Your help with this project will be greatly appreciated. The ceremony this year will be at the Garden of Memories on December 15th. I believe it starts at 10:00 am. There will be volunteers there to place the wreaths on the graves of veterans.
I don‘t know of anything else going on around the area. If you have anything that needs to be put into my article, please call me at 936/854-3223. If I don’t answer the phone, please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.