Archive for December 2011
By Joe Boyles
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack which launched America into history’s greatest conflict. The surprise attack caught America off-guard. Most of the 160 million Americans (about half our current population) couldn’t find Hawaii on a map. Few if any had ever heard of a place called Pearl Harbor.
In fact, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet had been stationed at Pearl for only six months. Before that, San Diego was the home port, but with increasing tensions, the Roosevelt Administration decided to forward deploy the fleet to Hawaii. FDR hoped this move would dissuade the aggressive Japanese, but it only served to provoke the militant nation.
December 7th, 1941 was a Sunday and good weather prevailed across much of the United States. Hawaii is five hours behind Eastern Standard Time so most Americans had already been to church and were enjoying a pleasant afternoon. My mother was a single mom with two infant daughters. She was enjoying a lazy drive across the Kansas countryside with her parents and daughters.
They stopped at a drug store. Mother had ordered a lime phosphate which was a popular soda fountain drink at the time when regular programming was interrupted on the radio by a newsflash that American naval forces were being bombed in Hawaii. Confusion reigned. Reports were all over the map.
Later in the afternoon it became apparent that events in Hawaii had changed America and the world forever. The damage from the Japanese air attacks was devastating – great damage to the fleet and more than 2400 lives lost. But now, America was awake and filled with a terrible resolve.
World War II had been underway for more than two years since the fall of 1939 and thus far, America stood on the sidelines. Now we were in it. Our enemies terribly underestimated the strength of America – our wealth, population and industrial capacity. America became the “Arsenal of Democracy,” producing the planes, tanks, and guns to arm the British, Russia, as well as expand our own military.
We entered World War II very unprepared. In 1940, America ranked 16th in the world in military strength. Five years later, we were the greatest power on earth, the leader of the victorious coalition of allies. It took us nearly three years to train, organize, equip and deploy the divisions, wings and fleets necessary to face our enemies on two fronts and defeat them. By 1945, 16 million Americans, fully 10 percent of our population, were in uniform. We ruled the skies, seas, and the defeated Axis powers of Germany and Japan.
World War II changed America in so many ways. Women went to work in factories and their role as mother and homemaker was forever changed. Family and regional ties were broken – my Mother, a divorcee from the Midwest with two small children, fell in love with a farm boy from Live Oak. My parents came from completely different backgrounds, but as the cliché goes, love conquers all.
America was untouched by war (aside from 402 thousand dead and a million other casualties) and was the world’s industrial powerhouse for more than a quarter century until the 1970s. Pax Americana ruled. We won’t see those days again.
Every American who was alive and conscious of events on that lazy Sunday in late 1941 can tell you where they were and what they were doing when they heard that Japan had attacked our military forces in Hawaii. Do you recall where you were when you heard the World Trade Center had been struck by aircraft on September 11, 2001? That’s how it was on December 7, 1941, “a day which will live in infamy.” President Roosevelt’s words spoken to Congress the next day are forever etched in our psyche. We remember that fateful day and all the events that followed. God bless America.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
After being introduced by Vicki Howerton, Dr. Stuart Steiger of Madison Chiropractic Center took the floor as the guest speaker at the Rotary’s Nov. 30 meeting. He began with the subject of chiropractic medicine in general, the third largest branch of medicine in the health care industry, a branch that approaches the human body from a more natural perspective than “traditional” medicine.
He also discussed a couple of other forms of alternative medicine, in particular, the closely related field of osteopathy, explaining how both had originated in the late 1800s, but osteopathy evolved into a focus on the musculoskeletal system, while chiropractic medicine focused on the spine and nervous system.
In speaking of his own particular practice, he began by explaining that his goal for his patients was to “be proactive rather than reactive…to create health rather than treat disease.”
If something with the spine or nervous system is out of line of out of whack, it throws off the entire body. Doing an adjustment and getting everything back into alignment benefits the entire body and allows the body to begin functioning properly again, creating better health and a better quality of life.
Talking to the patient was key, he told the audience. Many times, he did a lot of explaining of medical reports patients brought to him from other doctors; doctors who didn’t take the time to talk to their patients or did only a cursory job of explaining.
Listening to patients was important as well. “If you listen, the answers are there,” he said. “It is like putting together the pieces of a puzzle.”
In the era that has seen more and more specialized medicine, he sees the future of healthcare in the next 10-15 years as reversing this trend and slowly becoming more integrated again, as the AMA gets more on board with the more holistic approach and the industry recognizes the importance of seeing the body as a whole, an integrated system rather than a collection of discrete parts. He would like to see a future where a chiropractor and a medical doctor would work right across the hall from each other, rather than in separate hospitals, consulting with each other and caring for each other’s patients in an integrated fashion – treating the whole patient.
The problem with too much medical specialization, he said, is that “if your only tool is a hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail.”
Many people started to realize this in the 1990’s and began paying out of their own pockets for alternative medicine. When the insurance companies realized this, they “followed the money” and began to take a more serious look at alternative medicine’s approach to healthcare and reevaluate it. As a result, many insurance companies who once refused to cover chiropractic sessions now do so.
As part of his whole-body, holistic approach to patient care, he also talks to patients about nutrition, about “filling the voids” left by fast food and processed food. Although he admits to going through the McDonald’s line himself at times, and realizes that people become pressed for time with hectic schedules, they should not neglect this important part of their overall health – cleaning up the diet and giving the body what it needs to work properly.
“Human bodies were meant to repair themselves if they’re working right,” he said. But to work right, they need the proper nutrients to work with.
While chiropractic medicine cannot fix or treat every illness, it can help by providing a better quality of life and alleviating pain. It’s all part of the holistic, natural approach that he embraces, an approach that creates health instead of just treating disease, resulting in a better overall quality of life.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Old Fashion Day was enjoyed at Jack Pickels’ Sugar Shack, off Mosely Hall Road in the New Home Community on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Guests enjoyed a day of cane grinding, as well as learning how to wash clothes with a washboard, make homemade butter and getting to ride horses. Musical artists LifeSong and Southern Joy provided southern gospel music and Rev. Tom Ray Kelley delivered the gospel message. The day was topped off with good old southern cooking.
Old Fashion Day is held every Saturday before Thanksgiving at the Sugar Shack.
Extra photos can be seen at Greene Publishing’s Facebook page and a video of Rev. Tom Ray Kelley preaching can be seen online at www.greenepublishing.com.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The United Way of Madison works hard each and every year to raise money for local and national charities in attempt to make the world a better place. While the money that they receive is given with that in mind, it does not hurt to thank those who have made the donation. To thank those who have donated $500 or more to the United Way, the UWBB hosts an appreciation event each year.
This year’s event took place at the Madison Senior Center on November 29. The theme for this year was sweet treats and the dining hall in the senior center was decorated accordingly. Large decorative candies were placed throughout the hall, and blue and yellow (the United Way’s identifying colors) decorations were placed sporadically in the hall.
The meal consisted of fondue, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, grapes, cheese, crackers and coffee. Everyone in attendance was sure to have a great time talking with the United Way team members and discussing the plans for the rest of this year and next year.
Madison, Florida – The Arc Big Bend is proud to unveil our new name and brand identity in the spirit of energy and a renewed commitment to providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.
This dynamic new logo and name is the new face of The Arc Big Bend and it will be on our publications, web site, signs, community events and more. The logo will unite our affiliated chapters across the country under the banner “Achieve With Us,” a call to move forward and take the road leading to progress, inclusion and respect.
The logo design reflects the energy and determination of The Arc to support and embrace people with I/DD and their families across their lifetime and across diagnoses, including Down syndrome autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The color combination of orange and yellow is a stand out among nonprofit organizations and its vibrancy will be closely associated with The Arc just as pink is associated with breast cancer awareness. The identity was developed over the course of a year in-depth research, professional brand consultants and a dedicated team of individuals, including chapter professionals.
“Our new name and brand identity represents a new day for The Arc Big Bend and the mission of The Arc. The new logo is bringing the work of a strong and energetic organization front and center and is a bright reminder that we provide opportunity: opportunity for hope, opportunity for growth and opportunity for change,” said Tim Ressler / Executive Director.
The Arc is an agent of change and over the last six decades, The Arc has been on the frontlines advocating for legislation to improve the lives of people with I/DD in health care, education, employment, housing and more.
The new name and brand identity takes The Arc forward as a movement and invites respect and recognition in communities across the country as we invite you to “Achieve With Us.”
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
When autumn rolls around, so does the holiday season, but having a well-dressed table to go with the different holiday themes and decorations doesn’t have to mean stressing out or going broke.
Mina Bloodworth, speaking at the Dec. 1 meeting of the Madison Garden Club, said that her favorite places to buy floral supplies, including vases, were places like TJ Maxx, Target, Marshall’s and Walmart. She has even used baking pans, bread trays and other containers from her kitchen, she said, picking up a long, low, narrow arrangement of red and white carnations…in an hors d’eourve tray. No one had even guessed that was what it was.
When it comes to flowers, they can be hard to come by after Thanksgiving, but there are certain kinds of flowers like torch lilies that pop up in yards during this season. Sometimes, an arrangement can work even without flowers, consisting things like pine cones, holly berries, cast iron plants and cedar foliage, things she had found in her own yard and that of friend and neighbor Sarah Adams. They work just as well and last a good long time. If candles are used in a tablescape, they should be either above or below eye level, so that they don’t shine directly in everyone’s eyes.
A long table down the center of the room held about a dozen or more examples of Bloodworth’s tablescape designs, which included a floral centerpiece and place setting designed to complement each other. There were examples to suit every almost every occasion, not just the ones that occur in the fall. Her designs included everything from a casual, breezy summer setting with a yellow floral paper plate on a bamboo placemat, to a whimsical Halloween setting with a solid black plate with a black spider napkin ring holding an orange napkin, to an elegant red and white Christmas setting with touches of silver.
As she proceeded down the table, she explained the principles of floral arrangement, discussing such things as pattern, form, color, line and scale, and explained how to pair centerpieces with place settings. For the casual summer tablescape with the bamboo placemat, the centerpiece was a light, airy arrangement of sunny yellow flowers that made great use of open space, in a light vase raised up on legs that made it open underneath. By contrast, one of the more formal autumnal tablescapes with the heavier china plate in muted colors required a more substantial vase and a denser floral arrangement.
The fun Halloween setting was accompanied by a floral arrangement perched high on a tall narrow vase that stood on slender, spiraling metal legs, almost like a spider or jellyfish. The tall narrow legs allowed the guests to see each other through them, and the vase held orange Gerber daisies and contorted mulberry twigs spray-painted black.
Bloodworth and Adams had also been hard at work getting lush, green, fragrant Christmas wreaths together to sell as a fundraiser. About twenty of them were placed on a back table, and several had been sold by the end of the meeting.
With Christmas coming up fast, Martha Beggs reminded everyone that they still needed a few volunteers at the park to finish up decorations in time for Light Up Madison, and thanked those who had worked so hard to deck the halls of the Mansion, dressing it up in all its Victorian glory to delight its many visitors, for what might be the final year.
“Please go by and see it during Light Up Madison,” said Beggs.
It could very well be the last chance anyone would have to enjoy such a sight, she reminded them…unless a miracle happens before next Christmas!
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
As the temperature drops and football season draws to a close, that can only mean one thing…basketball season has arrived. Madison County High School has been preparing for this basketball season for over a month now. The boys have been running drills, surviving difficult practices and overcoming many obstacles. This year’s team will have many more obstacles to face as they continue through the season.
Currently, the MCHS varsity boys’ basketball roster has 10 juniors, one senior and one sophomore. However, the roster won’t be final until football season ends. The 10 juniors currently on the roster are: Trey Johnson, Davontay Stephens, *Octavious Fayson, *Chris O’Hara, *Tre Arnold, *Brandon Vought, *Neal Brown, *DJ McKnight, *Laterrius Davis and Israel Snowden. Deontay Jones is the only senior on the team, and Coddrick Griffin is the only sophomore.
Eddie Richie, Cowboys’ head coach, said of this year’s team “As you can see from the roster, we are pretty young. Only one senior is on the team so far, and he hasn’t played before but he is coming along just fine. Last year’s varsity team got better as the year went along. Those guys were all young last year and built some quality experience in games and in practice. Also, almost everyone you see worked very hard over the summer, some of them splitting time with football and baseball workouts. Another bonus is last year’s JV squad went an amazing 19-1. Coach Allen Demps does a stand-up job preparing these young men for varsity competition and life in general.
“Another challenge we have this year is more than half of our roster is still out on the football field. We support them 100%, but we still are eager to complete our roster…as any coach would be. Some JV players are filling in for the ones plaing football while they are on their way to State and may be able to earn a spot. Ivan Johnson, Chris Fead, Jaylon Hazzard, Ladarious Robinson, and Seth Molnar have all had some time playing with varsity this year until our roster is complete. This helps them build some much-needed experience for when they are ready to move up. Other JV players include Shayon Davis, Javon Redding, Javen Butler, Mike Hodge, Trey Jonas and Jarkevious Blachshear. Of course, other JV players are still playing football as well. Some of those include Dee Oliver, Dee Wells, DeAndre Miller, Brice Hamilton and Akevious Williams. We will have another tryout once football is over in a couple weeks to give everyone a fair shot to those who we haven’t seen play yet.”
However, don’t let the age of this team make you doubt them. Richie had this to say about the strength of his team, “As a person and a coach, I am an odd combination of an optimist and a realist. That being said, I feel very confident that we can be successful with the team we have. We have size (Octavious Fayson is 6’7” and Tre Arnold, Davontay Stephens, Israel Snowden and Brandon Vought are all around 6’3” to 6’4”). We have speed and athletes everywhere. We have some great shooters and a solid defense. We may not a have a ton of varsity experience, but this group works well together. They pick each other up and they correct each other when needed. We have some players who are learning how to lead as well. They worked this summer playing a few dozen games together in the Madison Summer League, Perry Summer League and two team camps. I think we may go through some growing pains until we fill our roster and at first when we get everyone, but come January we’ll surprise some people. This group truly enjoys playing together and just being around each other in general.”
The boys basketball season kicked off against Lincoln on November 22. The second game of the season was against Maclay on November 29. They played Brooks County in a Pack The Gym game on December 2 and Hamilton County on December 3. They will play Taylor County on December 9 at 8 p.m. in Taylor County. They then play Godby at home on December 13 at 7:30. Then the next two games on their schedule are away at 7:30 p.m. They play East Gadsden on December 15, and Suwannee on December 17.
To kick off the new year the boys will play Brooks County away on January 7 at 7:30 p.m. They will travel again on January 10 to Florida State University, that game begins at 7:30 p.m. They will play East Gadsden at home on January 12 at 7:30 p.m. Then they will play Taylor County at home on January 13 at 8 p.m. On January 19 they will travel to Godby to plat at 7 p.m. They will then play Jefferson County at home on January 20, at 7 p.m. On January 21, at 7:30 p.m., they have an away game at Hamilton County. They will play at 7:30 p.m. January 24 at home against Florida State University. On January 27 they play Suwannee at home at 8 p.m., they then travel to Jefferson on January 28 to play at 7:30 p.m. On January 31, they travel to Maclay to play at 7 p.m. and then On February 3, they travel to Baker County in the last regular season game, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Richie had this to say about the Cowboys’ schedule, “Our district includes Godby, East Gadsden, Taylor County, and Florida High all of which have talented rosters. Especially Godby. They boast a top 10 pre-season ranking in class 4A. Some say they have a good chance to win state. I say, so do we. But our ultimate basketball goal is to win every day. Take things one day at a time and not look to far ahead. Win every practice, win every drill; win every possession by giving full effort in all that we do. We feel that if we do that, then hopefully our hard work will be rewarded with success at the end of the year.”
He also added, “As always, we appreciate all the support. I am looking forward to successful year.”
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Many people, including teenagers, are probably familiar with the Rick Bender story by now. Bender, nicknamed the “Man Without a Face,” has appeared in a couple of television spots about the dangers of “smokeless tobacco.” A former professional baseball player, he lost half his tongue and lower jaw to oral cancer after more than a decade of “spit tobacco” use, beginning when he was 12 years old.
Although the dangers of cigarette smoking had been well documented for years by then, the dangers of smokeless tobacco, including snuff and chew, were less well known or even downplayed. Although Bender wanted nothing to do with cigarettes, there was enormous peer pressure to use snuff and chewing tobacco. Additionally, there were television ads of professional players endorsing various brands of smokeless tobacco, with the implication that “a pinch instead of a puff” was a safe alternative to smoking.
Bender now tours the country to dispel that myth, sharing his story of pain and suffering, his disfigured face a visible reminder of the dangers of snuff and chewing tobacco.
Yet, there were still the macho images on televised ball games, images of players – popular athletes, heroes to millions of young people – dipping snuff and popping wads of tobacco in their mouths in the dugout, or chewing wads out on the field and spitting between pitches, all while playing America’s favorite pastime (in all fairness, however, this does not include EVERY player).
So, even with the disturbing image of Bender’s face, there has still been the multiple images of player after player dipping, chewing and spitting, in game after game, images that make dipping and chewing look so awesomely “cool.”
All that is about to change with the new baseball season, thanks to the efforts of thousands of supporters behind the “Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Campaign,” a national coalition of over 200 public health groups, notable baseball figures, faith leaders, young ball players and their leagues, and many others.
Two days before Thanksgiving, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association negotiated a new five-year contract restricting smokeless tobacco use on and off the playing field. The Nov. 22 announcement was the first time smokeless tobacco use has ever been addressed in professional baseball. The restrictions become effective when the new contract begins in 2012, and violators will be subject to discipline.
Some of the restrictions include prohibiting big league players, coaches and managers from bringing tobacco or tobacco products onto the playing field, either in their pockets or on their person, thus eliminating camera shots of the snuff can in the back pocket and the chunks of chew going into mouths in the dugout. Players will also be prohibited from using tobacco products during televised interviews, during autograph signings or any other event where fans (especially young fans – teenagers and children) will be present.
Additionally, MLB and MLBPA will team up with The Partnership at drugfree.org for a national public announcement campaign featuring notable players talking about the dangers of smokeless tobacco.
For those players addicted to smokeless tobacco, the MLBPA will provide a Tobacco Cessation Center with resources to educate them about their health and help them quit the habit. They will also receive screenings for oral cancer as part of their annual physicals.
The Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids has taken another step toward victory with the new MBL contract restrictions that will minimize the chances of young fans seeing one of their heroes using the dangerous, addictive tobacco products.
Children needing that special Angel still need you! The Salvation Army has been receiving applications for families needing Christmas assistance for toys and food and has been over whelmed with request! Food assistance with toys coming second place has been the case for a number of families. The response has been so great that we have had to shorten the application period to insure that sufficient support for the families who have applied can be found reports Sergeant George Blevins.
Please come by the Courthouse and adopt that special child and become their Angel.
If your Church home would like to join with our fellow supporting Churches and participate in the can food drive please let us know we will be glad to provide boxes for your use.
Sadie Blair, age 87, died Monday, December 5, 2011 at Lake Park of Madison.
Funeral services will be 11:00 Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel with burial at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Beggs Funeral Home.
She was a homemaker, and worked at Precision Ware in Madison, bus driver for the Madison County School System in Madison and worked as a cafeteria cook for Willow Health Care Center in Willow Springs, Missouri.
She is survived by 4 sons: Delbert Blair (Martha), Wetzel Blair (Marilyn), Gwynn Blair (Susan) and Clay Blair (Donna). She has 14 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; 3 brothers: Henry Sands (Betty); Ira Sands (Cecila) and Jim Sands; 1 sister: Mildred Long; 1 brother-in-law Buck Blair; 2 sisters-in-law Frances Cantrell and Leona Gay and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Wiley Blair; daughter; Brenda Blair Baker; Son: Dale Blair and three brothers: Cleon, Newt, and Jim Sands.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 850-973-2258.