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Senior Citizens Activity Calendar

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. The senior activity calendar is provided monthly by the Senior Citizens Council of Madison County. Transportation is provided Monday through Friday for recreational activities. For transportation reservations, call the center at (850) 973-4241, from 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Participants have the option to call the center for reservations or designate a friend to inform the driver to pick them up. Activities begin at 10 a.m., depending on the activity or event scheduled for that particular day. Departure is at 1 p.m., except on Thursdays…

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Haire is living a dream come true

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison native Sadie Haire started dreaming big when she was very small. At the age of five, Haire remembers her mother taking her for a visit to the Florida Capitol, in Tallahassee. “I saw all these fancy looking people walking around and I said, ‘I’m going to work here someday,” said Haire. “I was so small, but I wanted to do something bigger than myself.” The world of politics seemed a natural fit for Haire, who has two cousins who were involved in state politics….

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Madison man greets former U.S. President

Story Submitted In the summer of 1966, James Earl Carter, Jr. was a 41-year-old Georgia peanut farmer planning his first race for Governor of Georgia. That summer, 12-year-old Monroe Lee, of Madison – who shares an Oct. 1 birthday with Carter – was working in the peanut fields of Hamilton County, Fla., less than two hours from Carter’s hometown of Plains, Ga. A few days after a disputed Florida election in which Lee had run as a write-in candidate before dropping out to throw his support to Democratic candidate Andrew…

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Gift-wrapping tips and tricks

Story Submitted Much of the focus of each holiday season is on gift-giving, but all those gifts will eventually need to be wrapped. Stacks of presents just waiting to be covered with paper and ribbon can overwhelm gift givers, prompting them to put off wrapping gifts until the last minute. Hesitant wrappers with a pile of gifts to wrap can use these tricks to make the process go smoothly. Find inspiration Instead of looking at wrapping as yet another chore, try to envision how the recipient will feel peeling open…

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