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Learning to love McDuffie

I have to admit, the longer I live in Thomson, the more I learn to love it. I've noticed that folks in McDuffie County do things in a big way.

I am catching on to just how big Relay For Life gets around here. The fundraisers take me back to my teen years, when every club activity was preceded by a fundraiser. I am curious to see how the "jail and bail" turns out. Since it was on the calendar for yesterday and today, you may actually be reading this while in "jail" and can give me a first-hand account.

One other advantage of the fundraisers is I don't have to worry what's for dinner, with all the choices of everything from rib eye steaks to tube steaks (hot dogs). My boys are grateful that dinner does not consist of microwave surprise these days. If you haven't taken advantage of this delicious opportunity, check out our "Refrigerator Front" on page 2A and take your pick!

The Easter Celebrations were big, too. I have to admit that I'm tired since Jason, Kristopher or I had to attend all the events to recapture the moments in photos. But, my fatigue was a happy feeling, as I enjoyed how McDuffie celebrated every aspect of Easter.

I'm sure the Easter bunny deserves a vacation after his visit to McDuffie County last week. And I feel sorry for those chickens that had to lay all those plastic eggs. The delight and excitement on the children's faces brought a smile to my own face. My boys are too old for egg hunts, so we just skipped that formality, and went straight to eating the candy - and I ate more than my share of black jelly beans.

Good Friday did not just slip by as a day off from work for some. Christ's agonizing sacrifice for all of us was memorialized in the Cross Walk down Jackson and Main Streets. I appreciated seeing each person as they either helped carry the cross or walked behind it, making their way from First Baptist Church to First United Methodist Church. I would like to thank all the area churches forgoing their denominational differences to bring this reminder to the community.

Friday evening, I had the blessing of attending the Cross Raising at the Old Frontier Christian Camp. The crosses looked so tall against the horizon, making quite an impression. Camp Chairman Chris Smith said the crosses will remain on the grounds year-round. He said there are plans to build scenes depicting the life of Christ around the crosses, which will keep Christmas and Easter on our minds all year long. No more jelly beans, though. My licorice-sugar rush has maxed.

Web posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006

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