This is the time of year when all the holidays hit us one after another, but seemingly occur simultaneously. Last weekend was exciting and crazy with the High School Girls Volleyball team going to the state championship after beating a team that never lost all season on Thursday evening.
Friday morning the Versailles Elementary School hosted a Veterans Day program with local veterans from Versailles and North Star. The patriotic program honored all five branches of the military. Friday evening the town held their “Hometown Christmas Celebration” with sleigh rides and Santa Claus. Perhaps Santa should have added some blue to his traditional outfit since he chose Veterans Day to come to town. The town was decked out with Christmas lights on the trees lining the streets and the street lamps were adorned with Christmas banners and the Flags of the United States of America.
The Versailles Vets Club served their annual bean soup dinner Saturday evening to a lighter than normal crowd, since a large portion of the town was, rightfully, cheering the Girls Volleyball team towards their Division 3 State Championship. This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, then there’s Black Friday the biggest shopping day of the year and the official kick-off to the Christmas shopping season.
As they say, it’s good to be busy and the town of Versailles certainly has been that. I hear a common concern that Versailles needs a community calendar. This comment usually comes from organizations and clubs that schedule a fundraiser or event only to discover that some other club chose the same date. It happens all the time, but is it really a surprise? There’s only 365 days in a calendar year. Undoubtedly there is going to be concurrency!
I believe the offices of the Village of Versailles would post events on their local cable channel for those clubs that would like a community calendar, but that does not guarantee only one event per day. Organizations in Versailles are extremely active and would do well to lean on business basics such as knowing your target market. After all different age groups have different focuses, or simply, different strokes for different folks. What is the supply and demand of your product and what are your sales strategies to promote your event or product?
No one can do it all and no one can have it all, but we can make wise choices capable of making and giving us what is in our best interest, which just might include emotional health.
THANKSGIVING DINNER: On Thursday, November 23, El Sombrero at 1700 N. County Rd. 25A in Troy offers a free to the public Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. First Presbyterian at 114 E Fourth Street in Greenville also offers a “free will donation” meal from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please call to make your reservations at: 548-3188.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 26, Eagles Auxiliary Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (November 30 and December 1) the VHS Drama Club will perform “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Advanced tickets can be purchased at: http://vtigers.seatyourself.biz/, all tickets are $5.00 and Sunday, Dec. 3rd K of C Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Birthday wishes to Missy Voisard, John Magoto, Brett Pulfer, Deb Pohl, Brooke Timmerman, Bryan Bartram, Paige Gehret, Carmen Hartzell, Phyliss Davis, David Fine, Alma Kissinger, Cindy Shadoan, Chastity Rinderle, Deb Stewart, Amanda Milbourne, Scott Monnin, Denise Ruhenkamp, Barb Marshal, Toni Schafer, Shawn Daugherty, Shirley Goldschmidt, Cole Ausborn, Shirley Eiting, Pam Groff, Rachel Schmitmeyer, Pat Dieringer, Monica Knapke, Tom Petitjean, Shirley Slyder, Hannah Cornett, Brent Pulfer, Brooke Timmerman, Lilli Cusick, Katrina Hoening, Carmen Hartzell, Phyllis Davis, and Dave Fine as their birthdays approach and anniversary wishes to Erin and Keith Horst (3), Mallory and Ben Schmitmeyer (10), Donna and Russ Francis (21), Susan and Doyle Derr (26), Gary and Pamela Goettemoeller (26), Cindy and Ralph Dapore (28), Brenda and Tom Dirksen (28), Eileen and Jim Prenger (35), Cindy and Sherman Lewis (37), Karen and John Davis, Mary Jean and Paul Meyer (51), and Katherine and Lavern Brunswick (57).
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Tyler DeMange, Robert Condon, William Pierron, Denny Subler, Ed Bulcher, Jane Huber, Aiden Meyer, Sylvester Meyer, Earl Gigandet, Madison Berger, Anthony Gehret, Terry and Donna Black, Tim Bayless, Jim and Pooch Barga, Chris Apple, Ruth Wirrig, Wilma Heiby, Carl DeMange, Rosie Cordonnier, Miriam Harman, Jack Monnin, Mary Batty, Norma Magoto, Betty Kremer, Denny Grilliot, Beverly Brown, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Anabelle Subler, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Samantha Smith and those not mentioned by name who are recuperating, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Joe Oldiges (50) and Robert Bruns (87), also remembering the lives of Tonya Moore, Joe Keller, Loretta Stocker, Paul Cordonnier, Andrew Moeller, Karen Coverstone, Mary Davidson, Richard Michael, Marybel Weaver, Alice Broering, Don Oswalt, Dale Simon, Marjorie Rethman, Roger Wackler, Tom Siegel, Helen Bruner Brown, Margaret Bixler, Carol Bundschuh, Joe Vencill, Norman Gigandet, Ruth Marshal and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing nears.
“There is no one busy in this world, it’s always about priorities. You will always find time for the things you feel important.” ~Unknown
“Busy is a drug that a lot of people are addicted to.” ~Rob Bell
“Sometimes we are so busy doing it all because we can we forget to ask if we should be doing it all.” ~C. Edwards
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.