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Friday, August 10, 2012
THURSDAY’S WORD was Falstaff. It means a convivial and roguish person, referring to a regular character in several of Shakespeare’s plays. “Most of his co-workers are quiet, gentle people, but that Falstaff who sits in the corner keeps things lively.”
FRIDAY’S WORD is helgramite. Saturday’s Helgramite Hustle Mud Run will begin at 2 p.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex.
Farmers at Saturday’s Uptown Farmers Market in Martinsville will be giving away a total of $30 worth of produce to three shoppers. While at the market, write your name and phone number on a free ticket. At 10:30 a.m., three tickets will be drawn; each winner will receive a voucher for $10 worth of produce from the market. You do not have to be present to win. This week is Farmers Markets Week across the United States, said market manager Dean Cline, and this is the farmers’ way of thanking customers.
Community Fellowship, 2874 Virginia Ave., Collinsville, will have a free community meal from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The clothing closet will not be held until Sept. 8.
Too hot to cook? Let members of the Patrick Henry Volunteer Fire Department do it for you. They will serve a baked spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at their station. The meal includes tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink for $6. To pick up an order, call 629-7677.
Put on your flowered shirts or bikinis and leis and head on over to the Fieldale Community Center this afternoon for a luau. It will run from noon to 9 p.m. with children’s activities. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold from 5-7 p.m. The luau is free for members and costs $5 for guests.
The Col. George Waller Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is planning to rededicate the grave of Dr. Benjamin Jones, who is one of two Revolutionary War soldiers buried at Oakwood Cemetery. His grave was moved from the Clearview area to Oakwood in the 1950s by the city of Martinsville when the city filtration plant was being constructed. While Jones managed the Speedwell Furnace near Reidsville, N.C., he and his wife hosted breakfast for President George Washington on June 3, 1791, during a stop on the president’s southern tour. Jones moved his family to Martinsville to a house in the Clearview area, and Jones Creek is named for him. While living in what is now Martinsville, he practiced medicine, a profession he learned during the war, and farmed. The chapter is seeking any descendant of Jones with information about him and who would like to participate in the grave ceremony, which will be held in the autumn. Call chapter president Bob Vogler at 638-2215.
These quips were sent to the Stroller by a reader from England, Wally Quirk, who reads the Bulletin online:
• Just got back from my mate’s funeral. He died after being hit on the head with a tennis ball. It was a perfect service.
• Nineteen paddies (pals) go to the cinema. The ticket lady asks, “Why so many of you?” Mick replies, “The film said 18 or over.”
• Bindair and his family have moved in next door. He is from India and has traveled the world, swum with sharks, wrestled bears and climbed the highest mountain. It came as no surprise to learn his full
name was Bindair Dundat.
• Police are hunting the “knitting needle nutter” who has stabbed six people in the backside in the last 48 hours. They believe the attacker could be following a pattern.