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Friday, October 5, 2012
FRIDAY’S WORD is repast. On Sunday, a repast will be served between the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. services.
THURSDAY’S WORD was assuage. It means to soothe or calm; to pacify. Example: The chemistry students were worried about their midterm exams, so the teacher attempted to assuage their concerns by providing a solid study guide.
To park in the handicap zone at Oktoberfest on Saturday, plan on taking Church Street to the farmers market lot. You can park there with a handicap permit after 11 a.m.
To plan your musical experience at Oktoberfest, following is the schedule: The Little German Band and Dance Troupe will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bridge Street parking lot. At the Big Chair Stage, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.., Celthix; 1-2 p.m., Martinsville High School jazz band; 2-3 p.m., Boys and Girls Club Steel Drum Orchestra; and 3-4 p.m., Triad Highlanders bagpipers.
Only 2.3 percent of the Martinsville Bulletin readers who responded to the newspaper’s recent website poll on Wednesday’s presidential debate expected the debate would change their vote in the Nov. 6 election. That reflected 47 percent of the 2,046 readers who responded to the survey. The majority of survey respondents — 1,397 or 68.3 percent — expected the debate would make no difference in their decision about which candidate to support. Another 602 who responded, or 29.4 percent, said they expected the debate would solidify their choice. The current survey asks who won the debate — President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney. Go to www.martinsvillebulletin.com to weigh in.
Avoid the flu this season: Get a flu shot at the walk-in flue vaccine clinic from 8:30-11:30 this morning at the Henry Martinsville Health Department. Another session will be held Oct. 19. The health department also offers free Tdap shots.
Two big sales are going on Saturday. Charity League’s Bargain Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the National Guard Armory in Martinsville. At 3 p.m., the Patrick County High School Senior Beta Club will hold an auction in the school’s cafeteria. New merchandise has been donated by businesses for both sales.
The Sanville Ruritan Club’s corn hole tournament and neighborhood yard sale will be held Saturday. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the tournament will start at 11. A concession stand will sell hot dogs, drinks and more. For more information about the event, call 629-9379 or 629-2981.
When you teach your children to be wary of strangers, don’t frighten them away from all people — most are good-hearted and would help a child in need. That’s part of the message of Escape School, which will be presented at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Spencer-Penn Centre. The program helps parents and children identify and deal with dangerous situations. A release states, “Escape School teaches that bad strangers should be identified by bad actions, not by how they appear.”
Family reunions on Sunday include the family of Charlie and Lilly Lovell at 1 p.m. at Figsboro Ruritan Club, and the family of George Clark, Bessie Mize Clark, Jessie Lee Clark and Ada Purdy Clark, 1 p.m. at the Philpott Dam Overlook shelter.
Fall is a great time to get out and walk, but look out for acorns and slippery leaves. Both can be hazardous.