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Reminder that the Masseyville-Woodville Fire Department will be hosting its annual fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2. Barbeque, fried bologna and hotdogs will be available for sale. Jeff Bobo will provide entertainment. Tickets are being sold on a $100 bill and a ham. There will also be a silent auction. The cakewalk begins at 12:45 p.m. Donation of cakes are needed for the cakewalk. Come out and support the fire department. I hope to see you there!

Remember in prayer Ricky Hearn, Elvie Lee Sanders, Arlan Porter, Walt and Ann Bennett, Richy Butler, Ronnie and Adele Clark, Mildred Smith, Mary Alice and Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Erma Lee Morris, Peggy Whitman, Sue Greene, Jim Ruth, W.T Roland and all the caregivers. If you would like to add or remove a name, call me.

We have a new great-granddaughter! Congratulations to Drew and Melissa Patterson of Pekin, Ill., on the birth of Savannah Grace, who was born on Aug. 23, weighing in at seven pounds, four ounces. Savannah was welcomed home by her big sister Emma Rose. Grandparents are Terry and Jo Patterson and Jeanne Thomas of Pekin, Ill. I look forward to meeting Savannah Grace!

As always, please contact me with your news and tidbits at 989-3315. Perhaps you would like to share news of a birthday/anniversary, tell us about a vacation, praise a child or grandchild or tell us about a random act of kindness you have given or received. I really need your support in writing our community news. Call me!

If you would like to rent the center for your special occasion or event, please call Nancy Patterson at 608-1159.

Have you heard the saying, “Life is TEN percent what happens to you, and NINETY percent how you respond to it”? Sometimes it seems impossible to have a good day with so much going on in our lives. Life seems to be a roller coaster flying through ups and downs and sometimes throwing us upside down. I have realized over the years, and even more recently, that attitude has a huge impact on life. We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will take on for the day. I try my best to choose happiness each day. It is not easy to push our worries away, but it is worth a try, so I leave you with this quote by Groucho Marx:

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Choose to have a happy week!

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