Category: Community

New Orleans & Natchez Tour Planned Nov. 7-11

The Meals on Wheels Dogwood Travelers is planning a tour of New Orleans and Natchez November 7-11, 2016. Bus will depart from Tyler at the Chuck’s Bus Barn and from the Palestine Senior Center, on Monday morning November 7, and will return on Friday, November 11. First stop will be in New Orleans. While in New Orleans there will be a visit to the National World War II Museum, with a 4DMovie; Blain Kern’s Mardi Gras World Tour; New Orleans Cooking School with dinner; and free time in the French Quarter. Also, dinner and dancing at Mulatte’s the premiere Cajun Restaurant. On the way to Natchez, MS there will be a tour of Frogmore Cotton Plantation and their Delta Music Museum; Joe Stone Musical; Stanton Hall Antebellum House; Linden Historic Mansion; Longwood Mansion and a Carriage Tour of Historic Natchez. While in Natchez there will be one dinner at the Rolling River Bistro, and dinner at a historic restaurant, either Magnolia Hall or Lansdowne. Four nights lodging will be included at Holiday Inn Express, two nights in New Orleans and two nights in Natchez.  Cost per person on this tour for Single occupancy is $1370; Double occupancy- $1070; Triple occupancy- $1,000, and Quadruple occupancy- $960. Call the Palestine Senior Center at (903) 729-6344 ext 1 or 3, or email to request a registration form, or you will find...

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Teddy Bear Train Ride August 5th

Friday, August 5th, the fourth annual Teddy Bear’s Train Ride will roll out of the Rusk Depot, loaded with cute children bringing their teddy bears with them to ride the Official Railroad of Texas. Trains depart at 11am, 2:30pm and 4:30pm. All children ages 12 and under who bring their teddy bear with them to ride, will get to ride for free. To obtain the free ticket, each child must show his teddy bear at the ticket window. The Teddy Bear-themed train will feature cute little teddy bear snacks and juice boxes, plus activities on the grounds before the train departs. There will be a concession on the train as well. For the fourth year in a row the railroad is partnering with the Anderson County Blankets and Bears Children’s Fund. This organization collects donations of new teddy bears and baby blankets and distributes them to police officers and hospital emergency room workers, who in turn give them to any traumatized children they encounter. These children generally have been involved in accidents, domestic disputes, house fires and other traumatic incidents. Those who give the bears to the children say sometimes it is the only comforting thing they have to hold onto at that moment, and that this program really does make a difference when they are in the midst of the worst experience of their young lives. Parents who...

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First Responders Honored During 4th Annual Event

Fort Boggy State Park dedicates its 4th Annual “Dog Days of Summer” to “First Responders, Our Hero’s Appreciation Day,” honoring ALL first responders in Leon, Madison, and surrounding counties on August 27, 2016. First responders are a diverse group of professionals and volunteers with backgrounds in fire, police, medical, towing, transportation, environmental, state law enforcement, and others; who bravely and selflessly risk their lives every day to protect all of us. Park entrance will be FREE for this event! Beginning at 11:15 a.m., everyone is welcome to FREE hot dogs and show cones. The Friends of Fort Boggy State Park encourage EVERYONE to bring the family and show your appreciation for our first responders. Fort Boggy State Park is located at 4994 Highway 75 South in...

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July Rainfall, Temperature Above Normal

July came in slightly above normal on rainfall at 2.19 inches with only three days with measurable rainfall.  Normal rainfall for July is 1.95 inches.  Total rainfall for the year stands at 35.14 inches.  Normal rainfall through July is 25.18 inches. Temperature-wise, July ran four degrees above normal at an average daily temperature of 87 degrees due to very little cloud cover and thirty 90 degree plus days.  High temperature for the month was 99 degrees on July 22 and 25. Starting this month, I will begin using average rainfall data for the last 20 years (1996-2015) as normal rainfall data.  Normal data previously used was the latest official data available and was for the period 1971-2000. 2016 RAINFALL BY MONTH Month        Rainfall (inches)    Normal        Departure January        0.82        3.62        -2.80February    1.54            3.36        -1.82March        8.58        4.33        +4.25April        6.02        3.30        +2.72May        5.83        4.59        +1.24June        10.16        4.03        +6.13July         2.19        1.95        +0.24 Totals        35.14        25.18        +9.96 LOOKING AHEAD TO AUGUST:  August is normally our second driest and second hottest month of the year at a normal of 2.43 inches of rainfall and an average daily temperature of 82 degrees.  However, on August 6, (the mid-point of summer) we normally start downhill temperature-wise.  That is, on average,...

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Fitness Aficionados Regcognized: Surprise Patrol Visits P31 Fitness

Congrats to last week’s Surprise Patrol Business of the Week, P31 Fitness.  Accepting the “welcome” mat includes Wendy, Natalie, Stacy, Misty, April and Terri joined in with P31 Fitness Instructor, Caycie Wendt.  Members of the Surprise Patrol (back row, right) are Chamber Asst. Administrator Lisa Schick and Chamber Chair Josh Bayless of Napa Auto.  Go online to to learn more about this popular fitness company.  The Chamber’s Surprise Patrol features a new business every Tuesday morning.  Find out more by contacting Fairfield Chamber of Commerce at 903-389-5792, or visit them online at (Picture by Chamber Director Brenda...

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