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Equality Neighborhood Watch plans meeting

Published 8:32pm Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nixburg is finally thawing out after the frigid cold snap, until the next one comes along. I was reminded by Stan Richardson of New Site; about the 30 consecutive days of below freezing weather we had last January; so this seems to be our new trend. We forget the cold after it passes, but I don’t forget that I prefer the summer heat! The wild birds are hungry right now, so don’t forget them. I got some sad news last week that my cousin Yvonne Brett (62) had died; due to the autopsy the funeral is set for Jan. 25. Then I got some fabulous news from England, after friends of the family did research. I learned that my paternal great-grand-mother’s name was Felicia Dietz (born in Belgium Oct. 1867); and she was quite a famous Opera singer; she died in Australia, 1942. Prior to this, I only knew that she operated a large guest house mostly for Europeans while living right next door to my father’s family in Singapore.

Felicia married Charles Eugene de Broise, and apparently, my grandfather Albert Raphael was their only child. Funny thing; in 1968, when my mother was expecting my baby sister Donna Michele, the name chosen for a boy was Don Eugene. My father never mentioned his family, and when I was filling in the spaces for my Jamie’s baby book, dad wrote the names of his parents and birth year; but no further back. As you can imagine, I am elated over just knowing the names, and that there was another sibling of my fathers, a baby girl dying at 13 months from heart failure in 1927.

The next Arts performance is coming up on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.; and will take place at The Arbor, First United Methodist Church in Alexander City. Make your plans to attend, tickets available at the door for $10/children under 12, are free. This group does the Big Band sounds of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey fame, with things like “String of pearls” and “In the mood,” plus they do other tunes from the 30-40-50-60’s.

This band came about after band directors James Thompson and Rush Gavin both retired and got together; later the Jazz Masters came into being in 2002, after positive response for a quality Big Band in the East Alabama/Lake Martin area. So make your plans to hear the songs from your yesterdays, and join us on Feb. 7.

The Equality Neighborhood Watch will have its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m.; this meeting will be held at the United Methodist Church in Equality on Alabama 259; in the fellowship Hall at the south end of the complex. This change of venue came about due to the lack of heating for the tall ceilings at the Masonic Lodge. Come and meet with your neighbors, and hear the results of local crime watch since the last meeting.

Ron was selected for the Federal Grand Jury last week, so he did three days there in Montgomery, and will have three days each for the next several months.

Happy birthday to lovely Kathi Odom on Jan. 23.

“We are made wise not by the recollection of the past, but responsibility of our future” ~ George Bernard Shaw.

Until next week, keep smiling.

Rosie Morgan is a columnist for The Alexander City Outlook covering Nixburg and Equality.