By Angel Kane, Wilson Living Magazine
In our little household, we have something called the "circle of trust." A phrase we picked up from the movie, Meet the Fockers, years ago. So it seems apropos with the third installment of Meet the Fockers coming out this week, that our circle might be put to the test.
The "circle of trust" consists of my husband, myself and our three children. And those in the circle know there are things mommy says "in" the home, that we don’t repeat "outside" of the home.
Dear Ken: What’s Dan Aykroyd done lately? I haven’t seen him in a movie in ages.
Aykroyd, 58, has only made about three films in the past five years: “I Now Pronounce You Larry & Chuck,” “War, Inc.” and “Yogi Bear,” opening Dec. 17, in which he provides the voice of Yogi.
However, he has appeared in several episodes of the TV show “According to Jim,” which stars James Belushi, and he will be doing the voice of the Scarecrow in a 2012 animated version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Belushi will do the Cowardly Lion, Kelsey Grammer the Tin Man and Lea Michele will speak for Dorothy.
The best news is that Danny boy, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis will be making “Ghostbusters III” for a 2012 release.
Wilson Living Today
What an exciting week for everyone! You can feel the spirit of the season in the air as kids, young and old, anticipate the arrival of Santa on Saturday. The Wilson Living Doppler shows that Santa should arrive in Wilson County by 5 a.m.
While everyone unwraps gifts and indulges in homemade goodies, the next issue of Wilson Living Magazine will be getting ready to hit your doorstep on December 31st. This issue is packed full of information on health, style, food, business and a very special interview with Wilson County resident and country music great, Whispering Bill Anderson.
Also featured in the next issue is information on the much anticipated, Blushing Bridal Show brought to you by Wilson Living Magazine, The Mill at Lebanon and Party Providers. The show will take place on Sunday, February 20th from 1-5pm.
Vendors from all over the Middle Tennessee area have started reserving booth space so they can bring brides and grooms the very best. Tickets will go on sale in January. Wilson Living will also be giving away tickets too so stay up to date by becoming our fan on facebook.com.
Wilson Living would like to wish you and yours a very blessed and safe Christmas. We would also like to thank our readers and advertisers for giving us the best gift of all, your support and your stories.
Until next time, Keep Reading!
By RAY POPE
First of all, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. Some people seem to stray away from that word, as if it’s politically incorrect, using the word “holiday” instead. If it wasn’t for the birth of our Savior, Jesus, there would be no holiday, period, so rejoice and be thankful that we celebrate his birth.
My feeders have been running over with all the activity from the many different species eating there. The Goldfinch have been ignoring the special feeders for them which got me outdoors to see why they were not eating their Purina Finch Feast. Back when we had the rainy period with high wind gust the rain blew into the feeders at the food ports and caused a problem with the tiny holes becoming blocked. Now that I took the feeders apart, washed them and refilled them, the Goldfinch are back eating and seem to be happy. Sometimes the actions of your avian friends will let you know when there is some kind of a problem with your feeders.
With all the snow we had, there was a great probability of having unusual birds feeding in your yard. My good friend, Karen Franklin, sent me several pictures asking for help in identifying some of the different species. Karen was pretty sure of what she was seeing, but needed her “bird guru’s” help just to be sure. First of all she had the normal birds there along with a few she was not sure of. She always has a male White-throated Sparrow that finds her yard year after year. After looking at Karen’s picture, I was positive that she had Song Sparrows at her home. A little later, I received another photo of a different bird.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
The bed that John Marion Pickard Jr. was born in still remains in the corner of the room from where he first saw the light of day on June 25, 1913. His home place, built in 1829 in the Rutherford County community of Lascassas, like the bed, still belongs in the family and is the abode of his son, John M. Pickard III.
A handsome man with a strong voice, Pickard would leave the family farm, located about four miles south of the Wilson County line, in the early 1940s for New York City, serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II and eventually wind up in Hollywood where he filled the boots of cowpokes in dozens of western movies and TV series.
This week’s release of “True Grit,” a new retelling of the 1969 film that earned John Wayne his Oscar, stars Jeff Bridges in Wayne’s old role as Marshal Rooster Cogburn. The movie also revives reflections of Pickard, who appeared in the first few minutes of the ’69 western before his character, Frank Ross, was murdered, setting off the chain of events that leads a teenage girl to track down the killer of her father.
Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center has started Social Skills Classes for special needs children with any challenge. Teen social skills meet Mondays at 4 p.m.; pre-school social skills meet Tuesdays at 3 p.m.; and elementary school social skills meets Thursdays at 4 p.m. Classes are $15 per session. Call 206-1176 for signups. Special soccer and field hockey meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at 185 West Franklin Street, Gallatin.
InkLink Recycling is accepting used ink cartridges and old cell phones at the following locations: The Lebanon Democrat, Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, WANT FM 98.9, Rose Tire, Burchett Ford and Quick Lane. Proceeds from all cartridges and cell phones collected goes to New Leash on Life and Books from Birth. For information, call 444-4615.
Wilson County Adult Learning Center offers classes for anyone interested in achieving his or GED diploma. Classes are held in Lebanon and in Mt. Juliet. For information, call the Adult Learning Center at 443-8731.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Spain House on the Lebanon First United Methodist Church campus at 415 West Main Street, Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Lebanon Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the area. Meal routes range from about 10-15 people. Volunteers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and are done by 10:30. If you are interested, contact Jessica at 449-3488 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Wilson County Food Pantry at Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency offers food boxes. Information needed to obtain a food box includes proof of 2010 income and Social Security numbers of everyone in the household. The Food Pantry is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, contact Community Service Associate Gayla Brooks at 444-4714 or email email@example.com. You may also visit online at www.mid-cumberlandcaa.com. MCCAA is at 233 Legends Drive, Lebanon.
Telephone Pioneer Cookbooks Volume I and III are now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Pioneer Museum. To purchase one or for information, call 444-3096 or 444-0940.
Do you like to write, but aren’t sure how to go about it, where to start, or what to do with what you already have? A new arm of the West Wilson Arts Alliance is gearing up, and you can join other local writers for support, networking and critique groups. Send your contact information along with a writing sample and some basic information about you and what you like to write to TnWriterEditor@gmail.com, with WW Writers Guild in the subject line for consideration and more information.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
First Wednesdays of each month a Healing Service is held by Sister A.A.A. Stafford at the Sports Village Complex, 1735 West Main Street, Lebanon, beginning at 10:15 a.m.
HomeSafe Women’s Support Group meets Thursday evenings. For information and to sign up, call 444-6130. If you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
Volunteers needed for elderly nursing home residents to assist the Ombudsman Program in visiting elderly residents of long-term care facilities and to advocate for these residents. Requirements include patience, persistence, ability to be objective and concern for the vulnerable elderly population. For more information or to register for training, call the Ombudsman Program at 452-5259 or 452-1687.
Wilson County Convenience Centers will be closed on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24-25.
Wilson County Landfill will be closed Dec. 22-26 and will reopen Monday, Dec. 27.
Wilson County Animal Control will be closed Dec. 22-26 and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 27.
City of Lebanon Sanitation Holiday Schedule is as follows: There will be regular pickup for Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 with no change in schedule for that day. There will be regular pickup for New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 with no change in schedule for that day.
Christmasland, an annual Christmas display presented by Pastor Kenneth Bowen of Unity Church and located on Trousdale Ferry Pike, Lebanon, is open from 5 until 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 5 until 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, now through Sunday, Dec. 26.
Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the UMC/McFarland Specialty Campus, 500 Park Ave., Lebanon, in the first floor conference room. The meeting this month is Dec. 28. The support group is open to anyone experiencing the stress of caregiving. For information, contact either Kathryn Roberts at 443-6800 or Beth Goodner at 449-0500, ext. 6832.
Lebanon Public Library will host Bruce Amato at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28. The program is free to all ages. For information, contact Nancy Fowler at 444-0632 or visit the website at www.lebanonlibrary.net.
Wilson County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, in the West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon. The meetings are open to the public. WCBA will offer a three-night course on beginning beekeeping Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, also in the West Building at the Ward Ag Center. The course begins at 7 each night and will end about 9 p.m. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple and includes membership in the WCBA, a one-year membership in the Tennessee Beekeepers Association and a copy of Beekeeping in Tennessee.
To reserve your place, or for information, call Petra Mitchell at 286-2529 by Jan. 15.
Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency Recertification for Commodities for the year 2011 will be from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the Watertown Community Center, and from 9 until 11 a.m., beginning Monday, Jan. 10, at the Garden of Prayer on Bluebird Road, Lebanon. You must provide proof of monthly income, Social Security numbers and birthdates for all household members.
NSDAR Margaret Gaston Chapter will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the Spain House. Jean Ayers will present the program.
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Wilson County Republican Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at WCRP Headquarters located at Kevin’s Automotive, 500 South Cumberland Street, Suite C, Lebanon (directly behind 231 Car Sales). Guest speaker will be Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. For information, call Kevin Foushee at 444-5732 or visit the website at www.wilsongop.org.
Wilson County Board of Education meeting, scheduled originally for 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, has been changed to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon. All items to be considered for the agenda must be faxed to 758-3775 to Rose Ratagick no later than noon, Monday, Dec. 27.
Lebanon High School Class of 1971 is planning a 40-year reunion to be held June 11, 2011. Call one of the following people with your contact information: Teresa Halbert at 444-5995, Phil Bragg at 444-4941, Jo Smith at 444-8811 or Brownie Hall at 444-5173.
To submit items for the calendar, you can mail them to The Wilson Post, 216 Hartmann Drive, Lebanon, Tenn. 37087, or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items for the calendar will not be taken over the phone. The Wilson Post reserves the right to reject items deemed not appropriate for the calendar.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
With Lynn Harris and Martha Ann Sutherland retiring as administrator and assistant administrator of Elections, respectively, the Wilson County Election Commission on Monday appointed Melia Anderson as the acting administrator until the end of March 2011.
“We just want to find the right person for the job. I think everyone wants to do what’s best for the county,” said Delores Mackey, chairman of the Election Commission.
Anderson is currently a deputy administrator of Elections with the Election Commission and the panel decided she would be a viable temporary replacement for Harris.
From Post staff reports
WATERTOWN -- Neighboring DeKalb County scored a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night at Watertown High. Down nine in the early going, DeKalb County’s girls staged a steady comeback and knocked off Watertown High 45-38. Coach Lane Price’s team struggled against pressure - turning the ball over 24 times.
Tigerette Morgan Gartner knocked down 11-of-14 shots from the field and scored a game-high 22 points as Watertown slid to 7-2 on the season. Jordan Brewington, Hayley Clark and Hailey Speck each scored five points.
The nightcap found the Purple Tigers behind 25-17 after one period and playing catch-up the rest of the evening in a 55-38 loss. Watertown dropped to 5-4 on the season as Ben Bain scored eight points. Macieo Gaines and KeAnDre Bates added seven each while Anthony Jordan had five.
The Watertown teams will be back in action Tuesday in the annual Watertown Christmas Tournament. Watertown will play Pleasant View Christian in a 7 p.m. twinbill, capping a full day of hoops action. Other participating teams include: Monterey, Trousdale County, Cheatham County, Warren County, DeKalb County and Pickett County.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian picked up a couple of basketball wins Tuesday night at the Bay Family Sportsplex against visiting Ezell-Harding Academy. The Lady Commanders improved to 7-3 on the season with a 52-46 win over E-H in the opener. Laurel Burroughs had 19 points and Andi Morrisett 16 for the winners.
Friendship’s boys scored an 82-54 win over the Eagles in the nightcap. Cameron Hill and Drew Hutchison each had 16 points as the Commanders upped their record to 8-1 on the season.
Mark Sandoval added 13 while Austin Defevers chipped in with nine points.
The FCS teams will be busy Tuesday, Dec. 28 as they play in the Mid-State Christmas Tournament against Donelson Christian Academy in a 10 a.m. doubeleheader.