June 25, 2008 Edition

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Reminder of good things

John Bland
My sister, Beth, and her family who live in Brooklyn, N.Y., always give us renewed appreciation for the attributes of our area. We enjoyed a couple of trips to Lake Charles State Park during their visit. We planned to take the kayaking tour that is regularly offered at the park, but due to rain, we took a barge tour of the 645-acre lake that was enjoyable, even in the rain. The kayaking tour and a trip to the river will have to wait for future visits.

We also saw an excellent performance of "Nunsense" at the Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocahontas. The musical comedy opened at the theater last week, and the theater will have Friday and Saturday night performances and Sunday matinees of the production through July. Many readers will remember "Nunsense" when it was performed here several years ago at Carrie Mae Snapp's Front Street Theatre.

Good Southern barbecue is another commodity that our New York family enjoys when they visit. Brother-in-law Paul Girolamo always manages to eat several Polar Freeze barbecues while here.

Speaking of the Polar Freeze, we remind everyone that next week is the 50th anniversary celebration of the Polar Freeze under the ownership of Jack and Velma Allison. Kellie Yates, the Allison's daughter, seeks stories and memories from anyone regarding the Polar Freeze. Information can be sent to: polarfreeze50years@yahoo.com.
Bro. Lowell Graham, who served as a Free Will Baptist minister for 53 years, was long a friendly and familiar face to The TD staff and many others in this area. He also worked in sales at local department stores, including Van Atkins, which was once our next-door neighbor. Bro. Graham passed away on Friday at the age of 88.

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