This year we have continued our recovery from the curtailment of ALCOA, we did not curl up and die as many predicted, and we continue to work to make Rockdale a better place. We have seen businesses come and go and new people move in. It is interesting to watch the world go by as we just strive to make the best lives we can for our family and our friends.
We are so caught up in living that sometimes we miss the good. We live in a wonderful little town. Some may dispute that but I would have to ask them why. I live in Rockdale because the people are friendly and caring and they want to help their neighbors. We have lost some wonderful people this year and we have gained some new relationships.
As we work hard, even to the point of exhaustion sometimes. I am thankful that we have the people that make up this town.
This Saturday is the benefit for Terrilyn Williams and Health Fair at Healing Handzz. Get out and take part in the fun and help raise money for a good cause. Just another way to be proud of the way this town cares about each other.
On Monday, Nov. 1 there will be an oral history workshop at the Patterson Center from 6-9 p.m. The Milam County Historical Commission is sponsoring this workshop to be trained on how to conduct oral histories. This free workshop is open to the public and will give some great pointers on collecting information and conducting interviews to gain information on the history of your families and your community.
Then on Thursday, Nov. 4 Carl Rollynson will be in town at the Library to give a talk on a biography he is writing on the actor Dana Andrews. Dana Andrews lived in Rockdale as a child where his father was the pastor at First Baptist Church in Rockdale.
This too will be open to the pubic. Refreshments will be served as well. Come out for an enlightening time. And if any of you have stories from your parents or grandparents about when Pastor Andrews was at the First Baptist Church, Mr. Rollynson would love to talk to you.
We have a ribbon cutting for Busy Bea, with owners Donnie and Becky Marek, on Friday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. See you there.
Until next time I leave you with this....If we had no trials, there would be no triumphs.
Denice Doss is the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce president. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 446-2030.