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Steve Stewart

How can you help? Just listen

When your older friends end up in nursing or assisted-living homes, they have certain needs that may not be met by staff and family members.

After receiving hot cross buns and muffins from church friends, one local man still had a craving.

"He wanted vodka on the rocks and said no one else would bring it," one of his female church friends told Patrice Stewart. "He was really happy when I did."

The 411 from 911

During a Decatur City Council meeting, city leaders wanted to know where Thurston Road was because a wireless communications company wants to use a tower there.

Councilman Gary Hammon asked the audience, which included Fire Chief Charlie Johnson and Deputy Police Chief Ken Collier. City Attorney Herman Marks said he thought Thurston Road was in the police jurisdiction.

Chris Paschenko says Gary turned to Charlie and jokingly said, "Chief, if you got a call to Thurston Road, where would you go?"

Charlie said he'd have to call the 911 center to ask for directions. Thurston Park Road is off Modaus Road, west of Decatur.

Part-time sinner

Cathy Strickland somehow mesmerizes the dozen or so youngsters who flock to her for the in-worship children's church at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Eric Fleischauer reports.

This time she was trying to explain the concept of forgiveness, but saw the glaze in their eyes.

"We sin every day, but God forgives ..." A hand shot up, and a young boy blurted out his important message. "Not every day!" he hollered. "Just some days!"

Name that tune

Ringing cellular telephones that interrupt meetings are commonplace nowadays.

Cell phones' ring tones are becoming ever more personalized. A recent Decatur council work session is proof, Chris says.

Speaking over a ring tone, however, becomes more humorous when officials compete for the audience's attention against a cell-phone symphony of the latest Top 40 hits.

Golden Rule

An 11-year-old girl who found $200 on a Delaware, Ohio, street went looking for more — but not to keep.

Lauren Arledge first went to her mother's office and told her to call police, The Associated Press reports. With the help of two other people, Lauren then located another $1,150 over a two-block area.

A grateful man said he had dropped his wallet and lost $1,450. He gave Lauren a $50 reward.

Lauren's honesty didn't surprise her mother, Christine, who said she was "very proud." In not keeping the money, Lauren was applying the Golden Rule.

"I just wouldn't want anyone to do that to me," she said.

Send stories for You Don't Say to or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. DAILY staff members contribute many of the items you see here. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

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