Wendy N. McDougal
Cancer survivor Brittany Puckett is a Princess of Hope winner.
Princess of Hope honors cancer survivors
What an inspiration! Speeding along in their little, white convertible, loving life and not wasting a minute of it. Their white hair glistened in the sun, while the wind blew this way and that. They seemed not to have a care in the world.
My sister and I smiled as they passed, and I said without hesitation, “That is exactly how I want to be one day!” Age is simply a matter of the mind. We are as young at heart as we feel.
Just because the years have passed and we’re not as young as we used to be does not mean we can’t live. In fact, the older we get, in my opinion, the more we should experience the things we always wanted to try. Let the top down in your life today, and live life to its fullest.
Now let’s see what the “chatter” is for today ...
Princess of Hope
The second annual Princess of Hope beauty pageant was held recently at West Morgan High School, honoring cancer survivors and those who have been touched by the disease through a friend or family member.
Each participant walked the runway in honor or in memory of someone with the disease. Winners were as follows: ( 0-11 months) Illora Goodwin, winner; Alyssa Wesley, first alternate; (12-23 months) Regan Coffey, winner; Brooklon Smith, first alternate; Kyah Ledbetter, second alternate; (0-23 months boys) Peyton King, winner; (2-4 years) Paris Terry, winner; Maci Odom, first alternate; Allison Morris, second alternate; (2-5 year boys) Carter Thornton, winner; Lance Morris, first alternate; (5-7 years) Emma Hopkins, winner; Alaina Wiley, first alternate; Shay Ogle, second alternate; (8-11 years) Mackenzi Coffey, winner; Kelsey Houston, first alternate; Kristyn Eades, second alternate; (survivor, 15 and under) Brittany Puckett, winner; (15-18 years) Ashlei Dockery, winner; Chelsea Terry, first alternate; (19-35 years) Kalie Blackwood, winner; Karry Dyson, first alternate; Casey Rodgers, second alternate; (36 and older) Janet Laney, winner; Elaine Blackwood, first alternate; and second alternates Sheila Moore and Rita Wallace.
Sponsored by Nucor Steel Decatur’s Relay for Life team, all proceeds from the program will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Students at River City Performing Arts studio are gearing up for the 17th annual recital this weekend at Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. “When a Royal Dream comes True” will hit the stage Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3.
The show will feature a companywide cast, including seniors Baley Proctor, Rachel Colwell and Monica Brown.
For questions or ticket information, call the studio at 340-9933.
Get out those gently used books. The American Association of University Women will start collecting them June 13, for the annual Used Book Sale.
Book sale committee members Diane Belsky, co-chairwoman; Jayne Kissan, co-chairwoman; JoAnn Cummings, distribution; Ann Gebhart, publicity; Susan Graben, collection; and Charlotte Ponder, graphics, met for a May 15 organizational luncheon at the Belsky home. While discussing plans for the sale, guests dined on chicken salad, chips and brownies.
Donations will be taken on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Follow the signs behind Charleston Pace off Austinville Road.
Books may also be dropped off any day, any time at the Senior Citizen Center or at Java Jaay on Sixth Avenue Southeast.
The annual book sale, which will open in December, provides scholarship funds to a Calhoun Community College student. This year’s recipient was Deborah Sue Willerton of Hartselle.
For more information, call Gebhart at 353-6676.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness met May 22 with guest speakers Probate Judge Greg Cain and Morgan County Mental Health Officer Cheryl Vance and Limestone County Mental Health Officer Jerry Wilhoite.
A tea was given recently for bride-to-be Leslie Nicole Iannello, center, at the home of grandmother Linda Kaylor, left, pictured with mother of the bride, Shari Jordan. Hostesses include Linda, Barbara Lambert, Jennifer Kaylor and Violet Kaylor. Iannello of Hartselle will marry James Alexander Arnett of Decatur on June 9.
Cain spoke on involuntary commitment and discussed the details involved when someone with a mental illness is taken into custody by the police.
Among the 36 members present were Anita Thomas, social worker and family adviser at North Alabama Regional Hospital; Scott Kincaid, Mental Health Center program director; Linda Pierce, case manager; Lisa Coleman, Mental Health Center clinical director; and Alabama NAMI board members Ann Denbo and John Avera.
The next meeting is June 26, with speakers Kincaid and Coleman. The topic will be the Mental Health Center and treatment.
That’s all for now. It’s been great “chattin” with ya! Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. If it’s special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 350-5730. I look forward to hearing from you.