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Count down to the end of August is underway …. Labor Day is Monday. … Autumn doesn’t officially begin ’til September 23, but summer is over for many come Labor Day. … Neighborhood cookouts planned for the weekend. For many, just another day.

Average high temps for September is 84 compared to 87 for August … and average low drops to 60, compared to 65 for August, and average rainfall is 5.0 inches compared with 5.8 for August. … It’s the favorite time of the year for many.

Disaster Information Sessions are being held in 15 counties across southeastern North Carolina to provide community members with critical information to aid in recovery from past damage and prepare for future disaster. The Bladen County clinic will be held Thursday, August 29 at First Baptist Church, 521 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Bladenboro from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Various state agencies will be represented. According to the news release, “We want all North Carolinians to have equitable access to disaster recovery and preparedness information.” Open to all.

Youngsters across the county apparently are ‘settling in’ for the 2019-20 school year. Public schools, Charter schools, Private schools, Church schools, Home schooling … my, my schooling has changed over the years … hopefully for the better.

A reminder of the Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in “Down Town Elizabethtown”, Friday, August 30-September 2. Shop local and save.

One more reminder or announcement: The Town of Elizabethtown will be hosting its second annual Grape Escape bike ride starting and ending at Cape Fear Winery, Saturday, September 7th. The route will be a scenic tour around Bladen County with stops along the way at Lu Mil Vineyard and other water stops. You need to register. You can download forms at http.://www.Elizabethtownnc.org/the-grape-escape from the town’s website and follow instructions. Questions should be directed to Cameron West at (910) 862-2066. All are invited to participate in the Grape Escape.

“Work is no disgrace, the disgrace is idleness.” Greek Proverb

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living

If people concentrated on the really important things in this life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.

robert g hester

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