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Thoughts While Shaving for July 18

Summer Jams Concert Series continues this evening (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Goldston’s Beach, White Lake featuring Pink Slips. It’s free courtesy of local sponsors and the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. All are invited.

I realize I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but just a few hours left to file for upcoming municipal elections. Deadline is noon Friday (tomorrow). If you are interested, need to visit the Bladen County Board of Elections (behind the Elizabethtown Post Office). Filing fee is $5.

With the addition of Bojangles on Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, traffic has increased in the area.

Speaking of eating establishments, remember when curb service was big in the area. I know, still a few nationwide chains, but not in Bladen County.

Remember when you could pull into a service station, never get out of the vehicle, get $5 worth of gas and a windshield wash while the gas was being pumped, and folks appreciated your business and told you so.

A few more things we seldom see … stacking peanuts for them to dry before a peanut picker sorted out the nuts (now a harvester does it all) … seldom see tobacco worms, guess one reason is, seldom see tobacco being grown in many areas of the county … bud worms and hornworms to deal with, while cropping ‘lugs’. How ’bout a smoke house where the fresh pork dried before cooking and being served. Those were the days, thought they would never end, but they did and I miss them.

Wonder how many, mostly females, ever worked in a local cut ‘n sew business? Just about every town in the county had one or more. But, no more. Guess most such operations are in faraway places.

Fundraiser ongoing to assist local youngsters headed to Louisiana for National Dixie Youth Championship series.

I always enjoy watching British Open, especially ‘Links’ courses. First round today. Champion crowned early Sunday.

Inside every old person is a young person wondering what the ‘heck’ happened.

Old wine and friends improve with age.

Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

robert g hester

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