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Heard Around Town November 2012

Cathey Carney Shares Local Huntsville News

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If you missed the December Column and the January Column or the February Column, and March Column. Read the May column here.You can catch up now. "Heard Around Town" is written by Editor Cathey Carney and reprinted from Old Huntsville Magazine. Check out some of the old stories from Old Huntsville Here is the November 2012 column with all the gossip around town:

Six officers of the Huntsville Police Department were recently awarded the Safe Community Awards by the Huntsville Community Watch Asso. and we're so proud of them. They are: Officer Karl Kissich, West Precinct; Officer Neal Jenkins, West Precinct; Officer Joshua Bates, North Precinct; Officer Steve Graham, North Precinct; Officer Will McDonald, South Precinct; and Officer John Citrano, South Precinct. Thanks for ALL you do to keep us safe, and congratulations.

An open message to all you telemarketers who are gathering data on the hours per day we are home. We all have caller ID now and when your call comes in, we don't answer it. So all your data is skewed. So quit wasting our time and go find a real job.

We got a note from Bill Stewart looking for information on the 1955 Parkers Baseball team for which he was pitcher. Bill asks if anyone else remembers this team, to send "Old Huntsville" a good story on them.

James King, Sr. was a funny, loving and spiritual man who loved church at Holy Spirit. He cherished his wife Jeanne and their children, and they were married 60 years. He passed away at 88 years old. We send our deepest condolences to Jeanne and their many friends & family who will never forget this Notre Dame fan.

Woody Anderson Ford recently held their annual Fin & Fowl celebration to show their customers how much they are appreciated. There must have been 800 people there, it was packed but there was so much BBQ, slaw, potato salad, desert and ice tea no one left hungry. This is the 8th year Woody Anderson has put this on with sales reps & notables serving up all that good food.

While there we talked with Steve Gray who was taking some great pictures, David Waggett who is a sales associate there, saw Richard Showers enjoying the food and company, and talked with Betty Mullins McNeese who lived in Moores Mill and went to school at Riverton. She was there with her friend Billy Daly who was no doubt an Alabama fan. Billy happens to be the sweet Dad of Jan Doming, who is married to our Sheriff Blake Doming. Billy wanted to send a special hello to his cousins the Mullins and also love to Jan & Blake.

It was hard to believe that people in a pick-up truck thought it would be entertaining to drive through Old Town one night before Halloween and steal all the pumpkin decorations off residents' porches. Too bad these thieves can't find something better to do than make children & families unhappy.

Charlotte Mrazek was a beautiful, feisty, vibrant 100 year old lady who absolutely loved life and her family. She was born in Berlin, Germany in 1912 and ran Huntsville Bavaria Delicatessen for 10 years. In her later years she loved going out to lunch with her beloved granddaughter Aunia Schrader. She died Oct. 8, and we send our deepest sympathy to her son Dieter Schrader and wife, Sonja; granddaughters Aunia Schrader and Andrea Coffin (George), and great-grandsons Taylor and Jared.

Major James F. Cole and his family, who are from Huntsville but now live in New Jersey, want to send out love and a special hello to his mom Mary Frank Cole of Toney, Al.

Bill Drake is sure proud of his newest great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Grace Bogue. He is just a pushover when it comes to these baby girls. Congratulations to you and your sweet wife Linda. Be sure and check out the Botanical Gardens Galaxy of Lights - the Walking Tour starts Nov. 16 -20. Driving nights start Nov. 22 and go til New Year's Eve. Go to www.hsvbg.-org/ for more info.

The Golden K Kiwanis held their annual Installation of Officers at Brookdale Place in late September. Officers were installed by the District 1 Lt. Governor, Michael Hodge. The meeting was closed by new President Jim White.

John Bzdell (Marathon Painting) & Margaret Watson are proud new homeowners in Old Town Historic District and to say hello to all their new friends & neighbors, they held an open house recently with over 60 people there. The food was great and they loved meeting and saying hi to all the neighborhood. Welcome, John and Margaret.

Happy Birthday to Diane Owens - she was so thrilled in October to share her day with her son Brandon who paid a visit from Tucson. Dad Ken Owens was pretty happy, too.

The day for the October Maple Hill Cemetery stroll dawned cloudy & with threat of rain but ended up with sunshine. The crowds who attended all enjoyed the re-enactments of many of the famous & infamous who are buried there. Henry Turner, Christy Webb, Jan & Blake Doming, Ron Cooper and many others gave spectacular performances to the delight of all who attended.

The Historic Lowry House had many on edge for the first of their two Family Fright Nights this October. It has pretty much been proven that the ghost of Anne Lowry is still there.

Have a happy Thanksgiving - watch out for your neighbors.

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