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Heard Around Town November 2009 - Huntsville Gossip

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Heard Around Town November 2009 - Huntsville Gossip

Cathey Carney, Old Huntsville Magazine

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"Heard Around Town" is written by Editors Tom & Cathey Carney and reprinted from Old Huntsville Magazine. Here is the November 2009 column with all the gossip around town:

Our friend Betty Williams Gordon called the other day. She currently lives in Callahan, Fl. Betty was here for their family reunion, with the family who’s left (2 brothers) and told us she was born in Huntsville and left in 1950. She couldn’t believe all the changes that are happening here now!

Congratulations to that good-looking couple, Joe and Liz Waggett of Huntsville who very recently celebrated their 45th anniversary with sons Steve, David and Chris, along with their spouses & children. We love you guys!

Huntsville’s Operation Green Team is an award-winning, hard-working group of people. They have so many projects going on, but couldn’t do it without the help of the Huntsville residents. You can see their upcoming events by going to their website, www.hsvcity.com, and click “Operation Green Team.”

One recent collaboration with the Green Team is that of Old Town Historic District and the little park on Pratt/Walker and White streets. This former eyesore was totally transformed by the OTHD board & residents along with much help from Joy McKee and the staff of the Green Team. The new Rice Park was named after Charles & Frances Rice, of Old Town, who worked very hard to establish the historic district back in the early 70’s.

We are so proud of Johnny Johnston!  He worked for years at the old airport off South Mem. Pkwy., and now entertains thousands when he speaks before groups and tells them how it used to be in Huntsville, in the “Old days.”  He recently was honored by Raytheon when they asked him to speak before an elite group of young people, the top 20 world-wide recruits of Raytheon. I know they enjoyed listening!

BB&T bank, which used to be Colonial, has a birthday in November!  Jane Eller, a very sweet lady and customer service rep at the bank, is celebrating on Nov. 15.  Happy birthday to you Jane!

James Hughes was 84 when he passed away in late August. James was the manager of Eastern Airlines when our airport was located off Airport Road, east of Parkway. He was a proud Army Vet and will be remembered forever by all who knew and loved him.

It was great running into Meckel Richardson recently at Larry’s Pistol & Gun shop on North Parkway, where he works. Those who know Meckel know that he is also an outstanding waiter at Carrabba’s, when we’re there we ask for him ONLY!

From Nov. 27- Dec. 13 on the Alpha Stage on Meridian St. the Reindeer Monologues will be performed! You’re in for a treat with this one - really puts you in the holiday mood!

M.D. and Judy Smith recently hosted her best friend, Anna Gene Cliff Chesnut and her husband Charles Chesnut. They were here for the 50th anniversary of Huntsville High’s class of 59, and had a great time visiting friends.

Happy 30th wedding anniversary to our dear friends Barb & Ron Eyestone. yes">  To celebrate such an important occasion, they are traveling to Aruba for a warm  vacation!

Another 30th anniversary is being celebrated by Hospice Family Care.  They are the only non-profit hospice service in this area and have provided comfort and help to thousands of people. To celebrate the event, they are hosting a gala at the Jackson Center of HudsonAlpha Institute. It will take place on Nov. 13, tickets are limited and sell for $75 each. Call 650-1212 for more info. 

Rob Zimmerman loved history and was very successful in radio advertising sales. We remember Rob for his smile and wonderful sense of humor. He died recently after having been sick for several years, he was only 61 years old. We will miss Rob.

A special hello to Mildred Johnson, our 81 year-old friend from Fulton, Ms. who loves reading about Huntsville history!

We were really sorry to hear that Scottie Brier’s mom had passed away, in October.  Jane Scott Brier was born in 1918 and had a good long life. We send our deepest condolences to Scottie.

Dick Maroon is a Twickenham resident who thinks about kids probably 15 hours a day! He spends most of his waking hours building little wooden toys, trucks, trains, etc. for sick children who have no insurance. He brings his toys, thousands of them each year, to Huntsville Hospitals Children’s unit, as well as to DHR, each Christmas. yes">  He does all this on his own, spending thousands of $$ each year to buy the supplies. Dick brings so much happiness to this sick kids and definitely has a place in heaven!

Harrison Brothers is that unique store downtown that many new people to Huntsville Love! They are having their Christmas Open House on Nov. 19 from 5-8pm, and our mayor Tommy Battle will be there to unveil their 2009 Christmas window! 

Happy November Birthday to Stephanie Troup, my beautiful daughter who is mom to Hannah and Evan, and wife of John Troup. You’re the BEST!

Anyone who’s teeth have been to Dr. Whitworth’s office in Madison know Cathi Harless, the office manager. She recently had a birthday and she looks as young as she did 5 years ago!  Her brother, Don Gross, recently celebrated his 34th wedding with sweet wife Pam. Congratulations!

We were so sorry to hear that Jim Worden, of Munith, MI. had died in February. yes">  He loved reading about the history of this area. He and his wife Doris raised 4 wonderful daughters, and he will be so missed among his friends and family.

Have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family, and be sure to take walks around the downtown neighborhoods - it’s beautiful this time of year.

~Cathey Carney

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