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November 21, 2018 Page 5A ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel Forsyth should market dog park to 1-75 drivers Now that Thanksgiving has gobbled, the Christ- mas Season (not The Holiday Season) has begun. What does it take to convince a lapsed generation that it is the Christmas season, a time when we honor and celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ? For way too many it is Santa Claus Season. Wow, just had to get that offmy brain. AS 2018 comes to a screeching halt, Forsyth's city council and city manager are obviously patting themselves and each other on the back for refusing to work with Norfolk Southern to close several railroad crossings in the city for safety reasons and promising to have a dog park, that's right a dog park, open within the next nine months. Seems like we heard that about the splash pad. I hope the city's Godfathers recognize the potential of the dog park as a major tourist attractor to those motor- ing through the city on 1-75 and possibly staying at one of our 14 motels. Stop a minute and think about the dog park. The promotional opportunities by Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau are unlimited. Surely those entities will work together to promote the dog park. Here are a couple of ideas for a billboard and brochures: "Stay In Forsyth and Take Your Dog To Our Dog Park", "Park Your Dog In Our Dog Park." Maybe the mayor and council can get "dog park exit here" signs on 1-75 sorta like the exit here for Historic Downtown Forsyth. Of course, the CVB is going to have to add a sign to the wayfaring signs directing downtown tourists to the dog park. Here are some tmattributed Forsyth council member comments: "It is not as bad as we initially thought"; "IfI heard the question cor- rectly"; i!Yii~ililJiiiiiiiiii "It makes the decision easier"; "I need to know exactly"; "I am confused. Where all the questions are coming from?"; "Correct me ifI am wrong, Two scenarios"; "We need an electrician"; "Let's give them some direc- tion ; "I'm not in a big rush". HOPEFULLY IT is going to continue through Christmas, the Forsyth Main Street shopping downtown efforts. SaUn'day, I saw a lot of people in downtown and particularly local artists offering their artistic endeavors as great Christmas presents. Kudos to Denise Buff and Tammie Pierson for their organizing efforts and setting up the displays in the old city hall building. YOU NEED to be at the Lee Street Park (next to the Wel- come Center on N. Lee Street) Thursday at 10 oHock for the Leadership Monroe 2018 unveiling their "Fox Hunt" efforts. See you there. DIDN'T GET to hang around the council meeting until they adjourned because I wanted to observe the two sher- iffs' candidates attempt to woo voters in a so-called debate, which it was not. A good turnout but not as many as the earlier six-candidate debate. It was obvious the room was split pretty evenly between each candidate's already voted for supporters and family. Will had some interesting questions and there were some audience questions. In my opinion, there is very little difference between the candidates for sheriffwanna-be's. Right now county gossip and talk is that the race is a toss-up. ONE OF the most interesting county commission meet- ings was the mobile meeting held up at High Falls last week. Standing out on their agenda was a recommendation by new County Manager Jim Hedges. Like a ghost from the past, he recommended the adoption of a county busi- ness license. Of course, each commissioner wanted more information before casting a vote for or against. It was kicked down the road for more discussion. Here are some unattributed commissioner comments: "We kinda think they are rock stars"; "She's not as loved we are,'; "Quote, unquote,'; 'TU be loud"; "It's not the cheapest thing I pay"; "She helps keep us afloat"; "I'm not an engineer"; "You need to huddle up"; "We bid out everything down to the screws"; "How 'bout that!" OKAY, HERE'S The Question for this week: what day of the week does Christmas fall on this year? First correct answer after noon Thursday g&s a certificate for a dozen Dunkin donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Juliette's Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, slice of Shoney's straw- berry pie, dessert at Bolingbroke's Sweet Tea Cafe, sand- wich, chip and drink at The Pickled Okra and a Forsyth Main Street t-shirt. Jerome Clanzy was the first with the correct answer to last week's The Question, "I believe that was nazing Stories" filmed in downtown Forsyth". He gets the goody certificate. DON'T FORGET Bolingbroke's Christmas Parade, Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. and on Sunday momings at seven, listen to The Reporter On The Radio on Majic 100. Also watch the show on Forsyth Cablevision. Forsyth's Not Christmas Parade is Thursday night. THINK ABOUT this: What hair color do they put on the driver's license of bald men?" Don Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Contact him at tullaybear@bell- south.net and listen to Wil Don and Richard on the radio at Majic 100 Sunday mornings at seven and watch the show on Forsyth Cablevision. R porter TO THE To the Editor: Mary Persons Bulldogs just wrapped up an exciting foot- ball season with a razor-thin decision against a talented Marist team on a cold, rainy night at Dan Pitts Stadium. It was like watching two heavyweights duke it out, toe-to-toe, for 15 rounds. Although the final effort came up just a few points short of extending our season into the state semi-finals, I could not be prouder of these kids. They played selfless football and were a cohesive unit that exemplified the mean- ing of "team effort". Brian Nelson and his excellent staff guided this team to an undefeated regular season that scared the living daylights out of any team that knew they had to face Mary Persons. After all, who averages almost 47 points per game in the regular season and then scores more than 60 points a game in the first two rounds of the playoffs? Bulldog Pride is alive and well in For- syth and across all of Monroe County. A bunch of the kids playing back-up this year will be on the front lines next season and they will be prepared to represent the school with all of us behind them in the stands. So, here are your march- ing orders for next year: (1) Join the MP Bulldog Touchdown Club, (2) Pick out your seats and get your season tickets early, (3) Be ready to be loud and be proud at the games when the 'Dawgs come down the hill and break through the banner. That is all. Dismissed. John Ricketson South Monroe County Reader enjoys Reporter, wants lively debate To the Editor: lease find my check for $40 to pay for another I enjoy the weekly reports and happenings. Maybe get Sloan Oliver to alternate the com- mentary column to fill in for Marilyn Langford; sort of a point-counterpoint with humor and a little bit of comedy? Keep it informative but also light and friendly. Bob Cason Juliette TAKING A LIKENS TO ' OU by :Dale Liker s I've been looking for someone, anyone, who can predict the weather or winners in college football. Each time I think I've found some- one the next week they fall short. This week I thinkI finally found three young men who can at least pick football winners. Just for fun, let's mix weather and football ' adl is well in Michigan!" Then it began at 12 noon Saturday, Nov. 24. The blue sky quickly began turning to dark clouds while large gusts of wind began swirling like a terrible tornado. Peo- ple in Michi- gan looked to the once blue skies as wild, dark clouds began forming and the winds began twirl- ing. The rains began to pour down "What's together and watch what happens. Few meteorologists pre- dicted it was coming. Even those who are so skilled in the study of strange phenomenon, those who are students of coming events such as hurricanes and tornadoes never saw it coming. Those who chase storms with high- dass cameras and pride through some of the worst storms never saw it com- ing. But it did come! Last Saturday everything was so peaceful and quiet in Michigan. The sun was shining and people were walking around with smiles on their faces. Even the best prognosticators of strange events didn't see it coming. Of all people, Kirk Herbstreit predicted all was well in Michigan. Then Lee Corso, who always crowns the helmet of his predicted choice over his gray head for each predicted winner shouted, "Not so fast, gentlemen! Not so fast!" Then he planted the Michigan hel- met on his head and said, happening?" They began to question one another. "It's a wild storm!" Others began to shout! "It's coming out of the middle of Ohio!" They began to cry and run for cover. "Something terrible is happening in Ohio and it's heading our way!" From 12 noon until 4 p.m. Saturday the rains began to pour down on Michigan. At two minutes after 4 p.m. the storm was over. The people in Michi- gan covered their eyes. "It's all gone!" they cried. "Just like that an unpredicted storm hit us and all is gone! Everything we built and saved for is gone in one day!" After the storm was over, Jim Harbaugh, coach of the Michigan Wolverines, was interviewed. "what happened?" one of the reporters asked. "I don't know!" Jim Harbangh answered. "I guess we just pick up the pieces and put them back together again. We're tough! We'll bounce back. We're from Michigan" "This is the eighth storm Ohio State to defeat the of the year;' another re- best defensive team in porter called out. "Would college football. Perhaps you like to guess what they these three men are wiser named this storm?" than those who stake their "Huh? Oh, yeah! Let me we(a)kly professions on guess" Jim Harbaugh an- predicting winners and swered, still through glassy losers. Perhaps they have eyes. "Is it 'Buckeye'?" the insight to look at a "No!" the reporter team's hidden, potential smiled back. "But you're power. Perhaps it's be- close. It had to begin cause they also played with the letter 'H' so they football themselves and named it 'Haskins'I Isn't look beyond the stigma that amusing?" of following others. The "Yeah! YeahI That's a same day their prediction good name. That's a good came true the lights went name,' Harbaugh an- out in Michigan. They say swered still through glassy the 'Haskins' storm that eyes. "I guess that's what rocked Michigan turned I would have named it. those lights out for at least 'Haskins!' Yeah! That's a 364 days. good name!" I'm not quite as good Then Jim Harbaugh as the three young men walked out of the inter- at predicting winners or view. Each step he took losers, but I have a funny he continued to whisper, feeling each will be picking "Yeah! 'Haskins'! That's Georgia to defeat Ala- a good name. I like the bama next Saturday. I feel name. 'Haskins!' That's a another storm coming! As good name for a storm my dad used to say, "I can that wild! 'Haskins!"' feel it in my bones!" With Then last week I did that in mind I'm not going find three brave men who to go against three great could predict the weather 'pickers; so I'm picking and college football win- Georgia to defeat Alabama ners on the '2018 Celebrity this Saturday! I remember Pickers' of the Reporter. last year's meeting very Two men I'm assuming well and I'm going with understand the game of these three men once football, and one young more. I like Kirby Smart. I man who obviously sees believe he,s one of the great the finer details of this college football coaches wonderful game since today. Jake Fromm is as he now plays football for good as any quarterback Mary Persons. All three I've seen all year. boldly predicted the Look out Alabama! This 'Haskins' storm to rock the won't only be a storm Michigan football team " like last Saturday coming in last week's 'Celebrity out of Ohio. This will be Pickers.' Each was so bold another true "Red Wave!" he placed his wild predic- from Georgia. God bless! tion in the Reporter. While others simply followed Dale Likens is an author the crowd, these brave who lives in Monroe men stepped forward and County. courageously predicted