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The sponsors table for Fish Friday at the Senior Center.The sponsors table for Fish Friday at the Senior Center.

DidYouKnow ColumnHeadI read that we are in for a lot of rain this week. Hopefully by the time you read this, it will be over. When I see the floods in the northern parts of our country, I send prayers to those affected and give thanks that our area is not having the same problems.

•The future Impact Crisis Center in Shepherd has changed the date for the fundraiser. Casino Night will now be on May 18 at Cleveland VFW 1839. The Board decided that the rodeo and other events around the original date made it too difficult to connect with sponsors for this event.

You can see all the details on the Community and Children’s Impact Center’s Facebook page. You can also contact Brenda at (936) 499-3632 or James at (832) 235- 5737.

•The San Jacinto County Senior Citizens Center in Coldspring had a lot going on Friday. First it was Fish Friday, sponsored by SJCRadio.com. As always, the food was delicious, and the sponsors were there to sample their donation.

Dale Everitt and Carson Anderson were joined by Officer Rae Lynn Phillips from Precinct 1 COCISD Police Department. Unfortunately, Charles Ballard could not make it. Get well soon Charles.

SJCRadio is an online radio service with a mixture of music and local news, items of interest and when needed interviews on a topic. At the table with them was the staff of the Election Administration.

Elections Administrator Vicki Shelly and Sherry Shepherd came to inform and answer questions about the upcoming election on March 5. Early Voting will start Feb. 19 and Vicki said that voting early is the best way to go.

This election, she explained, is a joint primary election with both parties agreeing to combine to save money. Of course, there will be two lines one for each party when you go to vote. If you want more details, call the office on 51 E. Pine Ave. in Coldspring and collect a sheet of locations along with dates for early voting.

The Senior Center also is having a Talent Show on Feb. 24. If you want to be a performer or want to enjoy the show from the audience call (936) 653-4175 for more information.

•While I was gathering information for this column, and enjoying my fish dinner, I decided to have a chat with Charline Smith, the administrator of the Center. I think it is very interesting to talk to people in our community who are very visible in their job, but we do not see them in their normal everyday life. Not that we want paparazzi her,e but we see Charline at the Center working in the office, organizing events, working with the staff who all work hard to run the place in a smooth and friendly fashion.

So, where did Charline come from? She was raised in Houston, and first came to our area for weekends away from the city. First friends invited them, then they bought a place for themselves at Holiday Shores. Ten years ago, she started to volunteer at the Senior Center.

As often happens, good volunteers are sought after to become board members and then in 2015 there was a sudden and very difficult time when a new administrator and other staff members were sought. Charline became president of the board.

Gayle became Administrator in 2017 and sadly she passed away in 2021. Charline and her colleague Jackie Compton took over running the place, and she said it was a very stressful time for all of them as they rebuilt the workings of the center. Now, it is a great success, fueled by the resale shop boosting the income from the authorities. Generous donors helped them too.

Many people come to the center to be with friends while they play cards, exercise, line dance or join in on many other events. Every Friday Ken Janik is the DJ for karaoke and it is also very easy to shop at the resale store.

Charline has been married for 35 years, has four children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild is on the way. Her husband Floyd retired from Reynolds Metals. They attend Paul Horton Church and have many community attachments, which explains how in 2021 Charline was awarded the Citizen of the Year at the Best of San Jacinto County Banquet.

•It is hard to believe that it is a year since Daiquiri’s 2 Go opened on Loop 424 in Shepherd, yet they will be celebrating their first anniversary on Saturday with some goodies to tempt the palette. This will include a $20 box special including seafood boil crab cluster, turkey necks, eggs and corn with MB’s Butta Sauce. The event starts at 2 p.m. till sold out.

Of course, the normal menu and daiquiris are also on the list. Call (832) 480-0553. Go to the Facebook page for a view of the box.

•Shepherd Library will have the Annual Tea Party on Jan. 26 from 3-4 p.m. This is a free event but please call for reservations so that everyone is accommodated. Call (936) 628-3515.

Contact the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce at (210) 995-7420 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.

Yvonne Cones is president of the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.

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