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092922 juliaDr. John Kaufman (back row, from left), superintendent of Trinity Schools, spoke at a recent Lions Club meeting with Orrin Hargrave, Steve Richardson, and Bill and Kim Connell; and (front row, from left) Charles Payne, Dr. Garry Reece and the Rev. John Goodwin. Photo by Julia McMichael

Julias TidbitsWell, it’s here. The 73rd Trinity Community Fair will be history next Sunday. The Queen will be crowned, the animals will be sold, and the students will be happy for their school holiday, the carnival games, and exciting rides. The fun will be long gone for another year, but as for me, I still have plenty to do before my year ends.

In October there is an event on every Saturday of the month, and in November, the most anticipated event coming up is deer season. Deer season opens the first weekend in November, and on that day, Saturday, Nov. 5, the Boys and Girls Club’s Bingo Extravaganza Fundraiser is being held at the VFW Hall on Caroline Street at 1 p.m.

However, my biggest event is the Founders Day Celebration on Nov. 12, at the Trinity Community Center next to McDonalds from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Then my next event is the TPCC Christmas Show on Dec. 3, downtown on East Main Street. The theme for this show will be “Trinity, 150 years of Christmas Past”.

Competing with deer season for male volunteers during this time is tricky. I have to offer guns as raffle ticket prizes, deer leases rentals, 50 or more bags of corn, deer feeders, and every type of camping and hunting supplies you can think of to even get our gentlemen friends to talk to me or other women. The guilt trip about killing “Bambi” doesn’t work, never did. However, the need to cull out the overpopulated deer animals is necessary, so the men folk are equipped to handle that endeavor.

•Speaking of animals, I love reading the Old Farmer’s Almanac each year, because I learn something new and different about mother nature and animals. For Instance, did you know that cows, horses, cats, dogs, and insects’ behavior can forecast the weather? A lot of information is mythical about this, but local folklore, and farmers believe animal behavior says more about the weather than meteorologists.

Centuries ago, farmers and others observed animal behavior and recognized patterns that corresponded to weather events. These observations were passed through generations as advice, which survive today as adages. Can cows forecast the weather? Many weather adages involve cows because they were common animals on farms.

For Instance, if a cow stands with its tail to the west, the weather is said to be fair. If a cow grazes with its tail to the east, the weather is said to turn sour. If the bull leads the cows to pasture, expect rain, if the cows precede the bull, the weather will be uncertain.

Some of the information may not be true, but it is fun to read about. There is some truth here about farm animals. They graze with their tail toward the wind so that if a predator sneaks up behind them, the wind will catch the scent of the predator and prevent attack.

Here are some more animal indicators to forecast rain: Expect rain when dogs eat grass, cats purr and wash, sheep turn into the wind, oxen sniff the air and swine are restless, when cats sneeze, it is a sign of rain, and when cattle lie down in the pasture, it indicates early rain. 

(Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac)

True or not, the cricket’s story is most interesting about counting their chirps as a thermometer, and the woolly bear caterpillar predicts weather with different colored sections of its body. Next issue you need to know how birds fit into this weather folklore, and I will be happy to relate this information to you then.

•Last week at the Trinity Lions Club Meeting at the Chamber, Dr. John Kaufman, Superintendent of TISD was the guest speaker. It was comforting and surprising some of the information he imparted to us. I would really like to print all four pages of his notes, but unfortunately space is limited in this issue.

However, I will print most of his report in my up-coming tidbit articles. Here are some highlights I would like for the Trinity Community to know where your bond money and major renovation to all campuses and sports facilities was spent.

•Secured entrances on all campuses.

•Many other security improvements to all campuses.

•New locker rooms, new track, new band hall, new choir room.

•New tennis courts, and additional bleachers to athletic stadium.

•Turf field added, improved lighting inside building.

•Improved roads and parking area at the elementary and high school.

•Removed all carpet out of rooms and replaced with tile.

•New roofs on all buildings, new marquee in front of the elementary school.

•Constructed overflow parking area for additional bus and vehicle fleet.

•Created an additional overflow parking area at the stadium.

•Provided cover parking for all school vehicles and buses to preserve their interior and exterior.

•Bus fleet is in very good shape with the most recent purchase of a new 72-passenger bus and a 30-passenger bus.

•Applied for a government grant to receive electric buses and charging stations. TISD will know in October if they will be awarded this grant. The grant is $800,000.

I will report next week about employees, insurance, mental health counselors, class size and about our industry-based certificates list. I was glad to know we have soccer added to our sports curriculum.

I love soccer. All my children played soccer in their school sports’ life. Most of them reached blue and gold level soccer status. Soccer moms know what this means.

My great granddaughter is going to play soccer for North Carolina University when she graduates. So, I am glad Trinity is investing in this program for students because it is not only fun to watch, presents another avenue to obtain scholarships, and is great exercise for them as well. All children can play soccer regardless of size or stature.

•Recap of community events for October and November:

Oct. 7, TISD Homecoming Night at stadium

Oct. 15-16 Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church dinner and festival

Oct. 15-31, First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 22, SAAFE House Purse Bingo Fundraiser at the VFW Hall

Oct. 29, “Wall of Honor” tailgate fundraiser at Schillbillies

Oct. 31, “Treats on the Street” Halloween Party on Elm Street

Nov. 5, Boys and Girls Club Bingo Extravaganza at VFW Hall

Nov. 11, Veterans Day National Holiday

Nov. 12, Trinity Sesquicentennial Celebration

Nov. 12, Veterans Appreciation Banquet at Burning Hope

Nov. 21-25, TISD Thanksgiving Winter Break

Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day

I am waiting a few more issues before I report on December activities, so please text me about any Christmas cantatas, festivals, parties, school functions, or other community happenings. Anything you want me to announce for Dec. is needed soon. My number 936-537-8171 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photos by Julia McMichael

Dr. John Kaufman (back row, from left), superintendent of Trinity Schools, spoke at a recent Lions Club meeting with Orrin Hargrave, Steve Richardson, and Bill and Kim Connell; and (front row, from left) Charles Payne, Dr. Garry Reece and the Rev. John Goodwin.

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