High points from El Camino Real

by Chris Davis

Folks along El Camino Real celebrated the Fourth of July in a grand fashion this past week. I don’t know when I’ve heard the fireworks any louder.
It seemed like the sky stayed lit up from dusk until way after midnight. I guess I know what its like trying to sleep in a war zone. The American flags were waving from houses and businesses everywhere.

I didn’t see a single soul that was worried about what kind of shoes (Colon Kapernut) had on. I didn’t get much news gathered up this week, but hopefully I’ve got enough to fill up your six bits’ worth. If its any consolation to you, I did fill up on fried catfish and watermelon.
Some folks used the holiday to continue to clean up their places after the tornadoes. It’s hot trying to stack brush and run a chain saw, but you have to get the work done when you have time.
All the rain and the growing Bahia grass has done a good job of hiding lots of the damage. With that being said please be careful when you start mowing with your tractor or lawn mower and make sure you pick up what you can before you start mowing.
It might save someone’s life or the life of your mower. The debris trucks are starting back this week and hopefully some of the big piles of debris in town will be gone before too long.

In spite of all the problems related to the storm and our school, life goes on.
Beverly Milner has sent out letters for the Alto Booster Club Football Program. The deadline for getting an ad in this years program is Monday, July 22. If you need to contact Beverly, her phone number is (936) 858-3836 or you can email her at spaceeteacher@yahoo.com. Only media day pictures will be accepted after the July 22 deadline.
You can always count on Beverly to get the job done. I can’t believe it’s almost time to start screaming, “Go Jackets” again.

The 122nd annual Holcomb Reunion is coming up this weekend in the Cold Springs Community just west of Alto.
Holcomb kin will be pouring in from all across the state on Sunday to see their kin and find out what has been going on over the past year.

The reunion was organized in 1897, so the descendants of two brothers, Joseph and Zachariah Holcomb -- who came to Texas in the 1830s -- would not lose touch with their family and keep strong family ties. Their idea really took root and worked because they are still doing it after all these years. There’s a lot to be said for a family of people who have a enough pride in their family to keep a tradition like this going for 122 years.

Every year this time I get to feeling like one of those Muslims that make their pilgrimage to Mecca. My wife makes me make my pilgrimage out to the Holcomb Reunion to see all of our kinfolks. They’ve rented Porta cools for this year’s reunion, so hopefully they’ll do the trick to keep and help keep things cooler. I think Joseph and Zachariah would be pretty happy to know that the Holcomb Family Reunion is still going strong.

When the summer heat has the kids all in the house and under your feet, it’s nice to know that it is time for the Summer Reading Program to begin at the Stella Hill Memorial Library.
This year’s program starts on Monday, July 15 and ends on Thursday, July 18. Bring your kids, ages 5 to 10 years old, to the library from 9 a.m. until noon for some great activities and fun. The theme of this years Summer Reading Program is “A Universe of Stories.” The kids will learn about planets and outer space. Terri McDonald does a wonderful job with the kids every year and it is something they all look forward to attending. Take me to your Reader! No boredom allowed at the Stella Hill Library during the Summer Reading Program, it’s going to be too much fun.

I finally put the mower on the tractor and got started mowing a little to get things spiffed up for the Holcomb reunion.

The tractor is now stuck in the mud, but I’ll worry about that little problem next week after things have had a chance to dry out a little more.
I always try to get just a little bit closer to that wet spot by the pond and I always wind up getting too close.

I’d rather be stuck in the mud in July than to be worrying about whether the mower blade is going to hit a rock and set the pasture on fire.
Mud is a good thing this time of year. Its especially good for people who have big brush piles that need burning.
I guess I’m just rambling now, so I’m going to finish this one off and move on to something else.
This summer is going to be over before you know it and we’ll be worrying about more important things like hunting season and football games. If you come across a little news that needs telling during these hot summer days, I’d sure appreciate hearing about it.
I’ll see ya next week!

And remember, If the whole world was blind, how many people would you impress?