-- Intended for last week --

If you see these folks, wish them a very happy birthday: Carla Abell, Sunday; Bradley Harris III on Monday, Nov. 25; and Sandra Suttles, Tony Fairfield, Donald Vickers and Ronnie Henley, all on Wednesday, Nov. 27. I hope there are plans for a great celebration.

Joyce and Ray Cook are having a wedding anniversary Wednesday, Nov. 27. May many more years together in health and harmony be in your future.

At the council meeting last week, dates were set for holiday events. The annual Holiday Bazaar is Saturday in the Brookport City Hall council chambers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 will be the Winter Wonderland, when Mr. and Mrs. Claus come to visit. It will also held in City Hall. Christmas caroling is planned for Monday, Dec. 23. This will be a busy holiday season I hope everybody enjoys.

At the Pell and Unionville Road intersection, volunteers will collect funds for the Shop with a Cop program sponsored by the Brookport Police Department on Saturday, Nov. 30. Please be generous and help some of our Brookport children have a nice Christmas. I think last year they took seven children shopping after a lunch at city hall.

The first game of the Harry Statham Youth Basketball League went well. The only complaint heard was they didn't keep score. The theory behind not keeping score is that these kids are learning the game. Coaches are able to teach and correct during play. Scoring is not as important as having fun and learning good sportsmanship.

On the other hand, some parents feel winning and losing is part of the game and kids shouldn't be coddled that "everybody is a winner." But does the pressure of winning discourage marginal players from continuing to learn and improve?

My feeling is that all kids making a good play should be cheered no matter which team. There will be plenty of time for rivalry in high school. Sometimes parents have a tendency to push referees and coaches to "make the right call" and tensions escalate. At this stage of learning, winning shouldn't be the end all of the game. Let all the kids have fun. We are talking about kindergarteners and early elementary.

The league is trying something a little different this year. For a child admission a canned good can be given in lieu of a dollar. The canned goods will be put in the pantry located outside the library. It's another way to spread the wealth.

Now is the time to return those overdue books to the Brookport Library. November is Amnesty Month, so no fines are assessed to the patron.

The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday next week.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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