PICAYUNE — The Poplarville High School’s “Green Machine Band Booster Club” is a 150 plus member organization of which primary responsibilities are to support the band director and to raise money for the band program, which includes grades 6 through 12, and the color guard and dance team. “With the dance team we will be marching with close to 90 students,” said Band Director Josh Tidwell. “The boosters are really one of the most important aspects behind the scenes. Without the parents help fundraising to provide props, instrument repairs and uniforms for the department we would have a challenge to say the least.” Officers are: President Sommer Tynes; Vice President Lee Stewart; Secretary Lynel Krieger-Stewart and Treasurer Dana Jordan. “We are a tight group; we all work together sewing buttons on uniforms and baking. In today’s world there are so many homes in which both parents work. Even though many of us do, there is always someone that can give their time in some way and all of those small amounts of time contributed adds up,” said Tynes. “Most parents have kids in the band. I have a step-daughter in there but even if I didn’t, I would still support the band through the boosters because I know it is that important. I grew up playing in my school band. It was an excellent opportunity to build self-esteem,” said Krieger-Stewart. “The kids are very excited. With the current band director we have almost doubled (in size) in the last three years. Mr. Tidwell engages the students, chooses good music that they want to play and awards them for accomplishments,” Krieger-Stewart continued. “We refer to our band as our band family. These students love each other and the community supports them. It is a pride thing. This is an exciting time for everyone connected to the band. We are growing and thriving. Of course with growth comes challenges. Since Josh Tidwell came on board, the high school band has increased significantly — the band’s needs have increased in direct proportion to that growth,” said Tynes. One of the challenges Tynes is referring to the is the band’s need to get new uniforms. “Our current uniforms are almost 30-years-old and we are trying to raise money for a updated design. Each uniform will cost approximately $285, and we will need to purchase 100 units. $30,000 is the amount we will try to raise. We are not talking about pennies, but this is doable,” said Krieger-Stewart. “We begin fund raising with a booth at the Blueberry Jubilee, where we sell baked goods. We have coke and candy sales. We work with local businesses where we will get a certain percentage of profits for people purchasing there. We also have a community calendar that we produce.” She said anyone who would like to become a patron of the band through a contribution can e-mail email@example.com.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
Fred Cruse Foundation again giving away bicycles
All donations can be either dropped off or mailed to Fred’s Westside Pharmacy located at 207 Kirkwood St., Picayune, MS 39466. For more information call Diane Cruse at 601-798-8888.
Angel Tree for children
Trees with angel ornaments to adopt can be found at Wal-Mart and Highland Community Hospital. Those who would like to sponsor a child through Angel Tree, or find out more about it, may call the church at 601-798-6301 or visit the Internet site at www.angeltree.org.
Senior Snowflake project
Snowflake trees will be found at:
— Highland Community Hospital;
— Ford Realty located at 1004 Memorial Boulevard, open from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday;
— Stewart Insurance Agency, 114 East Canal Street in Picayune open
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CWC Pilgrimage: Formby home
It’s Christmas time in Picayune and you will be hard pressed to find more holiday spirit anywhere other than this Main Street home in the heart of old Picayune.
The renovated home of Mark and Rita Formby sits on four city lots across from a grove of live oaks that are draped in Spanish moss. The sprawling oaks are scenic year round and slightly buffer the rumble of Norfolk Southern trains that roll by.
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