Looking back: Have you ever visited the Smithsonian?

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Atmore Advance featured a whole double-page section of activities at Poarch. It mentioned several things that people were doing to show skills of the Native Americans. All kinds of activities were shown, including quilting and making baskets. There was a photograph of Gail Thrower showing the way to weave baskets. It made me think of a time when I, for some strange reason, set out to make baskets out of pine straw. I did it, although it wasn’t as neat as it could have been.

I still have one of those little baskets at my house and I am very proud of it.

The Atmore Advance ran a series of articles of things on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The Traveling Encyclopedia Britannica Museum was bringing displays to the public.

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Have you ever visited the Smithsonian? Well if you haven’t, do so if you ever get the chance. I was there 60 years ago and even then it would take days to see everything. Today, the different collections take up even more space and cover lots of subjects.

After striving to collect funds to build a new library, the city received some very good news. Thanks to an anonymous donor, any amount raised would be matched.

Escambia County Clean-up Day was declared by the county commission as part of Keep America Beautiful Week.

Forty apartments were ready to be occupied by the elderly and the handicapped. The new complex was to be called Atmore Rotary Village.

I noticed one thing of national interest on the editorial page. Do you remember the Falkland Islands? Well, Argentina was making noise about the people living there and said the islands should belong to them.

England, who had been governing the Falklands for many years, disagreed and the fight was on.

A 17-year-old youth was being held in the death of a local woman who died of trauma and a broken neck.

Being an older person myself, I noticed an article about the value of hiring older workers. I agree that older workers, in certain jobs, do a much better job than a young person would.

The Atmore Saddle Club organized a wagon train of people headed for an overnight camping trip on the river. Some were riding their horses, but for those who did not want to ride, wagons were provided.

Now this sounds like a lot of fun. They were planning on having a fish fry and story telling around the campfire with entertainment provided by a bluegrass band. I’m not much on bluegrass, but it sounds like fun to sit around and tell stories. It reminds me of the time we did that, only we were sitting around a old-fashioned iron stove. Of course, that was before we all had a television to get our attention.