Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

July 29, 2013

Of passings and the importance of VFDs

Mineral Wells Index

— By Kay Mealio

We received a total of 3 inches of much-needed rain last week. The grass seems to have greened up, but the grasshoppers are going full blast. When Fred lets his chickens out of their pen in the afternoon they run about gorging themselves. There’s just not enough chickens and too many grasshoppers!

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Beulah Tucker on July 20, 2013, at her home in Perrin. She was married to “Pete” Tucker, who preceded her in death, as well as her son, Joe Tucker.

She became Perrin’s Kindergarten teacher in 1974. My son, Marks, was in her first class. When she first began to teach kindergarten in Perrin, she had to have her class in the Masonic Lodge building because there were no classrooms available in the school. She retired from teaching kindergarten at the Perrin-Whitt CISD in 1989 when my daughter, Jo, became the new kindergarten teacher.

Services were Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Perrin with burial in the Perrin Memorial Gardens Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Kay and Gary Cline of Burnet; and daughter-in-law Jennifer Tucker of Eastland.

Steve Long won the generator at last week’s Perrin VFD fundraising event. The turnout wasn’t as good as normal and the funds raised were disappointing. We had plans of attending and investing in a few chances at the generator, but we were both “under the weather” and couldn’t go.

Did you ever stop to think what would happen if no one volunteered to put out fires or respond to medical emergencies in our community.

Volunteer firefighters are this nation's first line of defense, and sometimes, our community's only line of defense in many types of emergencies.

Most volunteer stations are needing young people to become involved in serving their community, and Perrin is no exception. As a volunteer firefighter you can serve your community, protect property and save lives. Fires don't wait. This would be an opportunity for people of all ages to help improve the community around them.

Our town owes a lot to these volunteers who regularly spend most of their free time giving to the community. Aside from fire control, volunteer firefighters also have other duties, including emergency medical response, fire safety education, fundraising, disaster relief and equipment maintenance.

Small volunteer stations such as Perrin, may depend on hand-me-downs from larger stations in order to restock their supplies.

Because of this, volunteer firefighters may not have full equipment available while on duty and that is one of the reasons to hold fundraising events. The Perrin VFD is still planning on hosting the turkey shoot in November.

The Perrin Advent Christian church will be having their VBS Aug. 4-9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. The theme of the VBS is visiting Athens with Paul on his missionary journey. All ages are welcome.

 Thought for the week: The cheapest way to have your family tree traced is to run for public office.