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Friday, October 31, 2003

Lost Cane reunion at Manila provided brief escape from modern world for 400

When old friends come together to remember yesterday and enjoy today, heaven cannot be far away. Such was the case Sept. 20 when some 400 present and former residents of the Lost Cane community met in Manila, Ark., for a second annual community reunion. With an abundance of good food, the warm hand of friendship and a wealth of memories more golden than fields of ripened grain, we were able to escape for a moment the challenges of our modern world and remember a time when fishing poles were more important than cell phones and computers. I want to recognize and express my sincere appreciation for all those who contributed so much to make this outstanding event possible.

The following people gave of their time, effort and a whole lot of TLC to make the day happen:

Mayor Clifford Veach, Susan Story Baker, Gregg Smith, Glenda Towles, Laverne Towles, Harry Parks, Ben and Pat (Owens) Davis, Teresa Thomas, Marcella Downing, Wayne and Patsy Boren, J.R. and Willie Faye Dobbs, Wanda Deeds, Callie Hampton, Sue Tatum, Charles Harris, Jerry Pate, Lee and Sandy Wigginton, Phillip and Shirley Reed, Dick Huff and Rose Vasser.

A special bouquet of roses went to Revis Chapman Blaylock of the Manila Town Crier, Shirley Downing and the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Sheila McCall of the Paragould Daily Press, and Larry Stroud of the Batesville Daily Guard.

Calvin Coolidge once said that "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." You are to be honored because you gave what it took to make this day a success, and we love you more than words can ever say. Thank you for the beautiful job well done. In my opinion, you should receive the Pulitzer prize for excellence in reporting.

My prayer is that God will keep us all safe through the days that lie ahead and make it possible for us to repeat this happy event annually for several years yet to come.

Boyd EstesWirthHe has a 966 exchange.