“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”

— Lao Tzu

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

This is it. The last Saturday before the first day of school. It’s been a long summer — two weeks longer thanks to state legislation mandating the delay of the start of school.

But Monday, the alarm goes off early, and it’s the first day of school in all its new crayons, sharp pencils, fresh paper beginnings. So this is the Saturday you’ve got to soak up all the “because it’s summer” specialness.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We know, it’s this week, then next Monday’s a holiday. But you know, the end is near, or here, and things are about to be different. And anyway, chances are, high school football fans, you’ll be waking up next Saturday with the home team having won, lost or tied its first game of the season. And to coin a phrase, summer really will be over, football season will have begun.

But aren’t we just about to next week this thing into the funny papers? We’ve got today folks, and folks, today there’s just about as much to do as most could manage in a whole season. Our advice?

Don’t be sniffling over a season nearly gone or celebrating too soon one that’s about to come.

It’s today and today’s what counts for us.

Be a ‘FROG’

They’re really going to do it. No false start, no weather delays — the Friends and Relatives Of Greenleaf are gathering at 8 a.m. Brown County’s historically important Greenleaf Cemetery with leather gloves and garden tools, rakes, brooms, mowers, shredders, edgers and trimmers to clean up, spruce up and help improve the grounds.

“Progress is being made one row at a time,” said Vonne Cornett, “but we have much more work to do. I think it’s important for the public to know, if anyone has a relative, family member or friend buried at Greenleaf, they are part of the Greenleaf Association They’re already a part, so hopefully they’ll become an active part and join us Saturday beginning around 8 a.m. at the cemetery.”

Hot dogs will be served at lunch, and cold drinks will be provided. Portable rest rooms will also be on site.

Dove hunters — prepare

The Bangs Lions Club will hold its 42nd annual Dove Warm-Up fund-raiser from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Charles (Crab) Pitts Skeet Range. Ammo will be furnished, and lunch will be available for $6. The event is open to all, and prizes will be awarded. All proceeds will be used for local needs and the support of the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, a residential camping facility for children with physical disabilities, diabetes and cancer.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

The citizens of Lake Brownwood and Keep Brownwood Beautiful will cosponsor the recycling trailer from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Brownwood Bridge Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 279, south of the bridge. Recycle glass, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, metal cans, plastic bottles and milk jugs. Only clean items are accepted.

Back in the saddle

A Horse Sense Seminar is being held at 5:30 p.m. at the Blanket Rodeo arena. Melissa Loftin will speak on barrel racing. For more information call Katie Townsend at Tackfully Yours Saddle and Tack at 307 4th St. in Brownwood, 998-1845.

Dance, dance, dance

Waltz right up and be a part of the Heart of Texas Dance Club’s end of summer dance. You get a free lesson if you get there at 7 p.m. (There being the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Main St. and Depot.) Dancing and refreshments will continue from 8 to 11 p.m. Join the group for dancing and homemade ice cream, cookies and lemonade. Admission is $5 if you’re not a HOT member, $3 if you are.

Various and sundry

Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill may dump excess trash from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday in the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets daily at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777. The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. The Brownwood Area Farmers’ Market, sponsored this year by Downtown Brownwood Inc., will be open from 7 a.m. to sell out. The City of Bangs is hosting a local farmers’ market, free to vendors, Saturday mornings. Location is in the open area of downtown on Kyle Street. New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets daily at 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777. The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For group tours and information call 641-1926. Angel Food Ministries’ Distribution Day is from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Early United Methodist Church. Notice the change in time to pick up your order.