“What do mothers do anyway — besides pour milk on the cereal and transfer the clothes to the dryer?” — Bernice Mills Cooksey Wiley, mother of six

The very, merry month of May is here, and has been for 10 days now. But this weekend’s got a sampling of what’s best about May.

Why just today, we’ve got Howard Payne’s graduation, the annual letter carriers food drive, and, some sons and daughters are surely running around thinking of what to do for their moms, and special ladies who are moms, but not theirs.

If you live in a community where an election is being held, and you’re eligible, registered and haven’t already, make a point to go and vote. It would make your mother proud to know she has raised such a good citizen as you.

A day with this many activities needs less say, more do. Do make it a good day. Be kind and considerate wherever you go. Your mama would expect nothing less.

‘Stamp out hunger’ food drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers will be delivering the mail, and picking up canned and boxed goods for what has become one of the nation’s single largest food drives.

“Putting food out by your mail box is probably one of the easiest charitable acts there is, and we have tremendous success because people do care and do want to help,” said Jonie Hutchison, food drive chair for Brownwood.

Donations of food left by mailboxes will be collected by letter carriers and though the drive is a nationwide effort, the food collected in each community stays in that community, to “help stamp out hunger” locally. Food needs to be nonperishable, canned or boxed, no glass jars or containers, please.

Food collected locally is delivered to St. John’s Episcopal Church, “which has a great food pantry with wonderful volunteers. They are our receiver and distributor for the local drive,” Hutchison said.

HPU commencement

Howard Payne University’s commencement exercises are at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. During the ceremony, the university will bestow its highest honor upon university chancellor Dr. Don Newbury of Burleson. Newbury will receive the honorary Doctor of Humanities.

“Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Don Newbury has brought great recognition to his alma mater,” said HPU President Dr. Lanny Hall. “His greatest service, however, came during his service as president and chancellor of HPU. I can think of no one more deserving of receiving this prestigious honor.”

Newbury is a nationally renowned inspirational speaker and humorist. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from HPU, he earned his master’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.

Democratic Party meeting

The Brown County Democratic Party will host the District 60 meeting at party headquarters at 1 p.m. Area Democrats are invited to attend. Dave Shupp, candidate for state representative, will be guest speaker and information about the Texas State Democratic Convention will be available.

By the way

• The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

• Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.

• The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team hold test sessions at 10 a.m. at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams, Brownwood. Visit www.k5bwd.org for more information about club events.

• Brownwood Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets seven days a week at 700 E. Baker. Call 646-5842 for information.

• New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 502 W. Austin in Brownwood at 6:30 p.m. daily.