“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

– Bruce Lee

CHALKFEST. Saturday. Kilgore City Park. It’s part of the Kilgore Children’s Arts Festival, beginning at 10 a.m. We’re excited to see what the community’s youngest artists (and their elder assistants) can create.

GOOD news travels fast, especially if you post it on Kilgore PD’s Facebook page. As of Monday night, the story about Ofc. Josh Vercher’s pup-patrol had been seen by 250,000-plus social media users.

SURELY one of those folks will step up and replace the bag of beef jerky Vercher “donated” to a good paws Saturday night.

WE’LL see you at the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce’s Morning Brew at East Texas Regional Airport Thursday morning. BINGO is that night, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, all proceeds from the meal and the game benefiting Kilgore Boys & Girls Club.

ONE of the earliest stories we wrote for The Flare – almost 20 years ago – was on a stand-up guy at Kilgore College, David Castles. As of Monday, he’s officially part of the school’s Board of Trustees, swearing-in alongside Janice Bagley, as she begins her first full-term on the board, and returning trustee Joe Carrington. Thanks to all, and your colleagues, for your service.

TWICE on Tuesday we saw random people jump to the aid of strangers who needed a hand changing tires. It’s not a commentary on the quality on rubber nowadays but, rather, how wonderful humanity can be in small, simple ways.

IT’S nice that people think we have a knack for counting crowds, but even we run out of fingers and toes eventually.

WE’LL just say there were hundreds (you try counting ’em) of children and parents packed into the Texan Theater Tuesday morning for the Creature Teacher’s Kilgore Public Library summertime show.

THAT’S a loud crowd: Belinda Henry and her son and helper, Caleb, had them wow’d with a wide variety of exotic animals.

WELL done, KPL and crew, and kudos to KC for helping sponsor the event.

AND don’t forget, the annual Danville Cemetery Picnic is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27. One of Kilgore’s good-doers, David Hampton, will be guest speaker.

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BIRTHDAYS

June 19: Sarah Knight, Shelley White, Annie Opal, Scott Brooks, Mary Frances Miller, Michelle Perry, Joe Allen, Jacqueline Geary, Mary Brunson, Peggy Campbell, R.L. Fite, Greg Forth, Sarah Jane Gage, Cecil Taylor, Margaret Lumpkin, Renee Matlock, Angela Beck, Teresa Bagwell, Sanford Stein, Khalon Ryan Clayton

June 20: Cheryl Halla, Robert Travis Crews, Carl May, Dana Dukes, Carla Neeld, Jared Leslie Smith, Teresa Reed, Jessica Wright, Todd Duncan, Eddie Welch, Cynthia Clark, Barbara Bass, Melissa Helsell, John Hardt, John Crowston, Eli Nicks

June 21: Jennifer Ann Jones, Louise Raney, Sandy King, Tonya Farrar, Terry Leigh, Bobbie Miller, Cameron Dale Earley, Gloria Howard, Marge May, Joyce Callahan, Michael Dickey, Mandy Decker, Angela Henderson, Elisa Quinlan, Andrew Willey, Mariyah Kimbrell, Katlyn Eitel, Daniel Crabtree

ANNIVERSARIES

June 19: Rebecca and Joe Cantu

June 21: Benny and Suzette Womack, James and Bernice Nolen

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