“People want to be told what to do so badly that they’ll listen to anyone.”

– Don Draper

(from “Mad Men”)

WE have to applaud KNH Reporter Lucas Strough for his hard-boiled willpower, avoiding the bushels of egg-cellent puns he could have included as a little yolk in today’s Lifestyles story about egg-static and gifted students taking a crack at making parachutes. Most of cargo survived without getting shell-shocked.

WE’LL be in Overton at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Big Boy No. 4014 at the Henderson Street railroad crossing. The historic engine is traveling through the south with several stops in East Texas this weekend.

BUSY, busy: Today’s the syrup festival in Henderson, East Texas Pipe Organ Festival begins Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, the Kilgore War Veterans Association celebrates America’s finest at 9 a.m. Monday at Harris Street Park, Kilgore College honors vets at 1 p.m. the same day in the Devall Student Center Ballroom and Kilgore City Council members meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

THEN it’s Reel East Texas Film Festival’s free filmmaking panel in the Texan Theater (catered by Downtown D’Lites) at 11 a.m. Wednesday; and the pipe organ festival wraps up that night. The film festival’s screenings get rolling at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Texan Theater and Texas Broadcast Museum, continuing through Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Kilgore College Theatre Department’s production of “The Laramie Project” has shows Nov. 14-17 in Van Cliburn Auditorium, and (on Saturday) Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation, with Kilgore Chamber of Commerce and other hosts, is set for ‘A Very Derrick Christmas’ from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

AND that’s just the coming week with more in store as the holidays roar in.

DON’T forget: Kilgore’s Helping Hands food pantry will have fresh produce, free to all comers, at noon Monday at 201 S. Martin St.

ON the food front, meal preppers can mark their calendars for a fun session with Kilgore Public Library (albeit at the Community House) Nov. 19. Look for details in Wednesday’s edition.

AND, some sad news out of Liberty City as ‘Christmas in the Park’ has officially come to an end. We loved visiting the volunteers’ wonderland of lights each year, and we appreciate all the hard work that’s gone into the grassroots project for so many years.

FROM the organizers: “We have struggled for many years with lack of volunteers and funding. This past spring one of the storms damaged our main storage building and we are unable to access it to see the amount of damage it caused to the lights. With the damage and the few dedicated volunteers that have been with us almost from the start being unable to do as much we have made the decision to end Christmas In The Park. It takes over 300 hours during our main two months, but is something that we work on all year long. We would like to thank the community and all of our donors for the support we have received over the years.”

IT’S a real loss to our broader community, but we’re thankful for all the years of joy it brought to so many people.

BIRTHDAYS

November 9: Alice Orange, Tai Duckworth, Laura Ann McDonald, Margaret McElyea, De De Cox, Donna Ann Canterbury, Susan Hooten, Penny Boone, Brandon Ott, Ken Becker, Mattie Coleman, James Henshaw, Shelton Burleson, Brandon Odom

November 10: Julyann Barbee, Billie Jean Arden, Dicki Mallett, Kit Murphy Jr., Paula Lawrence, Bert Purvis, Charles Ray (Bud) Walls, John Hollis Jones, David Mercer, Sherra Poulter, James Wright Martin Rodriguez Sr., Eddie Adamson II, Mrs. Bernice Pyle, Hunter K. Walden, Becky Lake, Debbie Crews, A.P. Hooks, Becky Barton, Amanda Jones, Martha Knotts, Ed Page, Peter Keiser, Keith Peck, Thomas Cunningham, Jefferey Pace, Mike Hamilton, Terry Ammons

November 11: Alan Pearce, Ben Shelton, Gary Vick, Lecil Edward Acker, Eric Smalley, Charles L. Pyle, Willie Mae Jackson, Jimmy Ainsworth, James Fitzgerald Smith, Joe Davis Fears, Dainel Hernandez, Iva Lee Davis, Billy Word, Jeannie Stark, Staci Harder, Trey Hadaway, Jason Hellen, Davd Jackson, Don Ringler, Jean Laird, Tina Smith, Richard King, David Washburn, Scott Miles, Debbie Ott

November 12: Debbie Copeland, James Blackwell, Shanna Leigh Kappen (Babygirl), Mrs. B.L. Saulsberry, Mary Thornhill, Mason Reynolds, Coby Pace, T.A. Reynolds, Frank A. Martin, Lesli Erb, H.A. McFadin, Amber Watson, Tony Martin, Brenda Biggs, Ankitpreet Chahal, Destiny Foster

ANNIVERSARIES

November 9: Randy and Linda Barton

November 10: Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Johnson, Melvin and Vicki Hawkins

Nov. 11: Mike and Cathy Smith

November 12: Mr. and Mrs. Luther Swan

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