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Thomasville Trivia and more
Nov. 16, 2012 @ 03:05 PM

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling  you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.
Yes, the Thomasville Christmas parade will begin at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 and proceed through downtown Thomasville from West Main Street. Thomasville Tourism and the Fair Grove Lions Club are again sponsoring this year's parade. Five high school bands will participate. I feel sure the jolly ole Santa Claus will be there as well.
We have had quite a few questions concerning Thomasville Trivia in the last column Nov. 10. 
The question was this: Where was Ashmore Business College located in the 1940s? The answer given was over the Boston Store. Some readers disputed the answer and indicated that it was over the old Efird's department store and several other locations.
I contacted  a number of people who attended  Ashmore and the overwhelming response was, over buildings in the area of the Boston Store and Foy's Barber Shop.
I was able to locate Ms. Marlene  Craver  who was associated with Ashmore Business College. Ms. Craver did verify that Ashmore  Business College was located  on the second level of the strip of buildings  that housed the Boston Store, what is now Foy's Barber Shop and other small businesses. Likewise, Betty Almond attended  Ashmore  and confirmed the same information.
Thanks to those who  called our hand! 
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We all have a lot to be thankful for each day of our life. God bestows many blessings upon us.  I wonder  how many of  us have ever written down the many things we are thankful for?  
We are all blessed by living in a country where we are free.  We are free to worship where church doors are always open.  
Here are a few things to be thankful for that we take for granted. Be thankful that you have a lawn that needs mowing, because it means that you have a  home; be thankful  for your heating bill because it means you are warm; be thankful  for laundry because it means you have clothes to wear; be thankful for the person who sings off-key behind  you in church, because it means you can hear; be thankful for the space at the end of the parking lot because it means you can walk; be thankful for the wisdom of the old and the promise of the new child; be thankful  for friends and most of all be thankful for family.
I hope that if you have family, you  will be fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving with them.  
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In several articles back, I mentioned  our book on "Back Yard Birds"  and how interesting birds are.  This time we will have a few facts about  the robin.
I suppose you have heard everyone say that the robin is the first sign of spring.  In fact, some do fly south for the winter, but others live here year-round hidden in the woods where they find  food. Robins build their nest out of mud and twigs and shape it like a cup. Guess what! The females do most of the building with very little help from the  males. The robin was named by the early colonists  because there was a small bird in England that reminded them of our American robin.  The robin can live anywhere and loves to sing very early in the morning. We don't have to worry about them in the winter because the insects and earthworms are gone  since the robins love fruits and berries in the wintertime.
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Thomasville Trivia
1. Name the woman who was the first to be elected to public office in Davidson County.
2. What member of the Baseball Hall of Fame played his rookie year in Thomasville?
3. What Amazon Mill president, and former mayor, sold his farm site  for construction of what is now Thomasville Medical Centre?
4. Name three big name bands that have played in the T. Austin Finch Auditorium.
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Things I Have Learned
I have learned that you don''t know the value of a dollar until you have earned it yourself.
After being on a diet for two weeks, all I lose is 14 days!
We are born naked, wet and hungry, then things get worse!
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Thomasville Trivia answers
1. Mrs. C. L. White Jr.
2. Eddie Matthews. 
3. David A. Long.   
4. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo.