Originally created 05/22/01

Educator gets proper send-off



Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

- B.F. Skinner

Kathleen Usry is retiring from Dearing Elementary School after almost three decades, and her pupils gave her an appropriate send-off Friday.

In a surprise ceremony, they named the McDuffie County school's nature center for her. The outdoor project has been a longtime effort by Miss Usry.

"This is not about one person," she told me after the ceremony, but the site does feature a stone with her name engraved on it.

And, she said, the children didn't waste anytime teasing her about it.

"They told me, 'Miss Kathleen, now they can bury you here."'

Miss Usry will not be idle in retirement. She said she plans to open a home and garden store.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher.

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RAINMAKER: Speaking of watering, I noticed my yard beginning to show some dry spots with the recurring drought, so I resorted to my favorite, surefire method for attracting rain.

I washed and waxed my wife's car.

Within an hour. the drops were spattering all over the place.

(Works every time.)

If I need a lot of rain, I wash and wax my car, too.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ever wondered how school lunchrooms avoid leftovers for the summer months?

Planning and cooperation, says Joy Hendrix, the lunchroom manager at South Columbia Elementary School.

"We try very, very hard not to have anything (left)," she said.Usually other lunchroom managers can offer assistance in ridding school lunchrooms of their unwanted leftovers.

"Like right now I need two cases of wieners, and I put out an e-mail to all the managers, and I've already gotten a response," she said. "She has the two cases that I need. That's how we come about not having much of anything left."

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: On May 21, 1837, The Chronicle reported an innovation in transportation history - the Georgia Railroad and Banking Co. operated the first railroad train in Georgia.

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TODAY'S JOKE: A grandfather bought a hobby horse by mail order as a Christmas present for his granddaughter.

The toy arrived quickly but was in 189 pieces and required assembly. The instructions said that it could be put together in an hour. However, it took the old man two days to get it all together.

Finally, when he finished, he sat down at the kitchen table and wrote a check to mail to the toy company.

But before he placed the check inside the envelope, he cut it into 189 pieces.

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107, or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.