Maxwell has certainly been hopping these past few months — so many changes with the school and places around town, more home football and volleyball games, and seeing all the new Spartan signs going up. Everyone has been excited and very supportive of the athletes as they start off on new sports seasons as Collins-Maxwell.

Maxwell also had a bonfire pep rally on Oct. 11; there has not been a bonfire held in town for many many years. I do remember going to one of them long ago. I am not telling you my age, but I would have been in elementary at that time, so this tradition was a very welcomed event by lots of Spartan fans, and the young fans enjoyed this new tradition as well.

Pal’s Fieldhouse hosted a chili supper after the bonfire, and they were donating all the proceeds to the Booster Club. It must have went over well with everyone, because I stopped in after my City Council meeting and it was all gone!

All the planning ahead of time for the homecoming parade was kind of thrown out the window at the last minute on Friday. Rain, rain and some more rain pushed the “parade” into the gym, and the time was moved up because they were trying to start the football game early to get ahead of the impending weather. Even though it was last minute and no one got to ride on a fire truck or in a convertible, the fans in the gym were still cheering as loud as they could.

At the pep rally, they also announced the king and queen of homecoming. Seniors Noah Rhoades and Brynne Pritchard took the honors this year.

The game was moved up and a nice steady rain greeted the fans and players. Mother Nature sure didn’t get the memo it was homecoming either. Quite a few downpours early on led to quite a few lightning delays. After almost a 2 1/2 hour delay, the fans all came out from the school and their cars to again cheer on the Spartans. Unfortunately, the excitement for the game starting back up was short-lived, right after the 3rd quarter started another flash of lighting ended the game early. Even with the terrible weather, it was so nice to see everyone that braved the elements in their ponchos, umbrellas and even some garbage bag-fashioned ponchos.

Our towns certainly love their athletes and are proud to be the Spartans, no matter what the situation. The homecoming theme was “Rise of an Empire,” and with all the changes our towns and school has accomplished so far, it couldn’t have been more accurate.

Maxwell Fire Department breakfast

The Maxwell Fire Department will again be hosting their annual breakfast on Oct. 28, serving from 7-10:30 a.m. Free-will offering, and proceeds go towards all the candy that Santa Claus needs to buy when he visits Maxwell in December.

All the homemade favorites will be there — sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and cinnamon rolls. Take-out containers are available, too.

Turkey Dinner

The First Presbyterian Church will be hosting their annual turkey dinner on Nov. 5. Serving is from 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and from the menu I have seen, you won’t go away hungry.

All your favorite Thanksgiving items and carryouts are available. But please call Karen P. at 515-387-8505 in advance if you are wanting a carryout, so they can plan ahead.

It will be a free-will offering.