Memorial Day preparations

This Memorial weekend, I had the privilege to follow one of the Maxwell Firefighters around as he put out flags on certain graves at the local cemeteries. Every year they make sure that retired firefighters get a special flag marking their graves on Memorial Day, signifying they were a retired firefighter. After serving with the department for 10 years, they can retire as a firefighter. When a retired member passes away, the department also puts a special marker on their grave, signifying them as a Maxwell firefighter.

Current firefighter Tim Hudson told me the history on how his dad had the idea quite a few years ago to start this, and Tim and a few others make sure it continues today. With hand-drawn maps from his dad for all the cemeteries, some in different towns, they check to make sure the graves all get their flags before Memorial Day — 27 in all, and at four different cemeteries.

Sometime this week, they will go back to take the flags back down, but the markers do remain up all year.

Citywide Sale

Maxwell’s Citywide Garage Sales are Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For complete listings, ads will be at City Hall and other local businesses on June 4.

Bible School

Vacation Bible School at Maxwell First Presbyterian Church will be held June 9-12. This year’s theme is "Son Treasure Island." Bible School will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening, and the week will culminate with a Friday, June 13, pool party at Fawcett Family Aquatic Center in Nevada, from 5:30-7 p.m. Preregister for Bible School by calling, 515-387-8515.

(If you have news from the Maxwell area, please contact correspondent Susan Livesay. She can be emailed at: livesaysl@yahoo.com.)