While covering the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association (NBPA) meeting last week, I ran into my former second grade teacher, Colleen McBride. I had not seen Mrs. McBride for a number of years.

We talked a little about when I was in second grade and what we have been doing since.

One of the memories that I had being in the second grade was when Mrs. McBride brought me my homework when I was sick with the measles. She lived just a mile or so near my parents, so on the way home from school, she brought my homework to make sure that I didn’t fall behind in my studies. She even picked up my homework the next day after I had finished it.

When I did have the measles, she had the whole class make me “get-well cards.” It was a nice gesture and, if you can believe it, I still have those cards today.

In my younger years, teaching was a dream of mine. When I entered into college, my first two years was to study to become a teacher. To this day, I still credit Mrs. McBride and other teachers who led me on that path to teach. Who knows, maybe one of these days, I will teach or even substitute teach.

On a side note, I am glad that Mrs. McBride is doing well and I hope that she continues to come to the NBPA meetings.

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Saturday will be a busy time in Neosho, as a couple of events will be held. First and foremost is the We Care Fair at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 700 Spencer Dr. A preview story was in Wednesday’s edition. This is a great event and an opportunity to get school supplies and other items for students for the upcoming school year.

Looking to hear some good bluegrass music and also eat some fantastic barbecue? Then the first Big Spring Bluegrass & BBQ event will be held at Big Spring Park, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature some of the area’s talented musicians playing bluegrass. But don’t forget about the food. Area vendors will feature barbecue and for me, barbecue is one of my favorite foods to eat. So take the lawn chairs, your family and head down to the event.

Another event will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at One114 Coffee Bar & Area 114, 114 N. Wood St.

This event is a fundraiser to benefit Ernie Bridges, who had lymphoma. According to Tony Bergkoetter, event organizer, the money raised for Bridges will go back to helping him with medical, medicine and travel expenses for treatments. This is a donation-based event and will include a few bands playing music.

And besides, looking at the weather for Saturday, it looks like a nice day for these events.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at thigdon@neoshodailynews.com. Follow him on twitter at  @toddghigdonNDN