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Habitat Walk to begin in Corrigan on Friday
CORRIGAN -- For the fourth year, Ray Gearing will mark his birthday (his 87th) by walking with those who join in from Corrigan to Livingston over four days to call attention to the work of Habitat for Humanity of Polk County. He is inviting other Polk Countians to join him for one or more days from Jan. 18 to 21, with the walk ending on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Livingston Jr. High School in time for a free catfi sh dinner as part of the Polk County Multicultural Festival When asked why he is still walking at 87, Gearing said, "Because I can. I'm in good shape because I walk a few miles every day with my dogs. I'm going to do this as long as I am physically capable of it!" Gearing, who is presidentemeritus of the local Habitat for Humanity affi liate, is asking for sponsorships for his walk in order to support the work Habitat is doing in Polk County in reaching its goal of eliminating poverty housing in Polk County, one house at a time. "We need as many walkers and sponsors as possible. Come join us and give Habitat a big boost. We will walk from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on each of the four days," Gearing added. "We will cover 5 to 7 miles each day with a rest stop for refreshments in making his hometown a better and more thriving community," Martha Watson said. Until her retirement from Livingston ISD 10 years ago, Martha Watson had a direct role in education for all but eight years of her life: the six years before she started school at Livingston Elementary School at the old "Alamo Building" and the two years that her husband was stationed at Fort Bragg during the service. During the rest of the time, she has attended school, taught school both in Houston and Livingston, or been a member of the LISD Board of Trustees and served as representative from our area on the Texas Association of School Board Trustees. In 1988, the LISD Board of Trustees was named the outstanding school board in the state of Texas by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Education is something that she has taken very seriously all of her life. When her parents talked about going on to college after high school, it was never "if you go to college," but "when you go to college." It was a fact of life. The same was true for her and Dr. Watson's own children who both graduated from LHS and went on to graduate from Texas A&M University. She is passionate about using education as a way out for young people and older people who want to make better lives for themselves and their families. That is why being a fundraising co-chair for the Polk County College/Commerce Center was a perfect fit for her. It offered her a role in giving in some small way the opportunity for those in her town and surrounding area as well to expand their minds and their worlds. Both Bill and Martha Watson know the success of the project has come through the coordinated efforts of many others who saw the importance of education to success in life. Martha is also active in community service through the Pilot Club of Livingston, Rotary Anns, Livingston Youth Center and SAAFE House. The Chamber Awards Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Livingston Junior High. Reserve your table now by calling the chamber office at 936-327-4929. Tickets are also available from chamber directors or ambassadors. No tickets will be sold at the door.