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Senior center offers activities; interaction

Molly Locke (left) is shown enjoying her meal and visiting with others at the Corrigan Senior CItizens Center located at the Buddy Purvis Building located behind the Polk County Sub-Courthouse. (Photo by Kim Popham)Molly Locke (left) is shown enjoying her meal and visiting with others at the Corrigan Senior CItizens Center located at the Buddy Purvis Building located behind the Polk County Sub-Courthouse. (Photo by Kim Popham)

BY KIM POPHAM
Times Staff

CORRIGAN -- If you are 60 or older and need some social interaction, the Corrigan Senior Citizens Center may be the place for you.

The center has moved to a new location at the Buddy Purvis Building located behind the Corrigan sub-courthouse.

The center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. A meal is served each day at the center, the meals are brought from Livingston each day where the central kitchen is located. Meals are also sent to Onalaska from Livingston. Meals are also delivered to the senior citizens who are not able to come to the center. If you would like to have a meal delivered to you call, 936-327-6830 and ask for Barbara Hayes.

The senior citizens play games, watch television, play bingo,work puzzles and just socialize with each other. The center also holds fundraisers throughout the year so the seniors can go on trips and on one Saturday each month they have an outing to Catfish King. They also have special holiday meals around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Home health also plays a big role in the center as they come each month and give informative speeches and they also help with the needs of the seniors.

Every three months the local Brookshire Bros. donates a cake to the seniors for their birthdays.

The center first opened in the late 1970's at the First Baptist Church in Corrigan and later moved to the Corrigan Nutrition Center adjacent to the local doctor's office. Deep East Texas Council of Governments provides the funding for the center through the aging program.

Corrigan resident Molly Locke has worked at the center for many years and continues to work there part time.

"We invite anybody that is 60 years or older to come out and participate," Locke said.
"The county recently bought the center new couches, chairs and a television," stated Locke.
Locke also stated that Pct. 3 County Commissioner Milt Purvis helped move the center into the new location.

"Milt wanted the building that is in his parents memory used for a good cause and he is very supportive of anything the center needs,"Locke said.

Locke also stated that she is available to help seniors with their Social Security, Medicare and any other needs.

Winterfest time approaching for Corrigan; lots of family friendly fun to be featured

With the heat of the summer becoming a fast-fading memory, thoughts turn to holidays and sharing time with family and friends.

The City of Corrigan invites everyone to the Winterfest, a Holiday celebration that has something for everyone. Located at the City Hall on December 6. The festivities will include breakfast at 8 a.m., a call to Santa at 8 a.m., sponsored by the Ulla Ham Radio Club, a parade at 10:00 am, Elementary Choir will sing at 11:00 a.m., pictures with Santa at 12:00 p.m. and the judging of a spectacular art contest at 2:00 p.m.

There will be lots of booths with art and crafts, games for kids, good food, and everything you will need to start your Holiday off right.

The parade will begin at 10:00 am at Corrigan West and end at Market Street. It will proceed down Highway 287 to South Market Street and dispense from here.

The Art Contest will be hosted by The City of Corrigan, it will include art from pre-k though 2nd grade ( coloring contest) ; 3rd grade through 6th grade ( poster contest); and Junior High and High School students ( project contest). Entries will coordinated through school administrators and Letters Sent home to students' parents to inform them on how to participate.

For anyone interested in reserving a booth or entering a car, Atv, bicycle, wagon, or a decorated float that will be judged by our float by our float judges, just contact City Hall at 936(398-4126) no later than 11/26/2014 and we will be happy to enter your name in a contest! The theme for decorating the floats will be a Disney Christmas, so make sure and let us know what Disney character you would like to choose for your float so that we can make sure it's not already taken.

This will be great time to see your friends and neighbors. Make sure you join us on December 6th, we look forward to seeing you.

Educator overcomes injury, obstacles to return to teaching

David Snyder

BY KIM POPHAM
Times Staff

CORRIGAN -- As deer season is here once again, it also marks the one-year anniversary of how a hunting accident changed the life of a local man.

David Snyder came to Corrigan three years ago as the Corrigan-Camden High School Assistant Principal.

He started his education career at Alto ISD and then came to Corrigan.

"Corrigan is one of the best school districts and that is what drew me to come here," stated Snyder.

Snyder was an assistant principal at C-C High School and now is a 7th grade history teacher at C-C Junior High School.

According to Snyder, no rewards come easy and teaching is frustrating at time but it is all worth it.

Snyder came back before the end of the school year part time and now has returned as a full-time teacher. One thing keeping him going after the accident is to know he could still do his profession.

"I can still do alot of the same things I could do before it just takes more time," stated Snyder.

He stated that due to his education he is still able to provide for his family and also do something he loves.

Snyder stated that the accident was almost like being reborn and that the body is an amazing thing. He said that with faith and perseverance, one can do more than heretofore imagined.
The accident occurred on November 16 last year. Snyder was deer hunting in a tree stand, when a chain broke, resulting in him falling over 25 feet. He suffered seven broken ribs, a cracked sternum and fractured scapula. He broke his back in several places, suffered partially collapsed lungs, yet what almost killed him is that he tore two or three layers of his aorta.

"My phone was on vibrate so when I fell it beat me to the ground and I landed on top of it. When I hit the ground I knew immediately that my back was broke. I felt something on my face and it was blood coming out of my mouth. I thought it was a matter of time before I passed away and I started praying," stated Snyder.

"After it got dark, my brother-in-law sent me a text and I felt the phone underneath me so I was able to grab a stick and push the phone down and get the phone and I called my wife and told her what happened and told her I loved her and the kids and that I didn't know if I was going to make it out," Snyder stated as he held back the tears.

She contacted his dad and told him where he was at and he was about a mile and a half in the woods between Trevat and Groveton.

Snyder shined the flashlight up in the air and they were able to find him.

When they found him it was raining and they weren't able to lifeflight him out and they put him on a stretcher and was able to carry him out of the woods. They took him to Lufkin and then lifeflighted him to Houston. Snyder commented it was quite an experience.

They didn't know that his aorta was damaged until he got to Houston. He entered the TIRR Unit at Hermann Hospital to start the rehabilitation process.

"I was on my back with no window to look out. I was not coherent most of the time due to pain meds so after two weeks I stopped taking the pain meds and when they had to put the shield on me they would have to roll me from side to side and I would have to put a rag in my mouth to cope with the pain," Snyder said.

"One of the things that kept me going is that we were in the playoffs so I got to keep up with the boys and some of the students came to visit me and sometimes I would get 20 to 30 visits a day. I had boxes and boxes of letters and that made me feel like I may have made an impact on someone's life. I was motivated not only by my family and friends but also the students. I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of the people in the community," Snyder said.
He got to come home before Christmas and that was huge. He was so afraid after the accident that he wasn't going to be able to be the same person emotionally or spiritually.

"I want to be even a better person. Life is still just as precious as it has always. Everyone in life will experience some kind of tragedy and we get caught up in our lives and we take life for granted," Snyder said.

"If I had to lose my legs to have four kids, a loving wife and a wonderful job, then that's what I had to do. I pretty much broke in half and my surgeon told me that I would never walk unassisted. Going from being busy till daylight to dark to now just trying to survive has been and still is a challenge," Snyder stated.

"We all take things for granted. I have a different aspect on that because I was literally waiting to take my last breath. I couldn't breath and blood was coming out of my nose and mouth and I thought I was waiting to die but that was also the most peace I have ever found,"Snyder stated once again holding back the tears.

He panicked at first and then something came over him and he started praying and then he just felt peace and he was watching it misting rain and looking at the sky. He never lost conscious.

"I was at peace then, but everyday after that the pain was very tough. The nerve pain is very bad and in my hands and I have to put wet rags on them to stop the pain," stated Snyder. He loves to cook and is still able to do that.

He said he is ahead of schedule according to the doctors. He looked on YouTube and learned how to dress myself.

According to Snyder, this has been a big adjustment for my wife and kids, it was a challenge for his wife to have to take care of him and four kids most definitely.

"Its been quite the test. You can't quit in life. I load and unload myself in the car and break down my wheelchair and after the accident I didn't think I could do that. Is it hard yes but you keep trying," Snyder said.

He says so much of his energy comes from his wife, Lina and their four children.

"I don't know how my wife does it. I had to learn as fast as I could to help take care of myself so she could take care of the kids," said Snyder.

"Everything you do is different. I refuse to let this be a bad thing It is a testament of my faith. It is an opportunity to reveal your faith and God does great things through hardships and tragedy," Snyder said.

"Corrigan is an outstanding place, a community still exists here more than other places I have been. People are quick to let you in and hard to let you go.," Snyder stated.

"Life doesn't give you the opportunity to quit and I want to keep on moving forward. Life is about making memories and if you make a mistake then just keep going on. You have to submit yourself to God's will and that is sometimes easier said than done,"stated Snyder.

"I have my good days and bad days. We have a short amount of time to make an eternal impression. I have so many people to thank for all the wonderful things they have done for me and my family. I couldn't phantom how much this community has done for us," Snyder said.
"Is life unfair, yes we think that, alot of the bad things that happened to me have been the best. Stay true to the course and see which one it is," concluded Snyder.