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Financial Conversations with Fitz #84 - Salute To Our Servicemen and Women - 11/12/2010

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Consensus among producers that this was the best harvesting weather this fall. Looks like grains will open lower today. $$$$ stronger over the weekend. If you wanted to you could run to Argentenia and help with their planting this week. Looked at two piles of corn over the weekend. Excellent condition. What a contrast to last year. Remember those steaming piles of black corn……. The DOW is expected to open lower this morning. Enjoy the warm weather this morning and part of the week before it cools off. I remember a snow storm on November 10th when I was at tax school several years.

This week we want to all take time to honor our soldiers through the world. Last I heard we have soldiers in at least 50 different places. 48% of our soldiers are part of the National Guard and Reserve system. Just to refresh your memory this day of 11-11 was started at the end of WWI as a day to celebrate the end of a war that was “a war to end all wars”. It was the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The name was originally Armistice Day. In 1954 it was changed to Veterans Day since we had so many soldiers in different places since WWI. The day is officially to honor the Patriotism, Love of country, and the sacrifice and service of our soldiers. So be sure you take the time this week to get out to a program in your immediate area to show your support. I am reporting this morning from the Forest City High School while attending this weeks salute by our students and community people with their program. It is unique that our speaker is the head of our facilities to talk about his family’s action in the military both past and currently.

To join in this support TSB, which has signed a “Employers Statement of Support”, is also involved in a collection of items requested by Lora M. Studley, 1st Lt, USAF NC as a Critical Care Nurse with the Intensive Care Unit in Europe. She needs for our soldiers that are injured and will be sent home. She wants a 3 X5 or 4 X 6 quilt to give the soldiers as they are sent home with a patriotically style and colors. They need something warm and fuzzy at this time. She is requesting many items that we have listed in on our website. They range from Sharpies and writing material . Flat sheets, Highlighters, sample size body washes, soaps, lotions, deodorants, other toiletries. We are also looking for Christmas decorations and holiday snacks along with Christmas cards to any “soldier” that we can give to troops during Christmas to read. You can bring the items into any TSB location for collection and we will get to Nurse Lora. This is sponsored by the local Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves group. If you have any questions, check our website or give me a call at TSB.

Had a great turnout for our Women, Land & Legacy meeting on Land Values last week. Busy weekend in our local towns with Hunters Bazaars and craft shows.

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