The Alcoa F oundation has donated $ 5,000 to Christmas Rou ndup, volunteer orga nization which provides holiday cheer to the n eedy. From left, Rita Juergens, Randy Fletcher, Ann K ing and Cr ystal D enman, Roundup volunteers; Jim Ho dson, Alcoa spokesman; Joc ely n Lewis, Roundup volunte er; Royce Haws, Rockdale O p erations plant mana ger; Dr. Lucile Estell, South Milam County United Way board membe r. R ep or ter/M ike Brown












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Annual La Escuelita cookoff cancelled




The eighth annua l La Escu lita benefit Menudo, Chili and Beans Cookoff which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 has been cancelled because of a family illness that has impacted much of the planning com mittee, according to Johnnie Diaz, publicist.










A lcoa retirees will meet here Thursday






Alcoa retirees and spouses will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Rockdale KC Hall, according to LaNell Spence, publicist. A catered fish and chicken meal will be served, price d at $7 per plate. "Members whose last names start with M through Z are asked to bring a dessert. All members are asked to bring an item for the silent auction (not a gift item) ," Spence said.





New Al-anon group meeting Thu rsdays




There will be a new Al-anon group meeting at 7 p.m. Thur sdays at Rockdale Christian Church, located on the corner of Sager and Rockdale Road.

For more than 55 years, Al-Anon has been offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people. "Alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been af fected by someone else's drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al- Anon fe llowship," a spokesman said.





For more infor mation call 512-429-0079 or 512/446-3150.

Masons to sell fish fry plates on Saturday





THORNDALE—Masonic Lodge 978 A. F. & A .M. will serve fried fish plates with all the trimmings Saturday, Sep t. 12 . Serving will begin a t 11 a.m. and continue until sold out. Location is Rodenbeck Farm & Ra nch on US 79 in Thorndale. Cost is $ 8. Plates will be to-go, with limited seating for dine-in. Homemade desserts will also be available.







Murray Cemetery Assn. to meet September 19

Murray Cemetery Association will hold its si xth annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 in the fellowship hall of Peace Lutheran Church, 303 Meadow Drive in Rockdale.






A covered dish lunche on will follow the business mee ting. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite dish. Ice tea , coffee, bread and u tensils will be provided. Persons unable to attend but wishing to send a donation are asked to mail it to Murray Cemetery Association, PO Box 3, Rockdale TX 76 567.




All person shaving relatives interred in the cemetery or those with an interest in the cemetery are urged to at tend the meeting.








For more infor mation call Floyd Brockenbush, presid ent, at 446-6284; J ohn Elbert Fischer, V P, 446-3308; or Shirley McIrvin, secretary, 446- 5261.











Milam retired teachers open 2009-2010 year


First meeting of the Milam County Retired Teachers Association was held at 2 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Citizens National Bank-Rock- dale community room. Thirty-eight members and guests received flu shots and heard a program by Sharon W ishnew, benefits advisor.

President Elizabeth Holloway presided and led the pledges to the flags. Minut es were approved and San dra O'Donnel gave the treasurer's report. Legislative committee chair Geri Burnett reported that the Oct. 1 meeting will offer a report on legislative issues. She encouraged members to contact their representatives with concerns about current issues and said Rep. John Carter is receptive to RTA input.




Geri Burnett reported that Rockdale Junior High will host the UIL academics meet in January and judges will be needed. M embers who can help should call Pam Kaufmann, principal , at 430-6200.





Books for the Children’s Books Campaign should be brought to the next meeting which will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron. President Holloway presented Ethel Marak with the 21st Century Award for her work with RTA and health care.

Marak, health care chair, reported on Miles Walked and congratulated Susan Larson for walking the most miles during the 2008 school year. She asked members to bring their totals for 2009 to the November meeting. Thurla Hubert won a prize draw-ing held by Wishnew after her program on AMBA benefi ts for retirees. She provided handouts with benefi t explanations.—Caro-lyn Hafl ey, secretaryMinerva Center annualmeeting September 14 Minerva Community Center will hold its annual business meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. In addi-tion to the regular business meet-ing, a new trustee will be elected.

“All members of the Minerva com-munity are encouraged to attend,” said Deborah Dean, spokesperson. For more information call her at 446-3111.Writers’ Workshopto meet Thursday Rockdale Writers’ Workshop will meet at 6 p.m. T

hursday, Sept. 10 at the city library with visitors welcome, according to Floyd Hugh Palmer, workshop founder. Meeting topic will be “Braid Your Story—Integrate your three story lines as you weave your tale,” he said. “Our new author, Dorothy Ewing, has received fan mail,” Palmer said.

VFW Auxiliaryseeking membersRockdale VFW Post 6525 Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. each fi rst Tuesday of the month at the VFW post home. “Anyone interested in learning more about the activities of the Auxiliary are invited to attend,” said Barbara Walko, spokesperson. For more information call Walko at 446-6035.

Centex genealogy meeting Sept. 28 WACO—Next meeting of the Central Texas Genealogical Society will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 in the downstairs meeting room of the Waco Central Library, 1717 Austin Ave. CTGS supports residents of Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hill, Lime-stone, McLennan and Milam coun-ties in their ancestral and historical searches. Meetings are public and newcomers are welcome. Meetings are held the 4th Monday of each month except December in the Waco-McLennan County Library.


Rockdale Rotary Club Rockdale Rotary Club meets at noon each Tuesday at the New Salem Clubhouse at Fair Park.Noon Lions Club Rockdale Noon Lions Club meets each fi rst and third Wednesday at the Rockdale VFD fi re station.

Historical Society

Rockdale Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. each second Tuesday at the I&GN Railroad depot museum downtown. All persons with an inter-est in local history are invited.Milam County MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is open to any mother with children ages birth-kindergarten. Meetings are held September through Mayat First Baptist Church in Rockdale, 9:30 a.m. each second Wednesday. Breakfast, guest speakers, crafts, fellowship. Childcare provided for 5 and under. Call Sarah Batten, 455-9177, or visit for additional information.

Downtown Association

Rockdale Downtown Association meets at 5:30 p.m. each fi rst Mon-day at Bit of History, 114 E. Cam-eron Avenue. For more information, call Chris Dyess, 446-6680.Kay Theater Foundation Kay Theater Foundation meets at 5:30 p.m. each third Monday at Bit of History, 114 E.

Cameron.Alzheimer’s support

Alzheimer’s Family Support Group meets in the conference room at Renaissance Villa each fi rst Thurs-day from 4 to 5 p.m. VistaCare volunteers VistaCare Hospice volunteers meet at 11:30 a.m. each third Thursday at Murray Street Church of Christ.


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