LIONS PROGRAM—Milano Evening Lions Cub president Arthur Kelley presents a certificate of appreciation to Milano Postmaster Sue Davenport for a program she presented to the club March 18 on ways the postal service is adapting to changing technology. LIONS PROGRAM—Milano Evening Lions Cub president Arthur Kelley presents a certificate of appreciation to Milano Postmaster Sue Davenport for a program she presented to the club March 18 on ways the postal service is adapting to changing technology. The Reporter welcomes news from organizations. There is no charge. Submit by e-mail to, fax to 446-5317 or drop items by the newspaper office.

Community plant exchange Saturday

Linwood Acres Garden Club’s spring community plant exchange will be held Saturday morning, March 27 on the parking lot of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. A variety of cuttings, seedlings and plants will be available free.

Area citizens are encouraged to bring a plant to share and pick up a new one for their spring gardens. For more information, call Lorraine Drake, 446-2933.

Steelworkers local to hold picnic April 17

United Steelworkers Local 4895 will host a picnic on Saturday, April 17 from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. at The Ranch, 415 West US 79, according to David Edmonds, local president.

“Barbeque sausage plates with all the trimmings will be served free of charge,” Edmonds said. “Active, retired and laid-off Steelworkers and their families are invited.” For more information can call the union hall, 446- 2519.

KC’s Lenten fish meals to end Friday evening

Rockdale Knights of Columbus Council 7014 members will hold their final Lenten fish fry meal this Friday, March 27. Serving is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. or until sold out, according to Rodney Barcak, spokesman.

Plates include fried fish, homemade fries, hush puppies, “famous” KC slaw, green beans, tea and dessert. Plates are $8 and available for dine-in or take-out.

Milano Jamboree coming up Saturday

MILANO—The monthly Milano Country & Gospel Jamboree will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at the Milano Civic Center with musicians and listeners welcome. Refreshments will be available.

Music club members hear local students

Matinee Musical Club and guests heard a program at First Baptist Church Family Life Center presented by the Keyboard Melody Makers and Rockdale High School Choir members.

Performing piano pieces as winners in Junior Festival events were Ashton Betchan, Brian Blanchard, Emily Compton, Geritt Davenport, Mattie Fisher, Amy Gardenhire, Julia Harwell, Abigail Olson and Mary Unnasch. Music club member Dixie Whitmore is their teacher.

Elisabeth Thomason, also a winner in the festival, performed with the young musicians. She is the student of Priscilla Heard of Belton.

Choir members were UIL solo and ensemble winners conducted by RHS director and music club member Mary Ray. Performing were Lova Davis, Bernadette DeLeon, Angelica Flores, Shelia Jones, Hannah Prestridge and Rosie Valdez.

Matinee Musical Club is a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.

Milam Retired Teachers to meet here on April 1

Next scheduled meeting for the Milam County Retired Teachers Association will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 1 at the Rockdale General Store meeting room. Joel Wright, director of Stillwell Retirement Residence of Waco, will speak.

New officers for 2010-2012 will be elected. They will be installed on May 6 at the Milano Methodist Fellowship Hall during the end-of-the-term covered-dish luncheon meeting. A memorial service and awards ceremony will also be held.—Carolyn Hafley, secretary

Kountry Squares to celebrate Thursday

THORNDALE—Thorndale Kountry Squares will hold their 10th anniversary party on Thursday, March 25 at the Thorndale VFW Hall. Events include a 6 p.m. pot-luck supper followed by a graduation ceremony at 7:30.

Anyone interested in watching a square dance demonstration is welcome, said Jeanne Sparln, publicist.

Sunshine quilters to meet Thursday

Sunshine n’ Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 25 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall. Members will work on table runners. For more information call Eddie Davidson, 446-6216.

Thorndale cheerleaders fund-raiser set Sunday

THORNDALE—High school varsity cheerleaders will hold a meal and silent auction fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28 at the Fireman’s Hall.

Donations are needed for auction items, according to Jeni Anders, publicist. “Monetary donations will also be accepted,” she said. Proceeds will help offset the cost of uniforms, camp and other expenses.

RVFD, Auxiliary announce scholarship

Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department and the RVFD Ladies Auxiliary have announced a scholarship. Eligible sons or daughters of fire department and auxiliary members may pick up applications for the annual scholarship at the fire station.

Deadline for completed application form and essay is April 7. For more information call Bea Williams, 446-4172.

New Salem Club offers two $1,000 scholarships

The New Salem TEEA Club will offer two $1,000 scholarships to the Rockdale High School Class of 2010, according to Marilyn Hicks, spokesperson.

One scholarship will be awarded to a senior enrolled in a college program (junior college or university) to earn a bachelor’s (four-year) degree.

The other scholarship will be awarded to a senior enrolled in a vocational/technical program to earn a certificate of completion or a two-year associate degree.

For more information call 446-2704.

Scholarship offered by Crown Garden Club

Crown Garden Club is offering a scholarship to an RHS senior who plans to study horticulture or a related field.

Applications are available with the RHS counselors and should be returned to Peggy Cooke, 1001 Cady Road, Rockdale, TX 76567 no later than April 15.

The scholarship will be paid to any accredited two or fouryear college or university or any vocational technical school.

The scholarship will be based on need, academics, leadership and communit y ser v ice and requirements will include a brief essay on the student’s reasons for wanting/needing the scholarship.

Meeting— Martha Newman and Barbara Valek were co-hostesses for the March meeting of the Crown Garden Club at the Newman home in Milano. Eleven members and a guest, Carol Newman, were present.

During the business meeting, the club’s first scholarship was discussed. Members were reminded of the April 15 deadline for the scholarship offered to an RHS senior who intends to study horticulture, landscape design or any related subject.

Plans were made for a trip to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin for the April meeting.

Carolyn Burford, recycling chairman, reported on the club’s paper recycling bin at the One Stop Center.

A brunch was served by Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Valek and Mrs. Carol New man. Door pr izes were won by Mrs. Valek and Mrs. Burford. A member plant exchange was held while playing a swapping game.—Peggy Cooke, reporter

Hospital Auxiliary announces scholarship

Richards Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will offer a college scholarship next fall to one graduating RHS student who plans on entering the medical field. Students may obtain a scholarship application from their high school counselor, according to Sue Ohlswager, Auxiliary president.

4-H Shooting Sports fund-raiser continues

Milam County 4-H Shooting Sports Club members are selling tickets for two hunts as a fundraiser. Prizes include a $3,000 exotic water buffalo hunt, an exotic goat hunt and a $75 Academy gift card. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Drawing will be May 15.

For more information, call Chris or Kelly Cooper, 979-220- 5413, Tiny or Susan Dean, 446- 2845, or Mark or LeeAnn Smith, 254-697-4049.

Karaoke set Friday at Senior Center

LEXINGTON—Karaoke will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 26 at the Lexington Senior Citizens Center. Attendees may bring their own CDs or choose from an assortment provided by Darrell and Carolyn Lister who have the karaoke equipment, according to Tena Galbreath, publicist.

China Paint Club sets bake sale in Cameron

CAMERON—China Paint Club will hold a bake sale near the Cameron post office Thursday, April 1. Items will be offered on china plates hand-painted by members.—Inez Sladek, reporter


Canned goods needed

Relay For Life of Milam County seeks donations of canned goods to use during the luminary ceremony April 16. “After the ceremony we will donate them to food banks in Rockdale and Cameron,” event chair Trina Edwards said.

Items may be left at Richards Memorial Hospital, Rockdale Signs & Photography and The Rockdale Reporter. Donations can also be dropped off at Curves in Cameron. Donations will be accepted until April 15.

Lifesavers BBQ Sunday

Lifesavers Relay For Life team has four fund-raisers ahead, according to Kim Jeter, publicist.

• Sunday, March 28, barbecue fund-raiser at Fair Park, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are being presold; those wanting tickets can call Jeter at 512-430-6469.

• March 29 through April 1, a theme baskets silent auction in the hospital lobby.

• April 2, bake sale starting at 8 a.m.

Proceeds from all events will benefit Relay For Life.

Garage sale Saturday

Crusaders Against Cancer, a Relay For Life team in Rockdale, will hold a fund-raiser garage sale Saturday, March 27, according to team spokesperson Tiffany Davis.

The sale is set 8 a.m. to noon at 283 County Road 317. It is the first house on the left off the county road that is across the street from Praesel Addition, Davis said. The group also plans to sell breakfast items.

Luminary sales begin

It is time to get those luminaries purchased for the Relay For Life of Milam County, according to luminaria chair Kay Bow. “Luminaries are purchased to remember those that you have lost to cancer or want to honor for beating this disease,” Bow said.

Luminaries are $5 each and will be displayed around the track at the Relay event on April 16 at Tiger Field. Luminaries can be purchased by calling Bow at 446 -5298, e-mailing or at Rockdale Signs & Photography or The Reporter and at Curves in Cameron.

Meetings planned

This year’s Relay For Life of Milam County is in its final planning stages and the last committee meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, March 29, communications chair Marie Bakken said.

The meeting will be in the community room at Citizens National Bank in Rockdale. The event’s “Bank Night” will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 5 at Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 303 Meadow in Rockdale.

This night will be a chance for team captains to turn in money, luminar y forms, registration forms, silent and live auctions and ask any final questions about the Relay, Bakken said. For more information, call Bakken at 446-5838 or e-mail


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 at noon each first and third Wednesday at the Rockdale VFD fire station, Wilcox at Bell streets.

Historical Society

Rockdale Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. each second Tuesday at the I&GN Railroad depot museum.

Rockdale 4-H Club

Rockdale 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the New Salem Clubhouse at Fair Park. For more information call Rebecca Luckey, club manager, at 760-5775.

Rockdale Girl Scouts

Rockdale Girl Scouts hold regular weekly meetings at the Girl Scout House, 412 Murray Street. Kristi Pyeatt, spokesperson: Daisy (grades K-1) Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Brownies (grades 2-3) Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. Juniors (grades 4 -5) and Cadettes (grades 6 -8 ) Thursdays, 7 p.m. Milam County MOPS

MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) invite all mothers with children birthkindergar ten to meet for breakfast, guest speakers, crafts and fellowship at First Baptist Church in Rockdale from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. each second Wednesday September through May. Childcare available for children 5 and under. Sarah Batten, 455-9177.

Downtown Association

Rockdale Downtown Association meets at 5:30 p.m. each first Monday at Bit of History, 114 E. Cameron Avenue. Chris Dyess, 446-6680.

Al-anon group

Al-anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Rockdale Christian Church, corner of Sager and Rockdale Road. For information, 512-429-0079 or 446-3150.

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 Suppor t Group meets in the conference room at Renaissance Villa at 4 p.m. each first Thursday.

VistaCare volunteers

VistaCare Hospice volunteers meet at 11:30 a.m. each fourth Thursday at Murray Street Church of Christ.

VFW Auxiliary

Rockdale VFW Post 6525 Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. each first Tuesday at the VFW post home. Barbara Walko, 446-6035.

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