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HIGHEST MASONIC HONOR—James Maines (R) receives the Golden Trowel award from Worshipful Master Johnny Menges of Masonic Lodge 414 AF&AM. This is the highest award given a member of the Masonic Lodge, Menges explained. HIGHEST MASONIC HONOR—James Maines (R) receives the Golden Trowel award from Worshipful Master Johnny Menges of Masonic Lodge 414 AF&AM. This is the highest award given a member of the Masonic Lodge, Menges explained. The Reporter welcomes news from organizations. There is no charge. Submit by e-mail to bill@rockdalereporter.com, fax to 446-5317 or drop items by the

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Steelworkers local picnic set Saturday

United Steelworkers Local 4895 will hold a picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 at the Ranch, 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 call the union hall, 446-2519.

22nd Sandow retirees reunion set April 24

THORNDALE—The 22nd reunion of Sandow Power Plant/ Mine retirees will be held Saturday, April 24 with a noon barbecue meal at the Thorndale VFW Hall.

“We are also inviting current Sandow employees,” said Melvin Hirt, event spokesperson. “We started this in 1988,” he said, “and a lot of former Sandow retirees, including those who transferred to other Texas Utilities plants before they retired, attend.”

“It’s always good to see our former co-workers,” he added. “We get together and tell a lot of war stories.” He said the meal will include barbecue with all the trimmings.

BBQ chicken meal coming up Sunday

Rockdale Project Graduation will hold a barbecue chicken dinner fund-raiser on Sunday, April 18, serving from 11 a.m. until sold out.

Plates will be sold for $7 each at the Rockdale KC Hall (dine-in or take-out. The meal will include a chicken half, green beans, potatoes, bread and tea, according to Denise Betchan.

Spring Happening coming up Wednesday

Linwood Acres Garden Club’s annual Spring Happening will be held Wednesday, April 21 in the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Tickets are available from any club member. Individuals wishing to reserve a table for game play may call Johnnielyn Brown, 446- 4296. Spring Happening is the only fund-raiser conducted by the club which counts on community support to fund its activities and projects.—Ann Dyer, publicity

Milano Opry ahead Saturday at Civic Center

MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry will be held Saturday, April 17 with doors to open at 6 p.m. at the Milano Civic Center and the music to start at 7 p.m.

Special guest will be April Arnold of Temple. Show headliner will be Jake Kellen from Warda.

Opry House Band members are Billy Barnett, Johnny Towsley, Paul Schlesinger, Glenn Schneider, John Clark Towsley, Larry Rochelle and Lynn Martin.

The Bailey Bank Building committee will provide concessions and homemade pies.

Anniv ersary sh Opry will hold an anniversary show on May 15 at the High School Cafetorium. Headliner will be Justin Todd Herod of Palestine, a 2007 CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year. Special guests will be 9-year-old Mason Roach of Conroe and Allison Steinbecker of Milano. Richard Schneider will cook hamburgers and chicken breast sandwiches. Serving will start at 4 p.m., doors for the show open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7.

KC’s list door prizes

Knights of Columbus Council 7014 listed door prize donors and winners from Friday’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Night as follows:

Walmart $50 gift card, Brandon Tess; Lee’s Landing cap, Wanda Waggoner; Tisket-A-Tasket fudge gift certificate, Ken Esten Cooke; RFCU universal tool, Mike Clore; Lee’s Landing 6-piece fish dinners, Gus Coelho, Tracy Hoyt, Norma Coelho, Mike Hoyt.

Also, Lee’s Landing T-shirts, Mike Brown, Michael Nix; $20 c a sh each f rom KC s, L au ra Matous, Sue Brown, Evelyn Summerlin, Chris White, Ted Retchloff; Brookshire Bros. cooler, Kerry Spears; Love’s Flowers & Gifts candle, Sue Retchloff; RFCU tote bags, Stephen Goodrich, J. D. Newlin; RFCU gun socks, Greg Spears, Ernest DelBosque; Lee’s Landing cap and visor, Jay Beathard; RFCU umbrella, Shana Goodrich.

Auxililary selling flags

VFW Post 6525 Ladies Auxiliary is selling U.S. f lags in a removable square concrete base, full height of 7 feet. Price is $40 per flag.

“Display your flag at any time but at least on Flag Day June 14, the Fourth of July, Veterans Day Nov. 11, Memorial Day May 30 and Patriot Day Sept. 11,” said Joyce Hurt, spokesperson.

For information, call Hurt, 512-966-7761; Crystal Taylor, 512-966-7781; Rita Johnson, 446-7695.

Earth Day project

CAMERON—Little River Basin Master Gardeners, along with El Camino Real Master Naturalist members, will hold an Earth Day project on Wednesday, April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wilson Ledbetter Park in Cameron.

A brief business meeting will start at 1 p.m., followed by plantings in the Wildscape area and other work that needs to be done to prepare the park for the Milam County Nature Festival in June.

For more information e-mail Ann Collins, Nature Festival chair, at cr234loop@yahoo.com.

Republican Women

Milam Count y Republican Women will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 in the Rockdale General Store meeting room. The program will be presented by Texans for Lawsuit Reform. The meeting is open to anyone interested, said Loretta Roberts, chair.

New Salem 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

Crown Garden Club is offering a scholarship to an RHS senior who plans to study horticulture or a related field. Applications are available with RHS counselors and should be returned to Peggy Cooke, 1001 Cady Road, Rockdale TX 76567 by Thursday.

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 community service and a brief essay.

RMH Aux. scholarship

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

4-H fund-raiser

Milam County 4-H Shooting Sports Club members are selling tickets for two hunts: a $3,000 exotic water buffalo hunt, an exotic goat hunt and also 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.

Square dancers perform

TAYLOR—Kountry Squares, square dancing club of Thorndale, recently entertained at the Taylor Senior Citizens Center. Dancers performed and taught an impromptu class,

Caller is Al Frazier. Kountry Squares has members from across Central Texas. For information visit Thorndale VFW Hall any Thursday evening or e-mail kountrysquares@gmail. com.—Jeanne Sparlin, publicity.

Quilt guild to meet

Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church and work on table runners. For more indormation call Eddie Dav idson, 446-6316.

RELAY FOR LIFE

OF THORNDALE

Celebration Soldiers

THORNDALE—Relay For Life of Thorndale’s Celebration Soldiers team members are bussing tables for tips Saturday evenings during April, 5 p.m. to close, at Downtown Cafe in Thorndale, according to Deana Caffey. Tips placed in the tip jars on the tables will go to the team. Tips for the waitpersons should be left on the table.

Schwan’s project

THORNDALE—Celebration Soldiers are partnering with Schwan’s Home Service to hold a “truckload” fund-raising event at St. Paul Lutheran Church parking lot on Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Catalogs can be picked up at Thorndale merchants.

If your freezer is full, gift certifi cates can be purchased from Schwan’s by calling 1-888-724- 9267 option 4 and using campaign #27273.

Items can be purchased off the truck Saturday. FMI, call Deana Caffey at 898-5189 or 512-468- 3500.

Pig kissin’ fund-raiser

THORNDALE–Relay For Life of Thorndale hopes to bring home the bacon in the fight against cancer by holding a ‘Kiss the Pig’ contest. Thorndale school and city officials have tossed their name in the trough to raise money and earn the privilege of kissing the prize swine, publicity chair Millette Fisher said.

Candidates are Supt. Casey Callahan, principals Hank Laywell, John Rueter and James Dreyer; Brian Morton, Chamber president; Trey Felton, Chamber VP; Fred Keefer, police chief; Burke Bauerschlag, commissioner; Keith Kiesling, city administrator.

Winner will be recognized at the Relay April 30 and get to pucker up and claim their ‘prize.’ Cast votes by placing monetary donations in the candidate’s container. Votes can be cast for more than one contestant.

Containers for the school officials are located on campus in their office areas. Look for the city offi- cials’ containers at Thorndale area businesses. Flyers will be posted with specific location information. Voting runs through April 30.

Thorndale Field of Hope’

THORNDALE—Relay For Life of Thorndale has a “Field of Hope” at US 79 and First Street.

“Since people who purchase luminarias for loved ones may not be able to come to the Relay and see them, we are placing a ‘Fight Back’ flag with the person’s name on it on the lot for every luminaria purchased,” Deana Caffey said.

Luminarias will be placed around the track the night of the Relay April 30. To purchase, call Kim Richter, 760-6997 or 898-2758, or Caffey, 898-5189 or 898-0421.


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