Celebration on author Perry set here on May 5

Perry Perry Friends of the Library will host a celebration at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 at the Patterson Civic Center to mark the 100th birthday of George Sessions Perry, award winning author, celebrated war correspondent a nd S at urday Eve writer.

Perry was born in Rockdale on May 5, 1910, and died in Connecticut in 1956.

Garna Christian, author of “George Sessions Perry, The Man and His Words,” will discuss his book and present interesting information obtained while researching the life of Perry.

Granny Van, George Sessions Perry’s grandmother, will make an appearance courtesy of Becky Booker Marek. Since Perry was born on Cinco de Mayo, a group of Folklorico dancers will entertain.

An exhibit of Perry’s books and memorabilia can be viewed beginning at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Blood drive Tuesday at Peace Lutheran

Peace Lutheran Church will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at the church fellowship hall.

Lindsay Laws, donor recruitment representative, said potential donors must be at least age 17, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health the day they donate.

“There is no upper age limit for donating,” she said.

Latino museum idea topic of Friday speech

Historian Robert Hicks, who is trying to land the prestigious National Latino Museum for Austin, will speak about his efforts at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Shrimps Restaurant.

The museum idea is in the early planning/development stages and Austin backers acknowledge the city faces some formidable competition.

If affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the museum’s likely site would appear to be Washington, D. C. but Hicks challenges that assumption.

“The Washington Mall is full,” he said. “There’s really no place to put it there.”

Other likely contenders could include Los Angeles, San Antonio and Chicago.

Congress has set aside $3.2 million to study where, when and how such a museum could be built.

Thorndale council okays summer tourney

City council members in Thorndale met last week and approved use of city recreational facilities for a tee-ball tourney May 27- June 1.

The council purchased a new meter for the city water plant at a cost of $2,390, City Secretary Denise Melde said.

The council joined the Thorndale ISD in cancelling the May 8 election. There are no contested races in Thorndale.

Prom night Saturday for Rockdale students

It’s time again for that special night.

The 2010 Rockdale High School Prom gets under way at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Patterson Civic Center.

Class favorites will be introduc ed du r ing t he c ou rse of the evening and Mr. and Miss Rockdale High School will be announced.

Aggie Muster ahead April 21 at junior-high

The annual Milam Count y Aggie Muster is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Rockdale Junior-High Commons.

Tickets are priced at $12 each and are available from Art Free at 512-760-0510.

Keynote speaker will be Rebecca Demeter, 1975 TAMU graduate and president of the Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers Club.

“All Aggies and friends of Texas A&M are invited to attend,” Free said.

Transfer students face May 28th deadline

Parents of students transferring into the Rockdale Independent School District from other school districts are reminded that May 28 is the application deadline for the 2010-2011 school year, according to Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent.

Two years ago, school trustees voted to eliminate the transfer tuition fee.

Transfer forms may be completed by contacting Donna Melcher in the superintendent’s office during regular office hours Monday through Friday, according to Dr. Wright.

RMH Health Fair scheduled May 22nd

Richards Memorial Hospital’s annual health fair is scheduled for May 22 on the hospital grounds, according to Matt Kruse, vicepresident of ma rket ing a nd communications for Blackhawk Healthcare.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 12-noon.

“There will be health screenings, health education, an antique car show and many activities for kids and adults,” he said.

For additional information contact Mona Butala at 446-4510.

$25,000 in vehicles taken in rural break-in

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department is investitgating the theft of about $25,000 in vehicles from a rural barn near the Clarkson community.

Deputy Sheriff Chris White said the vehicles were taken sometime between April 11 and 17. Taken were a flatbed trailer, orange box trailer, four-wheelers, children’s dirt bikes, two motorcycles and a Cub Cadet riding mower with a 50-inch blade.

Model plane ‘fly-in’ May 8th at Fair Park

Rockdale’s Fair Park will be the home of a day-long event, filling the skies with giant, radio-controlled airplanes, on Saturday, May 8.

The Ernie Cates Sr. Memorial Big Bird Fun Fly will honor the late Rockdale resident, according to the organizer, Ernie Cates Jr.

“Its sole purpose is to raise money to be donated to be donated to M. D. Anderson Cancer Research Center dedicated to my dad,” he said.

Admission to the public is free and food and drinks will be available for donations, he said.

Barbecue sandwiches and sausage wraps will be available, he said. Door prizes will be offered in a fund-raiser.

Flying take-off is set for 9:30 a.m., shortly after the pilot meeting.

“At the last flying event I went to, in Tyler, most of the pilots said the were coming to Rockdale to fly,” Cates said.

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