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22nd Sandow retirees reunion set Saturday

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.

Milano Jamboree coming up Saturday

MILANO—The monthly Milano Jamboree will be held Saturday, April 24 with musicians and listeners invited and admission is free, according to Tena Galbreath, publicist. Refreshments will be available.

Milano Opry plans first anniversary show

MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry will hold an anniversary show on Saturday, 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.

Auxiliary selling flags with concrete bases

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.

Masons set catfish meals here May 8

Rockdale Masonic Lodge 414 AF & AM will serve up catfish meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the lodge home off US 77 north.

Plates of catfish with all the trimmings will be sold for $8 to dine-in or to-go, according to James Powell, spokesman. Proceeds will go to the lodge’s scholarship fund.

“We will appreciate the community’s support of this event,” Powell said.

Republican Women to meet here Tuesday

Republican Women of Milam County will hear about Texas civil justice reforms at their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 at the Rockdale General Store.

A speaker from Texans For Lawsuit Reform w ill present information on changes that have happened in Texas since 1994, when Texas was called the “Lawsuit Capital of the World” by the Wall Street Journal. Since then much has changed and in 2007, the Pacific Research Institute concluded that the Texas civil justice reforms had created the best legal model in the nation.

“Lawsuit reforms enacted in Texas have helped make our state’s economy one of the strongest by encouraging job growth, business creation, and stopping the exodus of doctors from our state,” said Loretta Roberts, president of Republican Women of Milam County.

All interested women are invited and men are welcome as associate members. “Education on issues is a purpose of club membership, and we strive to have good speakers at each meeting,” Roberts said. For more information call her, 254-697-6897.

Genealogy society

Milam County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 in the community room of Citizens National Bank, Rockdale, according to Linda Whorton, publicist. Charles Hubert will present the program.

Wildflower Center tour

Nine members of Crown Garden Club and two guests visited Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin for their spring field trip. They toured the wildflower gardens and learned that some weeds they have been pulling out of their flower beds are actually wildflowers and should be enjoyed.

There was also a special exhibit of many varieties of miniature bonsai plants by the Bonsai Society of Central Texas.

They toured the art show building, visited the gift shop and had lunch at the center. A special treat was viewing wildflowers on the trip to and from Austin.

Making the trip were Euteva Talley, Evelyn Hirt, Martha Newman, Carolyn Burford, Yvonne Yount, Barbara Valek, Patricia McKee, Peggy Cooke and Joyce Skinner. Guests were Carol Newman of Milano and Judy Hopper from Garland.—Peggy Cooke, reporter

Town & Country Club

THORNDALE—Town and County Club met recently at the Thorndale Chamber of Commerce building. As each member entered wearing an Easter bonnet, her photo was taken.

President Rosalie Turner said the club will hold a bake sale Friday, May 7 at Bank of Texas– Thorndale. The club will hold a work day Thursday, April 29 at the TACC building to prepare gifts for MARC Center clients in Rockdale.

Hostess Sara Lincoln showed

LIONS PROGRAM— Milano Evening Lions Club President Arthur Kelley (R) presents a certificate of appreciation to A. D. Lagrone for a program presented to the club on April 15 at the Milano Senior Citizens Center. Lagrone discussed the work that he and his wife Ruth have done with the Milano seniors group.

handmade crafts and ser ved banana splits and cookies.

The club met April 8 in the home of Allene Paris. Bingo was played and members received surprise gifts.

The club held a nursery tour April 15, visiting several nursery operations. Following lunch they selected their nominations for the Thorndale Chamber awards.

Mrs. Paris, meeting hostess, showed Easter decorations, an antique brown jug and served refreshments.

Next meeting will at the home of Dorothy Palm on Thursday, April 22.

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.

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 information call Eddie Dav idson, 446-6316.


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 officials’ containers at Thorndale area businesses. Flyers will be posted with specific location information. Voting runs through April 30.

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.

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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