Celebration on author Perry set here on May 5

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 and Saturday Evening Post 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.

‘Kiss the pig’ voting extended in Thorndale

Voting for the Thorndale Relay For Life “Kiss the Pig” contest has been extended. In order to accommodate scheduling conflicts and allow the candidates to attend other community activities, Relay coordinators have decided to continue the contest and announce the winner at a future date,” said Millette Fisher, spokesperson.

A new date will be publicized and persons may look for the candidates’ buckets at Thorndale area businesses and to vote for their favorite.

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 dead- line 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.

On May 21, athletic trainer Henry (Doc) Hawkins will use the arthoscopy demonstration trailer at RMH for “hands on” demonstrations with local high school students.

Historical depot plans homecoming display

The Rockdale Historical Society is planning an exhibit for homecoming, which is the second weekend in June, and is searching for items to display at the depot-museum.

“We want to put together a display of old letter jackets, sweaters, sports equipment, pictures or other items of interest, anything that would bring back memories of school days in Rockdale,” spokesperson Joyce Dalley said.

For more information contact Dalley at 446-5717.

Firefighters answer three calls during week

South Milam County volunteer fire departments answered three calls last week as follows:

• 1:20 p.m. Saturday, electrical fire, 1,000 block of Haley Street, Rockdale VFD.

12:11 p.m. April 27, controlled burn went out of control, Us 79 east of Rockdale, Rockdale VFD.

• 6:01 p.m. Thursday, Thorn- dale VFD called out to vehicleanimal accident, CR 446.

Flushing schedule set for Rockdale’s lines

City crews will flush water lines in Rockdale after midnight May 12, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

“Both east and west sides will be flushed the same night,” Knauf said.

He reminded residents to run their cold water taps upon arising the next morning until streams run clear.

County gets TAHC’s top service award

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently recognized Milam County as a recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Service Award.

Mark Wolfe, THC executive director, said the award will be presented during Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

“The award recognized county historical commissions that have demonstrated a dedication to several of the THC’s programs, as well as preservation efforts that lead to a greater understanding of state and local history.,” he said.

“The commitment of Milam County’s preservation efforts demonstrates an enthusiasm for saving the real places of Texas,” he said. “Your service has enriched the lives of others.”

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