Independence Day parade, meal Saturday in Milano

By KAY LAGRONE Reporter correspondent
The theme for this Saturday’s Independence Day parade in Milano is “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Line up for the annual City of Milano event begins at 9 a.m. at Charlie Martin Park. Cash prizes and plaques w ill be awarded in the following divisions: floats, bicycles, vintage vehicles, other motorized, horses/horse drawn buggies and wagons and best overall.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. and the parade route will go by the schools and then to downtown. Veterans and currently enlisted military personnel will be the grand marshals for the parade. A free hot dog meal will be served at the Milano Civic Center following the parade.

Don’t forget to get your little cheerleader registered for the Milano High School’s varsity cheerleaders annual Rah-Rah Cheer Camp. The camp will be July 15-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the school gym. Girls ages four to 11 can participate and registration is $25.

If registered by July 1 the participants will get their shirts at camp, if not by July 1 then shirt will be given out before the f irst pep rally this fall. For more information, contact MHS cheerlead ing sponsor Laci Youree, 979-209-4588 or

Friendship Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon July 12-16 at the church, located seven miles south of Milano on Highway 36. The theme this year is Saddle R idge R anch and Bro. Delmar McCracken is the church pastor.

There will be a pre-registration round up from 11 a.m. to 1 p..m. Saturday, July 10 at the church. There will be stick horse races, horse shoes, dummy roping, moon walk, obstacle course, cow patty toss and much more. Hot dogs will be served. Ages for the VBS are three years to fourth grade. For more information, call 979- 567-0242.

Donat ions are being collected for Kristi’s Krusaders first annual Rally for the Walk (Walk MS 2010). The Aug. 7 event will be held at Nat’s near Milano and will include a bike run, auctions, pool and horseshoe tournaments, music and barbecue. Kristi’s Krusaders is headed by Kristi Ditto Bode, a former Milano resident who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) a couple of years ago.

Kristi’s Krusaders are raising money for this fall’s Walk MS 2010. All proceeds from the benefit will help fund research to f ind a cure for MS. For more information about the fund-raiser, contact Kristi (254-813-2194), Amber Ditto (254-214-3042) or Nat’s (512- 455-6287).

We extend our sympathy to the Tim Stewart, Sr. family and the Lillian Kelley family. Stewart’s memorial services were held June 26 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home. His body was cremated. Kelley’s services were Monday at First Baptist Church in Cameron with burial at the Community Cemetery in Milano.

Congratulations to JoAnn and Carrol Davidson on the birth of a new great grandson William Paden Davidson on June 23 in Midland. William weighed seven pounds seven ounces and was 19 inches long. New parents are Cody and Sarah Davidson. Grandparents are Jenna and Kirkland Davidson of Midland. Other great grandparents are Jean Inman and Gene Blaylock of Lyons. Before returning home, JoAnn and Carroll took another great grandson, Gus Downey, on a day trip to Big Bend.

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