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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP—A portion of a crowd of more than 50 attending a genealogy workshop Saturday at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library listens to speaker Lynna Kay Shuffield. The day-long workshop was sponsored by the Milam County Genealogical Society. See story, this page. Reporter/Mike Brown GENEALOGY WORKSHOP—A portion of a crowd of more than 50 attending a genealogy workshop Saturday at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library listens to speaker Lynna Kay Shuffield. The day-long workshop was sponsored by the Milam County Genealogical Society. See story, this page. Reporter/Mike Brown The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E-mail to bill@rockdalereporter.com or fax to 446-5317.

Girl Scout signup rallies set across Milam County

Milam County Girls Scouts will be holding Fall Kick-Off Rallies to sign up girls and adult volunteers in the month of September in Rockdale, Cameron and Milano.

Girl Scouting is open for girls in grades K-12. Girl and adult registration fee is $12 per person.

Rallies will take place on the following dates at these locations:

• Cameron—September 8, First United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 112 North Travis Street, 6-8 p.m.

• Rockdale/Thorndale—Sept. 14, Girl Scout House, 412 Murray Street, 6-8 p.m.

• Milano/Gause—Sept. 15, Milano Community Center, 303 W. Avenue E, 6-8 p.m.

For those interested in a leadership role, the following positions are open and needing to be filled for the 2010-11 year:

• Cameron—Daisy leader and assistant Daisy leader, Brownie leader and assistant Brownie leader.

• Milano—Brownie leader and assistant leader.

• Rockdale—Assistant Daisy leader.

• Thorndale and Gause—Anyone interested in starting troops in these areas, all leader and assistant leader positions are open in each level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior.

Contact Lori Poehl, Milam County Girl Scout service unit manager, 979-219-2138; or Kristi Pyeatt, registrar, 760-0559 for more information.

Milam County RTA to meet here Sept. 8

Milam County Retired Teachers Association will hold its first meeting of the year at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the New Oriental Kitchen in Rockdale.

All retired school personnel are invited. “Plans for several activities this year will be presented,” said Laurene Shumaker, secretary.

Officers are Jamie Larson, president; Carolyn Hafley, vice-president; Jackie Thornton, second vice-president; Sandra O’Donnell, treasurer; Shumaker and Bram Yountz, secretaries; and Wilma Owens, historian.

“Our organization has about 120 members and is celebrating its 40th year providing retired teachers and others who worked in education with information and help,” Shumaker said. “We welcome all retired school personnel to join us.”

Future meetings of MCRTA:

• Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at New Oriental Kitchen in Rockdale.

• Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at New Oriental Kitchen in Rockdale. Flu shots will be given at this meeting.

• Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale (Thanksgiving luncheon).

• Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Cameron (Christmas party).

Alcoa retirees meeting scheduled September 9

Next meeting of the Alcoa Retirees Association is set for Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rockdale, spokesperson Doug Williams said.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with a fish dinner to be served at 6. Desserts will be provided with members whose last names start with A through L.

“Please bring gifts for a silent auction at this meeting,” Williams said (no gift exchange). All retired Alcoans are invited.

Hirt benefit planned at The Ranch Oct. 10

A benefit for cancer patient Margarett Nolen Hirt has been scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10 at The Ranch in Rockdale.

Brisket and sausage plates with all trimmings will be sold for $8 per plate (dine-in or take-out) and serving will begin at 11 a.m.

An auction of donated items will begin at 3 p.m. Donations for the auction are being accepted at Rockdale Federal Credit Union.

Mrs. Hirt is under treatment for colorectal/hepatocarcinoma cancer. Benefit proceeds will go to help her defray medical expenses.

For more information call Teresa Mireles, 446-5408.

Genealogy workshop draws more than 50

Milam County Genealogical Society met Aug. 24 in the Rockdale Senior Citizens Center with 23 members and one guest in attendance.

The Society sponsored an all-day genealogy workshop at Lucy Patterson Library Aug. 28. Lynna Kay Shuffield spoke to an audience of more than 50 on using the computer for genealogy at the morning session and how to apply for a historical designation for cemeteries at least 50 years old in the afternoon session.

At the Aug. 24 Society meeting, David Galbreath presented a program on his latest project, a scrapbook of photos of Milam County landmarks present and past, including bridges, schools and other places no longer in existance or still standing. He requested that anyone with old photos of former school buildings, churches and businesses in Milam County, please e-mail copies of the photos to him for inclusion in his book. His e-mail address is galben@embarqmail.com

Next Society meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the Citizens National Bank conference room. Randy Billingsley will present the program. All members and any interested visitors are encouraged to attend.—Linda Whorton, publicity

Minerva Community Center meeting Sept. 14

The annual Minerva Community Center meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Center. Agenda items include: planning the annual Center cleanup day, the annual Minerva School Homecoming, dedication of the gas pump, and the election of a new trustee.

“We encourage all the members of the Minerva community to attend,” said Deborah Dean, spokesperson.

Milam County MOPS group to begin meeting

Milam County MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet the second Wednesday of the month from September through May at First Baptist Church in Rockdale, according to Cari Veit, publicist.

Meetings are held from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. in the church’s New Life Center. All mothers and caregivers of children ages birth through preschool are invited to attend. Breakfast, fellowship and childcare are provided.

For more information, call Veit at 512-269-8165.

Linwood Acres Club to meet Wednesday

Linwood Acres Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at Rockdale General Store, 1201 West US 79, according to Billie Noack, spokesperson. Snacks and visiting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 10.

“We will have a preview and review of our garden club year,” Noack said.

The meeting is open to any person interested in becoming a member and members are encouraged to bring a guest.

Heavenly Treasures holds Wednesday sales

Rockdale Christian Services’ Heavenly Treasures thrift store serving the needy is holding sales each Wednesday through September, according to Pat Watson, RCS volunteer.

Dates and sale items are: Sept. 1, skirts, 50 cents; Sept. 3, $3-bag day; Sept. 8, all children’s clothes, 25 cents; Sept. 15, dollar day; Sept. 22, half-price sale; Sept. 29, T-shirts, 50 cents.

Square dancing club to begin lessons Thursday

THORNDALE–Kountry Squares square dancing club will begin square dancing lessons on Thursday, Sept. 2, Jeanne Sparlin, spokesperson, announced.

Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at a home off of Country Road 456 in Thorndale. Call 898-5192 or e-mail kountrysquares@gmail.com for directions.

Square dancing provides physical and mental exercise as well as fun and fellowship. Visitors are always welcome, Sparlin said.

Caller for Kountry Squares is Al Frazier. The group includes members from Taylor, Thorndale, Thrall, Elgin, Rockdale and Lexington.

Cameron Arts/Crafts Fair scheduled Oct. 2

CAMERON—The Cameron Chamber of Commerce will hold its 37th annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the city park, located on TX 36 downtown.

Booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Cameron chamber, 254-697- 4979.

Milam Museum plans fund-raiser October 8

CAMERON—The Milam County Historical Museum will host its annual fund-raiser and membership drive from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at “The Mercantile Bistro” on the square in Cameron.

The event will feature “The FAB 5,” formerly the Chevelles of Austin, performing music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s rock and roll, R&B and country.

Tickets will be sold at the door. To RSVP, call museum director Charles King, 265-697-8963, or e-mail milamco@vvm.com.

Grief support group meets twice monthly

CAMERON—A new grief support group has begun meeting at 11 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays in Room 102 at First Baptist Church in Cameron, 400 W. Main Street.

The group is open to the public and is being led by Chaplain Bruce Mercer of VistaCare Hospice. For more information call him at 254- 742-2000.

Cowboy Boxing Club sets garage/bake sale

CAMERON—Cowboy Boxing Club in Cameron will hold fund-raising garage and bake sales on Saturday, Sept. 18, spokesperson Sharon Beatty said.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the boxing club, 212 W. First St. in Cameron.

Murray Cemetery Assn. to meet September 16

The Murray Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the cemetery off Farm Road 487 north. In case of bad weather, the meeting will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 303 Meadow Drive, Rockdale.

All persons having relatives interred at the cemetery or having an interest in the cemetery are urged to attend. For more information, call Floyd Brockenbush, president, 446-6284; John Elbert Fischer, vice-president, 446-3308; or Shirley McIrvin, secretary, 446- 5261.

Persons unable to attend but wishing to become a member, please send yearly dues of $20 to: Murray Cemetery Association, PO Box 3, Rockdale TX 76567. Funds are used to the preservation and beautification of the cemetery. The Association has made great strides in those areas in recent years, McIrvin said.


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