SONS OF HERMANN GROUP—Birthday honorees at a recent Sons of Hermann Cameron/Rockdale Lodge 140-2 meeting were (L-R) David and Susan Ehler, Theresa Duffy, Shirlynn Buck, Isyjean Korenek and Chad Ehler. (See story, this page.) SONS OF HERMANN GROUP—Birthday honorees at a recent Sons of Hermann Cameron/Rockdale Lodge 140-2 meeting were (L-R) David and Susan Ehler, Theresa Duffy, Shirlynn Buck, Isyjean Korenek and Chad Ehler. (See story, this page.) The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E-mail to or fax to 446-5317.

Special Needs group fun day Saturday

Fun, food and fellowship are planned for families with children with varied disabilities here from 2 until 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at the main pavilion at Fair Park.

“This is our second annual special needs family fun day,” said Denitra Lewis, spokesperson. “We started this wanting to have an event for our children with special needs, because they are not often invited to birthday parties and cannot attend a lot of social functions.”

The day will provide a bounce house, train ride, arts and crafts, hay ride, face painting, games, food and drinks and gifts for special needs children and mothers, Lewis said.

For more information call Lewis, 446-4910; Rita Schupp, 254-931- 4745; or Teresa Mireles, 446- 5408.

Las Escuelita cookoff coming up October 2

La Escuelita will host its 8th annual Menudo, Chili, Beans and Barbecue Cookoff Saturday, Oct. 2 at the La Escuelita grounds, east of the Rockdale KC Hall.

The cookoff will begin at 6 a.m. and entry fee is $15 for each category. Barbecue divisions are beef, chicken and pork.

A horseshoe tournament will start at noon with a $10 fee per team.

Food sales will begin at 11 a.m. including brisket tacos, sausage wraps and fedio, each $2. Pickles, sodas and water will be $1.

Arts and crafts vendors can rent booth space for $10 per space. No food vendors will be allowed.

For more information call Johnnie Diaz, 446-3217, or visit www.laescuelita

Milano Opry ahead Saturday evening

MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry country and gospel show will be Saturday, Sept. 18. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7. Cost is $5 and children 10 and under get in free.

Headliner is Savannah Berry from Missouri City. Special guests will be Rodney Brossette of Caldwell, Lorna Willhelm of Waco and Steven Raby of Granger. House band members are Lynn Martin, Billy Barnett, Gary Beard, Ab Woods, Jeremy Wade, Shawn Young and Jerry Gerosa. “Come early and eat with the Bailey Bank Building committee and get a good seat for the show,” said Lynn Martin, publicist

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.

Reading club to study short stories of Perry

Thursday Reading Club members held their first meeting of the 2010- 2011 year at the home of Donna Mitchell, club president. A salad luncheon and dessert was served to the 12 members present. Cohostesses were Barbara Thompson and Eleanor Weems.

Mrs. Mitchell led the business meeting. Mrs. Weems, chairman of the yearbook committee, presented the new yearbooks and Barbara Thompson introduced this year’s course of study: “Memories— George Sessions Perry,” a look at some of the short stories Perry, award-winning Rockdale author, wrote for the Saturday Evening Post.

Also serving on the yearbook committee are Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Thompson.

Officers for the 2010-2011 year are: president, Donna Mitchell; vice-president, Joan Ratliff; secretary, Carole Simank; treasurer, Annette Stone; and reporter, Geri Burnett.

The club will meet again on Oct. 14 at the home of Dorothy Bergeron. Peggy Cooke will provide the program on Perry’s Post story “The Town Where it Rains Money.”— Geri Burnett, reporter

Milam County MOPS plan sale on October 9

Milam County MOPS (Mothers of Preschooler) will host a Momto Mom sale on Saturday, Oct. 9 at First Baptist Church, 240 Green Street n Rockdale.

The sale will include gently-used kids and maternity items, as well as handmade items. Contact Cari Veit at 512-269-8165 for more information or to rent a table.

Admission will be $1 or one canned food item.

MOPS meets each month September through May at First Baptist in Rockdale. Meetings are held from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. in the New Life Center.

All mothers and caregivers of children ages birth through preschool are invited. Breakfast, fellowship and childcare are provided. FMI call 512-269-8165.

Linwood Acres Club welcomes new members

Linwood Acres Garden Club met Sept. 8 for their first meeting of the 2010-11 year at Rockdale General Store. Hostesses were Mary Phillips and Margo Gillis. Mary Jo Coffield and Sandra Drake were welcomed as new members.

Yearbooks were distributed and upcoming programs and activities were reviewed.

The club has been invited to participate in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail regional meeting Oct. 21. The club will also have a booth at the March 4-5, 2011 Tejas Art & Book Festival.

Garden tip: In September, prune back roses that have grown spindly in the summer by one-third and fertilize with a time-release rose food such as 7-11-9. In a few weeks, roses will be covered with blooms again. Plant wildflower seeds from now through December.—Billie Noack, reporter

Genealogy society to meet here Sept. 28

Milam County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the Citizens National Bank-Rockdale conference room. Randy Billingsley will present the program. Visitors are encouraged to attend.—Linda Whorton, publicity

Sons of Hermann to meet on Sept. 21

Cameron/Rockdale Lodge 140-2 of the Order of the Sons of Hermann will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Bea’s kitchen in Cameron for a lasagna dinner and election of officers, according to Willie Korenek, publicist.

During a meeting this summer at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Cameron, attended by 22 members, a catfish dinner with all the trimmings was served. Following the meal, David Ehler, president, conducted the business meeting and Douglas Buck, secretary/treasurer, gave the financial report.

Grand Lodge in San Antonio sent a thank-you note to the lodge for its $200 donation to the “Hugs From Home” project which sends care packages to military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Members voted to donate to the Sons of Herman Scholarship Fund, to send a memorial to the Grand Lodge in memory of Pete York, and to transfer Donna White’s membership from the Forest Grove area lodge to Lodge 140-2.

Birthday honorees were David Ehler, Susan Ehler, Theresa Duffy, Shirlynn Buck, Isyjean Korenek and Chad Ehler. Anniversary honorees were David and Susan Ehler.

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.

Remaining dates and sale items are: Sept. 22, half-price sale; Sept. 29, T-shirts, 50 cents.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 on Saturday

The Murray Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 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.

Bushdale Cemetery annual meeting Oct. 2

Bushdale Cemetery Association will have its annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite dish or dessert to share at the luncheon that will follow the business meeting.

Persons unable to attend who would like to donate to the association, the mailing address is P.O. Box 664, Rockdale TX 76567.

“Everyone with loved ones buried in the cemetery are encouraged to attend,” said Velmalene Williams, spokesperson. For more information call her at 361-293-5662.

Rice Cemetery annual meeting set October 9

CAMERON—The annual meeting of the Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Attendees should bring a covered dish for lunch and lawn chairs for seating.

Donations may be sent to Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc., 3965 South Hwy 77, Cameron TX 76520. For more information, call Irene Angell, 254-697-4119 or David Angell, 254-697-1095.

Sunshine quilters to meet Sept. 23

Sunshine n’ Shadows Quilt Guild members will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall, according to Eddie Davidson, publicist.

“Members will be working on a new project,” she said, noting that visitors are welcome.

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