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Lexington decor winners announced by garden club

LEXINGTON— Jennifer and Paul Biehle, 1005 Wesley Street, took top place in Lexington’s Best-Decorated Yard contest, sponsored by the Lexington Garden Club.

“ Their yard is an impressive show of lights, with a lot of work going into their decorations,” said Cindy Gibson, contest publicist.

Lisa and David Hilcher, 208 Third Street, placed second and always-strong contenders Velma and Elvis Lewis, 116 North Avenue, placed third.

Honorable mention went to Nancy and Charles Stamport, 808 Terrace Street.

“Lexington Garden Club urges those who haven’t toured the town to go out one evening to see the impressive displays,” Gibson said. “It’s a great family outing, and good for anyone looking for some Christmas spirit. Several displays this year feature Christmas lights coordinated to music.”

“Judges said that judging was very difficult this year,” Gibson added. Prizes are sponsored by Round Top State Bank and will be awarded to the top three yards.

Town & Country Club conducts homes tour

THORNDALE—Town and Country Club members conducted their Christmas tour of homes Dec. 18, beginning at the country home of Donna Harris where members enjoyed a light breakfast.

Next, members toured the Salty community home of Billy Ray and Laura Locklin. There, they enjoyed orange juice punch and cookies. The Locklins’ Christmas tree was decorated in Laura’s favorite color with brown poinsettias, ribbon and special ornaments.

Next was a tour of the Pleasant Retreat home of Edward and Peggy Weise. Mrs. Weise displayed her hand-made tree decorations and other decor throughout her home, including shelves made from the window topping from the home of Edward’s grandparents. Peggy served coffee to her guests.

In Thorndale, members ate lunch at the Downtown Cafe and were joined by Nina Montebaro and Betty Atkins who were unable to make the complete route.

Follow ing lunch, members drove to Taylor to tour the home of Wandeen Sakewitz who shared her Santa collection. Wandeen has collected Santa figurines for years and each room in her house showcases them.

Back in Thorndale, members ended their tour at the home of Ethel Seelig where coffee was served, the day was reviewed and plans for the 2011 tour were discussed.—Darleen Tucker, secretary

McKee hosts Crown gardeners’ yule event

Twelve members of the Crown Garden Club enjoyed a Christmas party at the home of Patricia McKee for the December meeting.

The hostess presented a pro- gram on Christmas plants and the symbolism of the birds in the traditional Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” that represent the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany on Jan. 6.

The group exchanged and traded gifts in the Chinese Christmas game and then had a meal of finger foods and desserts.

Door prizes were won by Carolyn Burford and Nancy Marburger.— Peggy Cooke, reporter

Kountry Squares dancing monthly

Kountry Squares Square Dancing Club dances every Thursday (except the 5th Thursday of the month) at the Salty Church (between Thorndale and Rockdale) at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 512-898-5192 or email for additional directions.—Jeanne Sparlin, reporter

Standards Hospice plans info sessions

Standards Hospice, serving Bell, Milam and Falls Counties, part of the Standards of Care Family in Cameron and surrounding areas, will hold educational sessions for caregivers on Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at Sol de Jalisco in Temple and on Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. at 115 N. Central in Cameron, according to Rosa Hernandez, administrator.

Topics include when to choose hospice, Medicare benefit, VA hospice benefit and volunteer opportunities.

This information is free and open to any Caregiver. Call Hernandez at 254-284-0045 to preregister.

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