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HERMANN SONS LEADERS— Officers of Cameron Sons of Hermann Lodge 140 attended a two-district installation ceremony recently in Austin. From left, Willie Korenek, reporter; Ike Korenek, trustee; Jason Ehler, vice-president; David Ehler, president; Nanette Wells, financial committee member; Douglas Buck, secretary. David Ehler was one of four lodge presidents accepting a certificate or reaching, or surpassing, the goal for a recent membership campaign. HERMANN SONS LEADERS— Officers of Cameron Sons of Hermann Lodge 140 attended a two-district installation ceremony recently in Austin. From left, Willie Korenek, reporter; Ike Korenek, trustee; Jason Ehler, vice-president; David Ehler, president; Nanette Wells, financial committee member; Douglas Buck, secretary. David Ehler was one of four lodge presidents accepting a certificate or reaching, or surpassing, the goal for a recent membership campaign. The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E- mail to bill@rockdalereporter.com or fax to 446-5317.

KCs to fete firefighters with chili on Monday

Rockdale Knights of Columbus Council 7014 will hold their annual Firefighter/EMS Chili Supper Monday, Feb. 21 at the KC Hall, Mike Korenek, KC community activities chair, has announced.

“Happy hour will start at 5:30 p.m. and serving of chili will start at 6:30,” Korenek said. “This is the Knights’ way of honoring our firefighters from Rockdale, Thorndale, Milano, Minerva, Black Jack and Gause,” he said, “as well EMS first responders that serve those South Milam County areas.”

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 446- 6577 or email mwkorenek@sbcglobal.net.

Milano Opry ahead Saturday at MHS

MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Milano High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show to start at 7. Admission is $7 (children 10 and under free).

Show headliner is Julie Smith of Cameron and special guests will be Glenn Schneider of Salty and A.P. Patschke of Taylor.

Other performers will include house band members Lynn Martin, Will Fountain, Michael Wall and Gary Beard. “Come early and eat with the Opry,” said Lynn Martin, publicist. “They’ll have sandwiches, sausage wraps and lots of homemade pies. Come enjoy this ‘Big Show in a Small Town’.”

Special Needs Group will meet on Thursday

The Special Needs Support Group is comprised of parents, family members, care givers, advocates and educators who meet to discuss the different issues that affect families of children who are differently-abled.

This month’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the New Jerusalem Christian Church in Rockdale. Speaker will be The Together Forever Ranch-Equine Therapy, Lisa and Terry Villers, said Denitra Lewis-Rideaux, publicist.

The Special Needs Support Group for Milam County meets at 6:30 p.m. each third Tuesday of the month at the New Jerusalem Christian Church. Child care is provided. FMI call Lewis-Rideaux,446- 4910.

Reading club hears Perry series program

Members of the Thursday Reading Club held their sixth meeting of the 2010-2011 year at the San Gabriel home of hostess Carole Simank. Donna Mitchell, club president, conducted the business meeting. The thirteen members voted to be a supporter of the Tejas Art and Book festival with a donation.

Continuing the program of study, “Memories— George Sessions Perry,” Geri Burnett presented a program on “There is Music in the Woods Again,” a story written for the Saturday Evening Post by George Sessions Perry, published almost 56 years ago on Feb. 19, 1955.

Next meeting of the club will be hosted by Lois Lantz on March 10. The program will be presented by Lucile Estell.— Geri Burnett, reporter

Genealogy society to meet here Tuesday

Milam County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 in the conference room of Citizens National Bank, Rockdale.

Linda Whorton will present a program to commemorate “Black History Month.” All members are encouraged to attend, and visitors are always welcome.—Linda Whorton, publicity

Ag Boosters dance set here for February 26

Rockdale FFA Ag Boosters invites the public to its annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, Feb. 26.

“This is a major fund-raiser for the organization and, like many organizations, we are in need of community support more than ever this year,” said Kathy Pelzel, publicist.

To purchase tickets ($25 per person) or make a donation, email kpelzel@rockdaleisd.net or contact one of the following students:

Christa and Josh Pelzel, Andey, Melinda and Andrew Perez, Kaden and Emma Roberts, Brandon and Alexandra Bomer, Pete Heintze, Ashley Barcuch, Traci Fisher, Tyler Pruett, Jacob Willingham, Heather Atchley, Cody Mynar, Travis and Carlee Morgan, Preton Dorman, Grayson Fritcher, Kinley Meadors, Hunter Clark, Tyler Kaatz.

Linwood gardeners plan spring events

Linwood Acres Garden Club met Feb. 9 at the home of Lorraine Drake with Joyce Dalley and Carol Simank co-hostesses.

Members shared ideas and tips to use in gardens and with pot plants. Janette Hudson displayed a bowl and vase made from pear tree wood.

Members discussed the club’s plant booth on March 5 at the Tejas Festival, a joint project of Crown Garden Club and Linwood Acres Club.

The club’s annual free Plant Exchange will also be held that day.

Next club meeting on March 9 will be a trip to Killeen to visit Oma’s Garden Pflanzen Nursery. “Spring Happening,” the club’s card party/luncheon fund-raiser, is scheduled April 27.—Billie Noack, reporter

Sunshine quilters to meet February 24

Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall.

Members will discuss programs for the coming year, according to Eddie Davidson, publicist. FMI call Davidson at 446- 6316.

Town and Country Club bake sale set at art show

THORNDALE—The Thorndale Town and Country Club will hold a bake sale at the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce Arts and Crafts Show, Airing of the Quilts, and Classic Car Show on Saturday, March 26. To pre-order a pie made by Betty Ballew, call 446- 6320.

Members will help MARC Center clients celebrate July 4th on Thursday, July 7th, in Rockdale with refreshments and gifts for each client. The club will also collect arts and crafts items for donation to the MARC Center. Members will workshop at the Thorndale Chamber building 2-4 p.m. June 23 to work on gifts for the clients.—Darleen Tucker, secretary


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