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Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary will again sponsor a scholarship this spring. Eligible sons and daughters of fire department and auxiliary members may pick up applications at the RVFD fire Station. Deadline for submitting application and essay is April 5. For more information, call Bea Williams at 446- 4172.
Alcoa Retirees Club
Rockdale Operations Alcoa Retirees Club held its first meeting of 2011 on Thursday, March 10 at the Rockdale KC Hall with 155 attending. A fried fish and chicken dinner was served.
Officers elected were: President, Douglas K. Williams; vice-president, Claude Spence; secretary, Lanelle Spence; and treasurer, Glenna Lynn.
Woodmen of the World
MILANO—Woodmen of the World Milam County Pecan Lodge 237 will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Milano Community Center. The Easter basket project will be completed. For additional information, contact Jane Yoakum, secretary, at 446-5110 or 256 County Road 360, Milano TX 76556 or at email@example.com
Sons of Hermann
CAMERON—The meeting of Cameron Sons of Hermann Lodge 140, originally set March 15, has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at Bea’s Kitchen, 101 E. Main Street, Cameron. All members are urged to attend the dinner meeting and fellowship.— William Korenek, publicist
Linwood Acres Club
The MARC Center, Crown Garden Club and Linwood Acres Garden Club joined forces to host a Nature Center at the Tejas Festival on March 5 in the McVoy building. Bird houses, squirrel feeders, stepping stones and hanging baskets were sold. Linwood Club’s yearly plant exchange was held. Children were instructed on how to plant tomato seeds and took their plantings home.
A square foot garden was set up by Sandy Braswell and other displays on how to recycle newspapers for mulch and how to make newspaper pots for planting seeds.
Linwood Club members held their regular meeting March 9 with a trip to Ohma’s Nursery in Killeen. Many organic gardening products and unusual plants came back to Rockdale with the members. Jeanette Hudson and Carrie Beth Cantu were hostesses and served breakfast to nine ladies.
Spring happening— Linwood Club’s Spring Happening will be held on April 27 at St. John’s United Methodist fellowship hall, the club’s major fund-raiser. Call a club member for tickets. It will be a tasting salad luncheon with cupcakes for dessert.— Billie Noack, reporter
Milano Opry ahead
MILANO—The Milano Opry will be held on Saturday, March 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. “Richard Schneider will cook hamburgers, chicken breast sandwiches and french fries,” publicist Lynn Martin said, “and we’ll also have homemade pies.”
Show headliners are the Castillo Brothers (Ryan and Riley from Elgin), special guests will be the Thomason Sisters (Elisabeth, Shelby and Sophie from Rockdale) and Jamie Jennings from Caldwell.
House band members are Billy Barnett, Ab Woods, Michael Wall, Brian Meadors, Gary Beard and Lynn Martin. Admission is $7, children 10-and-under free.
Minerva Water Supply
Minerva Water Supply Corporation will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Minerva Community Center.
Members must RSVP by 5 p.m. March 25 in order to attend the meal. RSVP to Linda Masur, 446- 6327. Two board positions will be voted on during the meeting.
Thursday Reading Club
Thursday Reading Club held its last regular meeting of the 2010- 11 year at the home of hostess Lois Lantz. Donna Mitchell, president, conducted the business meeting.
Members voted to continue funding the KIND News, an award winning classroom newspaper that incorporates character education and is published by the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education. First grade students at Rockdale Elementary will receive the KIND News.
Plans for the annual club trip were presented by Joan Ratliff. All 17 members were present for the program of study, “Memories — George Sessions Perry.” The program, The Enchanted Pond, a story written for the Saturday Evening Post by Perry and published Jan. 15, 1955, was presented by Dr. Lucile Estell.
The April meeting will be the club’s trip to San Antonio.— Geri Burnett, reporter
Milam Aggie Moms
Milam County Aggie Moms are having a fund-raiser to help provide scholarships to Milam high school seniors who will be attending Texas A&M University, Susan Fuchs announced.
Tickets can be purchased from any Aggie Mom or call Debbie Vansa, 254- 697-5057, or Jean Darby, 512-983- 0033.
Items in the fund-raiser include an Aggie quilt, a Benjamin Knox framed print “Future Aggies;” an Aggie game table and a $100 Visa gift card. Drawing will be April 16.
The quilt is on display at Citizens National Bank in Rockdale this week.
Milam County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the conference room of Citizens National Bank in Rockdale (rear entrance). Sterlin Barton will present a program on “A New View of the Family Tree.”
Members whose surnames begin with A through P will be responsible for refreshments. Visitors are welcome.— Linda Whorton, publicity
LEXINGTON—The annual business meeting of the Lexington Cemetery Association will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3 in the Woodson Building in Lexington.
MILANO—The Milano Senior Citizens will sponsor a concert by MasterPeace Quartet, an acclaimed Southern gospel group, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Milano Civic Center.
Adult advance tickets are $ 8, a family ticket is $15, and children (under age 12) ticket is $5. Call 455-3402 or 455-9232 for ticket information.
Quartet members are Scott Williams, Josh Wallace, Glenn Cruey and Jason Miller.
Town & Country Club
THORNDALE—The Thorndale Town & Country Club met March 10 with Sarah Lincoln hostess. She carried out a St. Patrick’s Day theme in decorations. Ten club members and one guest, Susan Drabek, played bingo with all receiving “green” gifts of kitchen and household items.
Members discussed the club bake sale to be held at the Thorndale Area Chamber’s Quilt/Car/ Crafts show Saturday, March 26. Pie orders may be made by calling Betty Ballew at 446- 6320 and she will have the pie ready on the day of the sale.
The hostess demonstrated how to make “roses” out of candy kisses and display them in an Easter basket. She also showed a glass block lighted Easter bunny. St. Patrick themed refreshments were served.— Darleen Tucker, secretary
Milam Retired Teachers
Milam County Retired Teachers Association met March 9 at the Thorndale ISD campus with 17 members present and Jamie Larson, president, presiding.
Molly Berger led breathing exercises, members pledged to the U.S. and state flags, Eldon Ball gave the invocation and minutes were approved.
Susan Larson and Marie Gest reported on legislative bills under consideration and other actions being discussed in Austin.
Members unanimously passed a dues increased from $5 to $10 to pay for mailing out news to members.
Thorndale High School’s Family, Career, Community and Leadership of America (FCCLA) class cooked and served the meal and gave a program on the class and its work, and received an “A+” from the RTA members. President Larson presented 100 books to TISD Supt. Casey Callahan to be distributed to students.
Ted Hubert presented a history of Fred Johns, being honored as a MCRAT “treasure” along with Elizabeth Holloway at the spring leadership conference in Huntsville May 10. Door prize drawings were held.— Bram Younts, reporter