‘MEALS’ DONATION—The New Salem Extension Educators association Club has recently made a $300 donation to the Meals on Wheels program. Barbara Walko (L) presented the check to Carolyn Cooper, accepting for Meals on Wheels. 
Reporter/Mike Brown ‘MEALS’ DONATION—The New Salem Extension Educators association Club has recently made a $300 donation to the Meals on Wheels program. Barbara Walko (L) presented the check to Carolyn Cooper, accepting for Meals on Wheels. Reporter/Mike Brown The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E- mail to or fax to 446-5317.

Milano Opry Saturday

MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry will be Saturday, June 18 at Milano High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7. Admission is $7, children 10 and under free.

Guests will be Joel Warren and Johnny Saculla. House band members are Billy Barnett on steel, Ab Woods on bass, Michael Wall on drums, Will Fountain on fiddle and harmonica, Hannah Fountain on keyboards, Michael Herod on guitar and Lynn Martin with vocals.

“ We will be serving BBQ sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, sausage wraps and our delicious homemade pies,” said Lynn Martin, publicist. “Milano Opry gave its first scholarship this spring and hopes to triple that next year, so come see the show and support the cause,” Martin added.

Genealogy society

Milam County Genealogical Society’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Citizens National Bank in Rockdale. Eugenia Newton will present the program. Visitors are welcome.—Linda Whorton, publicity

LR Master Gardeners

CAMERON—Little River Basin Master Gardeners of Milam County will host the fifth in a series of “Chats in the Garden” on Saturday, June 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Triangle Demonstration Garden, 22nd Street and Washington in Cameron, across the street from the Middle School.

The presentation will focus on growing methods and uses for herbs and a certified Master Gardener will be on hand to answer questions, said Jannice Johnson, publicist.

Democratic Women

With the election of provisional officers Saturday, a local chapter of the Texas Democratic Women moved a bit closer to reality.

“More than 20 people have attended two meetings,” said Mary Ridgway, who was elected provisional president. “About that many more have expressed interest in the group.”

Other provisional officers are Tia Stone, vice-president; Peggy Perry, treasurer; Richard Stone, secretary. Provisional officers will serve until a more formal chapter structure can be built and bylaws adopted.

Four people were appointed to write bylaws: Joleen Cahill, Liz Lewis, Peggy Lanford and Tia Stone.

Purpose of the group is to network and launch a grassroots effort to support state and local Democrats in the 2012 elections.

Next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9 at the United Steel Workers of America Union Hall in Rockdale. For more information call Ridgway, 512-773-1765.

2nd MS rally June 25

MILANO–The second annual Kristi’s Krusaders “Rally for the Walk... Walk MS 2011” is set for Saturday, June 25 at Nat’s in Milano, event coordinator Kristi (Ditto) Bode has announced.

The all- day event will include a motorcycle ride, bike show, door prizes, barbecue plates, live and silent auctions and T-shirts for sale.

Motorcycle ride registration starts at 8 a.m. with the first bike out at 10 a.m. Barbecue plates will be ready about noon, Bode said.

The group is selling tickets for a Remington model 770 with synthetic stock, stainless barrel, bolt action four-shot clip, bushel 3x9 scope, boar sighted, choice of calibers (243, 270 or 30- 6). Tickets are $5 each and the winner will be announced June 25. (Need not be present to win.)

For more information or to donate, contact Bode, 254-813-2194; Amber Ditto, 254-214-3042; or Marie Bakken, 254-718- 0133. Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Thorndale BBQ Cookoff

THORNDALE—The 21st annual Thorndale Firemen’s BBQ Cookoff will be held June 24-26 at Thorndale City Park.

Star ting Friday and continuing through Sunday will be a softball tournament. Call Michael Becker, at 512-228- 0249, for entry details.

BBQ cookoff categories are beef brisket, pork ribs and chicken, plus Jackpot Beans and Cook’s Choice. A new jackpot category will be a Margarita contest Friday night. For details call Tammy Pickett, 512-269-3598.

Saturday, June 25, will be the Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will also be food booths in the park. For details call Cindy Hughes, 512-760- 0669.

Also Saturday will be the Thorndale Firemen Ladies Auxiliary turkey and dressing meal at 11 a.m. in Fireman’s Hall.

Saturday also offers horseshoe, washer and domino tournaments, games for the kids, food booths, music and opening ceremonies presenting Miss Thorndale and her court.

There will be dances at the City Park Pavilion: Friday, June 24, 8 p.m. to midnight, music by People’s Choice; Saturday, June 25, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., music by Chris Brade. Tickets will be $10 at the gate for all (ages 5 and under free). Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Veterans aid workshop

TAYLOR— SPJST Assisted Living, 505 East Lake Drive in Taylor, will hold a free VA Aid and Attendance Workshop on Friday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.

“ This workshop has assisted many seniors, veterans and their widow(er)s to learn more about their benefits,” said Greg McDonnell of U.S. Benefits Analysts.

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