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Bastrop relief drive Saturday, Way-Mar Plaza

A relief drive will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 for victims of the Bastrop wildfires, Miner va Friends group spokesperson Lawayne Reaves has announced.

Donations of boxed and labeled non- perishable food items, gently used clothes and household items will be accepted 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Way-Mar Plaza (old Walmart/HEB parking lot) in Rockdale.

The group also needs pickups and trailers to help take the items to Bastrop and volunteers to deliver them. For more information call 512-592-8526 or leave message at 446- 0663.

Special Needs fun day set here for Saturday

The third annual “Meet and Greet” Special Needs Network Fun Day will be held from 2 until 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Rockdale Fair Park pavilion, 200 Walnut Street.

“ This is a time for families of children with varied disabilities, all having a common center, to come together for food, fun and fellowship,” said Denitra Lewis, publicist.

At the open house, attendees will find an information table, bounce house, puppet show, arts and crafts, hay ride, face painting, balloons, food and drinks, games and a clown, she said.

For more information, call Lewis at 446-4910 or 512- 626- 6583; Rita Schupp, 254- 931- 4745; or Teresa Mireles, 446-5408.

Milano Opry to hit stage Saturday at high school

MILANO—The Milano Opry will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Milano High School cafetorium, organizer Lynn Martin announced.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7. Concessions will be available and Bobby Davis will cook hamburgers, Martin said.

Guest artists will be Margie LeBlanc and Colby Sheppard. House band members are Billy Barnett, Ab Woods, Michael Wall, Michael Herod, Gary Beard, Will Fountain, Hannah Fountain and Lynn Martin.

“Milano Opry would like to thank our sponsors and fans,” Martin said. “Come see us Saturday, ‘It’s a big show in a small town’.”

Murray Cemetery meeting Saturday

The annual meeting of the Murray Cemetery Association will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Rockdale General Store meeting room. A potluck lunch will follow.

Four families who have ancestors buried at the cemetery will be honored at the meeting: the families of Cameron Mangum, Reuben Mathews, Robert Phillips and Susannah Redford.

Mangum, Mathews and Phillips served in the Confederate Army and Mrs. Redford was the wife of John Newton Redford who fought with Sam Houston in the Texas Revolution against Santa Anna.

For more information call Shirley McIrvin at 446-5261.

Reading club meets at Parker residence

Members of the Thursday Reading Club held their first meeting of the 2010-11 year at the home of Corinne Parker. Luncheon and dessert was served to the 15 members present. Co-hostesses were Joan Ratliff and Dorothy Bergeron.

Donna Mitchell, president, led the business meeting. Joan Ratliff, yearbook committee chair, presented new yearbooks and introduced this year’s course of study, “Favorite Books from Around the World.”

Donna Mitchell reported on Federation of Women Clubs news and updates.

The Thursday club’s next meeting will be Oct. 13 at the home of Dana Caffey with the program to be given by Johnnielyn Brown.– Geri Burnett, reporter

Bushdale Cemetery meeting set for Oct. 1

The Bushdale Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting and election of officers at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall.

Everyone with relatives buried there is encouraged to attend and bring a favorite dish and/or dessert for the luncheon that will follow the meeting. For more information call Velmalene Williams, 361-293-5662.

Thorndale boosters selling fleece blankets

THORNDALE—Thorndale Athletic Booster Club is selling fleece blankets in a fund-raiser.

Full-size fleece blankets, displaying “Thorndale Bulldogs” and the mascot, are available for $50 each.

Contact any booster club officer to order, Lori Fisher (, Carol Marr (, Becky Elms ( beck y_ elems @ sbcglobal. n et) , Chr ist ie Ha f ley ( c hr ist ie. or Stephanie Guzman (

Milano VFD Auxiliary sets annual fall sale

MILANO— Milano Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual fall sale Sept. 29- 30 and Oct. 1 at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station, located downtown.

Sale times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1.

The building will be open starting Monday, Sept. 26 at 8 a.m. to accept donations for the sale.

For more information, contact Yoakum, -446-5110, Lois Love, 455- 7915 or Carolyn Vinton, 455-2364.

Milano Lions holding annual fall fund-raiser

MILANO— Milano Evening Lions Club is holding its 2011 fund-raiser now through Oct. 28. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

Prizes are Walmart gift cards of $350, $250 and $50. Drawing will be Friday, Oct. 28 at the Milano High School football game.

Buy tickets from any Lions member.

Democratic Women to meet Saturday

CAMERON—The Milam County Texas Democratic Women will meet 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 102 E. First St.

The group is planning a fund-raiser to help with voter contact components, like push cards and block walking for the 2012 election cycle.

“Our membership is growing but there is plenty of room for more members,” said Mary Ridgeway, the group’s provisional president. “We are planing our program of work and getting excited about the upcoming campaign. Come on over Saturday morning and bring a friend or two.”

For more information, contact Ridgeway at 512-773-1765.

Sunshine Quilters to meet September 22

Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Meadowbrook Bap - tist Church. Members will work on personal projects and visitors are welcome, said Eddie Davidson, publicist. For more information call 446- 6316.

Sons of Hermann hold lodge meeting

CAMERON— Lodge 140, Order of the Sons of Hermann, will meet Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron, according to David Ehler, lodge president.

At their last meeting, members heard a financial report by Douglas Buck, secretary-treasurer, who also read a thank- you letter from the “Hugs From Home” project, to which the lodge donated $200. The project sends care packages to U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Member news: Gar y Ehler will receive his 60 - year membership pin. Nanette Wells and Pat Barcak bowled in the Sons of Hermann state tournament.

The lodge made a $25 contribution to the Abiding Savior Lutheran Church scholarship fund, in appreciation for the use of the church as a meeting site.

Members honored for birthdays were Alyssa Ehler, Sherilyn Buck, Teressa Duffy and Isyjean Korenek. Members honored for anniversaries were Gina and John Cavazos, Tom and Eileen Beery and Susan and David Ehler.

Rice Cemetery annual meeting set October 8

CAMERON— Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc.’s annual meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the cemetery, SH 36 to CR 241, Cameron. Bring covered dish and lawn chairs. Send donations to Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc., 3965 S. Hwy 77, Cameron TX 76520. More info, call Irene Angell, 254-697-4119, or David Angell, 254- 697-1095.

Dime Box Lions set fund-raiser Oct. 1

DIME BOX—Dime Box Lions Club will sponsor the Black Bridge Festival and Mini Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 1, spokesperson Carol Dismukes announced. The fund- raiser is to help the Lions’ community projects and a planned Black Bridge Park. For more information, call Dismukes at 979-884-3227.

Dime Box homecoming, BBQ cookoff set Oct. 1

DIME BOX—The annual Dime Box Homecoming and Barbecue Cookoff will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 in downtown Dime Box, according to Carol Dismukes, publicist.

Check-In will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. A stew supper, compliments of Jacob and Marlena Beran, will begin at 6 p.m. with music by J.W. Riza, followed by a “42” tournament.

Cookoff categories are beef brisket (required), chicken and pork ribs. There is no entry fee but each team must donate a brisket weighing at least 10 pounds. A Jackpot Bean cookoff will also be held with a $10 entry fee.

For more information, contact Kord Kothmann at 979-884-1021 or

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