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Girls Scouts tour RVFD fire station
Rockdale Girl Scout Troop 9603 recently toured the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department fire station.
Girls attending were Rylee Pyeatt, Liliana Lara, Bailey Baggerly, Aubrey Brindle, Ashley Oertli and Victoria Smith.
Fire Chief Herbie Vaughan led the tour, showed equipment used by firefighters and the different types of fire trucks. He also discussed fire safety and the importance of having a home fire-escape plan and a safe, predetermined meeting place to be prepared in case of a fire.
The girls were escorted by their leaders Sheree Smith and Jessie Baggerly. Also in attendance were registered adult members Ronda Brindle, Lisa Oertli and Kristi Pyeatt.
“A big thank-you to Chief Vaughan for being so informative and courteous to the Scouts,” said Kristi Pyeatt, troop reporter.
Milano Opry ahead Saturday at high school
MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry is ahead Saturday Nov. 19 with doors to open at 6 p.m. and the show to start at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
Cost is $7 (children age 10 and under free). Concessions will open at 6 p.m. and hamburgers will be served.
“This will be our last show for this year but we’ll be back in January,” said Lynn Martin, publicist.
Guest artists will be Johnny Foster and Lexi Stavinoha. House band members are Billy Barnett, Ab Woods, Michael Wall, Michael Herod, Gary Beard and Martin.
Reading club’s program about ‘The Other Queen’
Thursday Reading Club held its third meeting of 2011-12 at the home of Lois Fry. Fourteen members heard a program presented by Dr. Lucile Estell on the novel The Other Queen by Philippa Gregor y, about Mar y Queen of Scots. This year’s course of study for the club is “Favorite Books from Around the World.”
Joan Ratliff, vice-president, led the business meeting. Members voted to make a donation to the Milam County Child Protective Services Board and to Rockdale Christmas Roundup.
The club will meet Dec. 12 at the home of Dorothy Bergeron. Lois Lantz will present a Christmas program.— Geri Burnett, reporter
Genealogy society hears of pioneers’ hardships
Milam County Genealogical Society met Oct. 25 at Citizens National Bank, Rockdale, with 16 members attending.
Randy Billingsley presented a program on the life and hardships of ancestors who first came to Texas, including his ancestor Jesse Billingsley who was a Texas Ranger, fought at the Battle of San Jacinto, and was a state representative.
Members renominated the current officers for 2012, with voting to be held Jan. 24.
The society will not meet in November. Final meeting of the year will be a Christmas fellowship at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec, 5 in the home of Patricia McKee, 2009 Skyles, Rockdale. Members are asked to bring a $15- $20, gift-wrapped item for exchange following the meal and Christmas program. Members willing to bring food items to serve with the meal should contact Mrs. McKee, 446- 5102, by Friday, Dec. 2, or e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members should pay dues by the Jan. 24 meeting to be able to vote for officers.—Linda Whorton, publicity
Donate used books for sale at city library
Friends of the Library wants your unwanted books for their Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the city library and outside on the library sidewalks.
Used and readable books (paperback and hard cover) can be dropped off during library hours—Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Helpers for sale day are also needed. Contact Ann King (446-3773) or Annette Stone (446-3963).
Friends of the Library provide funds for Children’s Summer Reading, sponsor authors in the library during the Tejas Festival, and support other literary programs in the community.
Knights announce costume winners
Rockdale Knights of Columbus Council 7014 held an “Old-Fashioned Halloween Party” at the KC Hall on Sunday, Oct. 30
Jody Darby, Grand Knight, announced costume contest winners as follows:
• Age 0-5, Jackson Barcak, Karlie Breithaupt, Colby Hill, Wade Whiteley, Damon Lord and Jayla Gonzales.
• Age 6-8, Lavar Beckwick, Justin Gage and Isiah Alvarez.
• Age 9-12, Avery Willis, Stephanie Panteleon and Reyna King.
“ We had a great turnout and want to thank all who came out and supported the kids and the KC’s,” Darby said.
Sunshine quilters to meet Thursday
Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the fellowship hall of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, according to Eddie Davidson, spokesperson. “Visitors are always welcome,” Davidson said. For more information, call 446- 6316.
Town & Country Club plan yule homes tour
THORN DA LE— M emb er of t he Thorndale Town & County Club met Nov. 3 at the home of Betty Atkins in the Conoley community with 12 members and a guest, Cathy Sweasea, attending. Games of bingo were played with prizes given to winners.
Members finalized plans for their annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Thursday, Dec. 15. The event will include breakfast at the home of Donna Harris, stops at the homes of several members, and lunch at the Downtown Cafe in Thorndale.
Members are to bring non-perishable items or canned goods to the Nov. 17 meeting for donation to Thorndale Cares. Members are also to bring auction items to the Relay for Life on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Mrs. Atkins demonstrated a dog chew toy she made, and other crafts. She served a meal of hamburgers with all the trimmings.
Next meeting will be hosted by Mildred Weise Nov. 17, when officers for 2012 will be elected.— Darleen Tucker, secretary
Milano Exes again plan cruise as fund-raiser
MILANO—The Milano Ex-Students Association’s scholarship fund will receive $100 for each cabin booked on the exes’ annual five- day Caribbean cruise out of Galveston next year. For more information call Cindi Jenkins, 512-365-8595.
Grief support meetings held twice monthly
CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays, Nov. 24 and Dec. 8 and 22. “The meetings will continue into 2012,” according to Greg Nichols, chaplain. Meeting location is 115 N. Central in Cameron.