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Thorndale VFW plans Pearl Harbor ceremony

THORNDALE—VFW Post 4009 in Thorndale will hold a flag ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which launched the U.S. into World War II.

Jerry Korn, spokesman, said the public is invited. Coffee and rolls will be served at the post home, FM 486 north in Thorndale.

Special Needs Group to hold Christmas Party

The Special Needs Support Group will hold their 2nd annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Patterson Civic Center, according to Denitra Lewis- Rideaux, spokesperson.

“All family and friends of a special needs person are invited to come and enjoy fellowship, refreshments, games and activities at this special Christmas celebration,” she said.

For more information, email denitral@sbcglobal.net or call Lewis Rideaux at 446 - 4910 or 512- 626 - 6583 or Theresa Mireles at 446-5408.

Genealogy society sets yule fellowship Monday

Milam County Genealogical Society’s 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 encouraged to attend and bring a $15-$20, gift-wrapped item for exchange following a meal and Christmas program. Members willing to bring food items to serve with the meal should contact Mrs. McKee by Friday, Dec. 2, to verify their dish or to determine what might be needed. Contact her at 446-5102, or e-mail patgenemckee@aol.com .

First meeting of 2012 will be Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the conference room of Citizens National Bank, when officers will be elected. Members and potential members should pay dues by the beginning of this meeting in order to vote. Dues are: Individual $15, family $20, senior citizen $10, and supporting member $25.

Dues may be paid at any meeting, mailed to MCGS, c/o Lucy Patterson Library, 201 Ackerman, Rockdale TX 76567 (or dropped off at the library for MCGS), mailed to treasurer Florene McDaniel, 6246 CR 314, Rockdale TX 76567, or paid at the Jan. 24 meeting. Visitors are welcome.— Linda Whorton, publicity

Milam Retired Teachers to meet on December 7

Milam County Retired Teachers Association held its monthly meeting Nov. 9 at Peace Lutheran Church where District 6 RTA president Mary Sue Ribardo was guest speaker.

The association’s annual potluck Thanksgiving meal was served, committee reports were heard, and a slate of officers for 2012-14 was presented and accepted.

MCRTA’s next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Cameron and guest speaker will be Ed Magre. Members are to bring an ornament to trim a tree that will be donated to a family in Milam County. Members are also asked to bring two canned goods for the Cameron Food Bank.

The award-winning Yoe High School band will provide entertainment.— Bram Younts, MCRTA secretary

Town & Country Club homes tour December 15

THORNDALE— Members of the Thorndale Town & Country Club will hold 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.— Darleen Tucker, secretary

Used book sale ahead Saturday at city library

Friends of the Library will hold 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 Saturday 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.

Music club program on rock and roll hits

Matinee Musical Club met Nov. 21 in the home of Gloria Thrasher with Marie Gest co- hostess. Dixie Whitmore accompanied the singing of the song of the month and the business meeting was led by President Lisa Loewe.

Members will perform a Christmas program at Rising Star Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Annette Griesbach presented Federation moments, reminding that American music is at the heart of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

November is Parade of American Music Month. Program leader Donnie Rinn presented the varied backgrounds of American composers who wrote an array of 1950s rock and roll hits. Performing familiar favorites were Jo Ann Bradford and Joyce Ford, ending with a rousing rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.”

The meeting closed with members singing the NFMC benediction, accompanied by Mrs. Whitmore. Matinee is a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.— Pat Owen, reporter

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. Next meeting will be Dec. 22. “The meetings will continue into 2012,” according to Greg Nichols, chaplain. Meeting location is 115 N. Central in Cameron.

Thursday Reading Club to meet on December 12

Thursday Reading Club will meet Dec. 12 at the home of Dorothy Bergeron. Lois Lantz will present a Christmas program.— Geri Burnett, reporter

Master Peace Quartet Thursday in Somerville

SOMERVILLE—The Ladies Auxiliary of the Somerville Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor the Master Peace Quartet in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Somerville American Legion Hall.

Advance tickets for the evening of gospel music are on sale for $10 ( children 12 and under $ 5, pre-schoolers free) and can be purchased from any Auxiliary member. For more information call 979-596- 1446 or 979- 596-2453. Proceeds support the Somerville VFD.

Milam museums to hold open house Saturday

CAMERON—All three of the Milam County museums will hold a special open house on Saturday before Cameron’s Christmas parade, spokesperson Lanelle Fikes announced.

The main museum, located at 101 W. Main Street, the Snead log cabin and old jail will all be opened from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


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