Santa comes to Milano
City sponsors annual Christmas parade, free community meal
MILANO— Floats, bikes, gators and more trolled down the streets of Milano on Saturday during the city’s annual Christmas parade. There were several parade entries and of course included a visit from the man in red. Full Story
Can count on it, Santa’s reindeer actually female
This interesting tidbit circulating around the internet:
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December.
Female reindeer, however, retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring. Full Story
Gause students to present annual Christmas program
A reminder that the Gause Elementary School students will present their annual Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in the school gym. Classes will be released for the Christmas holidays at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Full Story
Milano girl is competitor in contest
SAN ANTONIO—Mary Brown, a fourth-grade student at Milano Elementary, competed in the young miss portion of the Distinguished Youth of Texas Scholarship Recognition Contest.
She is the daughter of Les and Deniece Brown.
Her speech was on “life lessons.” Full Story
BOOKS DONATION—Milano Parent-Teacher-Child (PATCH) Club recently donated $2,000 to the Milano Elementary School library for the purchase of books. Full Story
CHRISTMAS ROUND-UP—The Rockdale ISD campuses all helped collect food for Christmas Round-Up this year. Full Story
Sky Ranch scholarships available for area youth
THORNDALE— Once again Star Creek Ranch in Thorndale, owned by the Sue Gove family, is offering 30 scholarships for Sky Ranch in Van.
“This is a non-denominational Christian camp that teaches leadership skills along with helping children to cope with everyday challenges,” said Richard Schneider, spokesman. Full Story
SENIOR CITIZENS MENU
Two percent milk served daily.
Monday—Sliced turkey, orange glaze yams, seasoned green beans, wheat roll, chunky fruit medley.
Tuesday— Grilled oregano chicken, steamed carrots, okra and tomatoes, whole wheat bread, oatmeal cookie.
Wednesday— Pulled pork au jus, creamed sliced potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, orange. Full Story
Taken from community calendars.
For additions, call 446-5838.
Dec. 15—Jaylyn Barcak, Brandon Lewis, Hanna Jiminez, Leah Litchauer, Vicky vonGonten, Leslie Easterwood, Jaylon Barcak, Josh Vega.
Dec. 16—Norman Koch, Cathy Johnson, Haven Jiminez, Ruth Lagrone. Full Story
Robert Reyes Jr. and Amber Strelsky.
Jonathan Cloer and Christina Flores. Full Story
ONEY RUN CHECKS—The Dec. 3 Buddy Oney Toy Run, sponsored by Bad to the Bone Riders, raised $3,400 for two charities. Full Story
SPECIAL FLAG—JoAnn Faust (third from right) displays a special flag to members of VFW Post 6525 Auxiliary at the post home recently. Full Story
Survive holiday shopping season
More so than ever before, the word most associate with the holiday season nowadays isn’t “Christmas” or “ joy” or even “vacation.” Instead, many people are simply hoping to “survive” once the holiday season hits full swing. Full Story
Elementary Christ mas progra m Thu rsday at MHS ca fetorium
Milano Elementary School’ s Christmas program is set for 6 p. m. Thu rs day, Dec . 1 5 at the hig h school ca fetorium. This is always a fun and crowded event to at tend, so get there early. The cit y ’s ann ual Ch r ist mas dec orating conte st wil l be Sat urday, Dec . 17 with judgin g beg inn i ng at 6 :30 p.m. Be sure to have you r homes dec orated and the Christmas lights on. Full Story
DE AR SAN TA —These 3- year- ol ds fro m Ro ckdal e’s Fir st Bapt ist Church Disc over y Days cla sses wante d to be sure their let ters were delivered to Santa so they delivered them in Full Story
Texas winter events calendar ready
Jingle a ll t he way t hr oug h Christmas, the New Year and into Mardi Gras this winter wit h the latest issue of the Te xa s Events Ca len dar, which featu res hun - dreds of ideas for fun outings in De cember, January and Febru - ary. Full Story
Give your stress a holiday, too
Take steps to ensure stress levels don’t blow up
For many people, the holidays are synonymous with stress. Though holidays are supposed to be a happy time spent with family and friends, traveling, long lines at the store and busy schedules often add up to excess stress. But the holidays don’t need to be all stress and no fun. Full Story
Holiday shopping tips for toddlers, preschoolers
A number of factors should be considered when buying a toy
The chaotic holiday shopping season seems to approach sooner each year, and while visions of toy recalls dance in their head, consumers shopping for young children will be on their toes this season. While safety should be a big concern, toy shoppers should keep other things in mind as well, say early childhood experts at Parents as Teachers National Center. Full Story
COWBOY CHRISTMAS— Members of the Milam County Cowboy Church sang Christmas carols on their float in Saturday’s Milano Christmas parade. The group won first place in the floats division. Full Story
DID YOU KNOW?
‘Frosty the Snowman’
Though it might seem as though it’s been around forever, the beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” actually wasn’t produced until 1950.
Written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, the song was first recorded by legendary country singer Jack Autry and the Cass County Boys. Full Story
Christmas traditions around the globe
Families across the globe cherish their Christmas traditions. Customs may be unique to every family, but many countries boast their own unique traditions as well. Full Story