Milano Opry ahead Saturday evening

MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry will be held Saturday, April 21 at Milano High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7.

Guest artists will be “The Tuckers,” Johnny, Cheryl and Holly from Waco and Jeanette Shackelford from Houston. House band members are Ab Woods, Michael Herod, Michael Wall, Billy Barnett, Johnny Foster and Lynn Martin.

“ Hamburgers, barbecue sand - wiches and homemade pies will be available,” according to Lynn Martin, publicist. “Load up the car, come early and eat and see ‘a big show in a small town’.”

Aggie Muster Saturday at 44 Farms, Cameron

Former students of Texas A& M University will assemble at 44 Farms, 945 CR 227, Cameron, on Saturday, April 21 for the annual Texas Aggie Muster honoring all Texas Aggies who have died during the past year, announced Muster Chair Dr. Dee Ellis.

Activities, including dinner and speaker, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 44 Farms main show building. All former and current students, their families, and friends of Texas A&M are invited. Guest speaker will be Jack Pardee (Class of `57, Junction Boy, former NFL player and Houston Oilers coach). Tickets are $12.

The Aggie Muster tradition spans more than a century and will be obser ved in over 300 locations around the world. Muster gatherings are held in unique places ranging from battleships and foxholes during World War II to ballrooms and steakhouses today.

Muster honors the memories of A&M men and women whose deaths prevent them from answering Roll Call. As each name is called, a friend or family member will answer “Here!” symbolizing that their memory lives on in the hearts of Aggies everywhere.

For more information regarding the Muster, call Dr. Dee Ellis at 512-560- 9741, or Doug Calame at 512-429- 1962. Additional information about Texas Aggie Muster and other Texas A&M Traditions and Programs can be obtained by contacting The Association of Former Students at 979-845- 7514 or by visiting their website at

Genealogy society hears about indexing

Milam County Genealogical Society met March 27 in the conference room of Citizens National Bank with 18 members present.

Linda Whorton presented a program on indexing of the 1940 Federal Census that is currently underway on the Family Search website. The society is a member of the extensive network of volunteers indexing the latest released 1940 census records, as well as christening, World War I, birth and death records that are being conducted through Family Search.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the indexing program, contact Whorton at 512-446-3874, or e-mail

Examples of navigating the Family Search website to find birth, death and census records was also demonstrated.

Changing or adding information to an established site (person or cemetery) on the “Find A Grave” website was discussed.

Next society meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 in the conference room of Citizens National Bank, Rockdale. Eugenia Newton will present a program on Rockdale’s early business establishments and homes, sites that she remembers as a child growing up in Rockdale.

Members whose surnames begin with the letters P through Z will be in charge of refreshments. Linda Whorton will provide drinks, ice, plastic and paper goods. Visitors are welcome.—Linda Whorton, publicity

Crown gardeners plan trip to view gardens

Crown Garden Club’s April meeting will be a field trip to the Bryan/College Station area Thursday with a visit to the gardens of Mike Vidrine, former Rockdalian and now a Master Gardener. He will also accompany them to Master Gardeners’ plantings at A&M.— Peggy Cooke, reporter

Thorndale Cheerleaders holding fund-raiser

THORNDALE—Varsity cheerleaders are holding a ticket fund-raiser, according to Lori Fisher, spokesperson. Drawing will be during the THS Athletic Banquet May 9. Tickets are $ 5 each or 5 for $20. Prizes are: 1st, Mossberg 100 ATR .30-06; 2nd, Mossberg Maverick 88 12 Gauge; 3rd, $ 50 Walmart gift card; 4th, Sunday lunch for two with drinks at Downtown Cafe; 5th, Sassy Up gift basket.

Cameron Dewberry Fest set for Saturday, May 19

CAMERON— Cameron will hold its annual Dewberr y Festival on Saturday, May 19, according to P.J. Jennings, Chamber manager. Events include a cobbler and cake bake-off, bicycle decorating contest/parade, pet parade, Dewberry Dash 5K run/ walk, classic car show, food booths, arts/crafts show, youth fishing tournament, horseshoe tournament, farmer’s market, entertainment and more. FMI visit or call 254- 697-4979.

MCRTA can help May college grads

If you are a graduate of a Milam County high school and will graduate from college in May with a degree in education, Milam County Retired Teachers Association can help you.

Future teachers must take exit exams in their fields at a cost of $125 per subject. Add to that the cost to get the results and graduation becomes even more expensive.

MCRTA can help. FMI: Caro- lyn Hafley, 455-2473, email for more information.

Grief support meetings held twice monthly

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Thursdays, according to Greg Nichols, bereavement coordinator.

Location is the All-Tex Building, 115 N. Central in Cameron. FMI call 254-284- 0045, extension 2013.

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