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Music club meets at Alford residence

The home of Barkley Alford was the setting for the January meeting of the Matinee Musical Club. Leah Thomason served as co-host.

After refreshments, Lisa Loewe presided over the business meeting. Annette Griesbach led orientation moments, giving details of where our club fits in the Texas and National Federations.

Donnie Rinn led the founder’s day program, “Life and Recorded Music at the Turn of the Century.” All songs performed were recorded in 1898.

Solo vocalists were Tami Stockton, Annette Griesbach, Pat Owen and Barkley Alford. Piano solos were provided by Alford and Loewe.

A duet was performed by Leah Thomason, flutist, and Gloria Thrasher, pianist. Lee Thomason played a medley of patriot songs on the trumpet.

Accompanists for the evening were Marie Gest, Mary Jane Boyd, and Denise Starnes.

The meeting was closed with the singing of the NFMC benediction, accompanied by Loewe.

Matinee Club is a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.—Pat Owen, reporter

Burns speaker Monday for ‘Yours Truly’ event

Fun, food and prizes will be featured at “Yours Truly,” an event for and about women, according to Dolores Sonntag, publicist.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church.

Guest speaker will be Malda Burns and her topic will be “Love and Logic,” Sonntag said, adding that the event is open to all interested women of the area.

Genealogy society elects slate, studies Rangers

Milam County Genealogical Society met Tuesday, Jan. 2, with 15 members in attendance. Officers for 2013 were nominated and installed as follows:

President, Sterlin Barton; vice-president, Shellie Sorenson; secretary, Judy Matherne; treasurer, Florene McDaniel; newsletter editor, Linda Whorton.

Lanell Spence is the society’s new program chairman and will notify members of their program obligations when the schedule is completed.

Charles Hubert presented a book report on Texas Ranger Tales by Mike Cox. The book contains stories of 27 early Texas Rangers and what was expected of them. He brought out stories on Capt. John Hughes, Frank Hamer and other prominent Rangers.

Next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the conference room of Citizens National Bank, Rockdale. Visitors are always welcome.—Linda Whorton, publicity

Club’s annual plant sale/exchange ahead

Linwood Acres Garden Club will hold its annual plant exchange and sale during the Tejas Festival on March 2 in the former Henry’s Garage building (northeast corner of Main and Bell downtown).

A special feature will be 500 free trees donated by Alcoa.

Yard art and decorated pots made by garden club members will be for sale. There will be an area for children to plant a seed to take with them and watch mature.

The club’s raffle item is a cement garden bench. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Linwood Acres is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from this event go back into community through gardening and beautification projects, charitable donations to civic organizations, and scholarships.

Thorndale Ag Boosters to sell BBQ Saturday

THORNDALE—Thorndale Ag Boosters will be selling BBQ “right off the pit” on Saturday, Feb. 2 behind Thorndale Fireman’s Hall. Sale will begin at 8 a.m. and last until sold out.

“We will also have homemade baked goods,” said Rebecca Garcia, spokesperson. “This fund-raiser will be just in time for your Super Bowl celebration.”

Prices: sausage $7.50 a pound; brisket $9.50 a pound; Boston Butt (pre-orders only). For pre-orders call Bethany, 512-760-7690 or 512-898- 5200 or Michelle, 512-567-0721.

Milam GOP Women set Reagan Day event

CAMERONĀ­— Republican Women of Milam County (RWMC) will host their annual Reagan Day and Texas Independence Day Celebration on Feb. 7. A 6 p.m. mixer will feature local elected officials plus state and federal representatives of Milam County.

Supper will be served at 6:30, prepared by the Kostrums. Speakers will begin at 7 p.m., capped off with special guest Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

A silent auction will be filled with donated items from elected officials and community members. This is the only fund-raiser the Republican Women will have this year and support is urged. Proceeds will go to help candidates in future elections and for community events such as the “Old-Fashioned Rally in the Park” and to support local schools with unfunded projects.

For tickets ($50 each) contact any RWMC officer or call Bill Whitmire, county GOP chair, 254-482-0354. Anyone wishing to donate an auction item or be a sponsor should call either Marilyn Johnson, 512-760-7606, or Karen McDermott, 254-482-0228.

Crown gardeners hear about Milano project

Crown Garden Club met Jan. 17 in the Rockdale General Store meeting room with Nancy Marburger, hostess, serving homemade pies and coffee.

Special guest was Master Gardener Debbie Harris of Milano who is planning a butterfly garden at the outdoor area of the Bailey Bank Building in downtown Milano as part of the building restoration.

The garden will be in the area where walkways will be made of memorial and honor bricks which were sold as a fund-raiser for the building.

Mrs. Harris spoke on the habits of the Monarch butterfly which the garden will hope to attract as the area is in the flyway of the Monarch on their yearly southern migration.

Peggy Cooke will host the club’s February meeting.— Peggy Cooke, reporter

Grief support group for teens now meeting

A grief support group for teens ages 12-18 meets each first Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockdale High School Library. The group is for those who are coping with the loss of a family member or close friend.

“All teens are welcome. Goal is to find healing through an opportunity to ask questions and share with peers who are going through the same experience,” said Deborah L. Bland, LCSW, facilitator.

There is no charge and light refreshments are served.

FMI: facilitators Deborah Bland, 512-760-5922; Lynnette Guerra, LPC, 713-806-1433; or Karen Muston, 512-760-8543.

Relay For Life sets golf tourney March 16

CAMERON—Relay For Life of Milam County will hold a golf tournament on March 16 at Cameron Country Club.

The two-person scramble event will start with an 8 a.m. tee time. Skins are optional, and entry fee is $70 per person (includes cart) or $60 per person (without cart). An awards ceremony will follow.

FMI: or call 512-919-1888.

Grief support meetings held monthly, Cameron

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesdays, according to Greg Nichols, bereavement coordinator. Location is Standards Hospice, 602 N. Travis Street in Cameron. FMI: 254- 284-0045, extension 2013.

MCJLA BBQ chicken meal ahead Sunday

CAMERON—Milam County Junior Livestock Association is holding a BBQ chicken meal fund-raiser on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron, according to Gail Hollas, spokesperson.

Plates will be $8 and will include 1/2 chicken, green beans, buttered, parslied potatoes, dessert, tea and coffee. ”You pay at the door plates will be available for dine-in or to-go,” Hollas said.

FMI: call David or Sandra Waiser, 979-219-4092, or Jennifer Hanke, 254-541-4699.

Girl Scouts Cookie Sales on Fridays thru Sundays

Rockdale Girl Scouts, which includes Cadet, Junior and Brownie troops, are now holding their annual Cookie Sales with booths at Rockdale Walmart, Brookshire Bros., Dollar General and Gatti’s Pizza, according to troop leader Susan Youngblood.

Saturdays and Sundays booths are at all four locations from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Fridays there is a booth at Dollar General from 5 to 7 p.m.

Rockdale Girl Scouts Juniors Troop 9603 (grades 4-5) meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Girl Scout House on Murray Street in Rockdale.

Rockdale Girl Scouts Brownie Troop 9603 (grades 2-3) meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Girl Scout House on Murray Street in Rockdale.

For more information about the Rockdale Girl Scouts Cookie Sale or meeting times, contact Youngblood at 512-636-6830.

Annual Milano VFD chili supper set Feb. 9

MILANO—The annual Milano Volunteer Fire Department chili supper is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Milano Civic Center/ Fire Station. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. Costs are $7 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under. Meal will include chili, crackers, dessert and drink.

There will be musical entertainment, including fiddler Paul Schlesinger, at 5 p.m. Live and silent auctions will be held.

MVFD members are also selling tickets for prizes, available for $5 each or six for $25. Prizes include: Henry Golden Boy 22 caliber LR, Taurus Public Defender .45-410, Remington 700 .270, Marlin 336w 30-30, Remington 870 shotgun, H and R Pardner shotgun, Mossberg 817 17 HMR, Garmin Nuvi 2350 GPS, Leatherman Surge Multitool and $75 Academy gift card.

Drawings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 during the chili supper. All prizes received in gift cards. Winners pay sales tax and need not be present to win.

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