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Milano Lions invite public to Feb. 7 talk on historic preservation

MILANO— Anyone interested in historic preservation should plan to attend the Thursday, Feb. 6 meeting of the Milano Lions Club.

Milam County native Stan Graves will speak on “Historic Preservation in Milam County and Beyond.”

Graves had a Texas-size impact on historic preservation in Texas during his 26 years as Director of the Architecture Division of the Texas Historical Commission.

Graves created and directed the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program – the program responsible for Milam County Courthouse’s reconstruction, along with many others.

He was also highly involved in restoring the Texas Governor’s Mansion after the 2008 fire.

All interested persons are invited. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Milano Civic Center in downtown Milano.

AWOL to offer free meal to Milano residents

MILANO—A new community outreach event will be held on Saturday and it is free of charge. Milano area residents are invited to a free, homecooked meal starting at noon on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Milano High School cafeteria. It will be provided by “Arms Wide Open in Love” or AWOL, according to spokesperson Rebecca Telg.

“If you are unable to attend, or know of someone that would not be able to attend because of transportation, the group will be making deliveries,” Telg said. “Call 979-406-2173 and leave a message with your name and number. You will be contacted for directions to your home.”

“If you are interested in helping, then show up on Saturday,” she said. The group will begin cooking and setting up at 9:30 a.m. at the high school cafeteria.

MARC Run meeting set Feb. 2 at The Ranch

A meeting to organize the 13th annual MARC Run will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at The Ranch in Rockdale, organizers Charles Starr announced.

“This event has grown way beyond belief and we would like to encourage anyone who would like to help this great organization to feel free to come out and join us,” Starr said.

“Remember,” he added, “you don’t have to own a motorcycle to attend or help with this ride. Over the past few years we have had people join in to help that didn’t even know anyone that had a motorcycle.”

The annual event benefits the MARC Center serving special needs citizens.

Yours Truly to meet February 3 at FBC

Yours Truly is back for spring. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Rockdale.

“Diana Anderson, a counselor and women’s motivational speaker, will talk about ‘Matters of the Heart’,” spokesperson Dolores Sonntag said.

“Good food, lots of door prizes and a feature you won’t want to miss,” she added.

Child care will be available.

Milano VFD sets chili supper, auctions Feb. 8

MILANO—The annual Milano Volunteer Fire Department chili supper fund-raiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 8 at the group’s new station/shelter, located on US 79, according to assistant chief Travis Yoakum.

Serving will start at 4 p.m. until sold out and is $7 per bowl for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Live music will be provided from 5-7 p.m. by Lynn Martin and friends and a silent auction will be held at this time as well. At 7 p.m. there will be a live auction, followed by the group’s annual drawing fund-raiser.

Firemen are selling tickets now for $5 each or six for $25. Prizes include: Henry Golden Boy 22 caliber mag., two Taurus Public Defender .45-410, Henry Golden Boy 22 caliber long rifle, Remington 700 .270, Marlin 336w 30- 30, Reming ton 870 shotgun, H&R Pardner shotgun, Mossberg 817 17 MHR, $100 Academy gift card. All prizes received in gift cards. Winners pay sales tax and need not be present to win. over the business meeting and also led a NFMC Founders Day Program, speaking on 12 categories of information about the National Federation including its beginning in 1898.

Guest performers were Ashton Betchan, a member of Dixie Whitmore’s Melody Music Makers Junior Club, and violinist Sara Vreeland.

The meeting closed with the singing of the NFMC benediction accompanied by Dixie Whitmore.

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

Crown Garden Club to meet here Feb. 20

Crown Garden Club’s next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 20 at the home of Peggy Cooke. New members are welcome and those interested can call Yvonne Yount, president, for information (512-446-5453).

Grief support meetings held twice monthly

CAMERON— Standards Hospice sponsors grief support group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesdays. Greg Nichols is bereavement coordinator. Location is Standards Hospice, 602 N. Travis Street, Cameron. FMI: 254- 284-0045, extension 2013.

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