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MCRTA hears positive report on pension fund

Milam County Retired Teachers met with their Williamson County counterparts in the Thorndale ISD board room to hear State Rep. Marsha Farney on April 24.

MCRTA President Jamie Larson called the meeting of approximately 30 combined members to order. Thorndale ISD Supt. Craig Spinn welcomed the group. After a brief business agenda, the floor was given to Rep. Farney.

She reviewed the 83rd Legislature’s work to make the retirement fund (TRS) actuarially sound by adding funding through state, school and teacher contributions. A result was some retirees got a cost-of-living increase for the first time in 12 years. She said all working teachers, custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries and other school personnel are guaranteed a pension for life.

Next challenge for the TRTA, classroom teacher groups and the Legislature is the teacher and retiree insurance plan which faces a $1 billion shortfall by 2015. She encouraged all groups to come together to create the best plan. She said because of TRTA leadership, the legislature is eager to work for retirees and teachers. “You tell us your needs, you’ve done your research, you have a plan and tenacity,” she said.

MCRTA presented door prizes, birthday greetings and all members shared “brag” time by making a donation to the MCRTA “Books for Children” fund.

The group moved to the Downtown CafĂ© for lunch. MCRTA thanks WCRTA President Melissa Jones and Unit Legislative Chairman Larry Yawn for encouraging their members to join us. We also thank Thorndale Supt. Spinn and staff for providing coffee and hospitality.— Jamie Larson, president

Retired teachers to meet May 15

Milam County Retired Teachers will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15 at the Milano Community Center across from post office. A covered dish luncheon will be served and new officers will be installed. Information from TSTA District 6 convention will be shared. FMI: Alma Lue Wenzel, 254-605-4009.

Thorndale VFD benefit planned for May 24

THORNDALE—A benefit for the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department, in memory of Maggie Schneider, will be held at Fireman’s Hall on Saturday, May 24.

A dinner,live auction and dance will be included. The evening’s schedule:

• Dinner, 6 p. m., menu smoked Boston butt, noodles, beans, potato salad and other trimmings. To-go plates will be sold in advance for $12 (pick-up starts at 5 p.m. outside of hall).

• Live auction, 8 p.m. with top item picnic table made by Wayne Fisher, plus many other items.

• Raffle tickets are on sale: grand prize Colt 45 lever-action Henry Big Boy rifle. Second and third prizes, $100 gift cards from B. S. Tire Company.

• Dance 9 p.m. with music by country singer Kenny Orts and the No Chance Band.

All proceeds go to the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department. For meal or raffle tickets contact Richard Schneider, 512- 898-2692 or 512-760-8689 or drop by B. S. Tire Company to purchase.

Holcombe scholarship applications available

Applications are being accepted for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship, according to spokesperson Deborah Kostroun. Funds for this scholarship were raised at the Mardi Gras Bash held in March.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of college and must be a former Milam County resident or have graduated from a Milam County high school. Applications are due by June 15.

To obtain an application email FMI: 201-403-8185.

Grief support group

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 North Travis Street in Cameron. FMI: 254-284-0045, extension 2013.

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