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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Enjoyed a Thanksgiving weekend in Denton. My daughter Megan lives there and goes to UNT. My son Casey lives in Frisco and oldest daughter Candee lives in Coppell so Denton was a central location for visiting. Son Zac came up from Austin for a short visit too. I left here on Thanksgiving day so avoided a lot of traffic. Was grateful for all the places that were open along the way for fuel and snacks.

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Is anyone else tired of hearing about the impending fiscal cliff? Everyone is predicting gloom and doom but no one really knows what they are talking about, especially our politicians. Oh the agony of it all.

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Don’t forget about the Farwell Country Jubilee Craft Show this weekend at the Farwell Community Center. Dates are Friday Nov 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday Dec 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the ad in this Star for details. Our Friona Friends of the Library and several local vendors will be participating. Head over to the show then go eat at Red Lobster or Cotton Patch in Clovis. Make a day of it. Why not.

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Information about Monday’s Christmas in the Park is in this issue. Dana Campbell has worked hard to put together what looks like a fun evening. Santa will be there at 5:30 p.m. A list of the activities available is printed elsewhere in this Star. I’m thinking the hot chocolate and chili and beans will be on my list. Come on out for at least an hour or so and support the folks that have worked to make Christmas in the Park more than just a Santa visit. We will see you there.

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Please note that the Santa letter deadline this year is Monday December 10. Letters received after that may or may not make it to the North Pole on time. Santa letters will be printed in the Dec 13 and Dec 20 Friona Star. Reminder: we will not be printing a newspaper the week of Dec 27. We are taking the Christmas week off.

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I stopped by Ingram’s and Ivy Cottage open houses Tuesday. Sylvia and Misty and their helpers are such an asset to the community. Of course I sampled plates of goodies at both places. They were both busy places. I managed to knock over a big metal butterfly at Ingram’s. If you didn’t make it by go check them out for Christmas shopping. Sylvia will be open later on Monday during the Christmas in the Park event.

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The auction advertised in this Star is just west of town on Hwy 60 at the late Martin Drager place. Lots of scrap and junk, old vehicles and tractors, will be on the block along with the property. Starts at 1 p.m. Saturday December 1.

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Paul (Lucky) and Susan Gonzales spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Jacksonville, North Carolina, visiting with their daughter Cpl. Paula Gonzales and granddaughter Natalia. Paula is in the Marines.

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I also moseyed out to Parmer County Implement this week. If you’ve got some little farmers in your family go check out their toy tractors and other gift items. They say their Yeti coolers are top of the line and would be a great gift for that tailgater, hunter, or fisherman in the family.

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Blood drive in Friona next Thursday December 6 at Calvary Baptist from 12 – 7 p.m. No appointment necessary. Donors get a t-shirt, a chance to win 52 gallons of milk, or a dinner for two at Fast Stop’s Chester Chicken. See details in the ad in this Star.

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After 7 or 8 years my favorite Land’s End jacket wore out. Lost the zipper pull somewhere. So I ordered another one of the same Squall jackets online plus a lighter fleece jacket. Got a 30% discount and free shipping. Land’s End has some nice stuff. And ordering online is really nice for a lazy old coot like me. Included with the shipment was a label to use in case I wanted to send them back for some reason. Nice customer service gesture. Also did some shopping in Denton. Bought several long sleeved shirts at Macy’s in a half-price discount sale. It is the shopping time of year.

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Friona FFA ag teacher Tracy Blount sent along his special thanks to Friona Wheat Growers for their support and generous contribution to the Friona FFA and Friona FFA ag farm. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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The First Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday December 1 from 10 – 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and browse through the free clothing.

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Friona granddaughters selected to the Amarillo Globe News 2012 Cross Country Super Team. Hollee Ratliff, granddaughter of Hollis and Lunell Horton, is a freshman at Tascosa who led her team to its first district title in 20 years and was the AISD City Meet champion. Kirstie Smith, granddaughter of Danny and Ada Beth Smith, a junior at Amarillo High, was the most improved runner who moved from third on her team at last year’s Region 1-4A meet to No. 1 and led her team to a 7th place finish, the best in 11 years. Congrats to these young ladies and their proud grandparents.

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Roddy and Mary Yaksich of Raton, New Mexico, celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary November 18, 2012. Mary is the twin sister of Martha Barker.

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All-district football 1-2A. Diego Licerio was first team defense as a punter; Edgar Guerrero was 2nd team defense; and O.P. Vazquez was 2nd team interior line on offense. Edgar is a sophomore. Diego and O.P. are seniors.

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Thanks to our local Xcel Energy representative Joel Duffield for putting up the lighted stars along Main Street for the holidays this year.

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In Bovina, all residents are invited to the XIT Recreation Center December 8 from 8 – 11 .m. to visit with Santa and enjoy a pancake breakfast. The Pancakes With Santa event is sponsored by the city.

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John Michael Garibay, 22, of Friona pled guilty in federal court in Amarillo to the August armed robbery of the Friona Texas Federal Credit Union. He faces up to 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Wanda Jones is reported to be back in Friona at PMC after a hospital stay in Amarillo. Danny Campbell underwent hip replacement surgery Tuesday of this week in Amarillo. He was to be in the hospital 2-3 days before heading home.

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The Friona school calendar for December is in this Star. Thanks Kathy Sandoval, Superintendent Kenny Austin, and the school board for furnishing the calendar each month. Clip and save it.

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Make plans to come to the park Monday December 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and enjoy some Christmas in the Park activities, including Santa and more. See you there! Until then!

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