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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Turn your clocks and other time-keeping devices back one hour Saturday night or at least by 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning when we return to standard time. It will be lighter earlier and darker earlier. Check your smoke alarm batteries and motion lights. We stay on standard time until March 2014.

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The Hereford Kiwanis Club will hold its annual pancake supper fundraiser on Tuesday November 5 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Hereford High School cafeteria. Cost is $5 per person. All you can eat with carry out available. Former Friona Star employee Dana Jameson, now managing editor of the Hereford Brand, is the incoming president of the Hereford Kiwanis Club. She invites all Friona folks to come have a stack or two.

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Veterans Day parade in Hereford. Sheryl Bartels sent info that the Veterans Day parade on November 11 will start at 4 p.m. at Hereford High School with a reception for veterans and their families to follow at the Hereford community center. There is no fee for entering the parade. For info call Carolyn Waters 806-364-0596, cell 346-0417.

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An alcohol/drug recovery group is forming and will meet in Bovina on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the Bovina EMS building. It is the Celebrate Recovery Group and the first meeting is this Friday, November 1. For info you can call 806-369-5151.

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Go see “Shrek the Musical” Saturday night at 7 p.m. or Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Cost $5 grownups and $3 students. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night. We fall back to standard time at 2:00 a.m. Sunday November 3.

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The St. Ann’s turkey and dressing feast is Sunday at the church in Bovina. The annual meal is very popular and really tasty. Serving time is 11:30a to 2p Texas standard time. Cost you $10 for adults and $5 for kids. It is a load of food served by some really friendly people. Enjoy.

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Area Agency on Aging’s annual caregiver seminar is Thursday November 14. Registration 8-9 a.m. Program 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Region 16 Education Conference Center, 5800 Bell in Amarillo. Topic: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia”. Call 806-354-6085.

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Myrtle Melton wrote me a note about a scam letter she received. The letter said she won 2nd place money of $250,000 in the European, African, and USA Consumer Sweepstakes. All she had to do to get the money was send $3,850 processing fee. They even gave her a check for $4,250 to help pay the fee. It was all bogus of course. Myrtle, who celebrated her 90th birthday last week, didn’t fall for it though. I hope none of you fall for these scams which seem to be directed mostly toward the elderly. Just hang up. Or tear up the letters.

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Doris White called about a different scam attempt. Doris said she received a phone call that her Social Security check was going up $50 and they needed her social security number to make sure she gets the increase. Fortunately Doris didn’t fall for it. My experience has been that it is next to impossible to speak with anyone at the social security office. Pretty sure the real social security people are not going to call you so just hang up. Don’t give anyone information over the phone. Except maybe your kids.

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Open for business. Interior Expressions at 721 Main St. will open Monday November 4. Davy Howard and Juan Tafoya are the owners. Davy has moved back to Friona to open the business. They have rented vendor space to local arts and crafts types. Davy says there is one vendor from Bovina and one from Hereford and the rest are local. His vendor space is full and he has a waiting list. You will find antiques, crafts, baby items and more. For now the hours are 11a - 6p Monday-Saturday. They are planning a grand opening at a later date.

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Our local Amarillo Globe News carrier, Linda Smith, is giving up the job because of some health issues. The Globe-News is looking for a newspaper carrier here to replace Linda. If you are interested call Darrin at 806-678-0647.

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Congratulations to my friend Coach Rex Cumpton and wife Connie. They celebrated a 42nd wedding anniversary this week. Rex says they have lived in 21 different houses in those 42 years. They now live in a gated upscale trailer park in Amarillo and are taking it easy.

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It is hard to get a handle on the intersection work going on along Highway 60 and on Main St. Some folks are getting new sidewalks but they appear to be sidewalks to nowhere. Plans are still being considered for a turn lane for Main St. traffic turning east on Hwy 60. The vacant lot at Hwy 60 and Main would be utilized. TxDOT busy work. Hope it helps the economy.

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I attended the Farm Bureau annual meeting Tuesday night at the high school cafeteria. Folks enjoyed a meal catered by Rafter G and door prize drawings. They gave a report that about $7 million was paid out in claims here in Parmer County after the June 5 hail storm. That was made up of over 400 homes and about 350 vehicles. And that was just what Farm Bureau paid out. Amazing. Thanks to Mitchell Smiley for the invite to the meeting.

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The Noon Lions will be selling raffle tickets to win a Browning BPS Pump Action Shotgun. Tickets will be $10 each and available from any Lions member. I will have some here at the Star office. It is a fundraiser for the Noon Lions. Drawing will be held at the December 19 Noon Lions meeting.

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Attended a Coffee Memorial blood council meeting Tuesday. The next blood drive in Friona will be November 21 at Calvary Baptist from noon to 7 p.m. Noon Lions will serve burgers and fries to donors. More details later. Other blood council members attending were Bessie Holt, Glenna Holt, Clint Mears, John Gurley, Andy Montana, and Teena Hughs. We met with Janne Lawrence, our Coffee Memorial Blood Center donor coordinator.

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The Parmer County Cancer Coalition will host a cancer survivor dinner at the 6th Street Church of Christ on November 14. If you are a cancer survivor, or know of one, that may not be on the Cancer Coalition mail list please contact Jamie Lewellen at 250-3545. All cancer survivors are invited to attend the dinner.

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Sunday afternoon about 3 p.m. a car turning east off of Hwy 214 onto 14th St., jumped a curb, ran across the grass, and sideswiped Sam Mears’ new white pickup as it sat in his driveway. Caved in the passenger door and tore the back bumper. The driver, who had recently moved to Friona to work at Cargill, could not quite explain what happened. He did have a driver license and insurance. Friona police investigated and K3 Towing took the man’s car away.

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Hope you have a great scary pumpkin day. See you next week. Until then!

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