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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Bundle up. By the time most of you read this it is going to be cold and perhaps what they like to call wintry precipitation. Watch the weather, especially if you plan on driving to Amarillo and beyond.

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The annual community Thanksgiving service will be held Sunday November 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

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Mastercard security called me Wednesday morning. Seems my son Zac’s debit card from First National Bank here in Friona was deactivated because someone in China attempted to charge $2,000 on it. First time I’ve experienced any kind of credit card theft. Zac lives in Austin. Not sure how they got his number but it will be about 10 days before he gets a replacement. That part might be a good thing.

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Adopt-a-Resident at Prairie Acres for Christmas. Many residents need pajamas, robes, throws, or other necessities. You can provide for them by calling Elizabeth Romero at 250-3922 for details.

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The Empty Stocking Fund to provide clothes and shoes and socks and a toy for local needy children is accepting donations. You can drop off a donation at Friona Interbank or contact Peggy Monroe.

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Chris at the Chamber of Commerce says the trees in the park are marked and ready for decorating. They were hoping to have folks decorate Friday and Saturday but the weather may interfere. Christmas in the Park is Monday December 2. Santa will appear about 5:30 p.m. Larry Rector has built a sleigh for Santa’s arrival. Lights will be turned on and there will be Christmas music. Plan to come to the park and enjoy the start of Christmas season.

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Don’t forget to sign up at local merchants participating in the Chamber’s Ho! Ho! Home for the Holidays promotion. You could win $25 or $100 in Friona Bucks.

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The annual Project Christmas Card Project has also placed donation canisters around town for donations or you can go by Friona Interbank to donate. This is sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary and donations will be used to purchase equipment for our hospital.

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Martha Barker, proprietor of Suds and Scissors, has some not so good news for her hair customers. Martha dropped a butcher knife on her foot Monday and severed some tendons. She managed to call for EMS and she had foot surgery Wednesday. Martha says she will be out of work for 6-8 weeks. We hope you make a full recovery Martha. Friona hairdos need you.

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For the 11th year, Deena Leuea and Deanna Curtis are collecting money to provide sweat suits for nursing home residents in Friona and Farwell. If you would like to donate for a sweat suit, help with wrapping or delivery call Deena at 575-693-2506/806-481-3619, or Deanna at 575-693-3984/806-251-1405.

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Like to say thanks to Sharon White for the article last week about the vote in 1938 to move the county seat to Friona. Glad we still have copies of many Friona Stars from the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

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Friona graduate Steven Ortiz, son of Mary and Fidel Ortiz, is a trainer for Midland High School. They are in the football playoffs so mom and dad might be in for some traveling. They got to visit with Steven when Midland High beat Tascosa in Amarillo last week.

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I attended the cancer survivor dinner last Thursday sponsored by the Parmer County Cancer Coalition. Nice Italian lasagna and trimmings. Thanks to Greg and Jamie Lewellen and the 6th St. Church of Christ and the Cancer Coalition board for hosting. Good to see friends Kay and Radford Venable from Bovina and Francis Kube from Farwell.

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Happy 34th anniversary to Carolin and Glenn Reeve this week. Went up to see Glenn at Stevens 5-Star in Hereford last week and took a look at the 2013 Chevy Avalanche. This is the last year Chevy will make the Avalanche. The first one was in 2002. Glenn says when he had a Chevy dealership in Friona many years ago he remembers thinking when Chevrolets got to $10,000 nobody would buy one. The Avalanche was just south of $50,000. Time always marches on.

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Shana Fleming, County Agent and 4-H sponsor, had a nice group attend her cooking class last Saturday in Bovina. I stopped by on my way to Clovis, just in time to eat with the group. The bacon wrapped cream cheese thing was really good. It was all tasty. Enjoyed some grazing.

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Firemen were called to a fire at Teddy Fangman’s residence Saturday. An electric wire rubbing along his metal roof complicated by the high winds sparked a fire on a corner of the roof. Teddy wasn’t home but Bobby Thompson and his son Collin spotted the smoke and notified the fire department. The prompt response contained the damage.

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Von Edelmon is back home from a brief EMS run to BSA in Amarillo last Saturday and a few days stay at the Amarillo hospital. Thoughts and prayers to Von and Nancy and the family.

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Enjoyed a brief visit with Joshua and Christina Moore, new owners of Bi-Wize Pharmacy. The Moores also own and operate the pharmacy in Tulia where they reside. No I don’t imagine they will be moving to Friona. Christina is Sylvia Ingram’s niece. Very nice young couple. They are remodeling the prescription pick-up area to open it up a bit. Joshua said they would probably move the cash register to the back also. Our own Andy Alexander is the Pharmacist in Charge.

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Did you notice the Christmas decorations are on the poles along Main St. Since we office on Main I usually notice when Xcel Energy puts them up but I missed it this year. Or have they been up since last Christmas?

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Angie Gonzalez at the Donut Shop changed the hours for her homemade Mexican breads. She started out selling her breads from 5-8 p.m. but that made for some long hours. Now she is still baking bread at the Donut Shop along with the donut hours, 4:30 - 11:00 a.m. Donuts or bread or both. Go by and see Angie.

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Hope I didn’t miss any news this week. We rely on our readers to send news items to share. A lot of you do and we appreciate it. Remember to watch the weather this weekend. I’ll be bundled up with my coffee pot and television and some of Tina Carrillo’s banana bread. See you next week. Until then!

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