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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

There is a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island named Sheldon Whitehouse. He is a Democrat. Appropriate name for a Washington politician I reckon.

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Sunday morning about 8:30 a.m. I poured a cup of coffee and looked out the front door. No snow was in sight. About two hours later I couldn't see across the street. We must have had 2-3 inches of the stuff. For some reason I thought it was supposed to snow at night and be there when we wake up. Monday morning it was 6 degrees to start the day but sunny and warmer and melting the snow by quitting time. Schools were delayed until 10 a.m. Monday and so was our Star office.

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Our Chieftain football season came to an end Thursday night in Plainview. The Chiefs made the playoffs as the 4th team in District 2-3A. They lost to the Shallowater Mustangs 42-6. I would like to compliment Andy Montana and Darrell Ray on their Chieftain football KNNK radio broadcasts this season. They did a great job of bringing the play-by-play to local listeners. Neither guy had any previous radio experience but they jumped in and learned pretty quick.

The Chieftains/Squaws district basketball games will be broadcast on KNNK. District play begins January 9 Squaws vs. Tulia, then January 13 Squaws vs. Shallowater. Both boys and girls continue district on January 16 vs. Dimmitt. Teams in our basketball district are Tulia, Shallowater, Dimmitt, Muleshoe, and Littlefield.

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Received a subscription renewal from David and Virginia Smiser in Fredericksburg, Texas. Thank you to the Smisers and all of our readers for your continued support.

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Stopped in Bi-Wize this week. They have Christmas decorations up including a nice huge Christmas tree just inside the front door. Pretty soon it will be smelling a lot like Christmas but I think I'll try those Thanksgiving smells first.

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I saw a post on Facebook where a person said they had purchased their Christmas cards and "if you want one Facebook me your address." That's a little much don't you think. Send me your address if you want one of my Christmas cards? Otherwise buzz off.

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Enjoyed the meal and visiting at the Parmer County Cancer Coalition's cancer survivor dinner in Bovina last Thursday. The XIT Recreation Center is an excellent facility for meetings. Cancer Coalition co-chairpersons Greg and Jamie Lewellen were a bit concerned about attendance but a nice crowd was present. NewsChannel 10's Early Show personality Ali Allison was the guest speaker and she is Miss Personality. What a delightful lady. We all enjoyed a Mexican pile-on taco salad meal in crispy taco bowls provided by Leal's. Caroline Estrada, a cancer survivor, made some mighty tasty salsa.

The Cancer Coalition board of directors are Heidi Eichenauer, Tracy Ellis, Barbara Grimsley, Jyl Grimsley, Greg and Jamie Lewellen, Mike Prather, Janice Richards, JoDonna Terry, and Rhonda Wilkins. Thank you all for a nice evening honoring cancer survivors and caregivers.

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The Parmer Medical Center hospital auxiliary is warming up plans for this year's Project Christmas Card. Donation boxes will be placed maybe next week or after Thanksgiving. Donations can be made also at Friona Interbank. The annual event collects donations in lieu of sending Christmas cards and benefits Parmer Medical Center. This year the donations will be used to enhance emergency room services with new computers. 'Tis the season!

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Friona high school yearbook sponsor Cindy Moreno says they are selling old yearbooks to try and get rid of some of them and raise money for the yearbook department. Prices range from $10 to $45. Years available are 2014-15, 2012-13, 2010-11, 2008-09, 2006-07, and 2005 and older. She has yearbooks as far back as 1997. You can contact her at 806-626-9436 or cmoreno@frionaisd.com.

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Felicia Lafuente Cortez and husband Pete took a trip to New York for her birthday. They appeared on Good Morning America (out on the sidewalk) where a poster announced that she was pregnant. It appeared on national TV as the host lady checked off the box on the poster making the surprise announcement. And her younger sister Natasha is also pregnant. Both of the sisters are due in June 2015. Parents are Joe and Anita Lafuente. The photo from Facebook is in this Star.

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The Book Shoppe at 119 W. 6th St. is open Wednesdays from 1-5 p.m. but will be closed on Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve. The Book Shoppe is sponsored by the Friends of the Friona Library and has been reorganized and furnished. Stop by and browse in their pleasant new setting.

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Donations are being accepted for the local Empty Stocking Fund that benefits needy children with clothes items for Christmas. Peggy Monroe is fund coordinator. She said more than 40 children are on the list this year compared to about 20 last year. Peggy and her volunteers go shopping in Amarillo for the clothes then sort and wrap them for Christmas. They would like to go shopping the first week or two in December depending on how quickly donations are made. Donations can be made at Friona Interbank or to Peggy Monroe. If you are out of town and would like to donate make checks payable to Empty Stocking Fund and mail to us here at the Star, PO Box 789, Friona 79035 and we will see that it gets to the bank. Thank you in advance.

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Basketball season has started, the holidays are upon us, and another year will soon be here. This is a good time to buy your 2015 calendars. You do use a calendar don't you? Short week next week. If you are traveling be safe. Until then!

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