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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Let us give thanks. We should do that every day, not just on Thanksgiving turkey day. I'm thankful for the many things I do not have as well as for the things I have. I am distressed to see that as though Black Friday isn't bad enough we have morphed now into Pre-Black Friday sales. It is ridiculous. This Thanksgiving I will be able to see all five of my children. That will be blessing enough for me. Hope you all have a safe, blessed, bountiful Thanksgiving.

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Monday is Christmas in the Park. Santa will arrive about 5:30 p.m. Note also that several stores will be open late during the Christmas in the Park. Creative Chaos, just south of city hall, will have open house from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. with discounts and hot cocoa. Glamour and Décor (formerly Ingram's) is having an open house December 1-2. They will be open until 8:00 p.m. Monday. Milk House Market at Main and Hwy 60 is also having an open house Monday and Tuesday. Davy Howard's store, Interior Impressions, across from the city park, is going to be open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday also. Ivy Cottage's annual Christmas open house will be Tuesday December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All of these stores have ads in this Star. Look them up, check them out, and shop Local. Support our local merchants.

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Chamber exec director Chris Alexander told me as of Monday that there will be hot cocoa, popcorn, and tamale vendors in the park along with caroling and train rides for the kids. Bring 16 oz peanut butter and/or Pop Tarts to the park and place them at your favorite decorated tree. It goes to the local SnackPak4Kids program.

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The Calvary Tabernacle Temple in Clovis cooks and sells some really tasty peanut brittle. Locally you can get it at Fast Stop. Two big round patties for about $4.00. It usually sells fast but if you are lucky you will not be disappointed. I buy it all the time.

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Parmer County Clerk Colleen Stover is retiring at the end of this year. She did not run for re-election. A retirement reception honoring Colleen will be held Thursday December 4 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the County Courtroom at the Parmer County Courthouse. Everyone is invited.

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Opportunities for giving: The Empty Stocking Fund benefits needy children at Christmas; Project Christmas Card sponsored by the hospital auxiliary, benefits Parmer Medical Center in the purchase of new equipment; Friona United Way provides money to many local organizations. You can donate to all of these charitable organizations at Friona Interbank. Also the SnackPak4Kids program provides food for the weekends to needy children. They accept money, peanut butter, and Pop Tarts.

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The Chiefs/Squaws basketball hosts Boys Ranch here Tuesday December 2. Game times JV 5:00 p.m. , Squaws 6:30 p.m., and Chiefs 8:00 p.m. Come out and support the teams, and the concession stand.

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The Friona FFA Radio Team won 1st in both district and area and the next stop is state. The team is Brayden Pope, Brandon Berend, Gavin Douglas, and Cole Stowers. Congratulations boys and ag instructor Tracy Blount.

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Our thoughts to the Mickey Griffin family. Friends said he had colon surgery at BSA on Tuesday. We extend our best wishes for a successful recovery.

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This Town Talk is shorter than usual but it is a short week and not a lot of news being made. EMS has been busy back and forth to Amarillo hospitals. Several of our local citizens have had falls, broken bones, and other health issues. The Friona Star staff wishes you the best of Thanksgivings this year. Be safe, eat hearty, enjoy a nap, or football, or shopping. Hug your kids. I'm going to. See you back here next week. Until then!

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