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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

The workers putting a new peaked roof on Bi-Wize had a cold breezy start to their day Tuesday. It was cold and windy with temps early near freezing. Looks like fall is falling into winter.

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The high school musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," will be presented twice for the public. Saturday November 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Monday November 10 at 7:00 p.m. both in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $4 adults and $2 students. The new speech and drama teacher is 2002 FHS graduate Katherine Thompson. She is the daughter of Kristina Anthony. Say a big welcome back to Katherine and good luck thespians.

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Holly Campbell and I were asked to judge the Parmer Medical Center Halloween costume and miniature haunted house competition last Friday. We have done it the last couple of years and it is always fun. The employees go all out with their costumes and decorations. This year's costume winner was Tonya Lookingbill who dressed as a "cereal killer." The dietary department and Mary Duran won the miniature haunted house contest. A separate silent auction of foodstuffs was not so silent as employees jostled for last minute bids. A pint jar of homemade salsa had a bid of $20 the last time I looked. The silent auction money is put into an employee assistance fund. Thanks for inviting us back.

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If you just don't want to buy peanut butter or PopTarts you can help the SnackPak4Kids program by donating money which is used to purchase items for the backpack sacks. Contact Becky Jones at 806-382-3984 or Jo Beth Gipson at 806-336-1983. Or make out a check to SnackPak4Kids and mail or bring it to the Friona Star office and we will see that Becky or Jo Beth gets it. Our mail address is PO Box 789. Thank you for supporting the kids who need your help.

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For you arts and crafts shoppers, the Muleshoe Merry Market will be held this Saturday November 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bailey County Coliseum. Admission is free.

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The 100th anniversary of the Friona Methodist Church will be celebrated this Sunday, November 9, 2014. A reception for members and visitors will be held at the home of Mike and Debra Beauchamp at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Beauchamp home is on south Hwy 214. A celebration service will begin at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. There will be no Sunday School. Several former pastors and members will be attending. The theme is "Find Us Faithful." At midweek 260 people had RSVP'ed for the catered lunch following the service.

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The annual list of Prairie Acres residents for the Adopt a Resident program is available by calling Elizabeth Romero at 250-3922. You will be provided with a resident and suggested Christmas gifts for them.

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The resident of the month at Prairie Acres is Charles Gilbreath. Employee of the Month is Brandon Pope, an attendant at Friona Heritage Estates since January 2014.

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Christeene Mann has advised that the American Legion auxiliary will have a Red Poppy table on Veterans Day at the high school in Friona and Bovina. A donation to the American Legion will get you a red poppy to wear on your lapel in support of veterans.

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Veterans Day breakfast from 7 - 9 a.m. at the Redeemer Center sponsored by Friends of the Library. Veterans Day program at the high school begins at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. Veterans register in the hall outside the gym. This is always an inspiring program and everyone is invited to attend and honor our veterans. Band, choir, flags, and a reception following in the cafeteria.

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The cancer survivor dinner honoring survivors, caregivers, and families affected by cancer, will be held Thursday November 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bovina XIT Recreation Center. Ali Allison from News Channel 10 in Amarillo will be the guest speaker. RSVP to Jamie Lewellen at 806-206-0743. The dinner is sponsored by the Parmer County Cancer Coalition.

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Happy 3-year anniversary to Mike and Miranda Frye Wilson.

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Friona native and FHS graduate Dianna Hernandez has been named the Executive Director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. It is located in Clovis. Dianna worked here at the Friona Star years ago. She has a journalism degree and worked for the Clovis News Journal for a couple of years. Most recently she was the marketing and sales manager for the Wheatfields assisted living facility in Clovis. She is the daughter of Salud and Angie Tirado.

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I stopped by the Victory Family Church last Wednesday when they were giving free coats to local kids. It is a heartwarming and humbling experience to see the look on the faces of the kids and parents as they try on what may well be their first new coat. The church member volunteers also get great joy in distributing the coats and gloves to the children. It was an all-around positive experience. Thank you Victory Family for providing this service to the needy in the community.

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I also visited the Country Market on Saturday at the community center. The two-day show appeared to be another success. My highlight was the Canna Ray menu in the concession kitchen. Sweets and meats gourmet style from professional chef Canna. Jeff Procter told me earlier to get the Indian Taco so I did that and it was an excellent choice. Thanks again to Canna and crew for two days of great cuisine.

At the Country Market I visited with a lady named Linda Wilkins from Paducah. She was helping in a booth. Said she once lived in Friona. Always good to visit with out of town guests.

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Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Terry Hunt. Mrs. Hunt is in serious condition in an Amarillo hospital. She suffered a heart attack Monday then had to undergo two brain surgery operations also.

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Closing with a tasty recipe from the Prairie Acres newsletter for Cheesy Cranberry & Chili Dip. Requires no cooking which is perfect for me.

Ingredients: 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese at room temperature; 1 (14 oz) can whole-berry cranberry sauce; 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies drained; 1 green onion slices; 1 tbsp lime juice; ½ tsp garlic salt; ½ tsp chili powder; assorted crackers.

Directions: place cream cheese blocks side-by-side on a serving platter. Combine the other ingredients in a small bowl. Spoon the mixture over the cream cheese. Serve with crackers. Don't forget one of those cute little fat round cheese knives. Thanksgiving still comes before Christmas. Until then!

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