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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Finally gave in and turned on my heat Saturday evening. Got too chilly for my old bones. My go to rain guy John Gurley reported Monday that as of 7:00 a.m. the city had received .85", at 10-mile corner .80" and unofficially Hollene had 1.20" Gonna be fall the rest of the week with more rain maybe starting Wednesday.

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From a WT news email, the longest serving professor at West Texas A&M University is Dr. Gerald Schultz, a geology professor. Dr. Schultz has been teaching at WT for 51 years. He started in 1964. Can you imagine how many changes he has seen during his tenure, back when it was West Texas State until today?

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Received a subscription renewal from former resident Patricia Schwab, now in Dalhart, with this note: "Always enjoy receiving the Friona Star. Enjoy reading about the boys classmates. Thanks." And thank you Pat for continuing to be a Star reader.

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Former resident John Mars took a fall and broke his hip. He had surgery Monday. Evelyn said he had three fractures, has a pin in his hip and six screws from his hip down to his thigh. Can't put any weight on it for six weeks. We wish John a nice and easy recovery.

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Happy anniversary to Joe and Frances Saiz who got married 69 years ago. I talked with Joe several years ago about his service in WWII and remember he had over 100 grands and great-grands. Penny and Sam Phillips celebrated their 8th anniversary. She is the local Bluebonnet Home Health boss. Congratulations to all. If you are having an anniversary share it with us.

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I thought I would be early to get my flu shot last Thursday so I got there a few minutes after 11:00 a.m. Early? The parking lot was already full at the Senior Citizen Center. Did not take long though as Rhonda Wilkins and the nurses had it all organized. Melinda gave my shot and Rhonda snuck a photo of me which is okay since I usually am the one taking photos of others.

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Last Friday evening our first responders were busy. About 9:30 p.m. Bovina EMS transported an injured Morton football player to PMC. They requested Friona EMS to go to the rest of the Bovina football game to standby. In the meantime the Friona volunteer firemen were paged to a fire in the 1300 block of Columbia. As the Friona EMS was on the way back to Friona they were diverted to standby at the fire scene, a standard practice for a structure fire.

The fire was at Ollie Pearl Taylor's residence and the home suffered extensive internal fire and smoke damage. Mrs. Taylor was not there. She has been a resident at Friona Heritage Estates assisted living for a while now. Firemen believe the cause of the fire was electrical. Our thanks to our Friona fire and EMS volunteers for their service to the community.

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The Friona United Way had their first meeting October 2 to kick off the annual campaign. Rick White is board president, John Gurley is vice-president, Marca Herring secretary, and Larry Knowles treasurer. The next board meeting is October 15 at 7:00 a.m. at Interbank at which time each organization will have the opportunity to present their application to the UW board. The board will meet after all organizations have presented and the new 2015 budget will be set. Anyone that wants to donate to the United Way please mail or drop off your donation at Interbank.

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From the Prairie Acres October newsletter. The resident of the month is Ruby Hassenpflug. Employee of the month is Aspen Fleming. She works in the dietary department and has been an employee since July. The family Thanksgiving dinner will be Tuesday November 3 at 6:30 p.m. Kaye Funk celebrated 35 years service at Prairie Acres and was feted with a luncheon and gifts.

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Tuesday October 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Estates a community education event will be held to raise awareness of good communication with doctor and patient. There will be a catered supper and the community is invited to attend. Local doctors and medical personnel will conduct the meeting. Heritage Estates thanks Kitty Gallman for the black eyed peas and Bluebonnet Home Health for donuts during Assisted Living Week. The residents enjoyed shelling and eating the peas.

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Halloween is Saturday October 31. I'm sure there will be some Trunk or Treat going on but we haven't heard yet. Residents at Prairie Acres and Heritage Estates will be passing out candy beginning at 5:30 p.m. Drive slow and watch out for the little ones.

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Mercado Salinas is now open in the former Brockman Sales building. They have party supplies, birthday pinatas, chips, Mexican candy, blankets, and more. The phone number is 250-5588. It is owned and operated by the Salinas family.

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Jana Barnett stopped by the office this week. As most folks around here know Jana has been battling lymphoma cancer and this week had her final radiation treatment. She will go for some chemo every two months for a while but seems to be doing well now. She said her son Brenner will graduate from Wayland in Plainview in December. Brenner was one of 120 guys on the first football team at Wayland. Only eight of those 120 are still playing.

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I'm sure you know by now that the First National Bank sausage wrap event did not take place today (Thursday 10/8). They postponed until next Thursday Oct 15 because of the possibility of rain this week. The sausage wraps are by donation and the money goes to the Parmer County Cancer Coalition.

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We went to the National Night Out in Farwell Tuesday. It was the safest place to be with all of the Sheriff department personnel and police from across the county. Cargill cooked burgers and Noon Lions provided fries. They gave away several bicycles and pumpkins. The AeroCare helicopter from Clovis was there for tours. There was a big crowd and we thank Sheriff Geries and his staff for working hard to pull it off.

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That's it for this week. Really enjoying the cool rainy weather. Hope you all stay well. See you next week. Until then!

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