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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

What can we say about the weather? Sunny one day, snowy the next. Plays havoc with lots of people's plans, getting to work, doctors' appointments, and shopping trips. More winter stuff forecast for the weekend. Maybe you saw one of our Friona snow photos on Doppler Dave's weather forecast at 6:00 p.m. Monday. Better go fill up your vehicle and stop by the grocery store.

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Not all dementia is Alzheimer's, so says Rhonda Sanders, a certified grievance counselor at Bluebonnet Home Health & Hospice here in Friona. Rhonda has organized a caregiver group called "Coffee Break for Caregivers." They meet the first Friday of every month at the First National Bank community room. Coffee and donuts at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting is at 10:00 a.m. Next meeting is Friday March 6. All caregivers are welcome to attend and connect with other caregivers.

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The Friona ISD school calendar for March is in this edition of the Star. Spring break week is March 9-13. After that the spring activities accelerate until graduation the end of May. One-act play, baseball, track, UIL competition, golf, tennis, senior steak dinner, all-sports banquet, then POW, the Class of 2015 will be off into the world.

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Driving down Main St. I noticed a new sign, Hutson Insurance Agency. Haven't talked with Dee Ann Hutson but it appears she has changed the name of her agency from Cecil Maddox Insurance.

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Also happening on Main St. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is the grand re-opening of Adriana Stowers' shop, Creative Chaos in larger space a couple of doors south of her former location. Her new shop is the former Prairie Insurance office. See Adriana's ad in this issue of the Star and go by and visit. She is proud of her new expanded space.

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For many years the local Lions Clubs have sponsored a Broom & Mop Sale in May at the city park as a fundraiser. Local folks have been faithful over the years buying brooms, mops, and other cleaning and cooking aids. It was announced at the last Lions meeting that the Broom & Mop Sale program that has served as a fundraiser for many Texas Lions Clubs has been permanently canceled.

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Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday March 8 as Daylight Saving Time begins and will be in effect until November.

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Enchiladas and donkeys will be on the schedule for Sunday March 1. Hop over to St. Teresa's Catholic Church parish hall for the annual Mexican dinner of enchiladas, tacos, salsa, chips, beans, rice, dessert, and tea or coffee. Cost is $10 adults and $5 kids 10 and under. Serving is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The church ladies will be selling their excellent salsa for $4.00 for a pint or $8.00 for a quart. This is some of the best salsa in the Panhandle, guaranteed.

After lunch go support the Friona FFA at the Donkey Basketball game at the Friona gym. It is a fundraiser for the FFA students. There will be some sweets in the concession stand. I'm told the donkeys have rubber shoes. Tickets are $6.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door. I don't know what to expect either but it should be fun to watch.

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Friday February 27 is the deadline for signing up for vacancies on the city council and school board. Three vacancies are up for grabs on each. As of midweek, signing up for the school board are incumbents Andy Montana and Antonio Rocha, and newcomer Jason Rector. Incumbents Alan Monroe, Bruce Fleming, and Nancy Davis have signed up for the city council. If no other candidates sign up the May 9 election will be canceled.

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At Monday's county commissioner meeting, they hired Rana Crow of Farwell as the new county website administrator. Judge Trey Ellis said the commissioners want to develop a more comprehensive website to serve citizens of the county and outside the county. The court approved use of some county forfeiture money to purchase body cameras for Sheriff's deputies. The commissioners considered the purchase of a new postage machine for the County Clerk's office but no action was taken.

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Weather permitting, the Chiefs baseball team hosts Dalhart here Monday March 2 at 4:00 p.m. JV will follow at 6:30 p.m. Here in the Panhandle it is always difficult to get the baseball season off to a good start because of our often crazy weather. Baseball coaches are Jesus Quiroz, head coach, and David Woods, assistant. Attending baseball games is free so come out and support the Chiefs.

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Kids Inc. baseball is organizing. Registration begins Friday February 27 through Friday March 20. Kids age 4 through 13 are eligible. Participants will be assigned to teams on March 26 and the first coaches meeting will be at the Scout Hut on April 1. Games start Friday May 1. Team sponsorships are available for $100. Forms are available at the primary and elementary schools and there is one printed elsewhere in this Star. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a team can contact Greg Lewellen at 806-250-6310.

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Happy 70th anniversary to James and Sue Procter. Hope you have some cake. Winter weather ahead again over the weekend. Everyone stay safe and warm. Until then!

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