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Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

Hello ya’ll, this is Dana attempting something new. The office is pretty quiet this week and I am going to write Town Talk for the first time. Ron is out of the office and left this duty to me. Hopefully, I will make him proud.

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Congratulations to Joe and Francis Saiz on their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married October 8, 1946.

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Erika Carrillo wants to remind FHS Band parents of the meeting on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

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The First Baptist Church will host a Block Party on Saturday, October 15 at 5 p.m. at the Cottonwood Apartments. They are going to have games, food and share the gospel in the courtyard area.

Mark your calendar for “The Singing Men of Texas” concert on October 20 at 7 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to come hear these men sing and show your support for Kevin Wiseman.

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Prairie Acres and Friona Heritage Estates have a busy month coming up. They will host Harvest Festival on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. and a Community Education Event on the same day at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Estates dining room. The Prairie Acres annual Halloween Party will be held October 31 at 3 p.m. and trick-or-treaters will be welcome to stop by at 6 p.m.

Resident of the Month is Randy Baize and Employee of the Month is Cynthia Lara. Cynthia works in the nursing department and has been with Prairie Acres since May 2015. Congratulations to Randy and Cynthia.

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There was a change to the October FISD calendar. October 22 is a problem date for ACT testing, FHS Band contest, and district volleyball in Shallowater. According Darrel Ray they are making an effort to accommodate all these activities. Shallowater has agreed to move the times of the games from 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. with only JV and Varsity playing.

Ray went on to explain that they will need to plan to bring kids from Amarillo to Shallowater following their band performance at 3:15 p.m. and the team bus leaving from Friona will be departing at 4:45 p.m.

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Got news from Stephen Henry at the Levelland and Hockley County News-Press that the South Plains Antique Tractor Association will be hosting the 14th Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture located at East Broadway and Canyon Lakes Drive in Lubbock.

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Was saddened to hear of the passing of Ruby Hassenpflug. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Ruby was a longtime reader of the Star.

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Karen Barnes notified the Star that there will be a School-wide Parent Night on October 24 starting at 5 p.m. All campuses are invited to participate and share information about their Migrant Technology, Counselors, Special Education, Title 1, ESL, LPAC programs. Refreshments of tea, lemonade and cookies will be served.

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If you are looking for a part time job with flexible hours the Bureau of the Census has openings for interviewers in Parmer County. All you will need is a valid driver’s license, reliable working vehicle and a telephone. You must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18-year-old. Bilingual is preferred. Call 1-877-474-5226 by October 24, 2016 to apply or you can email your name, phone number, address and county to Denver.Recruit@census.gov.

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Crystal Moroney announced this week that the newly renovated Milk House Market would be the place to be on Saturday, October 22. They will be holding a Grand Opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She reports that there will be a pizza food truck, drinks, cookies, discounts and giveaways. I haven’t been in since the renovations were finished but it looks like a really cool place to meet friends, and find the perfect gift or décor ideas. Congratulations!

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Bi-Wize will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, October 14. They will be grilling up hot dogs and feeding their customers. Come on by and see Andy and his staff while enjoying a hot dog, chips and a drink.

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The FHS Band Boosters still have tickets for the chance at a HP Touch Screen Laptop computer. Tickets are $1 each. They will have a booth at the next two home games. The winner will be announced at halftime of the Friona-Littlefield game on October 14.

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All organizations that have filled out a United Way application are reminded to attend a meeting on October 12 at 7 a.m. at the InterBank meeting room.

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I was flipping through Facebook on Monday and saw where Sergeant A.J. Mungia of Hereford was honored for his military service at the Houston Texans game last Sunday. He received a signed football and recognition during the game. I remember him from my time at the Hereford Brand. Good man, doing a great thing for his country. Way to go Sergeant Mungia and the Texans!

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The next Blood Drive is Thursday, November 3 at Calvary Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to come out and give blood. And while you are there you can enjoy lunch from the Friona Subway. They are donating 100 sandwiches for the event. The Friona Noon Lions will be furnishing cobbler for dessert. It is a pretty good deal…you help others, get a free t-shirt and lunch all while doing something good. Mark your calendar and stop by for lunch.

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I found out from The Weather Guy (John Gurley) that he has been sending in samples of mosquitos to be tested every week. They are tested for Zika. This is being done across the state of Texas. Thanks John for watching out for us.

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We still have copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for anyone who would like a copy.

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Just got word that Lydia Alexander, Brooklynne Johnston, Eva Herrera, Andrea Salas, Edvin Tzunux, Damian Rodriguez, Alex Cigarroa, Francisco Gonzales, and Julian Cruz all qualified for All-District choir. Congratulations to the students! Keep up the great harmony!

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First National Bank Friona Banking Center will be serving up sausage wraps on Thursday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the bank parking lot. Donations will be greatly appreciated. Proceeds will benefit the Parmer County Cancer Coalition.

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Prairie Acres will be receiving a much needed facelift with new flooring and painting the walls. They have hired Crystal Carrasco as the new Community Liaison. Stop by and welcome her.

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The hunt is still on to find a replacement doctor at Friona Rural Health Clinic and Parmer Medical Center. As you remember, Dr. Jeff Dickson left in July 2015 and that left a hole in the staff. Gayla Quillen, PMC Administrator, stated that they are interviewing doctors and hopefully they will be filling the position soon.

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A family celebration for Ethel Walker was held September 24. In attendance were her children, Sharon & Darrell Anthony, Sherry Zehner, and Mary Polasek; her grandchildren, Keven Anthony, Cody Robinson, Kim Peck, Tomi Moe, Kyle Anthony, and Kirstie Polesek; and six of her ten great-grands, Jacob Olivarez, Marcus Anthony, Caden Robinson, Morgan Anthony, Sadie Peck and Karissa Peck. Happy Birthday Ethel!

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As I mentioned earlier, Ron is out of the office. He had a pacemaker put in on Monday in Amarillo. He got home on Tuesday and reports that he is doing well but a bit sore. He will be up and at it again soon. Get better soon! We miss you!

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Remember: Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and will end December 7.

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Until next week…