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NewsTown Talk Obituary

Town Talk II

by Ron Carr

By the time our paper goes to press this week it is supposed to be deep-freeze around here. A couple of days of below freezing highs. Guess that goes along with our Christmas season. It was a nice night for Christmas in the Park Monday.

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Great week to travel I guess. JP Jo Beth Gipson is at a justice of the peace conference in Galveston, several Friona and area residents are attending the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, and my son Casey and his wife Jen are spending the week escorting a tour group to Iceland. He is a chip off the old block if he can sell 40 people on the idea of touring Iceland in December.

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The electronics recycle trailer will be parked at the city park daily until Dec 15 to accept your old computers, printers, modems, cell phones, and any other old electronics you don’t need anymore. We took advantage of it this week to clean a bunch of old stuff out of the office. They take the trailer to the barn at night and put it back out the next morning. For questions call city hall at 250-2761.

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The city council is considering annexing properties in the city that are not officially in the city limits and do not pay city taxes. Consideration for this has been discussed by the city council for several months and will likely be on the January council agenda.

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Thanks to Joel Duffield of Xcel Energy for installing the Christmas lights on every pole on Main St. again this year.

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President Obama and family will be flying to Hawaii December 16 and back to D.C. January 2. One last expensive taxpayer paid vacation. No telling how expensive Trump will be.

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Crystal Carrasco is the Administrator in Training for Prairie Acres/Heritage Estates. She will be testing for her license between now and mid-January. There is a bunch of remodeling going on at Prairie Acres right now. The Prairie Acres Christmas party is next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Heritage Christmas party is Friday December 16.

The Prairie Acres resident of the month for January is Sue Procter. The employee of the month is Patti Widner. She is the supervisor for environmental services and has been employed since September 1984.

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Two local young ladies will be dancing in the Nutcracker this weekend at the Civic Center in Amarillo. They are Kamryn Riethmayer and Reese Stowers. Kamryn is a 6th grader, daughter of Jenny and Corbin Riethmayer. Reese is a 5th grader and the daughter of Jeff and Heather Stowers. They have been rehearsing very hard the past few weeks and especially this week before the performances.

There are two performances Friday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., then two performances Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Good luck girls.

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The Christmas in the Park celebration went very well Monday evening. The weather was mild and no wind. The line for Santa was long, long. Hot chocolate, cupcakes, and tamales were on the menu. The primary school’s tree received the most canned goods and won first place. The National English Honor Society earned second place. All together 50 pounds of canned goods were collected and donated to the Senior Meals program.

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We took many, many Santa and lighted parade photos. We will be sharing them and Santa Letters in the next two issues of the Star to wrap up the Christmas season. We will be closed here and not publish a newspaper the week of December 26-30. Until then!

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