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Town Talk

The Friona Blood Drive is going for a record-breaking 80 donations at the November 9th Blood Drive. The Blood Drive will begin at noon and run until 7 p.m. The Friona Noon Lions will serve up Mexican pile-on and cobbler to all the donors that present. November is Blaze Coffee Accident Awareness month. Coffee Memorial Blood Center will be on receiving the blood donations. Donors will receive a Blaze Coffee t-shirt and a Friona Blood Drive shirt. Come on out November 9 and help the Friona Blood Drive break a record while helping save lives.

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The Friona 4-H is holding a food drive until Friday, November 3 as their One Day Service Project. The drive will benefit the Amarillo Food Bank. Donation boxes can be found at Friona InterBank, Friona First National Bank, all of the FISD campuses, and several of the local churches. The Amarillo Food Bank is in need of canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, dry beans, rice, canned soups, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, pasta and boxed dinners.

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Plans are underway for Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 31. If you are interested in participating in this event contact Ross R. Paiz at the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office at (806) 481-3303 or Chris at the Friona Chamber of Commerce at (806) 250-3491.

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Chris at the Chamber reminds everyone they will no longer accept $100 bills at the office for license tags. They will still have the tags but please bring correct change when purchasing tags. They enjoy their loyal customers and providing this convenient service to the community.

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Christmas is just around the corner and the Chamber wants to remind everyone that would like to decorate a tree to come by the office and pick your tree. Christmas in the Park is set for Monday, December 4.

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The Lighted Parade during Christmas in the Park was a big hit last year. Ross Paiz is the coordinator once again this year and is urging everyone that would like to participate in the parade to give him a call at the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office at (806) 481-3303 and get signed up. They plan on the parade being bigger and better this year.

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The Peanut Valley Craft and Music Festival will be held in Portales October 21-22 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. There will be live music, a Goober Gallery, Kids Activities, a Medieval Village and Health Fair with many more activities for all ages. For more information, call (575) 356-8541 or (800) 635-8036 or go to www.portales.com.

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Blood Drive trivia…The average donor deferrals are 16% for blood drives. The Friona Blood Drives are coming in at less than 10%.

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“A Hurricane Christmas” is now “A Harvey Christmas” The name change was reported last week after we went to press.

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Martha Barker will be moving from her current location at the end of October. She will still be styling hair but she will now be at Looks of Impression at 922 Main Street next door to the Friona Star. Welcome to the block Martha.

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Don’t forget the FHS Band Spaghetti Supper next Friday, October 27. For $7 you can enjoy a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings before cheering on the Chieftains against Muleshoe at the PINK OUT game. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. and they will be serving until game time at 7:30 p.m.

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Have you checked out the renovations at the west Allsups?

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According to the Association of Mature Americans, hoarding paid off, big time, for a lottery ticket hoarder. Jimmie Smith of East Orange, NJ is a lottery ticket hoarder. He has old tickets going back many, many months and doesn’t check them very often. But, when a local newscast reported that a jackpot awarded over a year ago remained unclaimed, he decided to check his cache of tickets and found the winning numbers, worth $24.1 million. Smith told the news service, UPI, that he has been playing the lottery since the 1960s, but is never in a hurry to check the winning numbers. “I always told myself, ‘I’ll check them when I have the time,’” he said.

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Bluebonnet Home Health and Hospice and Friona Heritage Estates will host a community education event on Tuesday, October 24 at 6 p.m. They will be tackling the tough topic concerning declining hygiene, safe driving, and alternate care considerations. For more information, contact Bluebonnet Home Health at (806) 247-0057.

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The monthly Aging and Wellness workshop will be held at Friona Heritage Estates at 11 a.m. this Friday, October 20.

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Friona Heritage Estates Game Day will be Tuesday, October 24 at 2 p.m. If you need a ride call Connie Johnson at (806) 295-6044.

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The PINK OUT Game is just around the corner on Friday, October 27 against the Muleshoe Mules at Chieftain Field. The community is invited to come out and support the Parmer County Cancer Coalition. Wear your PINK and show your support.

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Make plans to attend the Prairie Acres Community Bingo on Saturday, October 28 at 3 p.m.

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Basketball season is just around the corner. The first game of the season is on November 6. The Friona Junior High 7th, 8th and FJH Freshmen girls will host Idalou at 5 p.m./6:15 p.m./7:30 p.m.

If you are planning on high school basketball, the Varsity and JV Squaws will host Whitharrel on November 11 at 12 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.

The junior high boys will see action on November 13 when they host Shallowater. The high school boys will start their season on November 14 at Tulia.

It seems like we just started school and football season. Boy, time flies when you are having fun!

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Snack Pak 4 Kids will be packing every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at Friona United Methodist Church at 4:30 p.m. Help them help the children. Stop by and help them pack the backpacks.

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Victory Family Worship Center will hold their annual Coats for Kids on Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at 110 East 9th Street. They will have free coats and gloves for kids while supplies last. Parents must be present with children and this will be on a first come, first serve basis. They will be serving free hot chocolate and coffee to those in attendance.

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Andy Alexander at Bi-Wize Pharmacy announced this week that they would be holding a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, October 27. There will be free food, snacks and fun at lunch time. Stop by and check it out!

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“Live in moments that consume your heart and mind, but be distracted by the music from the leaves, birds, wind, rain, sun and people” ~ Val Uchendu