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Town Talk

I am once again trying my hand at Town Talk. Ron has been a bit under the weather lately and I’m filling in until he feels better. Here I go again…please be patient with me.

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Do you have a closet full of shoes that you haven’t worn in a while? The Texas Youth Association is now accepting gently worn, used or new shoes to raise funds. Shoes can be dropped off at the Chamber Office or Erika Carrillo and Rocio Carrasco will schedule a pick up. Erika can be reached at (806) 400-6113 and Rocio at (806) 729-7352. This is a good time to start your spring cleaning.

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If you are in the mood for a good Mexican dinner and don’t want to cook come on out to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Friona on Sunday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be dishing up delicious beef enchiladas and tacos with all the fixings for just $12 for adults and $6 for children under 10-years-old.

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The calendar is filling up between now and graduation with senior class activities and sporting events. From March to May the time seems to fly by. Check out the Community Calendar for upcoming events. We try to keep up with all the activities in and around Friona. Call us to add your event to the calendar.

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It is Chamber Banquet time. Friona will have their awards banquet on March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Friona Community Center. This year the theme is Hawaiian. Come dressed for a Hawaiian good time. Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber office for $25 a person. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be a Silent and a Live auction this year with entertainment by 2017 Miss Friona Sydney Frye.

The Bovina awards banquet will be March 21 at 7 p.m. at the XIT Recreational Center.

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Talked to the new County Extension agents, Sergio Mendez and Wendy Case, at the Ag in the Classroom last Thursday. They are settling into their jobs. Sergio will officially assume his duties this Friday but he has been busy with stockshows in Fort Worth, San Angelo, and points farther south. If you need to contact Sergio or Wendy their office is in Bovina at 301 Hwy. 60 Ste. B. Give them a call at (806) 251-5121 or (806) 251-5120 if you need their services.

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West Texas A&M President Dr. Walter Wendler will be in Friona next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at FHS. His wife and staff will be with him to answer any questions and how they might best serve this area. Students, parents and the community is invited to come out and meet Dr. Wendler and find out how WTAMU could be the way to go.

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We got a press release from State Senator Kel Seliger last week announcing his role of Governor for a Day. Apparently, it is a tradition honoring the President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate. He will be celebrating throughout Senate District 31 on Friday, February 24.

All Governor for a Day events are come and go, free, and open to the public. He will begin his day with breakfast in Big Spring. Lunch will be held in Midland and an Ice Cream Social will be held in Odessa. Dinner is scheduled from 5:30-8 p.m. in Amarillo at Youngblood’s Café, 620 SW 16th Avenue. Sounds like a busy man and lots of food opportunities.

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Speaking of food. Noticed on Facebook that Dr. and Mrs. Cash made a trip to New Mexico and enjoyed a delicious meal at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Albuquerque. Looks like they had a good time enjoying the food and scenery.

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Saw this while cruising through Facebook: Learn fly tying techniques for beginners and experienced anglers! This class meets for eight sessions on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 21 through Apr. 18. Learn more and register at http://www.clovis.edu/continuededucation/flytying.aspx

Never really thought about it but this could be fun if you are a fisherman or have a fisherman in you life.

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James and Sue Procter celebrated 72 years of wedded bliss on Monday, February 20. The were wed on February 20, 1945. Congratulations James and Sue!

Also celebrating are Jessie and Alice Stone. They are celebrating 48 years together. Congratulations Jessie and Alice!

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I went to Chieftain Choices last Friday and learned a lot about our community. We are a community that is proud of our professions and willing to help the young people who are looking at their future plans. My advice to most of the students I talked to was, “Find your passion! If you find that, your profession will not be just a job but something you love!”

Great job Mrs. Hochstein and Mrs. Johnston. Because of you, the students now have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up. I hope this grows into a yearly event with all the gyms filled to capacity with presenters.

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EXALT Student Ministries-First Baptist Church Friona is getting ready for their “Winter” Retreat which is coming up quickly! March 10-12! Cost is $40. Don’t miss out on this great weekend.

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Talked to Jeannie Martin on Tuesday after hearing about her accident on Monday. Friona EMS was transporting a patient to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. As they were headed down VFW road in Canyon, a car pulled out in front of them. Martin said she believes Jesus literally took the wheel after the impact before landing in a deep culvert. A doctor at NWTH said they were the luckiest people he had ever met. We need to remember when we see flashing lights and hear sirens to pull over and allow them to pass. EMS, police and fire departments are doing their jobs to save lives. Let us save their lives by respecting them when there are flashing lights and sirens. Remember, you could be the one they are transporting. By the way, Jeannie and Nik are doing fine, just a lot banged up and sore for now.

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Until next week! Dana