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Town Talk

Well, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, meaning we get another six weeks of winter. Since 1887, Phil has predicted a longer winter 104 times, including this year. He has forecast an early spring just 18 times, according to records.

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Joe and Christeene Mann are celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year, just in time for the heart-soaring holiday. Congratulations to this special couple!

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Gems Salon has started offering massage services by Monica Garcia. If you have not had a chance to check this place out yet, now is a great time! Other services include haircut and color, manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials, and more! Salon hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Visit the Gems Salon Facebook page for more information on booking an appointment.

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Deirdre and Mark Osborn are leading a GriefShare Christian Support Group in their home starting on Monday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Friona United Methodist Church, but is open to anyone interested. It will be a wonderful opportunity of outreach and healing for those who have experienced loss and grief.

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A third ambulance for Friona is a near reality, and with the help of those who may still want to contribute, the goal of the committee to provide adequate funding for its purchase will be met. The committee will not be soliciting donations after February 15, and a list of donors will be published in the Friona Star the week of February 19. Please make donations to ‘Action for an Ambulance’, P.O Box 594, Friona, TX.

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Valerie Izaguirre has been named February’s Employee of the Month at Heritage Estates, and Gertrude Thomas is the Resident of the Month. We would like to thank Valerie for her hard work and dedicated service to the Friona community since May of 2009, and thank you to Gertrude for being an awesome resident! We love our Prairie Acres and Heritage Estates staff and residents.

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It is not too late for flu vaccinations! Senior citizen advocate Dan Weber has stated that the flu season came early this year and is expected to last for months. Seniors, especially age 65 and older, should consider getting a flu shot to reduce the risk of getting the virus.